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Bird Walks
Join Mary Kiesau, the Methow Conservancy’s Educational Programs Director, on a casual natural history “walk and talk” to see and learn what is happening in the natural world of the Methow. We’ll look for and discuss birds and plants on all the walks but generally the morning walks focus on birds.

These outings are perfect for people of all ages and levels of knowledge - no experience required! Children who are able to walk on uneven ground for two+ hours are welcome to attend with a chaperone. We’ll go to a different location on each walk, and the days and times change to attempt to accommodate a variety of schedules. Mary will email attendees about 5 days before each walk with where to meet.

These mini-classes are free but space is limited so registration is required. Contact us for more details or to reserve your spot at mary@methowconservancy.org or 509-996-2870. No dogs please.

Tuesday, May 1, 8:00-10:00am
Wednesday, May 9, 8:00-10:00am
Tuesday, May 29, 7:00-9:00am

Audubon Spring Field Trips

Bridgeport and Brewster Areas - Saturday, May 26

Leader: Mark Johnston (day-of phone 253-297-0705)

Meet at 6:30 AM on Riverside Street, across from the Sweet River Bakery in Pateros With virtually all spring breeding species now present, we’ll spend the day birding several areas near Bridgeport and Brewster including Bridgeport Bar, Cassimere Bar and Washburn Island.

Dress for the weather and bring lunch, snacks, liquids, etc. We’ll walk up to 3 miles over uneven ground. Drivers will need a Discover Pass, so please bring one if you have it. Return by 3 PM. Limited to 10. To sign up, email Mark Johnston at s697striata@frontier.com or call 509-548-5766.

Twisp Area Hotspots - Thursday, May 31

Leader: Mark Johnston (day-of phone 253-297-0705)

Meet at 6:30 AM at the Community Center in Twisp We’ll visit a few sites in the general vicinity of Twisp that offer a great mix of habitats and wonderful birding. Though there is still evidence of recent year’s fires, excellent areas remain that will provide an excellent day in the field and diverse bird species mix.

Dress for the weather and bring lunch, snacks, liquids, etc. We’ll walk short distances over uneven ground. Return by 3 PM. Limited to 10. To sign up, email Mark Johnston at s697striata@frontier.com or call 509-548-5766.

Native Plant Society Walks

Goat Wall - May 11, Saturday

With Eric Burr and Margrit Broennimann. Okanogan County. 9:00 am. Meet at the Mazama Store. Call 996-3101 or email burrski@methownet.com to register.

Tibbetts Mountain - May 11, Saturday

With Cindy Luskus. Chelan County. Meet at the Penny Road park and ride at Old Station at 9:00 am. Limited to ten walkers. Register with Cindy at 888- 0245 or cluksus@nwi.net.

Lake Creek and Andrews Creek - May 18, Saturday

Okanogan County, looking for Lewisia tweedyii. Meet at the Town Trailhead in Winthrop at 8:00 am. Limited to 10 walkers. Register with Caryl Campbell at bearfight@methownet.com.

Moses Coulee - May 18, Saturday

With Aaron Rosenblum. Douglas County. Meet at the Waterville Courthouse at 8:00 am. Register with Aaron at 423-5990 or arosenblum@fostercreekcd.org.

Big Valley - June 1

Okanogan County. Meet at the Big Valley parking lot outside of Winthrop at 11:00 am. Limited to twelve walkers. Register with Rosalee De La Foret at 557-3660 or rosalee@herbalremediesadvice.org.

Bird Walks at Beebe Springs

Come join us for Citizen Science bird walks at Beebe Springs Natural Area on the first and third Wednesdays each month. Beginners and advanced birders are welcome!

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.

Saturday, May 12, 7:30 to 10:00. This is a lively time at Beebe Springs Natural Area, with likely Bullock's Orioles, Western Tanagers, Yellow Warblers, Warbling Vireo, Canyon Wren, Osprey, Spotted Sandpipers and others! Beebe Springs is just north of Beebe Bridge on Hwy 97A; parking requires a Discover Pass. The walk is an easy 1 1/2 to 2 miles on gravel paths, for beginners to advanced birders. Please contact Virginia Palumbo at vwpalumbo@gmail.com or 509-682-5969. Limit 10.

The data we collect is used by Ron Fox, the District 7 Wildlife Area Manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, for grant applications and site assessment. Please contact Virginia Palumbo for the start time (which varies as the seasons change) at vwpalumbo@gmail.com or 682-5969. Discover Pass required for parking.

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. Contact Virginia at vwpalumbo@gmail.com for start times and details.

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

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