Adopt A Highway - Coordinator Needed


As many of you know Blue Mountain Audubon has responsibility for a one mile stretch of highway. One day in the fall and another in the spring we meet and clean up that one mile stretch of Highway 12 that we have adopted.The previous coordinators, Mike James, Joanne Hesser-James, and Jill Hesser-Gardiner did an excellent job managing this task but have decided to move on to other opportunities.

The actual clean up only takes about an hour and is a great way to exercise and do good for the environment. The reward is a clean highway for visitors to see when they are driving to Walla Walla.

The coordinator sets the date and time, assigns the volunteers to areas, provides the helmets, vests, and bags, which come from the highway department, logs the activity, and turns in the paperwork upon conclusion of the clean-up.

We are looking for a new coordinator for this project and if you are interested please contact me. For more information or to volunteer for this position Click Here to send me an E-mail.

July 21st First Draft Writers Series - Pendleton, Oregon

Pepper Trail

The First Draft Writers’ Series features an Ashland poet and ornithologist whose work has taken him across the globe and onto the pages of National Geographic. Pepper Trail will read from his new work on July 21 at 7:00 pm at the Pendleton Center for the Arts as part of the free event.

Trail's poetry has appeared in Rattle, Spillway, Atlanta Review, Cascadia Review, Windfall and elsewhere. He was nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize, and his collection Cascade-Siskiyou was a finalist for the 2016 Oregon Book Award in poetry. Also a regular essayist for the Jefferson Monthly, as well as a contributor to the Writers on the Range series.

Trail received his B.A. from Cornell University, and his M.S. from the University of California at Davis. He then returned to Cornell, and received his Ph.D. in ornithology for his field studies of the spectacular Guianan Cock-of-the-Rock in Suriname. his work was featured in a National Geographic article, illustrated with Trail’s photographs.

He continued his research with post-doctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the California Academy of Sciences, where he studied the ancestry of Darwin’s finches. From 1992-1994, he was the senior wildlife biologist for the government of American Samoa, and traveled widely in Polynesia, Australia, and New Zealand.

For more details regarding this fascinating event Click Here

2016 Rempel Scholarship Recipient: Nina Finley

Nina Finley

Nina Finley is this years recipient of the Rempel Scholarship Award. Nancy has been in contact with her.

"Congratulations on being the recipient of Blue Mountain Audubon Society's Arthur Rempel Scholarship. Dr. Rempel was a mentor to Whitman students for over 40 years, was a founding member of BMAS and a friend to countless members of the Walla Walla community".

Nina will be surveying for spawning sea stars and wasting disease outside of Homer, Alaska and leading natural history hikes for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. It's a very natural-history-themed summer.

Nina has also posted an illustrated version of her Rempel Scholarship essay to her blog. You can Click Here to visit her blog post called Natural Selections, it is quite fascinating and very well done.

Congratulations Nina.

New Start Time will be 7:00AM

Come join us as we walk around Bennington Lake on Tuesday mornings. It's fun to see what birds are present at different times of the year and to enjoy the changes of the seasons at the lake. The walks last 2-3 hours. We do not walk in inclement weather.

The start time for the walks will change with the seasons. For more information E-mail Ginger Shoemake

Fox Sparrow