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March 4, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Spring fever, already? Sign up for a kayak tour to a heronry

Has the sunshine Sunday and Monday gotten under your skin? Got the idea that spring is coming, and its time to get closer to nature? Then sign up for a kayak tour to see herons on Lake Sammamish.

Kayak among herons on an upcoming guided outing. (photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Kayak among herons on an upcoming guided outing. (photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

In cooperation with Washington State Parks, Kayak Academy is taking registrations for guided kayak tours along the lakeshore at Lake Sammamish State Park and up a portion of Issaquah Creek. Paddlers will get a look at one of the Seattle area’s largest great blue heron colonies, with 80 to 100 nesting pairs, and a state park ranger will present on-the-water tips and information about herons.

Spotting scopes will be available for land-based birding; paddlers are encouraged to bring their own binoculars for viewing from the water.

The programs are noon to 3 p.m. March 17 and 24. Pre-registration is required by March 10, $12 per person, with kayak rentals available for an extra charge (or bring your own). For more information, or to register online, click here.

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