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  • COVID-19 Response - Socially Distanced Field Trips and Online Programs

    Because the COVID-19 outbreak is still cancelling in-person gatherings, there will be no programs held at the Arboretum. However, we will be holding the programs via the internet live on Zoom. They will still be held on the fourth Thursday of each month, beginning in August. Each month, a link for the Zoom program will appear with the ‘Crier’ newsletter,...

  • Bluebird Trail Monitoring Does Have Heartbreaks

    While monitoring the Vredenburg Trail is usually a very positive experience, there are times when one encounters a nesting incident that can be discouraging.

    On June 19 while monitoring the trail with his wife Chris Reid, Denny Granstrand had a jarring moment when he lifted the lid of Box 65. I imagine that like most of us, his pupils enlarged,...

  • Vanishing Birds of Yakima County

    I came to the Yakima Valley in 1978 and set to work observing and learning its birdlife. I found the very diverse habitats the county boasts were home for an impressive array of birds, more than 300 in all. However, the past 40 years have seen changes to our birds. At least six species that were regular in occurrence and...