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05-2010 Towhee Newsletter Tahoma Audubon Society

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By Cami Kesinger
May is Birdathon month! It is a timewhen the birds become more active andwhen beginning and expert birders goout and gather pledges from family,friends, neighbors and co-workers!Birders go out and enjoy a fun andexciting field trip (see list of all trips inthis issue) and count bird species. Thenthey send their reports to their sponsorsand collect the pledges.All money collected by our generousbirders and sponsors goes toward help-ing Tahoma Audubon and supportingour education and conservation pro-grams! Without Birdathon, many of theprograms our members enjoy would becut. Even the printing of The Towhee issupported by Birdathon.Being a Birdathon participant isEASY, and you don’t need to know athing about birds. Just a desire to getoutside and
have fun with fun people
 to support
YOUR
Audubon!
In this issue:
 
25 Years Ago page 8Birdathon field trips page 9BirdSongs page 8Calendar page 12Education page 4Environment Matters page 3, 11Executive Director's corner page 2Field trips page 5New Members page 11
Published by the Tahoma Audubon Society:
Connecting people with nature since 1969 
.
 
 Vol. 41 No. 5
May 2010
See "Birdathon” on page 9 
By Diane Yorgason-Quinn
When Ryan Wiese lusts after a new life bird,he doesn’t just sit around hoping for it to showup. In the case of the Sage Grouse, he spranginto action and set up a field trip to the YakimaFiring Range, the most famous Sage Grouselek in the state. (A lek is the stomping groundfor all the local males to strut their stuff forconsideration by an audience of criticalfemales.)The Sage Grouse has been big news thisspring, as it was turned down for listing asEndangered, but with the caveat that it wasindeed qualified to be on the list, but needed toget in line and wait its turn. Definitely not aspecies you want to put off seeing if you canhelp it.For a short time each spring, the male SageGrouse becomes a completely different ani-mal. You would not recognize him as thewell-camouflaged chicken-type grouse seenthe rest of the year. He becomes the mostflamboyant and outré creature on earth, justlong enough to lead on the females whom hehopes will become his harem. This is thebehavior we were hoping to see. The SageGrouse is the second-largest gallinaceousgame bird (after Wild Turkey).Since the famous dance takes place only atdawn, we drove over the night before, SaturdayApril 10, with the big show scheduled for 5:30a.m. on Sunday morning. The drive over wasa little disheartening, as a chilly wind wasgusting badly. We all brought clothes for theSiberian tundra. After dinner Saturday night,Ryan took us owling to a known spot betweenEllensburg and Yakima, and suddenly thewind stopped and the temperature seemed 20degrees warmer! As we listened to the distantthunder-like artillery fire in the night (recog-nized by anyone from Pierce County withinrange of Fort Lewis), we even saw an Owl! It
Yakima Army Training Center harbors popular Sage Grouse lek
Can’t you feel the excitement in the air? It’s Birdathon!
Like Pacic salmon, sage grouse were once so abundant that they seemed indestructible. Early settlers dubbedthem "sage chickens" and ate them like domestic fowl. No more. In the past few decades,populations of sage grouse have declined 30 percent across their range and as much as 80 percent in some places.
-Susan J. Tweit, Audubon Magazine
 John James Audubon
Dance
Sage
 
Grouse
of the
See "Sage Grouse” on page 6 
 Audubon is inspired by the many people who havecontacted us to nd out how they can help the birdsand other wildlife threatened by the Gulf oil spill. Yourcommitment to their health and safety during thiscrisis is greatly appreciated – and it underscores howmuch you value the natural world. Audubon is working with many other public andprivate conservation organizations to coordinatevolunteers and connect them with oiled-wildlife re-sponse leaders to help in the recovery effort, in theevent that the oil spill reaches the gulf coast marsh-es, beaches, barrier islands and other ecologicallysensitive areas. Hands-on work to protect and savebirds and other wildlife will be a complex and poten-tially dangerous process, and rst and foremost it isimportant that only trained volunteers participate onthe front lines. Untrained volunteers can pose a risk not only to themselves, but to the birds and wild-life they are trying to save. We can use volunteerswith many different skill levels, so please ll out theregistration form so that we can help nd the bestvolunteer job for you. Just click here.
Gulf Coast oil disaster: How you can help
 
