Green Neighbors Program

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VIRTUAL Owl Explorations

Saturday, January 30, 2021 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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TreeSong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center presents "Owl Explorations." Owls never fail to fascinate and amaze us, and an encounter with one is always memorable. This online class will introduce you to the owls of the Pacific Northwest, their life histories, and how you can become a better owl watcher.
 
Advance registration required. 
 
 
Registration closes at 8:00 am the day of the class. The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out to attendees before the workshop time.Be sure and reserve your spot!
 
Cost: Tuition is on a sliding scale, $5 - $20
 
About the instructor: Laura Whittemore, longtime birder and teacher, loves to show beginners the tricks of the trade. She has taught classes for Audubon Society of Portland and previously worked for Backyard Bird Shop, where she helped bird-feeding enthusiasts ID those confusing little brown birds. Laura holds a BA in Biology from Lewis and Clark College and has traveled in the US, Australia, South Africa, and Antarctica in search of birds.

TreeSong is a nonprofit organization located in Washougal. They are dedicated to fostering a deep connection to nature, community, and self while inspiring stewardship for the planet at large. Our nature awareness and arts programs for children, adults, and families offer a fertile ground to grow one’s sense of self, community-mindedness and environmental responsibility.

VIRTUAL Amphibian Monitoring Training (Citizen Science Program)

Saturday, January 30, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Amphibian Monitoring Training for 2021 Season

Do you love frogs and salamanders? Would you like the chance to get outdoors and see them in the wild? Do you want to help your community support local amphibian populations? Frogs and other amphibians can be found all around Clark County, but their numbers are decreasing, according to Dr. Peter Ritson.

We are looking for volunteers to help the Southwest Washington Amphibian Monitoring Project or SWAMP, an all-volunteer program dedicated to empowering community members to assess and preserve the unique ecological resources for our community.

After this 2-hour training session, where volunteers learn how to identify and count local amphibian eggs, volunteers get the opportunity to survey and monitor the frogs and salamanders in ponds and streams throughout Clark County and beyond.

“We want to educate Clark County residents about the importance of amphibians and their associated habitats,” said Dr. Ritson. “We hope to encourage their protection in several ways: engaging citizens in wildlife protection, providing data essential to species conservation decisions, and increasing public understanding of the importance of wetlands in a rapidly urbanizing region.”

We will be looking for eggs from red-legged and chorus frogs as well as northwestern and long-toed salamanders. Volunteers help us track changes in their population over time by searching for egg masses in the spring, recording the data, and uploading it into our database. Gear is provided.

Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Matt Distler, a Staff Ecologist at Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center. He will be talking about the life cycle of amphibians and his investigation into whether roads, especially high traffic highways, are keeping amphibians from making their seasonal migration to ponds, where they breed.

Our training will be held virtually this year. Participation is free and open to everyone. Pre-registration is required on Eventbrite to receive the zoom link. Please sign up if you are interested in participating this season even if you are unable to make it during the training time.  We will send out a recording of the training afterwards.

Event Page: https://amphibian-monitoring2021.eventbrite.com

Contact Shell Devlaeminck, Project Coordinator: [email protected] 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SWAmpMonProj

More information coming soon: http://www.nweri.org/outreach-education/ 

VIRTUAL Amphibian Identification with Char Corkran

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Join Clark Conservation District for your lunch break to learn how to identify local amphibians in Clark County! Char Corkran, co-author of Amphibians of Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia (1996), will give a presentation about our County’s native amphibians, where to find them, and some simple things you can do to help amphibians on your property. Char is a Portland-area naturalist and wildlife consultant who helped found the Northwest Ecological Research Institute in 1985 and still serves on the Board.

Pre-registration Required.

Visit clarkcd.org/amphibian to learn more. The webinar recording will be posted on the Clark CD website after the event. 

VIRTUAL A Course in Corvids

Saturday, February 20, 2021 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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Back by popular demand! Pre-registration required.
 
A COURSE IN CORVIDS
 
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2021, 9:00AM - 10:30AM PACIFIC TIME, VIA ZOOM
 
Be sure and reserve your spot before this class fills up again!
Registration closes at 8:00am the morning of the class.
 
