Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society

Serving Benton and Franklin Counties since 1965

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Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
7 PM

First Lutheran Church, 418 N Yelm St., Kennewick
Corner of Hwy 395 and Yelm

Birds of the Riparian Areas on the Hanford Site

Our speakers will be Dr Bill Rickard, retired Sr. Environmental Scientist with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and Corey Duberstein, research scientist, specializing in natural resource management at PNNL. Their talk is “Birds of the Riparian Areas on the Hanford Site.”

Dr. Rickard has more than 60 years experience in terrestrial ecology, botany, and radioecology. Much of his work was conducted on the Arid Lands Ecology (ALE) Reserve). Picture of Bill RickardHe was one of the first presidents of the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society (LCBAS); in fact he is the person who named our organization LCBAS. He is the author of numerous books, journal manuscripts and technical reports. In 1994, he received the Fitzner-Eberhardt Award from PNNL for Outstanding Contributions to Science and Engineering Education.

Corey’s work includes understanding the habitat requirements of several bird species, among which are bald eagles, sage grouse, ruffed grouse, sage sparrows and spotted owls.

LCBAS is privileged to present two such knowledgeable speakers to our community at this meeting. Come, enjoy refreshments and learn! Meetings are free and open to all.

It's not too soon to make plans for the Christmas Bird Count!

Anyone that enjoys bird watching can help.

The Tri-Cities count starts in three locations at 7:30am, Saturday, January 2nd. Some hardy participants may choose to search for owls after the official start time of 12:00am. The three start locations where volunteers can join the count are:

  • Richland – The “Fingernail” in Howard Amon Park - Team Leader needed: Contact Dana Ward

  • Kennewick – Audubon Nature Trail in Columbia Park: Team Leader, Rich Barchet

  • Pasco – Chiawana Park Boat Ramp, end of Rd 88 - Team Leader needed: Contact Dana Ward

  • Owling – Time, person and location to meet to be determined.

From these locations we split into smaller teams led by more experienced birders. Some birding skills are helpful but not required. If you cannot make the 7:30am start please coordinate with your count leader prior to Saturday, January 2nd to arrange an appropriate time and location. The team leaders also need to know what you have counted (species and number of species) before the potluck at 6:30pm.

The Tri-Cities count is also one of the best supported counts in the state, and regularly has the highest number of species seen inland. All of this is due to strong community support. Our goal is to count as many birds within the circle during the day (24hr count period). To do this, we need as many teams as possible. If individuals can only participate for part of the day, it will still help our effort. There can be a reasonable amount of walking involved, so keep this in mind when making plans. But much counting will be done from car windows for those that prefer that form of participation. Birds seen at bird feeders within the count circle are extremely important to the count. So if you have a feeder, please provide those numbers.

At the end of the count day, the LCBAS has their annual Christmas Potluck. The dinner is held at the Columbia Grange #938 which is located at 6300 Court Street in Pasco.

Please bring a main dish and dessert to share. Some standard drinks will be provided such as coffee and bottled water. You will need to provide your own tableware.

Start assembling at 5:30pm and we will eat at approximately 6:00pm. The day’s bird count will be presented after we eat. Also the Grange will be open from 10:00am to closing for those that want to stop by for warm drinks, good conversation and possibly some dulcimer music.

What species is this?

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper by Jane Abel
Bird ID Sharp-tailed Sandpiper !!! Very rare - seen recently in the Yakima Delta
Photo: Jane Abel

Birds of the Tri-Cities Checklist
[Note: This checklist is designed to be printed on 8.5 x 14 in paper and folded in 4 folds width-wise.]

Birds of the Tri-Cities Annotated Checklist

Benton County Bird List for 2015
This is a list of species reported in Benton County by date.

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