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Help Stop the Invaders!

March 29 Presentation at Wenatchee Public Library 6:00-7:45 PM

What do scentless mayweed, yellow star thistle, and jointed goatgrass all have in common? All are noxious weeds we don’t want to fi nd in our Wenatchee Foothills! CDLT is recruiting trail users to help us locate new populations of troublesome weeds so we can eliminate them before they spread.

Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT) has teamed up with Chelan County Weed Board to off er a training workshop for the community. The March 29 presentation will be held at the Wenatchee Public Library Auditorium, from 6-7:45 PM. Weed Board Field Supervisor and Botanist Julie Sanderson will teach fi eld identifi cation tips for a list of fi fteen “most wanted” invasive species. Participants will be provided with pocket guides and an invitation to be on the lookout for these invaders while hiking in the Wenatchee Foothills.

CDLT Stewardship Director, Neal Hedges, has discovered a number of new weed species in the Wenatchee foothills, likely transported to our area on fire-fighting vehicles and equipment in 2012 and 2015. Neal’s goal is to enlist trail users to provide a first-alert for these invaders so action can be taken to keep the weeds from spreading. The workshop is free and open to the public. Mark your calendar and plan to attend to learn how to identify the fifteen most worrisome noxious weeds that threaten our native plant communities. For questions or to RSVP call 667-9708 or email susan@cdlandtrust.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