Upcoming Events and Field Trips

Events & Field Trips

Chapter Meeting: Polar Regions and Climate – Some Important Linkages

January 23 (Thursday), 7pm - Yakima Area Arboretum Office, 1401 Arboretum Dr., Yakima, WA

We start off the new YVAS general program year with a presentation by Dr. Miles McPhee, a native of Naches, WA. Dr. McPhee has spent his career studying water in its various forms and its relation to Earth’s climate. Following is Dr. McPhee’s description on his background and what he will talk about:

I grew up on an orchard near Naches, attended Naches HS, obtained a BS degree in engineering from Stanford, then a Ph.D. in Geophysics from the University of Washington. My first Arctic project as a grad student in 1972 became the material for my thesis. I was so hooked by the polar environment and attracted by the novel science that could be done there, that I spent the next four decades doing polar air-ice-ocean research. That included participating in roughly two dozen field projects on drifting sea ice in both hemispheres.

For the talk, I will describe some of the changes we have observed over that time, and how one particular experience drove home to me the immediacy and threat of climate change. I will also discuss how the Arctic warming faster than the rest of the planet may be affecting our weather directly, including some locally important manifestations of global warming.

Finally, I will offer some opinions on steps we could take to slow the rise of atmospheric CO2, in hopes of fostering discussion.

Future Programs

Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden: A Class at the Yakima Area Arboretum - Presented by Jeff Kozma

Hummingbirds are truly incredible birds! They amaze us with their boldly colored iridescent plumage, their wild aerial acrobatics, their overly aggressive personalities, and their miraculous migrations. Please join Yakama Nation wildlife biologist and expert birder Jeff Kozma for a class focusing on how to identify and attract the four species of hummingbirds regularly found in Washington to your garden. Jeff has been growing nectar producing plants and providing feeders in his yard to attract hummingbirds for the last 17 years and he looks forward to sharing his techniques with you.

During the class, Jeff will cover 1) a brief overview of hummingbird biology (e.g., habitat, migration, territoriality, etc.), 2) where and when to expect each hummingbird species, 3) how to landscape your yard with the types of plants that are most attractive to hummingbirds, while focusing on native plants that grow best in our warm dry climate, 4) the proper use of feeders (e.g., making sugar water, maintenance/cleaning/location of feeders, etc.), and 5) how to feed hummingbirds through the challenging winter months.

Field Trips

Feb 8 Second Saturday Bird Walk

Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Sarg Hubbard Park parking lot. Bird the Greenway and Arboretum trails for approximately two hours. Leader: Renee Navarrete

Feb. 14-17 (Fri-Sun) Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)

Website https://gbbc.birdcount.org/

Feb. 14-17 Skagit Trip - Presidents’ Day Weekend