Chapter Meeting: What Do Beavers Have To Do With Birds?
Presented by Melissa Babik and William Meyer
February 22 (Thursday), 5pm – Yakima Area Arboretum Office, 1401 Arboretum Dr., Yakima, WA
February 16-19 - Great Backyard Bird Count
On Your Own. For details see: http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc. Attention eBirders! During the four days of the count, simply continue using eBird as you otherwise would. But please make sure to go birding during the GBBC period and submit your data to eBird.
February 24 (Saturday) Note date change! Winter Waterfowl trip.
Join leader Bill Drenguis in finding some ducks! We will head to McNary NWR and the general area where the Snake River meets the Columbia River. If the McNary area is frozen over (not likely with recent temps) we could head to the Columbia by Goldendale. The trip will leave at 7:30 am and should be home around 4 pm, but you can leave any time. Bring your scopes (there should be plenty to share if you did not get one for Christmas). Bring lunch, binoculars and bird guides. To sign up, check conditions for the trip and get meeting location, call Bill at 509-965-5808.
March 17 (Saturday) Toppenish NWR.
Andy and Ellen Stepniewski. In late winter, Toppenish Creek swells with melt water from the Cascades, overflowing its banks and flooding the creek bottomlands. Vast areas of temporary wetlands attract thousands of waterfowl on their northbound migration from their wintering grounds. Mid-March is a great time to view this spectacle. Raptors are also common at this time, along with early returning swallows and Say’s Phoebes. For details on meeting place for this trip which will begin 7:30am and will return by 4pm. Contact the Stepniewskis at steppie <at> nwinfo.net.