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Spring Bird Seed Sale

Bird with Seed

Wednesday, March 14

Twice yearly, Pilchuck Audubon sells bird seed in bulk as a fundraiser. The 2018 spring sale will be Wednesday, March 14, between 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Seed pick-up will be in Everett; there will be volunteers to load the seed into your vehicle.

Types of seed available include sunflower seed (shelled or unshelled), peanuts (shelled or unshelled), cracked corn, millet, safflower, mealworms, niger thistle, suet, and mixes. The most popular seeds are sunflower and the mixes; all will lure many species to your feeders.

You must pre-order the seed you want. If you would like to see a price list, send an email to Carolyn Lacy, newsletter@pilchuckaudubon.org.

Payment is by credit card, check, or cash. If paying with a credit card, you'll need to pay 48 hours before seed pick-up. If paying with cash or check, pay at the time of picking up your seed.

Feed the birds and support PAS!


Learn to Make Paper Sculptures

Paper Sculptures of Goldfinches

Saturday, March 24 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and Sunday, March 25th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Demonstration Garden

We will make birds, animals, plants or flowers, using paper, string, masking tape, whatever it takes. Then finish with non-toxic paints. Last year we mounted our sculptures on bamboo poles and marched with them in the Edmonds 4th of July Parade! Everyone - any age - is welcome to come and make your own sculpture!

April Richardson is a long-time painter, printmaker and teacher with a special interest in native plants, animals and humans.

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.


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!

Smart Growth Campaign

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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