Lower Columbia Basin AudubonSociety

Serving Benton and Franklin Counties since 1965

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History and Accomplishments

This hand-drawn Curlew is a design developed by local LCBAS volunteer and craftsman Jim Doyle. It has served us well for many years and we appreciate his good work.

Throughout our history, the chapter's usual activities have included various bird censuses, field trips, and education programs much too numerous to list. Our current activities still reflect this. The Christmas Bird Count has been done every year. Chapter meetings are held regularly and the programs enlighten our lives. Here are some highlights and outstanding moments worth remembering.

1960s through 1980s

May 1965: Tri-Cities Bird Club formed. Bird census done on an area originally counted in 1908.

June 1965: Club voted to apply for chapter status with the National Audubon Society.

January 1966: First Christmas Bird Count.

February 1967: Received National Audubon Society charter to become an NAS chapter.

September 1967: Cleared nature trail in Columbia Park (now known as the Dr. Rod Coler Audubon Nature Trail).

June 1968: Proposed Ben Franklin Dam opposed. Chapter visited and recognized by William O. Douglas.

January 1978: Hanford Reach opened to boat traffic.

1978: Efforts continued to improve Nature Trail in Columbia Park.

1980: Bird Lore column by Howard Ennor debuts in the TriCity Herald. This ran for 8 years with 337 articles published.

Volunteers plant tree at Wildlife Refuge

1980: Float trips organized on the Hanford Reach.

1986: Saved Leslie Groves Park from development.

1987: Damming of Little Palouse Falls prevented.

1987: Effort underway to have Hanford Reach designated as a Wild and Scenic River.

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1990 to 2005

April 1992: Birds of the TriCities by Howard Ennor published.

1992-1994: Tapteal Greenway effort started from LCBAS efforts.

September 1993: Reopened and dedicated the Audubon Nature Trail in Columbia Park.

November 1994: Start of Burrowing Owl Project installing artificial nests and inventory.

1994: Started program to recycle Christmas trees; later adopted by other groups.

April 1996: Awarded the Chevron Times-Mirror Conservation Award.

November 1995: Established local Bird Alert phone/message line.

1996: First local Big Sit (bird census).

1997: Awarded International Parks and Recreation Association Citizen Group of the Year.

May 1997: McNary National Wildlife Refuge Education Center and new Friends group started from previous LCBAS education programs.

June 1999: Nominated and received designation of the Fitzner-Eberhardt Arid Lands Ecology Reserve as the first Important Bird Area in the State. The Yakima River Delta and Bateman Island were later also named as Important Bird Areas.

June 2000: Hanford Reach designated a National Monument.

May 2001: Nature Trail in Columbia Park dedicated and renamed Coler Audubon Nature Trail in honor of Dr. Rod Coler.

2005: LCBAS's Conservation Sub-committee, Friends of Badger Mountain, preserve 574 acres of Badger Mountain’s ridgeline as open space.

No bird left unwatched when LCBAS members goes birdwatching!

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Presidents of the LCBAS

January 1965 - May 1965

Wayne Hanson

May 1965 - June 1967

Bill Rickard

July 1968 - June 1969

Bob Woodley

July 1969 - June 1970

K.C. Jones

July 1970 - June 1971

Alice Stringer

July 1971 - June 1972

Jeremy Hales

July 1972 - June 1973

Ward Swift

July 1973 - Sept 1975

Barbara Sebree

July 1975 - June 1976

David Powell

July 1976 - June 1977

Dick Fitzner

July 1977 - June 1978

Dan Uresk

July 1978 - June 1979

Steve Metcalf

July 1979 - June 1980

Carl Berkowitz

July 1980 - June 1981

Susan Ennor

July 1981 - June 1982

Elaine Chapman

July 1982 - June 1983

Debbie Berkowitz

July 1983 - June 1984

Tom Anderson

July 1984 - June 1985

Carl Berkowitz

July 1985 - June 1986

Steve Metcalf

July 1986 - June 1987

Vacant - V.P. Actg.

July 1988 - June 1989

Howard Ennor

July 1989 - June 1991

Steve Weiss

July 1991 - June 1992

Dale Litzenberger

July 1992 - June 1994

Kathy Criddle

July 1994 - June 1995

Mike Lilga

July 1995 - June 1997

Jerry Turnbaugh

July 1997 - June 2000

Kelly Doyle

July 2000 - June 2001

Jim Mock

July 2001 - June 2004

Tom Clarke

July 2004 - June 2005

Vacant-V.P. Actg.

July 2005 - June 2007

Charlotte Reep

July 2007 - June 2008

Rod Coler

July 2008 - June 2010

Ed Rykiel

July 2010 - June 2014

Robin Priddy

July 2014 - June 2016

Lori Wollerman Nelson

July 2016 - June 2017

Kathy Criddle

July 2017 - Present

Jim Castle

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