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Demystifying Shorebird Identification

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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The Vancouver Audubon Society presents Demystifying Shorebird Identification with Jim Danzenbaker.

When you locate shorebirds, do you feel the need to run away because you can't identify them? Do you watch them for a while and realize that you'll never know what they are? This presentation will help demystify some of the identification challenges associated with shorebirds. To help increase our knowledge of shorebirds, we'll look at:

  • Bill shape
  • Plumage
  • Behavior
  • Habitat
  • eBird data
We'll concentrate on shorebirds found in Clark and neighboring counties but may include a few from other spots in Washington. Jim has given shorebird identification workshops and led shorebird field trips in San Diego, the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and Ocean Shores, WA. He currently lives in Battle Ground, WA.

Contact Don Rose for more information or to get a Zoom link: [email protected]

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

October Big Day

Saturday, October 9, 2021 12:00 am - Sunday, October 10, 2021 12:00 am
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Mark your calendars for October Big Day—9 October 2021! Big Days are a 24-hour opportunity to celebrate birds near and far.

Wherever you are on 9 October, take a few minutes to join the world of birding on October Big Day. By taking part in October Big Day you’re also joining the second-ever Global Bird Weekend and celebrating World Migratory Bird Day. Be a part of the global team, and help set a new record for birding.

We recognize that COVID-19 continues to impact our communities. Even if your local conditions have improved, we always encourage everyone to put safety first, follow local guidelines, and bird mindfully. You can bird from home and still participate in October Big Day!

How to participate

  • Get an eBird account: eBird is a worldwide bird checklist program used by millions of birders. It’s what allows us to compile everyone’s sightings into a single massive October Big Day list—while at the same time collecting the data for scientists to use to better understand birds. Sign up here. It’s 100% free.
  • Watch birds on 9 October. It’s that simple! October Big Day runs from midnight to midnight in your local time zone. You don’t need to be a bird expert, or go out all day long. You can report birds from anywhere in the world—even 10 minutes in your backyard will help.
  • Enter what you see and hear on eBird: You can enter your sightings via our website or—even easier—download the free eBird Mobile app. The app allows you to keep and submit lists while you’re still out birding, explore nearby Hotspots, and will even track of how far you’ve walked so you can focus on watching birds. Please submit your eBird checklists before 13 October to be included in our initial results announcement.
  • Watch the sightings roll in: During the day, keep an eye on how the lists are growing in different parts of the world. Follow along with reports from more than 160 countries. Stats will be updated in real-time on our October Big Day page

Finding birds and keeping checklists is easy with the free eBird Mobile app. Download for iOS or Android.

October Big Day Pro Tips

  • If you’re new to eBird or want to make your checklists more valuable for science and conservation, take our free eBird Essentials course.
  • Use Cornell Lab’s Merlin Bird ID app for help identifying tricky species by sight or sound, then use eBird to report them so your sightings are part of the October Big Day totals.
  • Take photos and add them to your checklist—they might end up on the October Big Day page!
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  • Make your sightings more valuable: submit complete checklistskeep counts of the birds that you see, and keep multiple checklists throughout the day.
  • Share what you’re seeing on social media with #octoberbigday!

On October Big Day 2020, more than 32,000 participants submitted 80,400 checklists with 7,128 species. How many checklists and participants will we have this year? No matter where you bird, have fun, stay safe, enjoy the birds you find, and share your sightings on eBird. Your observations will help us better understand global bird populations through products like these animated abundance maps brought to you by eBird Science.

Find out more here: https://ebird.org/news/october-big-day-2021 

The World of Wolves: A Nature Explorers Class for Families

Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:00 pm - Sunday, October 10, 2021 12:00 am
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TreeSong Nature Awareness and Retreat Center is offering “The World of Wolves: A Nature Explorers Class for Families” from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 9 at 41 Tree-ific Drive W., Washougal. The workshop is led by representatives from WolfWays, a science-based wolf education program sponsored by Oregon Wild and Wolf Haven International.

Through an interactive multi-media presentation — including video and audio clips, wolf fur, track and skull, a life-size wolf model, coyote, and elk cut-outs, stories, and lots of pictures — families will enter the world of wolves. Hear wolves howl, watch wolves play, and through stories, learn all about how wolf families take care of one another. Watch pups as they grow up. Learn how wolves work together as they hunt for food. Learn how wolves help the environment and get to know wolves that live in Washington.

The cost is $15 to $35 per person. Register here.

For more information, call 360-837-8733.

