Upcoming Events and Field Trips

Events & Field Trips

Chapter Meeting: Wild Journeys Near and Far presented by Tom Kogut

December 5 (Thursday), 7pm - Yakima Area Arboretum Office, 1401 Arboretum Dr., Yakima, WA

Two years ago, we had the benefit to experience Tom Kogut’s photo documentation of some of his travels around the world including many portrayals from our own backyard here in the Northwest. Once again, we will have an opportunity to be enthralled by Tom’s photographic art at our annual Christmas banquet.

Tom’s plan is to show photos taken during the two years since his last YVAS ­­­­­­­­­­­presentation both in the Northwest and during trips to India, Iceland and The Netherlands, focusing not only on wildlife and landscapes but also powerful cultural captures.

Tom is a retired wildlife biologist turned professional photographer, who confesses to being an obsessive nature and travel photographer not only in the United States but around the globe for 35 years. His images emote a deep connection to the species, locations and people that he feels privileged to have encountered. As he currently resides in Packwood, nestled in the shadow of Mt. Rainier, he is practically a neighbor.

This promises to be another memorable visceral visual event so mark your calendar now to ensure that you attend. If you are unable to make it, console your soul with a visit to Tom’s website: https://tkogut.zenfolio.com/

Your eyes will be rewarded but your ears will miss the artist’s verbal captions.

Future Programs

Field Trips

December 14 (Saturday) — Toppenish NWR Christmas Bird Count

Eric Heisey is back as compiler for the 37th edition of the Toppenish Christmas Bird Count. Contact Eric (magicman32@rocketmail.com) to sign up or to get more information.

December 28 (Saturday) — Yakima Valley Christmas Bird Count

Contact Denny Granstrand (dgranstrand@gmail.com) to sign up for or get more information about the 50th Yakima Christmas Bird Count.

January 2 (Thursday) - 2020 Field Trip Planning Meeting

Please join us at Ellen and Andy Stepniewski’s home (902 N. Conestoga Way, Yakima) on January 2 at 10:00 a.m. or email your ideas for next year’s field trips before the meeting. These can be trips you would like to lead or just an idea about a field trip you would like to see Audubon organize.

Please send a brief description of your trip idea to Sarah Shippen (ses1440@outlook.com), and include if possible: birding trip objective, type of field trip (short walk, hike, car birding, etc.), location, and length of the field trip (half day, full day, etc). We look forward to another great year of Audubon birding adventures!