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MONTHLY PROGRAM MEETING
Birds of India

Sukumar Vajapeyam

with Sukumar Vajapeyam

Friday, March 8, 2019
7:00 — 8:30 pm
Everett Firefighters' Hall
2411 Hewitt Avenue, Everett (map)

Sukumar is a recent PAS member who moved to the Pacific Northwest about six months ago. He was born in India and moved to the USA when he was 21 to pursue a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He currently works in Arlington in renewable energy and batteries. Sukumar has also lived in Austin, TX; California’s Bay Area; Phoenix, AZ; and Chicago, IL. Sukumar has been to various countries on work as well as on holiday.

It was a weekend in the Pantanal in Brazil after work in Sao Paulo that got him hooked on birding and bird photography. From October 2010 and December 2013, Sukumar worked in Bangalore, India, and he managed to spend quite a few weekends birding in various parks across India.

Sukumar’s father was an amateur photographer who took, developed, and printed award-winning black-and- white photos in India in the 1950s and 1960s.

All Pilchuck Audubon programs are free and open to all Pilchuck members and to community members of all ages who have an interest in birds and environmental issues affecting birds. Program meetings are the second Friday of each month at 7:00 p.m. (no meetings are held in August and December). Most meetings are at the Firefighters' Hall in Everett, located at 2411 Hewitt Avenue, which is three blocks east of the hockey arena downtown. Parking is available in a lot adjacent to the building as well as on-street parking.

Peacock in Full Display
Photo by Sukumar Vajapeyam



Great Backyard Bird Count

Red-breasted Nuthatch at bird bath

This holiday weekend is the Great Backyard Bird Count!

Please join us in participating. No experience is needed! With as little as fifteen minutes of observation time, you can help scientists understand bird behavior and migration patterns. Find out how to Get Started.



 Upcoming Birding Trips

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(Photo: Cee Rose, Flickr Creative Commons)

 


 

Christmas Bird Count Results

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(Image courtesy of Icons8)

The 2018 Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Edmonds Circle Results Are In!

Read more...


 

Birdathon Results

Click here to see the Birdathon 2018 photo contest winners. A huge thank-you goes out to our participants!


 

David Yarnold, Audubon CEO
(Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
A message from Audubon CEO David Yarnold:

Audubon started with a dream and with determination. Americans across the eastern U.S., mostly women, believed they could raise public awareness about the slaughter of birds for the feathers that were used to decorate hats.

Those women prevailed and, today, it's our turn to represent Audubon's values of compassion, care and respect. When Chief Network Officer David Ringer sent out a note after the Charlottesville tragedy, he received some pushback about why a bird conservation NGO would weigh in on issues like tolerance, justice and community standards.

It's because we've always belonged in that conversation. Many of Audubon's 463 chapters and 41 nature centers are community hubs and we cherish that role. From creating community gardens in Birmingham, Alabama, to creating a nature center where 50,000 Texans experience Dallas' Trinity Forest every year, we stand for values that leave us with clear consciences and pride in our communities. We don't just talk community building and inclusion: we practice it. We also know that, with a centrist base, Audubon is uniquely positioned to find common ground when so many would choose to build fences.

We're also committed to building a conservation movement for years to come and our commitment to equity and diversity is clear and unequivocal. We see a bright future for an Audubon that embraces America's rich and diverse communities.

So, to the DREAMers among us: you are family and we have your back. The same goes for our colleagues who face intimidation or the loss of liberties -- anywhere -- because of any form of discrimination. Birds don't stop at borders and neither does Audubon's network of partnerships across the hemisphere. We will do everything we can to support you during this uncertain and confusing time.

As an employer, Audubon adheres to the best HR practices. We will monitor the news about DACA and advocate for the innocent 850,000 potential environmentalists, scientists, policy experts and bird-lovers who have stepped forward to declare themselves DREAMers.

At Audubon, we're all dreamers. We dream of a world where climate change doesn't threaten birds and people; where water will sustain biodiversity; where coastlines create nurseries and safe passage for birds; and of bird-friendly cities where people and birds thrive together.

If you have any questions or just want to talk, here are some folks with whom you can talk. Feel free to reach out to me, too.

Here is Audubon's statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion (along with a video), which you may want to review yourselves and share with others today and in the days ahead: http://www.audubon.org/about/equity-diversity-and-inclusion-audubon

David Yarnold
President & CEO
National Audubon Society


 

Threats to Public Lands

Our friends at Washington Wild are tracking legislative threats to public lands. Please see their website for more information on these threats and what you can do to help keep our public lands intact and available for people and birds to enjoy.

Legislative Threats to Public Lands
Legislative Threats to Public Lands


Rain Garden Opportunity

Rain Garden

 

Have you been thinking about having a rain garden in your yard? Do you live in the Swamp Creek drainage near the I-5 corridor? This may be the opportunity you have been looking for! Find out more about this free-of-charge program.


 Get Your Property Certified!

The Everett Backyard Habitat Program is now actively engaging community groups, government agencies, schools and businesses to encourage people to improve their properties to benefit wildlife and achieve certification as a Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.

If you have not yet gotten your backyard certified, your can download the application form here or read more about our program here.

Special incentives are available to residents of Everett. For more information,
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all or write to the program coordinator Jed Holmes: 
360 421 8423; habitat@pilchuckaudubon.org.



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New website features:

The results of the 2015 Christmas Bird Counts are in!

Feeding Hummingbirds in the Winter--Wally Davis

People of PAS -- Paula Parsons

Photo Gallery -- David Richman, Edmonds

(The gallery will feature a Pilchuck photographer every few months.  If you would like to submit photos, please contact webmaster@pilchuckaudubon.org.)

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind -- Ken Longley

(This page features writings about birds.  If you have had a magical birding moment, consider writing it up and submitting it to webmaster@pilchuckaudubon.org)



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