INSTRUCTOR:
LAURA WHITTEMORE
 
Corvids, the family of birds that includes crows, ravens, and jays, tend to evoke a strong response in people: seems we either respect them for their cleverness and tool use or we resent them for their loud voices and nest-robbing habit. Attend this class to learn more about who the corvids are and why they deserve respect. And if you don’t yet know how to tell a crow and a raven apart, this class will set you straight!
 
TUITION: $5 - $20 SLIDING SCALE
The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent out to attendees before the workshop time.

https://www.facebook.com/events/960642331420730/ 

Waterbirds of Washington

Saturday, February 20, 2021 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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WDFW is hosting an online, interactive event at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20 to highlight waterbirds, the spectacle of spring migration, and to virtually visit some of the hidden gem locations across Washington for waterfowl viewing and hunting.

WDFW, Audubon, Ducks Unlimited, and the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service are teaming up to take participants to virtual stops at several world-class birding locations:

• Participants will hear about bird watching tips, species diversity, and more from an expert birding guide from Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society in Sequim.
• At McNary National Wildlife Refuge, near Tri-Cities, presenters from the refuge and WDFW will discuss the national wildlife refuge system, conservation work to provide habitat for waterbirds, snow geese, and other wildlife.
• In the Spokane area, partners from Ducks Unlimited and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will discuss the critical contributions of hunters to conservation of waterbirds, partnerships at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, and the inspiring stories of spring bird migrations in eastern Washington.
• The public will be invited to ask questions as time allows.
 

Pre-registration is not required. zoom.us/j/95133923218

If you can’t join us live, a recording of the live event will be available on YouTube within a few days.

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/423974055585056 

VIRTUAL Birding by Ear Online Classes

Saturday, March 13, 2021 9:00 am - 10:30 am
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There are two dates! One for resident birds and one in April for migrant birds. See below!
Pre-registration required.

Follow this link to find out more and register: https://www.treesongnatureawareness.org/online-birding-classes
 
BIRDING BY EAR — RESIDENT BIRDS
SATURDAY, MARCH 13, 9:00AM - 10:30AM, VIA ZOOM
 
BIRDING BY EAR — MIGRANT BIRDS
SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 5:00PM - 6:30PM PACIFIC TIME, VIA ZOOM
 
Registration closes at 8:00am and 4:00pm respectively, the day of each class. Be sure and reserve your spot!
 
INSTRUCTOR:
LAURA WHITTEMORE
 
Laura Whittemore brings her incredible knowledge and passion for birding to two wonderful online classes that will help you identify birds by their distinct voices. Meet some of the widespread songbirds of the Northwest, hear their unique songs, and get tips on how to listen and how to retain birdsongs. Learning birdsong will take your nature awareness to a new level, sparking your curiosity and allowing you to find more birds and be more confident in your identification.
 
You'll practice around your home and supplement with online resources. The first class focuses on resident birds such as Song Sparrow, Bewick's Wren, Spotted Towhee, and more. The second focuses on spring migrants such as Swainson's Thrush, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, and several warbler and flycatcher species.
 
TUITION: $5 - $20 SLIDING SCALE
The links to the Zoom meetings will be sent out to attendees before the workshop times.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2559424477688272/ 

VIRTUAL The World of Wolves for Families

Sunday, March 28, 2021 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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MARCH 28, 2021
 
 
$15 suggested donation per Family pack – All proceeds support wolf and nature education.
 
INSTRUCTORS:
JOANIE BELDIN
SHEILA REDMAN
 
Through a lively interactive multi-media presentation from WolfWays– including video and audio clips, wolf fur, track and skull, life size wolf, coyote and elk cut outs, stories and lots of pictures- children and their families will enter the world of wolves.
They will hear wolves howl, watch wolves play and through stories, learn all about how the wolf family takes care of each other.
 
Watch pups as they grow up
Learn how wolves work together as they hunt for food
Learn how wolves help the environment
Get to know their own wolves that live right here in Washington
After the program, the children will make their own wolf pendants and color wolf masks.
 
Pre-registration is required as space is limited.
Feel free to bring a picnic lunch for outside eating after the class.
 