Making your backyard wildlife-friendly is one wayyou can help birds and wildlife survive in a rapidlychanging world. Taking care of our local parks andnatural areas presents a bigger challenge. If you arefamiliar with common invasive plants like Himalayanblackberry, English ivy, and Scotch broom, a walk inthe woods can be an eye opener. Suddenly you will seeinvasive plants almost everywhere, especially in dense-ly populated urban areas. Even our most prized parks,like Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, are home to inva-sive plants. Left unchecked, they will outcompete andoutgrow native plants. This loss of plant diversity leadsto a lower quality of habitat that is less suitable for thesurvival of birds and wildlife.What can you do?Volunteers can find solace in adopting a local park ornatural area to help fight the invasion by removing orcontrolling invasives and planting native plants in theirplace. There is a plethora of ‘Friends of Parks’groupsin every city. However, many of these groups oftenlack the support, tools, money, knowledge and trainingneeded to do the best job for the least cost (not just interms of money, but also physical labor and time).Cities and parks departments will never have enoughfinancial and labor resources to beat the invasion alone,so volunteers are crucial to winning the battle.Since 2005, the Green Tacoma Partnership (GTP), acoalition made up of citizens, ‘friends of’groups, Cityof Tacoma, Metro Parks Tacoma, civic groups, collegesand non-profits like Cascade Land Conservancy andTahoma Audubon has been working to build the infra-structure, develop good environmental policies, andexpand community capacity for stewarding urban nat-ural areas in Tacoma.We’ve offered many free trainings, networking andsocial events, and volunteer work parties andcelebrations like Green Tacoma Day. On April17, 2010 we co-sponsored Citizens for aHealthy Bay’s Earth Day on the Bay. Morethan 100 amazing volunteers participated inthe event planting pickleweed, dune grass, andsedges on the shoreline of the MiddleWaterway in Commencement Bay. Volunteersfrom Boeing, Simpson, and Tacoma UrbanLeague came out in force in honor of EarthDay, and made it a fun group project.GTP began a coordinated volunteer trainingprogram called Habitat Stewards in 2009. Sofar 22 volunteers have attended a six-hourtraining followed by ongoing support andaccess to resources like tools, advertising, andrestoration guidance. On April 17, anotherevent was organized by Habitat Stewards Rob Girvinand Wally Croshaw at Garfield Gulch, adjacent toGarfield Park and AnnieWright School. Volunteershelped keep invasive plantsfrom returning by spreading athick carpet of wood chips onpart of the restoration site.On April 24, thousands of volunteers turned out for the9th Annual Parks AppreciationDay across Tacoma andPierce County. Many of thesites in Tacoma were spon-sored by Green TacomaPartnership groups and stew-ards, including HabitatSteward Dan Fear at FirstCreek on Tacoma’s Eastside.Now that the sun is out,birds are chirping,and flowers areblooming, more andmore volunteer eventsare occurring. It is asif Mother Nature istelling us to get out-side and take care of her.Become a HabitatSteward!We are offering ourfinal Habitat Stewardtraining of the year onSaturday, June 5,2010 from 9:30 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Nature Center. Volunteerswill learn how to distinguish common invasive plantsfrom easily confused native plants, how to evaluate a siteand decide a course of action, how to track your progressand much more. Volunteers will receive a free HabitatSteward Field Guide that includes practical guidance onhow to properly remove invasive plants.Anyone interested in learning how to steward a natu-ral area in Tacoma is welcome to attend. Teens wel-come. Those interested in volunteering outside of Tacoma are welcome on a space-available basis. Lunchis provided. To attend this free training, please RSVPto Krystal Kyer by June 1 by calling 253-232-9978 oremailkkyer@tahomaaudubon.org.Learn more about the Green Tacoma Partnership,including partners and sites, upcoming volunteer workparties and trainings, and how to get involved by visit-ingwww.greentacoma.orgor contact Krystal, above.
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www.tahomaaudubon.org 
May 2010
executive director’s
 
Corner 
May 2010
www.tahomaaudubon.org 
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Contact Krystal at 253-232-9978.Or kkyer@tahomaaudubon.org
eNviroNMeNt
 
