Upcoming Events and Field Trips

Events & Field Trips

Chapter Meeting: Ed Deal - Seattle’s Adaptable Urban Cooper’s Hawks

May 24 (Thursday), 7pm – Yakima Area Arboretum Office, 1401 Arboretum Dr., Yakima, WA

Please join us at 7:00pm on April 26th meeting at the Yakima Area Arboretum. The meeting is open to the public and free of charge.

Field Trips

May 19 (Sat) - Bethel Ridge Owls

Scott D. will lead an evening owl trip to Bethel Ridge. This trip will explore the forested slopes of Bethel Ridge Road. Target species include Flammulated Owl, Northern Pygmy Owl, Barred Owl and Common Poorwill with the possibility of Great Horned Owl and Long-eared Owl. Trip will leave Yakima around 7:00 pm, getting to Bethel Ridge near dusk. Trip likely getting back around midnight or slightly after. Dress in layers for varied weather. Some owls may be heard only. Playback may be used. Binoculars useful if owls are cooperative for looks, scopes probably not. Trip is limited to 8 participants, so is likely to fill early. Contact Scott for meeting place and time if interested in attending: Scott Downes (downess@charter.net).

May 25-28 (Friday-Monday) - Memorial Day Wenas Campout

The annual Memorial Day weekend Wenas Audubon Campout. Located at the Wenas Creek Campground on Audubon Road. Birding field trips and flower walks abound at this casual and friendly gathering. In past campouts, activities have included field sketching, bat and owl prowls, and much more. You do not need to be an Audubon member to attend, but a Discover Pass is required. Drive up for a day or camp. All are welcome. Visit the Wenas Audubon website for directions and complete information.

June 9 (Saturday) – Oak Creek Canyon.

Oak Creek Canyon is an under-birded area with lots of potential. Several years ago, a Chestnut-sided Warbler and Eastern Phoebe were found there! Regular nesting species include Lewis’s Woodpecker, Cassin’s Vireo, Nashville Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak and Lazuli Bunting. We will traverse a variety of habitats, ending in the coniferous forest. Please contact field trip leader Denny Granstrand at dgranstrand@gmail.com for meeting location and time.

Aug 24-26 (Friday-Sunday) - Washington Coast Pelagic Boat Trip and Shorebirding

This is an extraordinary opportunity to view seabirds in deep waters beyond the Continental Shelf off the Washington coast as well as migrating shorebirds along the coastal estuaries. It involves two nights in a motel or camping (August 24 and 25) and a nine-hour boat trip ($150.00) on a Westport Seabirds Pelagic Trip. Late August is a very good time to view a high diversity of bird species not normally seen from shore such as albatrosses, shearwaters, fulmars, storm-petrels, skuas, jaegers, terns, and gulls. Marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, and porpoises are also often seen. Late August is also excellent for lots of migrating shorebirds. More than 20 species are possible! Friday afternoon and after the boat trip on Saturday and again Sunday morning we will scour the top shorebird locations in the Grays Harbor area. Contact Andy Stepniewski (steppie@nwinfo.net) or 949-7404 for more information about the trip, lodging or to sign up. You must book soon so he can reserve spaces on the boat. Early reservations are a must for both the boat trip and accommodations in August.