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Field Trip to Horan Natural Area

Thursday, September 13

Joe Veverka will lead a birding trip through Horan Natural Area in Wenatchee on Thursday, Sept. 13. The trip will meet at the parking lot near the playground at Walla Walla Point Park at 9:00, and then do a thorough birding through Horan until 11:00, come rain, shine or smoke.

This should be an exciting time to pick up migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, such as the semipalmated sandpiper and plover seen recently by Joe. The total walking distance is 2-3 miles on level paths. No Discover Pass is needed. Please contact Joe to sign up at joe_veverka@yahoo.com.

Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival 2018

Pateros, September 15, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join the Chelan and Entiat Ranger Districts, North Central Washington Audubon Society, and HawkWatch International this fall for the ninth annual Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival!

This family-friendly event combines free activities in Pateros’ Memorial Park with trips to Chelan Ridge to learn about and celebrate raptors as they journey to winter territories. At the park, participants will fi nd vendors, live raptors, interpretive booths, and projects for kids.

Friday night, September 14, we will offer a workshop with an expert from HawkWatch International on raptor migration and fi eld identifi cation to prepare you for your trip up to the ridge. The trip to and from Chelan Ridge lasts four hours and can include seeing banded raptors released. From 8 am to noon, there will be a field trip to Wells Wildlife Refuge. We are working on other field trips as well.

More information and on-line registration for the trip to Chelan Ridge, fi eld trip(s), and workshop will be available July 15 at www.ncwaudubon.org. If you have any questions please contact Richard Scranton at rscran4350@yahoo.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