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FALL BIRD SEED SALE
Great prices and a good cause—whats not to like?
Delivery will be on October 19 (Wednesday) at the rear door (enter from alley) of:
2804 Grand Avenue, Everett
Orders must be received by October 5.
See details and price list here.
Send orders to Carolyn Lacy
Friday, October 14, 2016
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Everett Firefighter's Hall
2411 Hewitt Avenue, Everett (map)
For more information, leave message at 425-252-0926
Larry Schwitters has a Masters of Science degree from East Texas State University, funded by a National Science Foundation competitive grant. He spent thirty years in the trenches of public education, mostly as a middle school science teacher and coach in the Renton School District. His first, after early retirement involvement with the avian Apodidae family was Black Swift field research for the American Bird Conservancy. His experiences in this endeavor were the subject of the cover story for the American Birding associations "Winging It." Schwitters also contributed to Rich Levad's stunning "The Coolest Bird," a natural history of the Black Swift and those who have pursued it. Some information and download possible at http://earbirding.com/blog/archives/2354.
After tracking down and evaluating all the Washington State waterfalls that could be safely approached, he turned his attention to the smaller, more urban Vaux's Swift, and their communal migratory roost sites. Vaux's Swift was a little studied species, for which there was, outside of Portland, a surprising lack of awareness of their evening roosting spectacle. Schwitters, working with Audubon has changed that. His Vaux's Happening project is the subject of a Smithsonian on line article that can be viewed at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-disappearing-habitats-of-the-vauxs-swifts-409845/. Schwitters and his project were also featured in "High Country News" at http://www.hcn.org/issues/44.12/save-a-chimney-save-a-swift. He has presented the Vaux's Happening story over 60 times, including at the North American Swift Symposium in Raleigh North Carolina and the international Swift Conference at Cambridge Great Britain.
Vaux's Happening, Pilchuch Audubon, The Audubon Society of Corvallis, and the City of Albany have just erected a 30 foot tall 15 ton pre formed concrete dedicated swift roost to replace one demolished along with their fire station.
For the last 16 migrations Larry has pressed on with his Vaux's Happening Project documenting over eight million roosting swifts, and with his wife Leora, continues to explore the edges of the continent in their quest for up close and personal time with each bird species found in North America.
Birds at the Burke
Saturday, October 8
10 AM – 4 PM
Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members or w/UW ID
Flock to the Burke Museum for a fun-filled day celebrating all things feathered! See hundreds of specimens and get expert tips for spotting and identifying birds from the Sound Bird Observatory and the Seattle Audubon Society.
- Meet Taima the Hawk! Have your photo taken with the Seattle Seahawks Augur Hawk from 10:30 am - 2:30 pm.
- Paul Bannick will discuss the genesis of his new book, OWL: A Year in the Lives of North American Owls. His talk, full of compelling new photos and videos will discuss everything from how his first book The Owl and Woodpecker educated his focus, to how he selected a publisher, targeted photos, found owls and tailored a narrative. Talks at 11 am and 1:30 pm.
- Test your birding skills with Bird Jeopardy at 12 and 2:30 pm.
- Learn about hummingbird migration.
- Get to know neighborhood birds with bird specimens, nests and eggs of Seattle.
- See remarkable California Condor specimens.
- Get to know Marbled Murrelets and their conservation needs.
- Touch beautiful wings from the Burke’s spread wing collection—the largest collection of its kind in the world.
- Examine extinct bird specimens.
June 30, 2016
Pilchuck Audubon Society's response to bird abatement strategies being implemented at the Port of Everett
Like other members of the birding community, Pilchuck Audubon Society is shocked and disturbed by the Port of Everett's strategy of hanging dead birds as an abatement tactic to deter gulls from their facilities. We understand the issues and concerns that birds can cause at Port facilities, including airports and waterfront properties, but are confident there are other cost effective measures for bird abatement that could have been employed.
For most people, birds represent an amazing part of our ecology and landscapes, including coastal and waterfront areas, so we understand and share our community's distress with the Port's decision to implement a "dead bird" strategy to scare gulls away from roosting, foraging and nesting areas.
Pilchuck Audubon Society would like to extend an invitation to meet with the Port of Everett for a discussion of the challenges they face at their facilities with respect to birds. We'd welcome a discussion of how we might support alternatives for avian management/avian protection plans. In many respects, birds are our business and we work every day toward conserving their populations and habitat…including along the Everett waterfront.
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