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The Boeing Ponds are located just north of the large Boeing Kent Space Center. There are three or four ponds here, depending on the current water level. This area can be good for raptors, and shorebirds may be seen during migration. It is a great spot to view waterfowl in fall and winter.

Directions: From I-5: Take exit 152, Orillia Road. This is near SeaTac airport. (So. 188th St. borders the airport and becomes Orillia Rd. at I-5.) From I-5, turn east and travel on Orillia down into the valley (1.5 miles). Orillia Rd. becomes So. 212th St. at the light at 42nd Ave. So. at the bottom of the hill. Reset your odometer and travel east on 212th to 64th Ave. So. 1.2 mi. From I-167: Take the So. 212th exit which is to the north of downtown Kent. Travel west across the valley on 212th to the light at 64th Ave. So. (1.5 mi.). Turn onto 212th (going east). Get in the left lane and turn left onto 59th Pl. So. Travel north on 59th Pl. (0.5 mi) to just past the Boeing Space Center. There are a couple of pullouts here on the right and a trail around the perimeter of the ponds. Waterfowl are numerous in winter and shorebirds may be seen here in migration. Continue on 59th Pl. as it reaches the intersection with 62nd Ave. So. (0.8 mi). Park at the barrier on 62nd, and walk south into the ponds area about 0.1 mi.

There is a pond all the way back by the Boeing fence that you can't view from the road. It goes dry in summer, but can be productive for snipe and shorebirds when still wet. Peregrines like the tall buildings, especially the little ledges near the top. Boeing security guards sometimes will ask what you are doing, so it is best to limit your gazing at the Boeing buildings if possible. You might want to carry some ID or a bird book showing that you are a birder. These areas are shown in the WA DeLorme Atlas pg. 63, grid 6A. A newer, larger map is in the Thomas Guide (King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties) pg. 685. Despite the constant changes in the Kent Valley due to development, we who bird there are still surprised by the variety of bird species we continue to see at Kent Ponds and Boeing Ponds