Upcoming Events, Programs, and Field Trips

Events, Programs, & Field Trips

Getting to Know Washington’s Woodpeckers

Jeff Kozma

WEDNESDAY, December 6th,

Image - Jeff Kozma with Woodpecker - Teresa Lorenz
Jeff Kozma with Woodpecker - Teresa Lorenz

In person at the Yakima Area Arboretum. This will NOT be streamed on Zoom, but will be recorded.

Jeff Kozma, TFW Wildlife Biologist with the Yakama Nation and lead author of the Birds of the World account for the White-headed Woodpecker, will share beautiful photographs while reviewing key plumage and vocal characteristics needed to identify all 12 of Washingtons’ breeding woodpecker species. Jeff will also discuss characteristics that make woodpeckers so unique, and habitat and behavioral differences between the species to further aid in identification.

Jeff received his B.S. Degree in Environmental Forest Biology from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse and his M.S. Degree in Wildlife Science from Texas Tech University. He has been birding since he was 13, when he received his first bird field guide from a family friend. He worked as a Wildlife Biologist at the Yakima Training Center where he monitored Sage Grouse, did raptor and non-game bird surveys, and was involved with restoration of seeps, springs, and riparian areas. He currently works as a Wildlife Biologist for the Yakama Nation where he has been studying the White-headed Woodpecker ecology in managed forests since 2003, as well as reviewing timber sales on the ceded lands of the Yakama Nation to help protect habitat important to state and federally listed species, as well as state species of concern.

Image - Black-Backed Woodpecker - George Vlahakis
Black-Backed Woodpecker - George Vlahakis

Holiday Potluck Details

Join your Audubon friends on Wednesday, December 6th, for the annual YVAS Holiday Potluck at the Yakima Area Arboretum. Doors will open at 5:30, for social time, and time to set out your potluck food. Dinner will begin at 6:00. The program will begin at 7:00.

Ham will be provided. Food assignments are grouped by your last name:

Dishes should serve about 10-12 people. It would be helpful to list the ingredients of your dish for those with allergies. In addition to your potluck items, be sure to bring serving utensils for your dish and mark them with your name to ensure return. You will need to bring your own table service (plates, cups, silverware). Please feel free to bring a tablecloth and table decorations if you would like.

Image - Holiday Potluck
Holiday Potluck

Webinar Viewing tips for YVAS Webinars

Would you like to enjoy Yakima Valley Audubon presentations with the whole family? You can now watch our programs whenever it is convenient for you! Our monthly programs are now available as webinars for viewing both in real time (so you can ask questions) and as recordings from a link on our website.

To view the live presentation on your laptop, tablet, or smart phone, click on the link in that month’s Calliope Crier or go to https://yakimaaudubon.org about five minutes before the program is scheduled to start and click on the Zoom webinar link. If you have never attended a Zoom meeting, you will be asked to download the app this first time. (You do not have to have your own Zoom account to join the webinar.) Be sure to answer ‘yes’ to the questions about joining with video and audio. You can always mute yourself for privacy, but you will need to answer yes to view and hear the presentation.

To better enjoy the beautiful photos in the presentation, you have the option of viewing it on a larger screen, such as your smart TV. To do this, you will need to connect your device to the TV with an HDMI cable. If your device does not have an HDMI port, there are inexpensive multiport adaptors available to enable this. (Try Office Depot or buy one online.)

It is even easier to view a recorded seminar once it has been posted on our website! You can watch the recording through your Internet browser, or, if your smartTV allows you to connect to an internet browser, you can simply go directly to our website and click on the seminar link. Video and sound will automatically be displayed and controlled on your Smart TV. Alternatively, you can pull up the webinar on your computer as above and connect your computer with an HDMI cable to your Smart TV.

Even in these challenging times, Yakima Audubon is committed to bringing you information about our natural world. Please let us know at info@yakimaaudubon.org what you think and what we can do to improve this experience for you.

Previous Programs

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Field Trips and Events Calendar

2023 YVAS Field Trips PDF