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Say's Phoebe
Say's Phoebe—Photo by Rick Taylor

Spring Birding in Snohomish County

Presented by our own Rick Taylor

Friday, April 14, 2017
7:00 — 8:30 pm
Everett Firefighter's Hall
2411 Hewitt Avenue, Everett (map)

For more information, contact Kristin Kelly, Executive Director, 425-923-8625 or by email at

It has been a long, wet winter; but spring is finally here.  This presentation will help you maximize your spring birding.  Rick uses data to identify the 20 hottest birding locations in Snohomish County.  He also shares the most likely times and locations for some of the county’s most sought after migrants.  Rick will show how to mine the wealth of data in eBird to ensure that you hear about the latest noteworthy bird finds.  The presentation will include at the evolving technologies that provide weekly migration forecasts.  Finally, Rick will share his strategies for getting record setting results in the Big Sit, Big Day and Big Month for the Pilchuck Audubon Bird-a-Thon.

Rick Taylor has lived and birded in Snohomish County for 16 years.  Rick is the co-compiler for the Edmonds Christmas Bird Count, and is one of the curators for the soon to be released on-line version of “A Birder’s Guide to Washington”.  He and his wife Tina bird the entire state of Washington and have seen over 175 species in each of Washington’s 39 counties.  They enjoy birding exotic locations and have birded in South America, Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as pelagic birding from cruise ships.

The meeting will also be election of Vice-President and Treasurer. Above is a photo by Rick Taylor of a Say's Phoebe taken a few days ago in Snohomish County, only the second sighting of this species.


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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Olympic Peninsula BirdFest 2017

Come bird with us!

SAVE THE DATE: Olympic Birdfest, April 7-9, 2017. Enjoy guided birding trips, boat tours, live auction & raffle, gala banquet, and more. Our featured speaker: noted nature photographer Bonnie Block. Join our festival pre-trip: a three-day, two-night birding/sightseeing cruise of the San Juan Islands, April 4-6, 2017. Register separately at Extend your festival with our Neah Bay post-trip on April 9-11, 2017: two days exploring northwest coastal Washington. BirdFest registration at

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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

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Close Encounters of the Bird Kind -- Ken Longley

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