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Our Christmas Bird Counts

December 15, Friday — Bridgeport

Contact Meredith Spencer at 686-7551 or merdave@homenetnw.net. Count begins at 7:30 am in Brewster with dinner and compilation after the count.

December 16, Saturday — Leavenworth

Contact Gretchen Rohde at 393-0088 or design@thedesignranch.com. Birders will meet independently and survey routes during the daylight hours. A meeting place to compile lists will be announced.

December 29, Friday — Chelan

Contact Steve Easley at 682-2318 or seasley@nwi.net or Dan Smith at 682-9653. Birders will meet at the Apple Cup Café at 7:00 am for breakfast and then at 4:15 pm at the Lake Chelan Methodist Church for a warming chili supper and to share count reports.

December 30, Saturday — Okanogan/Omak

Contact Heather at 429-8167 or heather@eaglesun.net. Birders will meet at Heather’s house at 7:00 am.

December 31, Sunday — Wenatchee

Contact Dan Stephens at 679-4706 or dstephens@wvc.edu to participate.

December 31, Sunday — Twisp

Contact Dave Rudholm at 429-1105 or davidrudholm1@centurytel.net. Birders will meet at Cinnamon Twisp at 6:30 am and will reconvene at the Rudholms’ house after the count.

Field Trip:
Waterville Plateau / Bridgeport Bar / Columbia River

Saturday, January 6 — 8 am to 5 pm
Leader: Mark Johnston

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, and liquids, and dress for the weather.

Carpool cost: $24 per vehicle to be shared equally by riders. To sign up, email Mark at s697striata@frontier.com or call (509) 548-5766.

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

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

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