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North Central Washington Audubon Society is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society dedicated to furthering the knowledge and the conservation of the environment of North Central Washington, our nation, and the world.



Manson Lakes Winter Waterfowl Field Trip

Saturday, December 1


Virginia Palumbo will be leading a field trip to explore the Manson Lakes winter waterfowl. We will meet at her house at 208 West Nixon Avenue in Chelan at 8:30, and survey Wapato, Roses and Dry Lakes, returning by 11:30.

More information here ...




Another Great Hawk Migration Festival!


On the weekend of September 15 NCW Audubon, the Chelan-Entiat Ranger District and HawkWatch International (HWI) celebrated migration at the ninth annual Hawk Migration Festival. For the week leading up to HawkFest, we were lucky to have Annette Hansen from HWI visit many local schools and libraries with two birds - Aymara, a Swainson’s Hawk, and Galileo, a Short-eared Owl.

On Thursday night in Chelan, Dr. David Oleyar from HWI talked about the dynamics of raptor migration and listed a number of tips for identifying raptors on the wing. On Friday night in Pateros he talked about owls, their biology and the research now being conducted by HWI.

Saturday started early with a birding fi eld trip to Wells Wildlife Refuge led by Virginia Palumbo and Meredith Spencer. The group saw around forty bird species, including Great Egrets, a Red-necked Grebe, and a Yellow-breasted Chat.

Many people attended the morning and afternoon trips up to the HawkWatch site at Chelan Ridge. They were ushered out to the observation platform where biologists and volunteers count raptors as they make their way south for the winter. Participants saw many birds including a female Northern Goshawk that was captured and banded.

Many thanks to all that had booths at the festival, as well as everyone on the ridge that worked with the visitors to guarantee a wonderful experience. The City of Pateros, the Chelan Chamber of Commerce, and the Fire District all played integral roles to ensure a smooth-running event.

Those wanting to learn more about the Chelan Ridge HawkWatch site and all things raptors can go to the HawkWatch International website: www.hawkwatch.org. Chelan ridge has a facebook page - friends of Chelan Ridge - which has daily counts and other useful information. We hope to see many more bird enthusiasts at next year’s festival.



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NCW Audubon Social

September 26, Wednesday


It’s been awhile since the NCW Audubon has invited the community to a social. What’s a social? In our case, it’s a chance to meet other people in the Wenatchee Valley area who are interested in birds.

We are planning for a Fall Social event September 26 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum, mid-week in the evening. Young birders, new birders, advanced birders, families of birders - they are all invited to a friendly time of celebrating birds and meeting likeminded folks. It will be fun. We hope to see you there!





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Bird Survey Opportunities


Beebe Springs

Beebe Springs has re-opened, and the citizen science bird surveys are resuming on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month! Come for a leisurely 1 1/2 mile walk to see spring migrants, waterfowl and riparian/wetlands species.....Click here for more information.

Walla Walla Park and Horan Natural Area

2nd and 4th Wednesdays, bird monitoring walks led by Susan Ballinger .... Click here for more information!


Click here for a full-size map of NCW Audubon's territory.