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Birding in the Neighborhoods - Weekly Field Trips

South Whidbey
The trips are every other Thursday and the meeting time varies with the season. If you would like to be notified of the events, contact Cathi Bower .

North Whidbey
The trips are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you wish to be notified of the events, contact Marcia Lazoff .

Thursday, October 10: Meeting
THE SPOTTED OWL IN WASHINGTON STATE
Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander St. Doors open at 7 p.m. for socializing before a short business meeting at 7:15 and the program begins at 7:30. The northern subspecies of the spotted owl (Strix occidentalis) resides precariously in Washington state. Often confused with the slightly larger and more common barred owl, it is elusive and rare. The program presenter, Joseph Buchanan, will provide background on the ecology of Spotted Owls in Washington as well as an update on the status of the species, conservation challenges and research and management actions that address those challenges. Joseph B. Buchanan is a natural resource scientist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Tuesday, Oct. 15: Field Trip
DEER LAGOON
Darwin Wile will lead a field trip to Deer Lagoon, meeting at the Bayview Park & Ride at 9:00 a.m. While Deer Lagoon hosts multitudes of birds all year long, it doesn't get much better than October. There will be a profusion of ducks, shorebirds, terns, and gulls. Not a bad time for raptors either -- eagles, ospreys, harriers, and perhaps a falcon or two and maybe even a short-eared owl. Swallows and waxwings should still be present as well as sparrows and finches. Also, we should see numbers of loons, grebes, and scoters and probably brants and geese in Useless Bay, not to mention a pelican or two still hanging around. But the big numbers are likely to be shorebirds -- yellowlegs, western and least sandpipers, dunlins, dowitchers, and possibly a phalarope or two. All in all, October is a splendid time for birding!

Saturday, October 19: Field Trip
STRAWBERRY POINT
Jay Adams and Danielle Bishop from the Whidbey Camano Land Trust will lead a field trip to the Land Trust's Strawberry Point Preserve. The preserve is not open to the public yet! This tour will traverse through forest, wetlands, and a scenic meadow. Earning a local reputation for being the area in which Bruiser the elk resides, you will more likely see fall migrants and local common songbirds on this approximately 1.5 mile long hike! Whidbey Audubon funded a $10,000 conservation grant that allowed the Land Trust to protect the first 127 acres of the preserve and spearheaded current efforts to protect 120 more acres of adjoining habitat. See how this grant has been put to work! The trip will start at 9:00 a.m. and will be about 2 hours long. The trip is limited to 15 participants and registration is first come, first served. For more information and to register, . Directions will be provided upon registration. Sturdy hiking footwear is recommended; trails have some terrain and slight elevation climbs, please bring hiking poles if needed.

Saturday, October 26: Field Trip
MARYMOOR PARK
Frances Wood and Patty Cheek will lead a field trip to Marymoor Park in Redmond. Come explore an area we don't usually visit. Some previous October bird sightings include Cackling Geese, Trumpeter Swan, Ring- necked Ducks, Virginia Rail, Mew Gulls, Northern Harrier, Great Horned Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owls, Pileated Woodpeckers, Cedar Waxwing, American Pipit, Pine Siskin, White-throated Sparrows, Varied Thrush, Northern Shrike, Killdeer, Snow Geese, Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and on and on. It's an exciting area to explore. We will meet at the Clinton Park and Ride at 7:30 am, carpool and catch the 8 am ferry. Please pack a lunch and we'll plan to return to Whidbey mid- afternoon. Please contact Frances Wood or Patty Cheek . As always, bring adequate footwear and layered clothing, binoculars, scopes, etc.