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Saturday, October 28, 2017, 9:00am-12:00pm at Forest Park in Everett.

Join with Forterra, Pilchuck Audubon Society, and a hundred of your Everett neighbors, friends, and family as we celebrate the city's forests! This is the first day of the planting season for the Partnership and we like to celebrate it with a party! Volunteer to help us plant over 500 trees and shrubs in Everett's oldest public park. As with any party, there will be food, friends from the community, activities for all ages, and prizes to be raffled off. Terry Nightingale from Pilchuck Audubon will lead a bird walk through the forest to point out the bird species who call the park home.

Come, plant a tree, leave a lasting legacy in your city, and join the party!

All ages and abilities welcome. Gloves, tools, and instructions provided.

To RSVP as a volunteer, visit More information is at


Crown Jewel Wilderness Book Cover

Saturday, October 28: Book Signing for Crown Jewel Wilderness

The North Cascades National Park celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018, and a new book from Washington State University Press, Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating North Cascades National Park, offers the first comprehensive account of its creation—a narrative that involves more than a decade of grassroots activism and political maneuvering. Widely considered the first wilderness national park in the United States, its most scenic and undisturbed areas were preserved without roads or other accommodations, adding to its crown jewel image. The story includes the unprecedented turn of events that left the National Park Service and United States Forest Service—agencies that often had adversarial viewpoints and objectives—working side by side.

About the Author: Lauren Danner, PhD, is a writer and historian based in Olympia, Washington. She focuses on public lands policy, Pacific Northwest and environmental history, and outdoor recreation. A former college professor, museum director, and Washington State field coordinator for the Lewis and Clark bicentennial, she now writes at

Saturday, October 28, 12:00 p.m.
Edmonds Bookshop
111 5th Avenue South
Edmonds, WA 98020
(425) 775-2789


(Photo: Creative Commons)  

Saturday, November 4: Annual Mushroom Hike with Greg Hovander

Call or email Kathy to reserve your place on this hike, limited to 12 participants. Please include your phone number in case of last-minute changes.

We will hike through old growth forest on the Deception Falls trail off SR 2. Meet at the Sultan Park and Ride at 9 AM. This will be an all-day hike with expert mycologist and pharmacist Greg Hovander. Greg is a walking encyclopedia of mycological knowledge, from identification of hundreds of fungal species, to medicinal qualities, to nutrition and cooking methods. We'll proceed at a leisurely pace at first, locating and learning about all types of fungi.

Trip leader: Kathy Johnson 360-659-7252 or


Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Washington Forest Law Center (WFLC), Skykomish Valley Environmental and Economic Alliance (SVENA), Friends of Wild Sky (FOWS), and your Pilchuck Audubon Society (PAS), the Singletary Timber Sale directly east of Wallace Falls State Park has been halted temporarily and is unlikely to resume this year. PAS members may recall that we have been fighting this sale for several years, and earlier this year the Snohomish County Council voted to reconvey a small portion (approximately 21 acres) of the sale back to the County in order to protect a new hiking trail.

Appeal is still possible and we are not "out of the woods" just yet. Read the full article for more details.


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:

David Yarnold
President & CEO
National Audubon Society


Marsh Wren
First place in 2017 Washington Big Month Photo Contest ~ Marsh Wren by Rick Brauer

See the Birdathon Page for more details about our Birdathon contest winners.


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,
all or write to the program coordinator Jed Holmes: 
360 421 8423;

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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

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

 Upcoming Birding Trips


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