WolfWays is a science based wolf education program sponsored by Oregon Wild and Wolf Haven International. Programs are available for Pre-K through 8th grade, as well as adults. Since being launched in the spring of 2014, over 7,500 young people and adults have been amazed by the story of this country’s legendary, and often misunderstood, endangered species. Presentations are available for northern Oregon and southern Washington.
 
“In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.”
~ Baba Dioum ~

https://www.facebook.com/events/634431724110070/

VIRTUAL Birding by Ear Online Classes

Sunday, April 11, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
This event does not repeat
Laura Whittemore brings her incredible knowledge and passion for birding to two wonderful online classes that will help you identify birds by their distinct voices. Meet some of the widespread songbirds of the Northwest, hear their unique songs, and get tips on how to listen and how to retain birdsongs. Learning birdsong will take your nature awareness to a new level, sparking your curiosity and allowing you to find more birds and be more confident in your identification.
 
You'll practice around your home and supplement with online resources. The first class focuses on resident birds such as Song Sparrow, Bewick's Wren, Spotted Towhee, and more. The second focuses on spring migrants such as Swainson's Thrush, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, and several warbler and flycatcher species.

 

Pre-registration required.

Follow this link to find out more and register: https://www.treesongnatureawareness.org/online-birding-classes
 
 
BIRDING BY EAR — MIGRANT BIRDS
SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 5:00PM - 6:30PM PACIFIC TIME, VIA ZOOM
 
Registration closes at 8:00am and 4:00pm respectively, the day of each class. Be sure and reserve your spot!
 
 
TUITION: $5 - $20 SLIDING SCALE
The links to the Zoom meetings will be sent out to attendees before the workshop times.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2559424477688272/ 

Stormwater and Amphibians Webinar

Thursday, April 22, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Register here

Grab your lunch and join Clark Conservation District to learn about how local amphibians are impacted by stormwater runoff and pollution. Watershed Scientist Katie Holzer, Ph.D. will present the latest research on how amphibians in stormwater ponds are impacted by local pollution. She will also share some actions you can take to protect our local watersheds and the amphibians that live in them. 

To learn more, visit clarkcd.org/amphibian. The webinar recording will be posted on the Clark CD website after the event.

Meet our Local Freshwater Turtles

Thursday, May 13, 2021 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Let’s talk turtles! Join Clark Conservation District and Columbia Springs for a family-friendly virtual show and tell with native freshwater turtles. Clark CD’s resident turtle expert Ashley Smithers will teach us all about the freshwater turtle species native to Clark County—featuring live native turtles. The event will include a Q&A session, so come prepared to get all your turtle questions answered!

Register here

To learn more, visit clarkcd.org/webinars/turtles. The webinar recording will be posted on the Clark CD website after the event. 

Winter Raptor Survey Project Webinar

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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This program will offer the viewers a chance to see how the Winter Raptor Survey Project was developed and how it has expanded over the years.  It is full of wonderful photographs of all 31 species that have been found during project surveys.  Most of the photos were taken by project participants which makes this project a very personal experience for everyone involved.   Come join us for an hour to learn about birds of prey in the Pacific Northwest through this great citizen science effort !

Register in advance for this webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FJ-6pajfQdiIYWrysu2Ruw

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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About the Speaker
Jeff Fleischer developed a love of the outdoors and wildlife growing up in a semi-rural area of SE Pennsylvania.  He graduated from Oregon State University with a Wildlife Management degree and learned about birds working each summer as a student trainee for the US Fish and Wildlife Service on three different national wildlife refuges.  After graduation, he spent a year and a half at Malheur NWR, followed by a two years at a refuge in north TX, and finally eight years on the Klamath Basin NWRs, where he developed a keen interest in birds of prey.  

He then worked 25 years with the US Postal Service in Albany, OR.  Here, he spent a lot of time birding and developing a feel for how important Linn County, grass seed capital of the world, was for wintering birds of prey.  A lot of winter days spent in the field yielded hundreds of birds of prey of a large variety of species attracted to the large rodent population feeding on the grass seed.  Winter Raptor Survey Project was born.