 Matters
Tahoma Audubon Staff 
 
Bryan Flint
 
Executive Director 
Krystal Kyer
 
Conservation Coordinator 
Stephanie Swaim
 
Education Coordinator 
Cami Kesinger
 
Development Coordinator 
ckesinger@tahomaaudubon.org253-565-9129
Graham Taylor
Volunteer Coordinator 
253-565-1884gtaylor@tahomaaudubon.org
Ken Benton
 
Education Intern 
kbenton@tahomaaudubon.org253-565-1884
Tahoma Audubon Board Officers
John Garner PresidentMarjorie Shea Vice PresidentJane Brosius SecretaryKathleen Nelson Treasurer
Tahoma Audubon Board Members 2010
Thelma GilmurDick CarknerDan ShermanPeggy L. Kopf Darby Veeck 
The Pierce County Chapter of The National Audubon Society
Located in University Place's Adriana Hess Wetland Park 2917 Morrison Rd W University Place, WA 98466Office hours 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Front desk 253-565-9278
Ione ClagettMelissa PaulsonBill SmithTanja ScottCharles Griffin
The Towhee 
is a publication of the
Tahoma Audubon Society 
.
The Tahoma Audubon Society was chartered in 1969. TAS advo-cates for the protection of wildlife and promotes conservation througheducation and activities that enrich its member’s experiences in andwith the natural world.The Towhee is published monthly, ten times a year, with combinedJul/Aug and Dec/Jan issues. Submissions of articles and photographsof birds, bird lore, natural history, conservation, and environmentaleducation are reviewed and considered for inclusion by the editor.Copy is due by the 15th of the month and may be sent by e-mail,disk, or typed. E-mail submissions to editor@tahomaaudubon.org.
Editors
: David Cohn, David Lev
Mailing
: Vera & John Cragin and Winfield Giddings
Design & Layout
: Robert Kelton:robert_kelton@ mac.com
Printing
: Consolidated Press
Your membership: Valuable, sometimes confusing
We are pleased to honor our visionaries who have named Tahoma Audubonin their estate plans making them members of the Feathered Nest Circle.
Thank you current members as of April 15, 2010:
Tahoma Audubon Society's
Feathered Nest Circle
Photos from the Gareld Gulch work party on April 17th, volunteersspreading wood chips to control invasive plants.
Habitat stewards make a difference
The questionmost often asked byour membership is“How do I renewmy membership?”While membershipin Audubon cansometimes be a lit-tle confusing, itshould not be hardto renew your mem-bership in a grass-roots organization that you support.The reality is you are supporting two Audubons. TheNational Audubon Society and Tahoma AudubonSociety are two independent organizations with theirown non-profit tax status, incorporation and board of directors. As the Pierce County Chapter, we are one of 26 Chapters in the State and 500 in the country. Weshare the same mission. We also share membership.For many years, a membership in National Audubonautomatically gave you a membership in TahomaAudubon. That is no longer the case.In December 2008, the Tahoma Audubon Boardadopted a new chapter membership policy. Renewingyour membership with National Audubon Society nolonger comes with an automatic membership in thelocal chapter. You can renew your chapter and NationalMembership through us. Please note that you will nolonger receive the Towhee if you only renew withNational Audubon. If you send your membershiprenewal to Tahoma Audubon you will continue toreceive the Towhee.National Audubon will send several renewals noticesin the mail. By responding to these you will onlyrenew your National membership.At the Chapter level we will only send you a letter onthe month of your membership renewal. If yourespond to this letter you will have the opportunity torenew both your National and Chapter membership atthe same time.Your membership with Tahoma Audubon is tremen-dously appreciated. Our membership plays a vital role,enabling us to conserve and restore ecosystems for thebenefit of humanity and earth’s biological diversity.With your support we are able to host weekday after-school programs in collaboration with the TacomaNature Center. Our education programs connect youngand old alike with nature in ways that are harder to findin our rapidly developing society.Among other things, your membership contributionhas helped us work with the Green Tacoma Partnershipto sponsor habitat steward training; a program that hasa direct impact on local urban open space. Additionally,we will be working hard to address the loss of habitatand impacts on Puget Sound shorelines that have led tothe startling decline of so many bird species. There ismuch more work to do and your continued support isessential.Your membership and participation in TahomaAudubon is what makes us the successful organizationthat we are. You can renew your Chapter membershipwith a donation of $30 or more, or you can renew yourChapter and National membership with a donation of $50 or more. We will send the $20 for your Nationalmembership onto National Audubon.Anonymous (3)Jane BrosiusHelen EngleBryan FlintThomas GaldabiniJohn Garner & Caroline HarrisThelma and Chuck GilmurMarjorie Griffin*Noel & Bill HagensFrances Heidner*David R. HirstCami KesingerPeggy Kopf & Pat MailJohn & Pat LantzDiane J. MaloneJean McCordGuy and Cecile MontgomeryGary and Sharon NestegardMelissa and Jamie PaulsonDonna Cooper Pepos*Barbara PetersenSarah C. SloatBeatrice E. Thompson*Darby Veeck & Kristin Lynett*
 Deceased 
 Join the Feathered Nest Circle
Help take care of Tacoma’s natural areas by fighting invasive plants, and protecting our urban forests.
Become a Volunteer Today!
To attend a free training on JUNE 5, please contactthe GTP Volunteer Coordinator at 253-232-9978or emailkkyer@tahomaaudubon.org Visitwww.greentacoma.orgto findupcoming volunteer opportunities near you.
WANTED: Habitat Stewards
Barbara Petersen read about theFeathered Nest Circle in the Dec/Janissue of the Towhee. A rather newmember of Tahoma Audubon, and along time member of Rainie
 
