Events & Field Trips
Chapter Meeting: Demystifying Pacific Lamprey: History, Ecology, Biology, Threats, and Restoration with Dave’y Lumley
January 24 (Thursday), 7pm - Yakima Area Arboretum Office, 1401 Arboretum Dr., Yakima, WA
Dave’y Lumley has been working as a Fisheries Technician III for the Yakama Nation Fisheries since 2013.
She recently finished a degree in Biology with a specialization in Ecology at Central Washington University and is now a fish biologist with the Yakama Nation Fisheries Resource Management Program (FRMP), Pacific Lamprey Project.
Pacific Lamprey, commonly call “eels” by tribal members and others, is an incredibly important species for the Columbia River tribes in terms of food, medicine and culture. They also serve many roles in the stream ecology, benefiting many, many native species.
January 26 (Saturday) - Poppoff Trail walk half-day trip
The Poppoff Trail consistently boasts the highest diversity of birds of any single site in Yakima. Join Andy and Ellen Stepniewski for a leisurely morning walk at the South end of the Yakima Greenway. We’ll look for wrens, chickadees, warblers, thrushes, and sparrows in the riverside riparian growth, raptors overhead, and waterfowl in the ponds. Meet Andy and Ellen 8 am at the east end of Valley Mall Blvd. in the Greenway parking lot. Questions and to sign up, email Andy at email@example.com, or call 949-7404.
February 9 (Saturday) - It’s time to find some ducks!
YVAS is having a field trip on Saturday 2/9 to look for water fowl. This is a fun trip because:
- Ducks are big and easy to see. (Not always easy to ID)
- Hopefully we can see lots of them before they may migrate on
- They are often in breeding plumage
- Hunting season is over, so they won’t be so flighty
- It looks like the refuge will not be frozen over like last year!
We will probably go to the McNary area (just past Pasco, at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers). but I will scout out the possible areas to find the (hopefully) most interesting spots. Bring your bins, scope if you have one, and lunch. We leave at 7:30, contact me for the meeting spot and other details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 965-5808.