Join Us for a Beaver Bash!

Thursday, June 3, 2021 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Every Week until June 24, 2021
Are you a beaver believer? Join us to talk all things beaver with some local experts. This is a four part series, we hope to see you (virtually) every Thursday in June!
This is a family-friendly event hosted by Columbia Springs, and will be recorded and saved on our website after the event. Register for each session in advance at www.columbiasprings.org/events/workshops
 

*Schedule*

June 3rd – 5:30 pm
Speaker: Gregory Lewallen
Topic: Back to the (beaver) basics!
 

June 10th – 5:30 pm
Speaker: Amanda Keasberry – Cascade Forest Conservancy
Topic: Beaver rehabilitation and relocation with the Cascade Forest Conservancy.

June 17th – 5:30 pm
Speaker: Benjamin Dittbrenner
Topic: What do beavers have to do with water storage and climate change?
 

June 24th – Time TBD
Campfire Conversations with Columbia Springs

Join Us for a Beaver Bash!

Thursday, June 10, 2021 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Every Week until June 24, 2021
Are you a beaver believer? Join us to talk all things beaver with some local experts. This is a four part series, we hope to see you (virtually) every Thursday in June!
This is a family-friendly event hosted by Columbia Springs, and will be recorded and saved on our website after the event. Register for each session in advance at www.columbiasprings.org/events/workshops
 

*Schedule*

June 3rd – 5:30 pm
Speaker: Gregory Lewallen
Topic: Back to the (beaver) basics!
 

June 10th – 5:30 pm
Speaker: Amanda Keasberry – Cascade Forest Conservancy
Topic: Beaver rehabilitation and relocation with the Cascade Forest Conservancy.

June 17th – 5:30 pm
Speaker: Benjamin Dittbrenner
Topic: What do beavers have to do with water storage and climate change?
 

June 24th – Time TBD
Campfire Conversations with Columbia Springs

Join Us for a Beaver Bash!

Thursday, June 17, 2021 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Every Week until June 24, 2021
Are you a beaver believer? Join us to talk all things beaver with some local experts. This is a four part series, we hope to see you (virtually) every Thursday in June!
This is a family-friendly event hosted by Columbia Springs, and will be recorded and saved on our website after the event. Register for each session in advance at www.columbiasprings.org/events/workshops
 

*Schedule*

June 3rd – 5:30 pm
Speaker: Gregory Lewallen
Topic: Back to the (beaver) basics!
 

June 10th – 5:30 pm
Speaker: Amanda Keasberry – Cascade Forest Conservancy
Topic: Beaver rehabilitation and relocation with the Cascade Forest Conservancy.

June 17th – 5:30 pm
Speaker: Benjamin Dittbrenner
Topic: What do beavers have to do with water storage and climate change?
 

June 24th – Time TBD
Campfire Conversations with Columbia Springs

Join Us for a Beaver Bash!

Thursday, June 24, 2021 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Every Week until June 24, 2021
Are you a beaver believer? Join us to talk all things beaver with some local experts. This is a four part series, we hope to see you (virtually) every Thursday in June!
This is a family-friendly event hosted by Columbia Springs, and will be recorded and saved on our website after the event. Register for each session in advance at www.columbiasprings.org/events/workshops
 

*Schedule*

June 3rd – 5:30 pm
Speaker: Gregory Lewallen
Topic: Back to the (beaver) basics!
 

June 10th – 5:30 pm
Speaker: Amanda Keasberry – Cascade Forest Conservancy
Topic: Beaver rehabilitation and relocation with the Cascade Forest Conservancy.

June 17th – 5:30 pm
Speaker: Benjamin Dittbrenner
Topic: What do beavers have to do with water storage and climate change?
 

June 24th – Time TBD
Campfire Conversations with Columbia Springs

First-of-Month Bird Walk

Wednesday, September 1, 2021 7:30 am - 9:30 am
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Frenchman’s Bar can be an exceptional location for both resident and migratory birds. We will start by exploring the north trail to the slough, return to the parking area, then offer an option for anyone wishing to continue on to explore the south trails.

Parking fee or Clark County parks pass required at this park. Meet at the north lot near the park host residence.

