Upcoming Events and Field Trips

Events & Field Trips

Chapter Meeting: Bull Trout of the Yakima Basin

February 27 (Thursday), 7pm - Yakima Area Arboretum Office, 1401 Arboretum Dr., Yakima, WA

Come learn about one of the Yakima Basins Endangered fish!! Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) are a native species of char that were once abundant throughout the cold streams of the Northwestern United States. Within these cold-water systems, bull trout are an apex predator feeding on a host of fish. Within their historic range and the Yakima River Basin, their numbers have been greatly reduced due to issues associated with harvest, habitat loss, invasive species, reductions of their historic prey base, and climate change. In 1998, bull trout were listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). There are 15 recognized bull trout populations in the Yakima Basin. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the status of these 15 populations range from healthy to potentially extirpated. This talk will cover bull trout life cycle, threats to their existence, and current efforts to monitor and recover this species.

Connor Parrish, Project Manager- Connor received a B.A. in Natural Resource Sciences from Washington State University and an M.S. in Biology from Central Washington University. His thesis work focused on the movement and habitat use of salmonids in urban streams. Connor’s previous experience includes working for various entities in Alaska, Idaho, and Washington on projects related to fish and wildlife conservation. He joined Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group in 2017. Connor currently manages restoration projects in the Naches basin and the Bull Trout Task Force.

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