September Meeting - Local Bee Life in the Walla Walla Valley
Heidi Dobson, Professor of Biology, Whitman College
Thursday September 15th 7:00PM - Room 129 Olin Hall
We are now in Room 129 which is the same room we were formerly in - 157. Same place, different number.


Among the 20,000 species of bees worldwide, about 600 live in Washington State, especially in the warmer, drier regions. Most native bees are solitary, come in a wide diversity of sizes and colors, but all depend on flowers for their survival – and are crucial to the pollination of our wild plants. A few species are important in crop pollination and are managed commercially.

Understanding how bees live and what they require to survive (nesting sites, food) allows us to provide habitats upon which they depend. Solitary bees are also wonderful insects to study, and there is so much about them to learn and discover.

Heidi became fascinated with bee-flower interactions during her undergraduate years, studied bee biology for her MS in entomology at the University of California at Davis, and then turned to pollen chemistry and its role in flower selection by bees for her PhD in botany from the University of California at Berkeley.

Since 1986, she has conducted most of her bee-flower research in southeastern Sweden, and 60 Whitman students have joined her there for summer collaborations since 1994. Heidi also studies bees around Walla Walla! She loves watching them go about their busy lives.


Field Trip: Sunday September 18th 8:00 AM - Birding the Beaches of Walla Walla County

Parasitic Jaeger

Start Fall birding with the Dennys!! We will head out to the Columbia and Snake Rivers to look for migrants (jaegers, terns, shorebirds, etc.) and a wide variety of other birds. In addition, Mike will give plenty of informative tidbits about the areas we visit and birds. Spotting scopes will be set up for everyone to get good looks at the birds.

Anticipated stops are at the 2 Rivers and Peninsula Habitat Management Units (HMU’s), Hood Park, McNary National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, Ice Harbor Dam and Charbonneau Park. It is recommended that you wear long pants and boots to walk the HMU’s. Depending on the weather, you might want to change to cooler clothes at lunch. Bring your binoculars, field guide, lawn chair, lunch, and a friend or two.

We will leave from the Harper Joy Theater parking lot at 8:00 a.m. sharp and car pool into as few cars as possible. The plan is to return around 3:00 p.m. Note: the field trip is on a Sunday; not the usual.

If you have any questions call Mike or MerryLynn at (509) 529-0080 or E-mail MerryLynn

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.

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