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Birding In The Neighborhoods - Weekly Field Trips
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 Bowers (email).
The trips are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you wish to be notified of the events, contact Marcia Lazoff (email).
Saturday, February 24: Field Trip
WINTER BIRDS OF SKAGIT
FLATS, FIR ISLAND AND SAMISH FLATS
there are great concentrations of waterfowl and raptors. The
area is considered one of the top winter raptor viewing sites in
the U.S. Some walking will be involved; be prepared for some
mud. Meet at 9 a.m. to carpool at Windjammer Park at the end
of South Beeksma Drive in Oak Harbor. A Discover Pass will be
needed for each car. Due to narrow road shoulders and limited
parking, carpools are particularly important for this trip. Bring
a lunch for this all-day field trip. Return about 4 p.m. Trip
leader is Joe Sheldon at 360-678-9060, email, or cell phone at 206-940-7539. Bad snow or ice cancels
Thursday, March 8: membership meeting and program
PLANT COMMUNITIES AND THE ROLE OF BIRDS
7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation meeting house, 20103 State Route 525, two miles north of Freeland
Doors open at 7 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. The public is welcome to this free event.
Saturday, March 10: Field trip
GREENBANK FARM and SOUTH WHIDBEY STATE PARK
Explore the Greenbank Farm wetland and the forests of South Whidbey State Park. Meet at the farm at 9 a.m. for this half-day trip. A variety of bird species are possible including Great-blue Herons, Green-winged Teal, Hutton's Vireo and several woodpeckers. Some walking. All vehicles proceeding to the park will need a state Discover Pass. Trip leader is Steve Ellis, 360-678-2264.
Saturday, March 31: Field trip
BIRDING IN EDMONDS
Trip leaders are Bev Bowe and Sarah Schmidt. Edmonds resident and bird photographer Bev Bowe will meet the group in Mukilteo and lead it to some of her favorite Edmonds birding spots for both water and land birds. Potential places we'll visit include Edmonds Fishing Pier, Brackett's Landing Shoreline Sanctuary, Edmonds Marsh, Pine Ridge Park and Yost Park. Bring a lunch. Meet at 7:40 a.m. at Bayview Park & Ride to carpool to the 8:30 ferry to Mukilteo. Contact Sarah Schmidt 360-929-3592 to register. There is no participant limit.
Wednesday, April 18: Field trip
REIFEL MIGRATORY BIRD REFUGE/DELTA BRITISH COLUMBIA
We will meet at 7a.m. at Windjammer Park, end of Beeksma Drive, Oak Harbor, to form carpools. We'll walk the trails at Reifel, looking for resident and migrating songbirds, along with raptors, owls, and waterfowl. We'll also stop at Boundary Bay dike. Bring passport or enhanced license, lunch, plenty of fluids, and money for admission ($5 adults, $3 seniors), and dress for the weather. Walking will be mostly level on gravel trails. Return late afternoon to early evening. NOTE: As this is an international trip, you MUST possess an unexpired passport or enhanced license in order to attend. Passengers are expected to contribute toward fuel costs. Kim Shepard 360-720-1711
Saturday, April 21: Field trip
SPRING MIGRATION CRUISE TO PROTECTION ISLAND
Join leader Sharon Gauthier on the Puget Sound Express as you cruise from Port Townsend around Protection Island on this three-hour unique field trip. A National Wildlife Refuge, Protection Island is home to one of the largest nesting colonies of Rhinoceros Auklets in the country. An on-board interpreter will search for seabirds (keep your eyes open for Tufted Puffins, Murres, Murrelets and mammals) while providing information on the geology and history of the area.
Audubon has reserved 20 spaces for this trip. Cost is $65.40 per person; you can bring a sack lunch if you wish or purchase on board treats.
Meet the group at the Coupeville Ferry Terminal parking lot at 9:45 a.m. to walk on the ferry. Plan on returning from Port Townsend on the 5:15 p.m. ferry.
All participants MUST RSVP to Sharon Gauthier, at 425-466-2460 (email), no later than Sunday, April 1st. She will then make the cruise reservations for all paid participants. WELCOME ABOARD!!
Saturday, May 12: Field trip
Earth Sanctuary is a wonderful area at any time of year, but it's especially lovely in the spring when the birds are singing. We will look and listen for spring migrants and our resident birds. The Earth Sanctuary parking lot is very small, so we'll meet at 8 a.m. at Bayview Park and Ride lot to carpool there. Please be prepared to pay a $7.00 entry fee. More information on Earth Sanctuary. The trip is limited to 12 participants so please email trip leader Linda Bainbridge to reserve your space (email).
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Bird In The Hand Bird Festival
Bayview Farm and Garden and the Bayview Hall, Langley
Every other year Whidbey Audubon Society brings its bird specimen library out for the public to enjoy. Volunteers are needed to help.
Contact Robin Llewellyn or Cheryl Bradkin.
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