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2018 Winter Water Birds

Register now for Winter Waterbirds – A Partnership course with North Central WA Audubon Society and Wenatchee Valley College Continuing Education

Would you like to learn how to identify some of the ducks and other water birds that winter along the Columbia River? North Central Washington Audubon Society’s Jenny Graevell and Wenatchee Naturalist Susan Ballinger have co-designed this course to increase your observation skills in a collaborative setting.

This hands-on course will use field guides, bird study skins, presentations, apps, and optics. Loaner binoculars will be available, courtesy of the Audubon society. A Waterfowl ID booklet is included for each student.

The Saturday 1/2-day field trip will be along the Columbia River where participants will practice birding skills under supportive guidance of the instructors. This combined classroom and field course can launch you on your way to becoming a better bird watcher alongside a group of other enthusiasts.

The course is designed for people with some birding experience, but beginners are also welcome. Tuition scholarships are available.

2018 course dates: Monday, Mar. 5, Wednesday Mar. 7, and Saturday March 10 (1/2-day field trip, 9-noon).

Register at Wenatchee Valley College Continuing Education.

Field Trip:
Waterville Plateau

Saturday, February 3 — 8 am to 4 pm
Leader: Dr. Dan Stephens

Dr. Dan Stephens, biology professor at Wenatchee Valley College, will be leading a day-long birding trip to the Waterville Plateau on Saturday, February 3. The trip will meet at 8:00 AM at the Easy Street Park and Ride in Wenatchee, and return by 4:00. Bring warm clothes and plan to carpool. Please contact Dan at dstephens@wvc.edu to sign up. (This is a Snowy Owl irruptive year, bringing high hopes of seeing a Snowy!)

Bird Walks at Beebe Springs

NOTE: The following Wednesday morning citizen science bird walks at Beebe Springs Natural Area are being stopped temporarily for the remainder of the winter. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed Beebe Springs until March 15, for both car and foot traffic. The birding trips will resume on Wednesday, March 21.
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! 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

See note at left about closings.
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