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Enjoy the Holidays!

Next Program Meeting: Puget Sound Bird Observatory's (PSBO) Regional Wetland Secretive Bird Survey

Friday, January 10, 2020
Everett Firefighter's Hall
2411 Hewitt Avenue, Everett (map)

PSBO has been studying birds across our regional wetlands for the past 3 years but made a significant expansion of the project in 2018 in order to begin truly assessing the population trends of four under-detected, wetland-obligate species [American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), Sora (Porzana Carolina), Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola), and Green Heron (Butorides virescens)] and two wetland-associated species for which there are population concerns [Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) and Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii)].

We are looking to extend and implement this project throughout the Puget Sound trough. We feel the information and assessments are crucial to land management decisions for our region's wetland system. An area of results we feel may be of particular interest to land managers is the distribution of these species to wetland restoration sites. With this in mind, one of the key goals of this project is to make the data and analysis readily available through the Avian Knowledge Network database.

All Pilchuck Audubon programs are free and open to all Pilchuck members and to community members of all ages who have an interest in birds and environmental issues affecting birds. Program meetings are the second Friday of each month at 7:00 p.m. (no meetings are held in August or December). Most meetings are at the Firefighters' Hall in Everett, located at 2411 Hewitt Avenue, which is three blocks east of the hockey arena downtown. Parking is available in a lot adjacent to the building as well as on-street parking.

Christmas Bird Count 2019
Edmonds/South County CBC — December 14, 2019
Everett-Marysville CBC — December 28, 2019

Western Tanager

National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count began in 1900 as an alternative to Christmas day bird hunts. It is the longest-running, large-scale, citizen-science project in the world. The CBC provides important data about bird population and distribution trends. The results are tallied and submitted to the National Audubon Society. This long-term population data is used in multiple research projects like National Audubon Society's Survival by Degrees. In addition to collecting valuable scientific data, the CBC is an enjoyable social event with teams working together over the years. Teams try to beat their records for the number of species that they can find in their area.

Pilchuck Audubon Society sponsors the 15-mile diameter Everett-Marysville and Edmonds Christmas bird counts that will occur on December 28 and December 14, respectively. The Everett-Marysville count area is located between downtown Everett and Island Crossing, extending as far west as the southeast tip of Camano Island, while the Edmonds count, centered near Martha Lake in Lynnwood, occurs in south Snohomish County, north King County, and the southeast tip of Whidbey Island. Some great opportunities exist to join an existing team or start a new team. Boat surveys in the Snohomish River Delta and on marine waters (weather permitting) offer a unique opportunity to see waterfowl and sea birds not easily seen from shore. Counts are made on Camano, Ebey, Spencer, Jetty, Whidbey, and Gedney (Hat) islands.

You can participate either by joining a field team of birders covering one of the 28 areas or by independently counting birds at your feeders and in your yard.

Also, there are presently open positions for area leaders.

New participants, whether experienced, intermediate or beginning birders, are welcome to join the counts. The Edmonds CBC also counts the massive “river of crows” as the American Crows move to their evening roost site. If you aren't comfortable with your identification skills or are available only in the afternoon, this is an excellent way to participate. The CBC Compilers can direct you to one of these areas after knowing your interests and experience.

As Snohomish County grows and more land is converted into suburban housing, feeder counts grow in importance. We would like to increase the number of people watching their feeders to ensure that we have good coverage of the urban and suburban habitat.

Each CBC will have a post-count potluck to share results and enjoy the evening. The Compilers will provide the location and time of this event.

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  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
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  • For more information, please visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards.


Trees and waterfalls in the Tongass National Forest
(Photo Credit: Howie Garber)

TAKE ACTION: Tongass Roadless Rule

Help defend America's national forests! Submit a comment to the U.S. Forest Service urging that they take 'No Action' on the newly proposed Alaska Roadless Rule, keeping the Roadless Rule protections intact for the Tongass National Forest.

The new proposal undermines the Roadless Rule, a law that has long protected much of our last remaining wild national forests from logging and other development across the country. In this case, the Tongass National Forest in Alaska is in the crosshairs. At almost 17 million acres, the Tongass is the nation's largest national forest and is among one of the world's few remaining relatively intact temperate rainforests. The Roadless Rule protects 9.3 million acres of breathtaking, undeveloped roadless land in the Tongass—twice the size of Yellowstone, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined! Not only does this attack threaten habitat for wildlife like grizzly bears, moose and salmon, but it sets a bad precedent that could lead to logging and road construction in remote, wild forest areas across the nation. The Tongass National Forest is among the planet's best carbon sinks—under this proposal, old-growth trees that help us to mitigate climate change by storing vast amounts of carbon would be especially targeted. In addition, this rule could potentially undermine protection of the 5.4 million acres of roadless lands in Alaska's Chugach National Forest.

How to submit comments:

  • The roadless coalition's comment portal website
  • Email: akroadlessrule@usda.gov Subject: Alaska Roadless Rulemaking #54511
  • Snail Mail:
    USDA Forest Service
    Attn: Alaska Roadless Rule
    P.O. Box 21628
    Juneau, Alaska, 99802
  • Fax: 907-586-7852

  •  Upcoming Birding Trips

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    (Photo: Cee Rose, Flickr Creative Commons)



    Commentary: Clean electricity bill defends nature and nation

    by Rick Taylor

    A January 2019 report from the U.S. Department of Defense states, "the effects of a changing climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to (department) missions, operational plans and installations." It goes on to report that more than two-thirds of the military's operationally critical installations are threatened by climate change, citing recurrent flooding, drought and wildfires as primary concerns at the 79 installations included in the analysis.

    As a retired military officer, grandfather and longtime member of the Pilchuck Audubon Society, I believe it is our civic duty to act now to prevent the rapidly accelerating impacts of climate change. One of the best ways we can make effective change is to pass statewide policies that eliminate the use of fossil fuels, the underlying cause of global warming.

    Read the full article at HeraldNet.com

    Pilchuck Audubon Society's 2019 Birdathon Photography Contest Winners Announced!

    Marbled Godwit
    First Place—Washington Big Month: Marbled Godwit by Rex Guichard

    See all the winning photographs...


    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. FFor more information,
    all or write to the program coordinator Jed Holmes: 
    360 421 8423; habitat@pilchuckaudubon.org.

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