Woodland Bottoms - Vancouver Audubon Field Trip

Sunday, October 10, 2021 7:00 am - 10:00 am
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Contact Randy at [email protected] or call or text for additional details and to register: 360-975-2573

Leaders: Randy Hill and others

Join Vancouver Audubon for a field trip! Target species include migrating/ wintering cranes, raptors, waterfowl and a wide variety of marsh, riverine, riparian, and cropland species.

Trip travel type expectations: Pace: 1-2; Terrain: A-B; <1 mile walking.

 

Intermediate Birding by Ear: Winter Migrants - Portland Audubon

Monday, October 11, 2021 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Winter birding for songbirds can feel like a whole different discipline. Rather than watching a sharply plumaged bird sing from an exposed perch, we’re hoping to use chip notes and alarm calls to help us learn the identity of stubborn skulkers, buried in the bush.

In this class, we’ll welcome back our winter migrants like Fox Sparrow, Varied Thrush, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet by reacquainting ourselves with their vocalizations.

Class fee: $20 for members/$30 for non-members

Registration is required.

Field Trip: Birding by Ear – Winter Migrants with Portland Audubon

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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There’s no better way to up your winter birding game than learning the chip notes and alarm calls of our migrant songbirds. On this field trip, we’ll enjoy all of the birds of this wonderful refuge, paying special attention to what we hear from our skulking winter migrants.

We’ll meet at the parking lot on SE 7th Avenue before hiking down to the refuge. Total distance around 2 miles, on gravel and mud trails, with one moderate hill. Come dressed for any kind of weather!

Fee: $45 for members/$65 for non-members

Registration is required.

Vancouver Lowlands & Post Office Lake - Vancouver Audubon Field Trip

Friday, October 22, 2021 7:00 am - 10:00 am
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Date subject to change; check website for updates

Contact Randy at [email protected] or call or text for additional details and to register: 360-975-2573

Leaders: Bob Flores and Randy Hil

Target species are a wide variety of fall migrant/wintering waterfowl, waders including Snowy Egret and Sandhill Crane, raptors and a variety of wetland, open pasture, cropland and bottomland forest species. This trip enters private land with specific limited access for our group, and is adjacent to waterfowl hunting areas. This is an excellent opportunity to view Post Office Lake (accessible via temporary private property access agreement).

We will start at the Vancouver Lake flushing channel, then move toward the end of Lower River Road and walk on the old paved access road to Post Office Lake, an important wintering area on Ridgefield NWR for waterfowl (especially Canvasbacks). Other areas could include Frenchman’s Bar Park and the Shillapoo Wildlife Area from different access points. Trip will end around noon.

Trip travel type expectations: Pace: 1-2 Terrain: A-B. 2-3 miles of walking.

Wahkiakum County - Vancouver Audubon Field Trip

Saturday, October 30, 2021 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Contact Randy at [email protected] or call or text for additional details and to register: 360-975-2573

Leaders: Cindy McCormack and Randy Hill

Target species include migrating/wintering waterfowl, loons, gulls, raptors, and a wide variety of marsh, riverine, riparian, cropland/pasture and wet forest species.

Meet at 7am to leave at 07:15 at the Salmon Creek Park and Ride to carpool within current COVID guidelines. We will head north to Longview and west on SR-4. Areas will include Altoona/Grays Bay, Julia Butler Hansen NWR, and Puget Island. Trip will likely go to at least mid-afternoon. 

Trip travel type expectations: Pace: 1-2; Terrain: A; <1 mile walking 

Vancouver Audubon: First of the Month Bird Walk

Monday, November 1, 2021 8:00 am - 9:00 am
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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.

Contact Cindy at [email protected] to register. 

Tree-of-Heaven and Spotted Lanternfly: Significant Risks to Washington State

Monday, November 1, 2021 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Join the Washington Invasive Species Council for a webinar to learn about tree-of-heaven and spotted lanternfly, including the risk spotted lanternfly poses to Washington and how you can help. Attendees with Washington pesticide and structural pest inspector licenses will earn one recertification credit.

State agencies are asking the public to report an invasive tree called tree-of-heaven throughout October to help prevent the introduction of a harmful insect, the spotted lanternfly.

Registration is required.

 

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor 2021 Sandhill Crane Tours

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
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Join Columbia Land Trust staff at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park to take in the majestic migration of sandhill cranes. You’ll learn about these important species, their seasonal journeys, and our work to conserve their habitat. This tour series would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!

