March Presentation - Costa Rica Birding Adventure

Costa Rica

7:00 PM Room 157 - Olin Hall - Whitman College Campus
March 19th, 2015

Melissa Cummins will share photos and information about a trip taken through Road Scholar to Costa Rica from January 12 through 24. During the trip, five different locations were visited with a variety of habitats including Carara National Park in the Pacific Coastal region, the dry tropical area in Guanacaste, the Cano Negro wetlands in the north, and rain forest and cloud forest in central Costa Rica. Over 300 species were observed during the trip. The program will provide information about Costa Rica, show a variety of the birds seen and provide information about the various habitats, and photos of the areas visited. Costa Rica is a country about the size of West Virginia, but contains 5% of the world's diversity. Over 900 species of birds have been observed in Costa Rica.

Melissa started birding about 10 years ago, and does not consider herself an expert. She is a member of both the Blue Mountain Audubon Society and Spokane Audubon Society. Melissa grew up on a farm in the Touchet area, and recently retired; she moved back to the area after living in Spokane for 18 years. Prior to retiring, Melissa was the Farm Loan Chief for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency; she had a 30-year career with USDA. She attended both WSU and Penn State University and enjoys the out-of-doors and photography.

Saturday March 21st Snake River Birding
Start Time will be 8:00AM at Harper Joy Parking Lot

Rough Legged Hawk

Mike and MerryLynn Denny will lead this month's field trip to northern Walla Walla County. One of the stops will be at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's Holebeke Habitat Management Unit (HMU) located 25 miles upriver from Burbank. Other stops will include the Ayers Boat Basin and Walker's Point.

We will look for raptors on the drive north (including rough-legged hawks and golden eagles), horned larks, meadowlarks, early spring arrivals (including sparrows and swallows), waterfowl, flyover sandhill cranes and lots more. Meet at the Harper Joy Theater parking lot and we will car pool.

Put on your hiking boots and bring a lunch, your binoculars and a friend or two. We will return late afternoon. Don't miss this opportunity to bird with Mike and MerryLynn in a seldom visited scenic part of the county.
If you plan to attend, E-mail Mike or MerryLynn
or call the Dennys at (509) 529-0080


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