r Audubon,Barbara contacted us to let usknow she had includedTahoma Audubon in her willin 2006. It was at the sugges-tion of her dear friend ThaisBock. Thais, who recentlypassed away, suggestedthat Tahoma was a wor-thy recipient for aplanned gift included inher will. By contactingour office and provid-ing written confirmationof her generous commit-ment Barbara Petersenbecame a member of theFeathered Nest Circle. Shehas received a beautiful printof an original painting of a Towhee byDale Thompson and helped to supportTahoma Audubon in connecting peoplewith nature.
Thank you Barbara.
 
International Migratory Bird Day Count
Sat May 8, 10:00 AM to noon.Location: Crescent Valley, Gig Harbor. Join Audubon mem-bers and Crescent Valley Alliance members on a spring birdwalk in the 100 acre woods near Crescent Creek.
Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually
Wed May 12, 7:30 AM to 11:00 AMWed May 19, 7:30 AM to 11:00 AMWed May 26, 7:30 AM to 11:00 AMLocation: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.Bring: Good walking shoes or boots, raingear, water, snacks,and $3 for entry fee unless you have a pass. Scopes arewelcome. Meet: The Visitor’s Center Pond Overlook.Directions: Take I-5 south from Tacoma and exit toNisqually NWR at exit 114. Take a right at the light. Sign-up: Call or email Phil Kelley to confirm details. Phil Kelley,Lacey, (360) 459-1499,scrubjay323@aol.com.
Morse Wildlife Preserve Open Trails
Sun May 9, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PMLocation: Morse Wildlife PreserveExplore this natural treasure as you walk the trails anddiscover the beauty of the five habitat zones in the preserve.Located in Graham, the preserve has the following specialopen dates. Call 253-591-6439 for more information.
Adriana Hess, University Place
Mon May 10, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.Leader: Ruth Sullivan. Join Ruth as she leads her monthlywalks at Adriana Hess Wetland Park, home to dozens of birdspecies! 2917 Morrison Road West in University Place.
Plant Walk at Adriana Hess Wetland Park
Mon May 17, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PMEnjoy a guided plant walk through the park!
Birdwalk Homestead Park Gig Harbor
Wed May 19, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMJoin Melissa Sherwood as she leads an evening monthlybirdwalk through the new Homestead Park in Gig Harbor.Wear appropriate clothing and waterproof shoes or boots asyou may cross creeks. Maybe you will spot some owls!Directions: Off Hwy in Gig Harbor take Burnham DriveExit heading West until you get to a "T" which is SehnelDrive continue straight until you get to 78th Ave and turnleft, you will come to the park. Go in and toward the back/southside of the park. Meet in the Meadow area. CallMelissa if you have questions 851-7230. Call TahomaAudubon for more details and to sign up, 565-9278Call TAS for more details and to sign up, 565-9278.
Family Walk at Adriana Hess Park
Sun May 23, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. at Adriana Hess Park.Afamily program to encourage families to appreciate thepark by providing information and opportunities with aguided walking tour. Call Dixie Harris 259-564-6373.
Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually
Wed June 2, 7:30 AM to 11:00 AMWed June 9 7:30 AM to 11:00 AMWed June 16 7:30 AM to 11:00 AMWed June 23 7:30 AM to 11:00 AMMeet: At the Visitor’s Center Pond Overlook. See earlierdescription. Call or email PhilKelley for details at (360)459-1499,scrubjay323@aol.com.
Birdwalk Homestead Park Gig Harbor
Thu June 9, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMLocation: Homestead Park Gig HarborCall TAS to sign up, 565-9278. See earlier for details.
Morse Wildlife Preserve Open Trails
Sun June 13, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PMLocation: Morse Wildlife PreserveExplore this natural treasure as you walk the trails anddiscover the beauty of the five habitat zones in the preserve.Located in Graham, the preserve has the following specialopen dates. Call 253-591-6439 for more information.
Bird Walk at Adriana Hess Wetland Park
Mon June 14 12:00 PM to 1:00 PMEnjoy a guided bird walk through the park!
Plant Walk at Adriana Hess Wetland Park
Mon June 21, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PMLocation: Adriana Hess Wetland ParkEnjoy a guided plant walk through the park!
Family Walk at Adriana Hess Park
Sun June 27, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. See earlier for details.
On April 3, wecelebrated the grad-uation of our firstcohort of VolunteerNaturalists whohave been learningabout the wildlifeand habitats of South Puget Soundsince January.Twenty-one newvolunteers and twoveteran volunteerscompleted the train-ing and were award-ed certificates from Tahoma Audubon and TacomaNature Center.As of mid-April, our Volunteer Naturalists havedonated over 63 hours to our education programs asobservers, science fair judges, hosts at booth eventsand as lead naturalists. They have led hikes at SnakeLake and Morse Wildlife Preserve, and shared theirknowledge about mammals, birds, plankton, forestsand wetlands. Without question, our volunteer natu-ralists are vital to our education programs and wethank them for their passion for youth and natureeducation. With their help, we will be able to expandour programming to many more schools and adultgroups throughout the South Puget Sound region.Congratulations to the Volunteer Naturalists whocompleted the 18-hour training program: ConnieBaum, Nataly Brockwell, Karen Brown, Sue Cousins,Alison Darley, Marilyn Denney, Michael Jarnagin,Deb Kiesig, Alysen Laakso, Rosemary Lenigan, AnnMartin, Rachel Minnitti, Michael Minor, ShelleyParker, Charles Pregaldin, Bob Riley, Kathy Riley,Carole Ritzow, Sue Ross, Ed Schlich, Martha Scoville,Diana Wells, and Larry Wells.We would also like to thank the wonderful expertvolunteers who helped teach the Volunteer Naturalisttraining by providing their expertise: Thelma Gilmur,naturalist and co-founder of Tahoma AudubonSociety; Gabriel Newton, naturalist and scienceteacher at Charles Wright Academy; Rolan Nelson,expert birder and birding instructor; Jennifer Tkaczyk,science teacher and wildlife biologist; Kathy Sutalo,Urban Forester for MetroParks Tacoma; JaymeGordon, Pierce Conservation District Stream Team,and David Behrens, professor of marine biology andoceanography, Pierce College and TCC.Many of our Volunteer Naturalists were unable tocome to all 18 hours of training, but continue to bevaluable volunteers in our education programs. Thankyou to everyone who has and will be volunteeringwith us!Our next Volunteer Naturalist Training will bescheduled for Fall 2010. The Tacoma Nature Centeris maintaining a waitlist for this training and we willbegin announcements in The Towhee in early sum-mer. If interested in participating, please call theNature Center at (253) 591-6439 to put your name onthe waitlist and to assure that you will be contactedwhen registration opens.
field trips
 
