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Mission Ridge Mid-Week Hike/Bird Trip

June 15, Thursday

Join Richard Scranton from NCW Audubon on Thursday, June 15th for a hike up to Clara Lake starting at 7 AM from Mission Ridge’s parking lot. The hike is about 4 miles round trip with up to a 1,000 foot elevation gain. We will look to have an early lunch up at the lake. We will look to get an assortment of neo-tropical birds including warblers and flycatchers. Be sure to bring some bug spray and clothes to cover any type of weather. Contact Richard at rscran4350@yahoo.com to reserve a spot.

Blewit Pass and Table Mountain

June 24, Saturday
Leader: Mark Johnston

Meet at 7:00 AM at the P&R at the Intersection of I-97 and Hwy 2. We’ll spend the morning and early afternoon birding these areas where we expect to find an excellent mix of species typical of upper elevation habitats.

Though Table Mountain was the site of a significant fire several years ago, it should still provide good birding including the possibility of Black-backed and Three-toed Woodpeckers. If the weather is clear, it also provides unparalleled landscape scale views. Dress for the weather and bring snacks, liquids, etc. We’ll walk up to 5 miles over uneven trails with moderate elevation gain, and expect to return by 3 PM or so.

Trip limited to 10.

To sign up, email Mark Johnston at s697striata@frontier.com or call 509-548-5766.

Bird Survey Opportunities

Beebe Springs

Come join a twice-monthly e-Bird survey at Beebe Springs, led by Virginia Palumbo.

This walk covers 2 miles of trails along riparian areas along the Columbia River and side channels. The count data will be shared with Ron Fox, the WDFW wildlife biologist for Beebe Springs.

For a map of Beebe Springs' location, cick here.

This is an interesting and important time to contribute to the knowledge of bird populations at Beebe, given the burns that occurred on surrounding hillsides last summer, the recent completion of a new fishing pond, and the newly permanent beaver pond and resultant wetlands.

Surveys occur on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, with start times variable with the season. E-mail Virginia at vwpalumbo@gmail.com for start times and to confirm attendance.

Walla Walla Park and Horan Natural Area

Beginning in 2011, Susan Ballinger has led monthly bird monitoring walks on Wednesdays, and records species at two point count stations and along a one-mile loop in the Horan Area. A protocol is followed and data is entered into e-bird. Dates are listed on the Chelan-Doulgas Land Trust wesite at: https://www.cdlandtrust.org/whats-new. Outings are free and open to all. Contact Susan directly to learn more at skylinebal@gmail.com.

To see a map of the location of Walla Walla Park, click here.

One question the project seeks to answer is: How has the de-watering of open water ponds in Horan Nature Area changed the observed use by bird species, especially shorebirds and waterfowl?

Email Susan to learn more: skylinebal@gmail.com