Current news and information:


Due to a schedule conflict, we will not be able to host a Program Meeting in October. We'll hope to see you at our November Program Meeting.


Sunday, October 21: Annual Mushroom Hike with Greg Hovander

(Photo: Creative Commons) 

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.

Meet at the Sultan Park and Ride at 9 AM. We will hike through mature forest on the Necklace Valley trail off SR 2, about an hour’s drive from Sultan. 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.

For more information on the trail (note that we will not go farther than the 5 mile E. Fk. Foss River crossing, if that far), see the Washington Trails Association hike description.

Trip leader: Kathy Johnson 425-244-3281 or forest@pilchuckaudubon.org


Sunday, October 28: SCMS Annual Mushroom Show

White Mushrooms 
(Photo courtesy of Snohomish County Mycological Society) 

Just can't get enough of mushrooms? Have no fear! In addition to the mushroom hike, there is a free mushroom show!

The Snohomish County Mycological Society (SCMS) presents their annual wild mushroom show on Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 10 am. until 5:00 pm. The event is held in Floral Hall in Forest Park, 802 East Mukilteo Boulevard, Everett, WA 98203 (map).

Hosted in cooperation with Everett Parks and Recreation, the annual show features a display of wild mushrooms collected by SCMS members, mushroom kits, a free class on mushroom identification at 1 p.m., books,videos, and raffle. The event is free (donations accepted). Learn to distinguish more than 100 different species of wild mushrooms. Bring your own mushroom samples for identification.

Go to http://www.scmsfungi.org/ for more information.

Upcoming Class: Marine Birds of Washington's Inland Waters

Taught by Jean Olson

Tufted Puffin RWD2
Image courtesy of carolinabirds.org

Do you look out onto the water on a gray day and say, "What's that bird?" Join us for species overviews and field trips of the common marine birds of Washington.

We will be focusing on plumage, shape, and behavior to help you feel confident in your identifications when you look out over the water. The class will cover alcids, grebes, diving ducks, loons, cormorants, and phalaropes, with a few gulls and dabbling ducks thrown in.

Class: Thursday, November 8, 2018; 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: PUD Building, 2320 California Street, Everett (map)

Field Trip: Saturday and Sunday, November 10 and November 11, 2018. Instructor will lead field trip to Fort Flagler and Point No Point both days; participants will sign up for one of these days at the first class. Participants will meet at the Edmonds Ferry in time to board the 7:10 AM sailing to Kingston.

If there are 12 or fewer in the class, the field trip will be on Saturday only.

Cost: $50 for class and field trip, $30 lecture only. In addi??on, please plan on bringing cash on the field trip to cover the cost of the ferry and carpool gas.

To Register: Pay Online and use the "Event" notation in Designation drop-down, then type Seabird Class in the second box.


RSVP by Email to Kristin Kelly, execdirector@pilchuckaudubon.org, and then pay by check made out to Pilchuck Audubon Society, 1429 Avenue D #198, Snohomish, WA 98290.


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,
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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