and Events
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educatioN
 
 Matters
MeMorial
May 2010
www.tahomaaudubon.org 
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2917 Morrison Road W.,University Pl. WA 98466253-565-9278www.TahomaAudubon.orgOpen Mon – Sat. 10a.m.-1p.m.1919 South Tyler Street,Tacoma WA 98338253-591-6439 www.metroparkstacoma.orgOpen Tues. – Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.& Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Check our websites for the latest updates on classes and schedules.
stephanie
SWAIM
Education Coordinator
Call TAS to register (253-565-9278). Some trips are people limited outof necessity.Notify TAS 24 hours in advance if you cannot come. Field trip leaders put ina lot of time and planning and no-shows disrupt field trips. More than 3no-shows a year can result in revoking opportunity to participate. Arrive at the meeting place early.No pets are allowed.Be prepared for seasonal weather.Bring lunch, drinks and snacks if the field trip is scheduled past mid-day. All passengers divide total carpooling expenses. Current guidelines are20 cents a mile per car, not including driver.Beginners are always welcome.Have fun.
rules
Volunteer Naturalists spread their wings
MayJune
recurriNg class
 
Schedule
For decades Audubon families have been camp-ing over Memorial Day weekend at the WenasCreek Campground.Ofcially named the Hazel Wolf Wenas Creek Bird Sanctuary, it’s located SW of Ellensburg, in an “Important Bird Area” and has been assured of pro-tective status. The free, “primitive” campgroundalong the north fork of Wenas Creek has exception-al opportunities for birding, botanizing and enjoyingspring in the eastern foothills of the Cascades.There are wonderful eld trips scheduled, andthere will be an old-fashioned campre in our “ap-proved” re-pit device each evening. We have aprogram item or two, singing, story telling and re-capping the sightings of the day.Please visit the Wenas Website, beautifully doneby Webmaster Michael Hobbs. You’ll see HazelWolf’s familiar smiling face and get lots of down-loadable information about our campout: http://www.wenasaudubon.org.There're checklists of birds, and wildowers,outline of eld trips and program, directions to thecampground, and lots of photos.For people who don’t “do websites,” contact meand I’ll send you printed information.Bring friends & family, and join us at WenasMemorial Day Weekend for as many days and/ornights as you want to stay - May 28-31, 2010.See you there, Helen Engle, hengle@iinet.com,253-564-3112.
 You are invited to the Wenas Campout
Budding Scientists
Ages 5-7, $9.00 per student. Younghomeschoolers and other children beginscience and nature exploration throughgames, hikes, and crafts. 
Beginning Homeschool Science
Ages 8-10, $12 per student. Homeschoolstudents explore science through hands-on experiments and activities. RegisterEarly - these classes fill quickly! Note -topics are repeated during the month, soselect class appropriate for your child’sknowledge and abilities. Beginning sci-ence students should be able to add andsubtract numbers. 
Intermediate Homeschool Science
Ages 10-12, $12 per student.Homeschool students explore sciencethrough hands-on experiments andactivities. Register Early - these classesfill quickly! Note - topics are repeatedduring the month, so select class appro-priate for your child’s knowledge andabilities. Intermediate Science Studentsshould be able to multiply and dividenumbers, add and subtract fractions. 
Advanced Homeschool Science
