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SWIFT DOCENTS NEEDED

The Vaux's Swift fall migration has already started and the Swifts Night out Celebration is scheduled for September 10th. If you enjoy spending your August and September evenings at Wagner Elementary school in Monroe watching the Vaux's Swifts come into the chimney we hope you will join our team of Swift Docents.

There will be a short training for those interested in becoming Docents on Wednesday evening August 24th at 7:30 on the auditorium steps in front of Wagner Elementary. We should have time for the basic training, signing up on the Docent calendar and still be able to watch the swifts settle in for the evening. I will bring the training information along with lemonade and cookies for those interested in being docents.

Please call before August 24th so there will be enough training materials (and cookies) for the training that evening — be sure to leave your name and number. Please call 425-771-8165 or 425-478-9383 (or you can text to this second number) — If you get a chance please go to www.vauxhappening.org and check out the website before the training. We need some more volunteer docents and you are guaranteed a good time being a docent and will enjoy being a member of the whole team of people all along the Pacific flyway working on this fun project.


 

Craven Farm 
 

You Are Invited to Feast on the Farm

Please join Pilchuck Audubon Society for our annual Feast on the Farm. Our Smart Growth Program is working every day to continue connecting the importance of protecting our county's farmlands, forests, wildlife habitat and rural communities while creating healthy communities.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
6:30 to 9:30 PM
Craven Farm
13817 Short School Road
Snohomish, WA 98290

Tickets are $50 per person. RSVP by August 26.

Pay Online
Click the Pay Online link, then click Smart Growth in Designation drop-down, then type Feast on the Farm in the second box.

OR

RSVP by Email
RSVP by email to Kristin Kelly <execdirector@pilchuckaudubon.org> and then pay by check made out to Pilchuck Audubon Society to:
Kristin Kelly, Smart Growth Executive Director, Pilchuck Audubon Society
1429 Avenue D, #198
Snohomish, WA 98290

See our Smart Growth Campaign web page for more information.

 


 

Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds

 

Puget Sound Bird Fest


Friday, September 9 to Sunday, September 11, 2016  
Please join us for Puget Sound Bird Fest! Held in Edmonds, Washington, Puget Sound Bird Fest is an annual fall celebration of birds and nature found on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound. The festival kicks off Friday at 7:30 PM with Keynote Speaker Julia Parrish, an award-winning research scientist at the University of Washington.
 
The three-day festival continues with speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults. Plan to spend the weekend in Edmonds, birding and meeting other birders, naturalists, photographers, and people engaged in fascinating bird research projects.
 
For more information. www.pugetsoundbirdfest.org

 


 


(image courtesy of monroeswifts.org)

 

Swift Night Out


Saturday, September 10, 2016  
from 4 pm till dusk
Wagner Center, 639 West Main, Monroe
Free!
 
Celebrate the Vaux's Swift migration and watch thousands of birds come to roost in the chimney at Wagner Center. The Monroe Swift Watch will have delicious spaghetti dinners available for purchase (just $6.50 for Spaghetti and Salad Dinner) and there will be hotdogs, dessert, beverages, and other snacks available. Activities include children's games and crafts, wildlife education booths, the Vaux's Swift research station, and swift headbands.
 
Free parking is available at Monroe City Hall, Frank Wagner Elementary, and Park Place Middle School. ADA parking is available across from the Center at Windermere Real Estate.
 
For more information. www.monroeswifts.org

 


June 30, 2016

Pilchuck Audubon Society’s response to bird abatement strategies being­ implemented at the Port of Everett 

 

Like other members of the birding community, Pilchuck Audubon Society is shocked and disturbed by the Port of Everett’s strategy of hanging dead birds as an abatement tactic to deter gulls from their facilities. We understand the issues and concerns that birds can cause at Port facilities, including airports and waterfront properties, but are confident there are other cost effective measures for bird abatement that could have been employed.

For most people, birds represent an amazing part of our ecology and landscapes, including coastal and waterfront areas, so we understand and share our community’s distress with the Port’s decision to implement a “dead bird” strategy to scare gulls away from roosting, foraging and nesting areas.

Pilchuck Audubon Society would like to extend an invitation to meet with the Port of Everett for a discussion of the challenges they face at their facilities with respect to birds. We’d welcome a discussion of how we might support alternatives for avian management/avian protection plans. In many respects, birds are our business and we work every day toward conserving their populations and habitat…including along the Everett waterfront.

 




US Forest Service Plans Massive Timber Sale in South Fork Stillaguamish Watershed



Pilchuck partners with Skykomish Valley Environmental and 

Economic Alliance (SVENA) to protect May Creek



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