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Turtle Time

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Sunday, May 19, 2019, 1:00-3:00pm at the Willow Creek Salmon Hatchery and Habitat Demonstration Garden

Thayer Cueter a veterinary technician and founder of Washington Turtle & Tortoise Rescue will conduct an educational workshop on identification of Washington State Natives, domestic turtles and actions to protect them. Learn about these fascinating reptiles and their haibitats while interacting with live rescues. Families interested in adoption can contact Thayer directly.

FREE! and all ages are welcome.

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 contact Thayer at: 206.618.7232 or justfrogs@gmail.com

Pilchuck Audubon Society's 2019 Birdathon!

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Bird throughout the month of May for a BIG Month total or select a 24-hour BIG Day event between May 16 and May 19, 2019 to support this year's PAS BIRDATHON. Have fun AND raise money to help protect birds, wildlife, and the habitats they need across our region.

What is Birdathon? Birdathon is the uniquely Audubon way to help protect native birds. Everyone is welcome—expert birders, casual birdwatchers, and beginners can all find a TEAM or an EVENT that gets them out across the landscape during the best time of the year to bird.

Like a walk-a-thon, Birdathon participants, or “Birdathoners,” collect pledges from friends, family members, and coworkers for finding and counting bird species. It’s competetive but open for any level of birdwatcher. Join a team, lead a team, or bird individually. The money raised goes to protect native animals and their habitat through our conservation work, advocacy and education projects, and programs.

There are four ways to participate:

  1. TEAM COMPETITION: Teams can be from one to four people. They will choose a 24-hour period between May 16 and May 19 to see as many species within Snohomish County and Camano Island as possible.
  2. BIG SIT: Teams can be from one to four people. They will choose a 200-foot-diameter circle within Snohomish County or Camano Island from which to view or hear birds for up to 24 hours.
  3. BIG MONTH: This is for an individual or couple. They will be able to bird the entire state of Washington between May 1 and May 31.
  4. PHOTO CONTESTS: These are for individuals. (Photographers may also participate in one of the other team competitions above.)

Ready to get started? See the Birdathon Page for more details.

 Upcoming Birding Trips

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(Photo: Cee Rose, Flickr Creative Commons)



Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival

Celebrating our Natural World and the Annual Spring Shorebird Migration in Grays Harbor County

Shorebird Parent Protecting Hatchling
"I'm Youth, I'm Joy, I'm a Little Bird that has Broken Out of Its Egg" — Ezri Carroll

Hoquiam, Washington and Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge

May 3-5, 2019

Each spring, hundreds of thousands of shorebirds stop to rest and feed along the Washington Coast and in the Grays Harbor estuary during their migration northward. Coming from as far south as Argentina, these Arctic-bound shorebirds are among the world's greatest migrants. Some birds travel over 15,000 miles round trip! The concentration of birds during spring migration offers people a great chance to view a number of shorebird species. With luck you will also see the birds fly together in beautiful formations while trying to escape a Peregrine Falcon.

The festival includes field trips, educational lectures, and the keynote speaker Noah Strycker, bird nerd of Oregon, who in 2015 became the first human to see more than half of the planet's bird species in a single, year-long, round-the-world birding trip.

See the full details about the festival, including the schedule and how to register, at www.shorebirdfestival.com.


Christmas Bird Count Results

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(Image courtesy of Icons8)

The 2018 Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Results Are In!



David Yarnold, Audubon CEO
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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

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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!

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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)

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