Published by the Tahoma Audubon Society: Connecting people with nature since 1969.

Vol. 40 No. 3

April 2009

Owl be back!
By Diane Yorgason-Quinn The Fall/Winter Intermediate Birding Class refused to quit this year! An encore trip for recent members of the class was taken in mid-February for three days to Eastern Washington looking for Owls by Day, based loosely on a similar Washington Ornithological Society field trip. If we thought we knew what to expect after the last time Ken Brown ran this trip two years ago, we were in for surprises! This time we had fewer owls, but there were some exciting additions, proving that you have to do this trip regularly to see everything. Highlights were Western Screech Owl (thanks to Shelly’s great eyes!) in the Tri-Cities area and the nowfamous, late, lamented North Hawk-Owl near Mansfield (hit by a car once everyone in the state had gone to see it). These were new owls for the class. We also

Birdathon Field Trips! April 25 - May 31
On April 23 - May 31 Tahoma Audubon will be hosting the annual Birdathon fundraiser. The Birdathon is our largest, most successful fundraiser and the world’s biggest birdwatching competition. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have saving the planet! Each year, participants nationwide gather pledges from sponsors, helping to fund our mission of environmental education, conservation, and advocacy. Anyone can participate in the Birdathon, and there are many ways to contribute, including gathering pledges, pledging, and even just attending an event and making a donation. Tahoma Audubon has done an exceptional job of keeping expenses low. We pride ourselves on keeping expenses at about 1 to 1.5%. Makes you feel like contributing, doesn’t it? You are important in helping us ensure the best in conservation and education programs for Tahoma Audubon. Say “Yes” to being a birder and gathering pledges for the Birdathon. A birder does not need to know any birds: special trips will be offered to help the novice birder. We have master birders who will help you know the birds you are seeing and hearing. Many, many of you have helped in the past by pledging in the Birdathons. Take the next step and gather pledges, and you can multiply your contribution as much as you’d like. Remember, if you can’t take a trip, you may wish to gather sponsors for some of our other birders—we’d love to have you choose to help in this way. You are also welcome to come on any trip scheduled (see page nine) even if you are not a birder; we just ask that you make a Birdathon donation. You can call for a packet or you can come to a Birder kickoff on Thursday, April 23, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Tahoma Audubon office. See the Birdathon field trips listed on page nine of this newsletter. Please support Tahoma Audubon’s mission of environmental education, conservation, and advocacy. It’s the most fun you’ll ever have saving the planet!

Saw-Whet Owl at Bridgeport State Park.

Photo/Diane Yorgason-Quinn

See "Owls" on page 10

Membership Reminder: All renewals must be sent to Tahoma Audubon and not to National Audubon if you wish to receive the Towhee, our newsletter. Tahoma Audubon receives no share of the fees when members renew through the national organization. Thank you for remembering this when you renew. See membership coupon inside for details.

Be sure and check out the Youtube slideshow of our 40th AnniversAry banquet!
(click on the pic!)

In this issue:
BirdSongs Birdathon Calendar Education Environment matters Exec. Director’s column Field trips March program recap New members Volunteer recognition page 8 pages 1, 9 page 12 page 4 page 3 page 2 page 5 page 8 page 2 page 10

Tahoma Audubon Society is celebrating our 40th anniversary. On February 28th we threw ourselves a party, and took the opportunity to look back on our history and to look forward to the opportunities that lie before us. The theme was Growing From Our Roots, an appropriate metaphor for the exciting things going on for Tahoma Audubon.

Celebrating people, places and partnerships
than 400 members and had conducted ten monthly meetings and 35 field trips. opportunities for folks of all ages. What started as a group of concerned activists in a living room in late 1968 has grown into Pierce County’s oldest, largest, strongest, most comprehensive, and most effective grassroots environmental organization. Tahoma Audubon has an impressive track record of protecting the environment. Many of the open spaces that we value in the area exist in large part due to the work of Tahoma Audubon. These include the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, Snake Lake, Swan Creek, and Fort Lewis Prairies. We are also a presence in two special green places: Adraina Hess Wetland Park and Morse Wildlife Preserve. In 1992, Dr. George and Adriana Hess bought property in University Place to help save the area from being developed commercially. In December 1999, Tahoma Audubon moved in to “be the environmental education presence for the parks,” housing our office there and providing staffing for the interpretive center to offer trips, classes, workshops. The Morse Wildlife Preserve was established by a donation of land from Lloyd and Maxine Morse. Situated at the headwaters of the north fork of Muck Creek, the preserve is a mosaic of forests, wetlands, meadows, and remnant prairie. Jointly managed with Cascade Land Conservancy, we provide environmental and stewardship

