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Manson Lakes Winter Waterfowl Field Trip

Saturday, December 1

Virginia Palumbo will be leading a field trip to explore the Manson Lakes winter waterfowl on Saturday, December 1st. 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.

This time of year usually has a large number of duck species, (including Shovelers, Hooded Mergansers, Redheads, Ruddies and Canvasbacks), raptors (Bald Eagles, Great Horned Owls, Red-tails, Cooper’s Hawks), and oftentimes Tundra or Trumpeter Swans. We can also count on other regulars, like Great Blue Herons and Belted Kingfishers. Bring cold weather clothing (including boots), binoculars, water and a snack, and come join us for the fun!

Waterville Plateau, Bridgeport Bar, and Columbia River

Saturday, January 5

Leader: Mark Johnston
Phone number for day-of: (253) 297-0705. Trip limited to 11.

Meet at 8:00 AM at 208 West Nixon Street in Chelan. Back by 5 pm.

Spend the day birding a variety of habitats where we expect to find a nice mix of resident and migrant species that spend the winter in our area. Please bring a lunch, snacks, liquids, and dress for the weather. Carpool cost: $25 per vehicle to be shared equally by riders.

To sign up, please email Mark at s697striata@frontier.com.

Birding Ecuador Program

Wednesday, December 19

John Winnie is a professor in the Ecology Department at Montana State University. He leads photo and birding tours in the Galapagos and Andean Highlands of Ecuador. He will be giving a free slide show about birding in Ecuador at the Wenatchee River Institute on December 19 in the Red Barn at 347 Division Street in Leavenworth. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the presentation will be from 7-8:30. He will also do the presentation at the Wenatchee Valley Museum on December 20 at 7 pm and hopes to schedule at date at the Twisp Library. John’s website is www.johnwinniejr.com.

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