Available times for Tuesday, November 16: 8am10am1pm3pm

Find registration links and more information on Columbia Land Trust's website

Native Mason Bees

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join us at Naturescaping Wildlife Botanical Gardens in-person to resume our annual Mason Bee experience! Did you know Mason Bees are one of about 4000 native North American bees, without which most of our fruits and vegetables would not produce. You will see how easy it is to attract and maintain these important pollinators in your yard. Learn about the bees and then get hands-on experience as we will also be cleaning cocoons for our plant sale in the spring. In exchange go home with some of your very own bee cocoons!

We will meet at Prairie H.S.—come into the main entrance and you will see us. Masks are required indoor at all times and at least 3 feet of physical distancing should be maintained.

Register for the class or for more information: [email protected] or [email protected] Phone: 360-737-1160

Vancouver Audubon: Vancouver Lowlands and Post Office Lake

Friday, November 19, 2021 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Target species are a wide variety of fall migrant/wintering waterfowl, waders including Snowy Egret and Sandhill Crane, raptors and a variety of wetland, open pasture, cropland and bottomland forest species. This trip enters private land with specific limited access for our group, and is adjacent to waterfowl hunting areas. This is an excellent opportunity to view the usually inaccessible Post Office Lake.

We will start at the Vancouver Lake flushing channel, then move toward the end of Lower River Road and walk on the old paved access road to Post Office Lake, an important wintering area on Ridgefield NWR for waterfowl (especially Canvasbacks). Other areas could include Frenchman’s Bar Park and the Shillapoo Wildlife Area from different access points. Trip will end around noon. Bring your Discover Pass, County Park Pass and spotting scope if you have them.

Contact Randy at [email protected] or call/text for additional details and to register by 11/13: 360-975-2573. 

 

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor 2021 Sandhill Crane Tours

Saturday, November 20, 2021
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Join Columbia Land Trust staff at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park to take in the majestic migration of sandhill cranes. You’ll learn about these important species, their seasonal journeys, and our work to conserve their habitat. This tour series would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!

Available times for Saturday, November 20: 8am10am1pm3pm

Find registration links and more information on Columbia Land Trust's website.

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor 2021 Chum Salmon Tours

Monday, November 29, 2021
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Join Columbia Land Trust staff at along the bank of the Columbia River to watch iconic chum salmon spawn. You’ll learn about these important species, their seasonal journeys, and our work to conserve their habitat. This tour series would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!

Available times for Monday, November 29: 10am,12pm2pm3:30pm

Find registration links and more information on Columbia Land Trust's website.

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor 2021 Chum Salmon Tours

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
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Join Columbia Land Trust staff along the bank of the Columbia River to watch iconic chum salmon spawn. You’ll learn about these important species, their seasonal journeys, and our work to conserve their habitat. This tour series would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!

Available times for Tuesday, November 30: 10am12pm2pm3:30pm

Find registration links and more information on Columbia Land Trust's website.

Native Plant Sale

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 4:00 pm
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Join Clark Conservation District for the 2022 Native Plant sale! Ordering for the plant sale will open on Wednesday, December 1st, at 4 pm. You will be able to place orders at that time on our website: https://clarkcd.org/plant-sale. There will be no restocks this year, so be sure to place your order early!

Make sure to check your confirmation email after placing your order. Your confirmation email will contain your plant order as well as a link to sign up for your plant pickup time on February 19th, 2022. 

Plants must be picked up at 11104 NE 149th St., Brush Prairie, WA on Saturday, February 19th, 2022 at your selected pickup time.

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor 2021 Chum Salmon Tours

Thursday, December 2, 2021
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Join Columbia Land Trust staff along the bank of the Columbia River to watch iconic chum salmon spawn. You’ll learn about these important species, their seasonal journeys, and our work to conserve their habitat. This tour series would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!

Available times for Thursday, December 2: 10am12pm2pm3:30pm

Find registration links and more information on Columbia Land Trust's website.

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor 2021 Chum Salmon Tours

Saturday, December 4, 2021
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Join Columbia Land Trust staff along the bank of the Columbia River to watch iconic chum salmon spawn. You’ll learn about these important species, their seasonal journeys, and our work to conserve their habitat. This tour series would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!

Available times for Saturday, December 4: 10am12pm2pm3:30pm

Find registration links and more information on Columbia Land Trust's website

Columbia Land Trust: Wild Splendor 2021 Sandhill Crane Tours

Tuesday, December 7, 2021
This event does not repeat

Join Columbia Land Trust staff at Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park to take in the majestic migration of sandhill cranes. You’ll learn about these important species, their seasonal journeys, and our work to conserve their habitat. This tour series would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors!

Available times for Tuesday, December 7: 8am10am1pm3pm

Find registration links and more information on Columbia Land Trust's website. 

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