Contact Cindy at [email protected] to register.

Bird Walks are meant to be a casual, local morning of birding. They are a great time to enjoy birds with others, find new areas to visit, and/or work on bird identification by sight and sound or to practice your eBird app with help when needed. These walks are usually easy to join or depart at any time during the morning, no commitment to participate in the entire walk if you have limited time.

Please, only fully vaccinated participants at this time. 

Migration at Larch Mountain Field Trip

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 6:45 am - 10:45 am
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Migration at Larch Mountain Field Trip - Vancouver Audubon Society 

Leaders: Jim Danzenbaker and Cindy McCormack; call or text Randy Hill to register: 360-975-2573

Target species are higher elevation (above 2000’) forest songbirds including warblers among other passerines, woodpeckers, raptors, and higher elevation migrant and resident species. Also expansive views.

Itinerary: Meet at 06:45 in Hockinson at the Fire District 3 eastside parking lot at 17718 NE 159th St. (45.737992, - 122.490038). From there, we will head up 139th St/NE Rawson Road to DNR land east to the L-1520 gate and park at the crossroads.

Northern Pygmy-Owl, Canada Jay, Western Bluebird and Townsend’s Solitaire nest locally; pikas and snowshoe hares are resident. We will be mostly stationary but also bird along the roads depending on wind conditions and weather; a diversion to another location is possible based on wind.

Carpooling as much as possible; fully vaccinated only. Spotting scopes optional, but a Discover Pass is required on this DNR area.

Trip travel type expectations: Pace: 1 Terrain: some A-B < one mile walking.

Limit of 6 cars, 12 total participants.

For more information on Vancouver Audutobon Field Trip Guidelines, view page 5 of the newsletter.

California Condor Recovery Program at the Oregon Zoo

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Vancouver Audubon Society presents:

Kelli Walker, Senior California condor keeper at the Oregon Zoo, will give an overview of the Condor breeding program at the Oregon Zoo.

  • Where have the birds been released
  • How are they doing in the wild
  • And perhaps describe future plans for release into the Pacific Northwest

Kelli has over 20 years of experience and knowledge to share about the California Condor Recovery Program at the Oregon Zoo in partnership with US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Pre-registration Required.

Contact Don Rose for more information: [email protected]

Programs are currently scheduled as virtual events through Zoom. All are welcome!

Klickitat County Fall Migration Count Field Trip

Saturday, September 18, 2021
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Klickitat County Fall Migration Count Field Trip - Vancouver Audubon Society 

Leaders: Randy Hill and others; call or text for additional details and to register: 360-975-2573

Target species are all birds found within an assigned route in Klickitat County, with a variety of resident and migratory species associated with higher elevation, drier grass and shrub, rocky, lake/riverine, agricultural, neighborhood and town, and/or mixed forests of eastern Washington. This is a continuing data collection event with team leaders and variable participation each year; for this reason the sign-up deadline is September 9th to assign participants to teams.

Itinerary: Meeting point and start time to be determined. An early start (likely by 05:30) required for travel east to reach whatever route is assigned; expect a full day

Carpooling as much as possible following COVID protocols; fully vaccinated only. We will be mostly birding along roads with stop-and-go at pullouts, some short walks, and on some routes using trails to cover as much habitat as possible.

Spotting scope suggested although not required, but a Discover Pass is suggested as there are several DNR and WDFW areas where they are required.

For more information on Vancouver Audutobon Field Trip Guidelines, view page 5 of the newsletter.

Bird Walk

Friday, October 1, 2021 7:30 am - 8:30 am
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Salmon Creek Greenway Trail, 7:30am

Contact Cindy at [email protected] to register

Bird Walks are meant to be a casual, local morning of birding. They are a great time to enjoy birds with others, find new areas to visit, and/or work on bird identification by sight and sound or to practice your eBird app with help when needed. These walks are usually easy to join or depart at any time during the morning, no commitment to participate in the entire walk if you have limited time. Please, only fully vaccinated participants at this time. Meet at the west end of the trail. Parking is available along the shoulder of the north-bound lane of NW 36th Ave.

 

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