Ages 12-15, $15 per student.Homeschool students explore sciencethrough hands-on experiments andactivities. Register Early - these classesfill quickly! Note - topics are repeatedduring the month, so select class appro-priate for your child’s knowledge andabilities. Older homeschool studentswill continue their science studies withchallenging and engaging experimentsand activities. To participate in thisclass, students should be able to calcu-late averages, percentages, and solvesimple equations. 
Advanced Homeschool Science Lab
Ages 12-15, $15 per student.Homeschool students explore sciencethrough hands-on experiments andactivities. Register Early - these classesfill quickly! Note - topics are repeatedduring the month, so select class appro-priate for your child’s knowledge andabilities. Older homeschool studentswill continue their science studies withchallenging and engaging experimentsand activities. To participate in thisclass, students should be able to calcu-late averages, percentages, and solvesimple equations. 
Nature Storytime
Ages 2-6, $6 per child, $3 Audubonmember, free to adults and U.P resi-dents. Join us as we explore the park atthe Adriana Hess Audubon center inUniversity Place with nature storiesbased on the current theme.Adults are welcome with the children.This a wonderful grandparent/ grand-child activity! Space is limited to thefirst 20 registered guests (adults andchildren). 
Nature Alphabet
Ages 3-6, $6 per child. Preschoolersexplore different nature topics throughstories, hands-on activities, nature walksand crafts at the Tacoma Nature Center.Adult participation is recommended,children under four require an adultpresent. Please note alternating times.Register by the Saturday before the pro-gram.
correctioN
Correction to the 11th Annual Bird Drawing Contest Announcement Last Month
The 11th Annual Bird DrawingContest was announced in lastmonth’s Towhee newsletter. Youth are invited to draw, paint,sketch or otherwise create2-dimensional media highlight-ing one of THREE common birds you might see in three parks inPierce County. These birds are Clark’s Nutcracker, American Kestrel,and Red-Necked Grebe only.
The Evening Grosbeak was erro-neously included in last month’s issue.
For more information about the Bird Drawing Contest please go tothe website: www.tahomaaudubon.org/drawingcontest
Join biologist andauthor Dr. Thor Hansonfor pictures, music, andstories about his workwith the mountaingorillas of Ugandaand other rare Africanspecies. Hanson willread from his award-winning book,
The Impenetrable Forest: MyGorilla Years in Africa
.A book signing will follow. Cost: $15; $5for Tacoma Art Museum members; $10 forTahoma Audubon members.Pre-registration is recommended, space islimited.
Thor Hanson lecture at Tacoma Art Museum
Gorillas of the Impenetrable Forest - Sunday, May 16, 2 pm
Thor Hanson
Clark’sNutcracker AmericanKestrelRed-NeckedGrebe
Summer Solstice Time - Thurs, June 24, 6-9 p.m.
Displays by Pierce County outdoor and environmental allies:Audubon, Mountaineers, Foothills Trail, Native Plant Society,Cascade Land Conservancy, Sierra Club, Citizens for AHealthyBay, Carbon River Corridor, Chambers-Clover WatershedCouncil, Puget Creek Restoration Society, Student Conserva-tion Association and more.
At the Engle Garden
, 4011 Alameda Avenue, UniversityPlace, south of Fircrest.
Featuring
: The displays by our friendly groups plus, licensedfalconers with their live birds, native plants for sale, Entertain-ing program, music and Earth-friendly ideas for kids of all ages.Children and grandchildren are MOST welcome. And don'tforget how great the food is at these events!
We Furnish
: Coffee & punch. Beer & wine is BYO.
You Bring
: A hot or cold entree, PLUS a salad or dessert;PLUS your own TABLE SERVICE and a ‘situpon.’No RSVP necessary. Rain does not cancel.
Big backyard potluck picnic
 
