Membership Meeting: Understanding Shorebirds, the Miracle of Migration

April 17th, 7:00 PM Room 151 Hall of Science, Whitman College

Avocet The program Understanding Shorebirds, the Miracle of Migration is about the epic migrations of shorebirds. Eight of the thirty-eight common shorebirds found in Washington are discussed, as we explore the trans-ocean migration of Bartailed Godwits, Pacific Golden-Plovers, Sanderling and other birds that cross the majority of the Pacific Ocean.

Topics such as; where they migrate, why they migrate and how they are able to travel so far are covered. These global migrants require global conservation and climate change solutions. In an effort to understand their remarkable journeys we need to look beyond the North American borders and see where shorebirds spend most of their lives.

Tim Boyer is a professional nature photographer with a primary focus on the birds of North America. Shorebirds are his favorite group of birds, and he spends a lot of weekends on the Washington Coast. Tim sells fine art prints at art festivals in Washington & Oregon, and leads photography workshops throughout the year.

Field Trip - Palouse Falls - Saturday: April 19th 9:00 AM

Palouse April is a great time to see water roaring over scenic Palouse Falls with White-throated swifts and possibly a Peregrine falcon or two below the falls. So don’t miss this opportunity to join Joe Corvino as he leads this fun field trip via the back roads of northern Walla Walla County.

We will look for birds along the way and should see a variety of raptors, horned larks, meadowlarks and much more. Ferruginous hawks have frequently been seen on this field trip. A total of 36 species was seen when Joe last led this trip in 2011. Meet at the Harper Joy Theater parking lot and we will car pool.

Bring a lunch, your binoculars and a friend or two. We will eat our lunches at the picnic tables at the falls. Scopes will be available for close-up viewing. Plan to return late in the afternoon. If you plan to attend please E-Mail Joe Corvino

TUESDAY BIRD WALKS AT BENNINGTON LAKE

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. For more information E-mail Ginger Shoemake

Blue Mountain Audubon will collaborate with the Walla Walla Symphony in April of 2014 as a part of "A Little Summer Night Music" program. Watch for more information on this exciting event on this webpage and in the Magpiper.

Yellow-headed Blackbird