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Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

Butterfly in the Garden

Saturday, June 23, 2018, 10:00am-12 noon at the Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Demonstration Garden.

Julie O'Donald, Master Gardener and butterfly aficionado will give a new workshop featuring 18 species of Western Washington butterflies and the flowers that attract them. Come and learn about landscape features that help butterflies throughout the year and their preferred host plants. Butterflies, their habitats and many of the plants will be seen at the Edmonds Demo Garden during the workshop. Julie's garden is featured in Butterfly Gardening: The North American Butterfly Association Guide.

The Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Demonstration Garden is located at the Willow Creek Hatchery on the NW corner of Pine Street and Edmonds Way (Highway 104). Street parking is available on Pine Street. There are a few parking spaces down the driveway for those with limited mobility.
Questions? Email garden@pilchuckaudubon.org or call 425-771-8165

The workshop is free but donations are appreciated to cover Garden costs.

Julie O'Donald


"Cacophony of Caws: The Crows of the Puget Sound"

Crows flying over a UW Bothell Building
(Photo courtesy of UW Bothell)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 7 - 8:30 PM

Haynes' Hall at McMenamins Anderson School
18607 Bothell Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011

Every night, thousands of cawing crows descend onto their communal roost on the North Creek Wetlands. Have you ever wondered why they make this nightly journey? And what they do once they arrive? Come learn what undergraduate research is telling us about the social and roosting behavior of our local crows.

Doug Wacker is assistant professor in the School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics at the University of Washington Bothell.

To find out more, visit the UW Bothell website.


Save the Date

Craven Farm

Please join Pilchuck Audubon Society for our annual Feast on the Farm to help support all our programs, working every day toward conserving and restoring ecosystems by focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of the Earth’s biological diversity, and working toward protection of our air, water and natural resources for future generations.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018
6:00 to 8:30 PM
Craven Farm
13817 Short School Road
Snohomish, WA 98290

Tickets are $50 per person. Seating is limited.
If you would like to be a sponsor, please email Kristin Kelly, and she will provide you the details.

Pay Online
Click the Pay Online and use the drop-down list to apply your donation to "Feast on the Farm"


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

Seating is limited, so register early to guarantee a place at the table!

See our Smart Growth Campaign web page for more information.


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: http://www.audubon.org/about/equity-diversity-and-inclusion-audubon

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; habitat@pilchuckaudubon.org.

Help Pilchuck Audubon by Shopping!

Amazon Smile

If you are shopping on Amazon, simply start on this page, http://tinyurl.com/smilepas, and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Pilchuck Audubon. Millions of products are eligible for donations. It couldn't be easier!

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)

 Upcoming Birding Trips


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