From May 28th to the 31st
On April 25
th
, 2010 the Tahoma Audubon family lostone of its own. Sue Goering passed away at Tacoma’sWeatherly Inn from complications from Lung Cancer.She will be thoroughly missed.Sue illustrated great compassion toward both peopleand animals during her life. Her 20-year career as anurse in the Army Air Force earned her the rank of Major and demonstrated her deep interest in tending tothe sick and restoring the health of others. She trea-sured cats and birds and was an active donor and vol-unteer for the Tahoma Audubon Society and theHumane Society.Sue was truly a member of the Audubon family,honoring and continuing a rich family history of envi-ronmental activism. Her Mother, a past Mayor of Tacoma and Master Gardener taught Sue to value theflora and fauna of our region. Following in her moth-er’s footsteps, Sue was a life long member of TahomaAudubon. Growing up in Tacoma, she felt deeply con-nected to the ecology of the Pacific Northwest. Thefamiliar view of Puget Sound from her home musthave served as a constant reminder of the naturalbeauty ever present in our region.After Sue retired she became an active volunteer.One of her most significant volunteer contributions toAudubon involved her work with the Tahoma AudubonSociety’s annual silent-auction. Working closely withher dear friend Pat Olson, Sue insured that all of thedonated items were collected, priced and displayed tothe liking of potential buyers. The funds raised wentstraight to Audubon’s endowment, securing Audubon’slasting presence in Pierce County.Sue was also a spiritual person and member of theChurch of the Devine Man. Representatives of herchurch visited her regularly when she was sick. Theirkindness and tender attention to her affairs speak vol-umes about the authenticity of their followers.Sue is survived by her brother Tony, her friendSydney from nursing school, Carol Wilson, PriscillaHuber, Jennie Sheridan, and her family here at TahomaAudubon.
  At the time of publication a memorial is tentatively planned for May 15
. Please call our office for addi-tional information about the event: (253) 565 9278.
 Susan E. Goering, 1944-2010 
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