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Orcas

with Whitney Neugebauer, Director of Whale Scouts

Orca Breaching
(Photo: Miles Ritter/Flickr/Creative Commons License)

Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Whitney will share information with us about Orcas and what we all need to do to save and support the Orcas of the Salish Sea. After Whitney's presentation there will also be interesting and fun activities for all ages to learn more about these unique whales.

The workshop like all events at the Demo Garden is free but donations are needed and welcome to help cover Whale Scouts costs for the time and activities they are sharing with us. This is a special opportunity and brand new presentation at the Demo Garden.

To better plan for this new event on March 31st: if you are interested and planning to come to this event, please send email to garden@pilchuckaudubon.org with your name and the estimated number of people who will be coming with you including the number adults and children (ages 1-12 and 13-18).

Also please note that representatives from Whale Scouts will be at the Edmonds Beach with spotting scopes looking for whales and answering questions on Saturday March 9 and April 13th. We will try to provide up-to-date information about this new program on our Facebook page for the Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Demonstration Garden.

Parking: Located on the NW corner of Pine Street and Edmonds Way (S.R.#104). There is free parking on Pine Street and for those with limited mobility there is parking in the Hatchery Parking area down the driveway on the right hand side of Pine St.

About Us: The Edmonds Demo Garden is a community garden located on Edmonds City property and is open to the public. It is operated by volunteers under the auspices of Pilchuck Audubon. Most Workshops are held in the Sound Salmon Solutions small education building and the Demo Garden. These events are free, though donations are greatly appreciated and help cover operating and education costs. Donations are tax deductible.

For more information, contact garden@pilchuckaudubon.org or call 425-771-8165.



 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) Edmonds Circle Results Are In!

Read more...


 

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,
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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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