Upcoming Events and Field Trips

Events & Field Trips

Chapter Meeting: Tropical Wildlife and How to Protect It: A Photographic Journey into the Peruvian Rainforest

March 22 (Thursday), 7pm – Yakima Area Arboretum Office, 1401 Arboretum Dr., Yakima, WA

Eric Heisey, a college student studying biology at Western Washington University, will be the guest speaker at this month’s meeting of the Yakima Audubon Society. Eric will be sharing with us his experiences of a month and a half long field course in Peru that took him from the Andean highlands, down the east slope of the Andes, and into the Amazon Rainforest. Eric is also an avid and excellent photographer and will be sharing many of his photos of this trip.

The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most biodiverse places on planet earth. Covering 40% of South America, an area about the size of the lower 48 states, it is as vast as it is diverse. As you might imagine, there are some pretty amazing creatures that call this forest home! Over 40,000 species of plants, 1,300 species of birds, 3,000 species of freshwater fish; the Amazon is estimated to hold 10% of the earth’s biodiversity, maybe more.

Please join us at 7:00pm at our March 22nd meeting at the Yakima Area Arboretum. The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.



April 21 (Saturday), 10am-3pm - Yakima Area Arboretum

Come help with the Audubon booth, enjoy the festivities, bring your family!

Once again, it is almost time to celebrate nature with families at the Yakima Area Arboretum's annual Arborfest, on Saturday, April 21st from 10am to 3 pm, at the Yakima Area Arboretum. This is a free community event, celebrating Arbor Day, spring, conservation, and nature. Featured are lots of hands-on learning opportunities, crafts, and displays for children of all ages.

The theme this year is: Be a Tree Champion, protect our trees and forests! The emphasis at the Yakima Valley Audubon booth will be that tree champions need to protect the dead trees too. There will be informational displays on the benefits of SNAGS that are left after the fire, including the woodpeckers that build cavities, other birds, mammals and bugs that use these dead trees. There will be another appearance of the child friendly “snag” where young children climb into the baby woodpecker position and beg for gummie worms. We will be making the ever-popular buttons, providing materials for kids to make a button of a bird that relies on snags.

Hundreds of children and families will participate in our activity and we need volunteers to help. Please consider joining us for this fun and educational activity. We will need VOLUNTEERS to help for all or part of the event, assisting with setting up, and taking down the booth as well as interacting with participants. Set up will start at 8:30. Please contact Ellen Stepniewski at 509-731-6805 or steppie <at> nwinfo.net for more information or to volunteer.

Field Trips

March 30/31 (Friday/Saturday). (Weather /Participant Dependent) - Bluebird Box Cleanout

The event you have been waiting for! It is spring and once again time to clean out and inspect the 132 nest boxes on the Vredenburgh Blue bird Trail in preparation for the upcoming nesting season. To participate in this fun event and facilitate the assignment of boxes to teams, please contact Richard Repp (bbirder247@gmail.com or 965-1134) if you wish to help or for further info. A half-day event but bring snacks, drinks, and work gloves. Clothing for wind and rain protection recommended as is sturdy footwear.

April 17 (Sunday). Zimmerman Ponds and Toppenish NWR field trip.

Each spring, snowmelt in the Cascades rushes down Toppenish Creek filling ponds and flooding valley bottoms, creating a bonanza for water and marsh birds. The marshes, fields, and riparian patches in the lower valley rise to their birding peak in late April. We’ll look (and listen) for American Bittern, Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets, Cinnamon Teal, Virginia Rails, Sora and Yellow-headed Blackbirds. The Zimmerman property was restored by the Yakima Nation and is normally closed to the public. This is a great half-day field trip and with the refuge visitors center opening at noon there will be birding opportunities close by for those who want to extend the day. Meet at 7:30 am at the Valley Mall parking lot north of Sears (old IHOP location). Contact Kerry Turley (840-0980 or email him at kdturley@embarqmail.com).

Further out - August 24-26 (Friday-Sunday)

Andy and Ellen Stepniewski will lead a trip to Grays Harbor. Note early registration with Westport Pelagic required for the Saturday boat trip. For info contact Andy at (steppie@nwinfo.net).