The Yakima Valley Audubon Society (YVAS), in Yakima, Washington, is dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of the natural world. Through birding, education and conservation activities in our community, we raise awareness and promote the cause of global environmental protection. YVAS is a chapter of the National Audubon Society and serves its members in the Yakima Valley.
YVAS presents a program open to the public on the fourth Thursday of January, February, March, April, May, August, September, and October at 7 PM at the Yakima Area Arboretum, located at 1401 Arboretum Drive, Yakima, WA. The Annual Meeting of the Society, which is for members and guests only, is held the first Thursday of December at 6 PM at the Yakima Area Arboretum. The Board of Directors meets each month except July and December at 7 PM at a location announced in the chapter newsletter. Members may attend board meetings; however, please notify the host because of possible space restrictions.
Yakima Valley Audubon sponsors field trips and everyone is encouraged to come along – Audubon members and non-members, novice and experienced birders alike. Field trips are a great way to get acquainted with other birders, to learn more about the places to go birding in our area and to learn more about birds and birding.
YVAS publishes a newsletter, the Calliope Crier, ten times each year. The newsletter details the news of the chapter and all of our activities.
The Yakima Valley Audubon Society has been active in conservation issues almost since its conception. From working to preserve habitat for the Spotted Owl in the 1980s to urging the U. S. Forest Service to ban woodcutters from cutting snags in 2015, Yakima Valley Audubon has been a steady voice for conservation in Central Washington. If you are interested in conservation issues, we welcome you to join us.
2017 Board of Directors
- President - Kerry Turley
- Past President - Andy Stepniewski
- Secretary - Vera Backstrom
- Treasurer - Karen Zook
- Director - Bob Chicken
- Director - Phil Fischer
- Director - Denny Granstrand
- Director - Renee Navarrete
- Director - Ken Tolonen
Standing (Voting) Committee Chairs
- Bluebird Trail - Richard Repp
- Conservation - Andy Stepniewski
- Education - Ellen Stepniewski
- Field Trips - Scott Downes
- Fundraising - Dan Kinney
- Membership - Joy McKinney
- Newsletter Editor - Elizabeth Bohn
- Programs - Bill Drenguis
- Refuge Keeper - Kerry Turley
- Bird Rehabilitator - Connie Hughes
- Bird Reports - Denny Granstrand
- Toppenish Christmas Bird Count - Eric Heisey
- Yakima Valley Christmas Bird Count - Denny Granstrand