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UPCOMING FIELD TRIPS
(click above for details on each trip)

February 6, 2016, Saturday    Snowy Owl Trip
Leaders: Fran and Brad Haywood

March 19, 2016, Saturday     Bluebird Trip
Leader: Marian Frobe


2016 Spokane Audubon Society
Birds of Eastern Washington Calendar 
(available at our SAS Store)
 
Photos by Spokane Audubon members 











The Spokane Audubon Society Joins Other Birding Organizations in Condemning the Armed Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

January 7, 2016

The Spokane Audubon Society, whose members work for the conservation of birds and other wildlife, joins the Audubon Society of Portland and other Audubon chapters to express our dismay at the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon.  We support the statement by the Audubon Society of Portland at:

http://audubonportland.org/news/audubon-society-of-portland-statement-on-the-occupation-of-malheur-national-wildlife-refuge

While experiencing the incredible recreational pleasures of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Spokane Audubon members have contributed to the Harney County economy.  We cherish the special lands of the Blitzen Valley for their exceptional bird and other wildlife habitat.  Their importance to the conservation of fish, waterfowl, shorebirds, and songbirds was recognized more than a century ago when, in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt established one of the first national wildlife refuges on unclaimed federal property around Malheur Lake.

Spokane Audubon members believe that the management of public lands is a trust that our government takes seriously.  Guided by laws and regulations, government officials use stakeholder processes for decision making about public land planning and management.  Our members take advantage of these opportunities to provide input about bird and other wildlife conservation.

“Spokane Audubon Society strongly objects to the armed occupation of these public lands by out-of-state protesters,” said conservation chair Greg Gordon.  “Holding this bird sanctuary hostage in order to prove a political objective is inappropriate and has the potential of disrupting years of carefully planned protection of birds and wildlife.”

 


YardMap

What's a yardmap?

yardmap

YardMap is a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments.

Another Citizen Science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology




              
                                    
                                       


Find out what the Discover Pass is all about.




Spokane Audubon Monthly Program

February 10, 2016


Kayaks to Airplanes and Dip nets to
Whoosh nets

By Jim and Bea Harrison


With funding scarce, avian scientists need all the help they can get gathering information that can help them understand what we need to do to protect birds from the many global factors threatening them today.  

Volunteers, aka Citizen Scientists are key to helping scientists on their quest for knowledge about birds.  Bea and Jim Harrison discuss the wide variety of Science Citizen birding projects they have been involved in.

Working for the Smithsonian banding neotropical migrants after they have crossed the Gulf of Mexico, to manning hawk watch stations from daylight to dark, to chasing black rails around the marsh at night, to monitoring dead pelagic birds on the Washington Coast, it is never boring and sometime life-changing being a citizen scientist.



         
Find a birding festival near you this year. If your festival is not listed, send us your information. 





Turnbull Photo Contest: www.fws.gov/refuge/turnbull




Revised Checklists

Newly revised checklists (December 2012) are now available for Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, and Whitman counties as well as Washington State. These checklists are compiled by Washington Birder. They can be found here.


Birders' Exchange

The American Birding Association's Birders' Exchange program collects donated new and used equipment and distributes it to their colleagues working to conserve birds and their habitats throughout Latin America and the Carribean. 
Do you want to help? Find out more.

Check out our online store. Browse the catalog at the Online Nature Mall. Any purchases made at the mall will benefit Spokane Audubon too. Find out how.

Great Washington State Birding Trails
now available as an app for your iPhone!

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