executive director’s Corner


Our slogan is connecting people to nature. It could just as easily be said to be connecting people to people, because it is the people who really make Tahoma Audubon what it is. At our 40th anniversary banquet we took an opportunity to recognize all of the people who are part of Tahoma Audubon, from our founding members, such as long-time naturalists and educators John Slipp and Bob Ramsey to our current board members and volunteers. It is the decades of dedication of people like Ken Brown and Marcus Roening, who both teach adult birding classes, that have built us into the organization we are today. Also within the first two years—and continuing to the present—Tahoma Audubon collaborated with other environmental groups. These have included the Sierra Club, Izaak Walton League, Puget Sound Action Group, Cascade Land Conservancy, MetroParks Tacoma, Green Tacoma Partnership, and many others. It is these partnerships, and the people within them, that make it possible for us to fulfill our mission to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and earth’s biological diversity. We are looking forward to the next 40 years and the opportunities it presents.

In the late sixties there was an effort to expand industrial port operation in the Nisqually Delta. With the help of Seattle Audubon and Hazel Wolfe, Helen Engle wrote letters to 30 Audubon members in Pierce County with the idea of starting a local chapter. More than 60 people attended the initial meeting at the Mountaineer Club on a snowy day in January 1969, and 85 attended the organizing meeting of Tahoma Audubon at the Tacoma Public Library in March of that year. By the end of our second year, Tahoma Audubon had more



February 16, 2009 to March 15, 2009
Chapter New and Renewing: Patricia C Ailshie, Doug & Sharon Aukland, Barbara D Beaver, Ted & Kay Burns, Geraldine & William Butman, Ruth Carlson, Patricia Damron, Valerie Edwards, Susan Greenwood, D Wade Hands, Karen Harris, Duane Hatch, Christine Hoey, Martha J Humphreys, Kirk Kirkland, David & Veronica Kulman, Cindy Mish, Frank & Kate Morgan, Mera Neufeldt, Keith A Palmquist, Hal Pearson, Janice Pittman, Doris Richards, Jerry & Jean Ritz, Hazel C Robinson, Marjorie Shea & Bill Richards, Jennie Sheridan, Darby Veeck & Kristi Lynett, Louise Wackerle, Colleen Waterhouse, Ryan Wiese.

to New and Returning Members


Chapter Joint with National joining here at Tahoma Audubon: Dr Mark Carlson, Denice Crotto, Jane Davison, Lynne Glad, Charles Griffin, Julie Gustafson MD, Rita & Roger Indrebo, Jo Ann Hunter, Doreen Ligrano, Dian G Lord, Joyce & Bruce Murray, Melissa & Jamie Paulson, Stephanie Paulson, Julie Ann Payne, Judy Rucker, David & Betsy Schultz, Buel & Luana Sever, Mary Siegenthaler, Brian Simpson, Julie Smith & David Lucas, Bonnie Stiff, Shelagh Taylor & Lyle Quasim, Carol Wade-Woodman, Dorothy Walker, Verna & Ed Warrick.

*Remember, since January 2008, The Towhee is sent only to those who renew through the local chapter because Tahoma Audubon receives no share of the fees when members renew through the national organization.

Introductory, Recruited through Tahoma Audubon: Armin C Antonio, Thomas Barocan, Mary Brzezinski, Rick & Claudia Finseth, Heather Roskelley. Introductory, Recruited by National Audubon: Nelson Blake, Cara Barre, James Delacour, Linda Dick, Bill Dudley, Lois Erath, Susan Fine, Wayne B Knight, Mary Martinac, Johanna Mason, Pamela R Mayer, Barb Robertson, Karleen Schloer, Leigh Scott, Nona Stephens, William E Sundstrom, Willet V Velzen, Debbie Vinyard, Lewise Weinstein, Melissa S White, John Zimmermann. Tahoma Audubon Society is so happy to welcome you. We hope to see you at some of our general membership meetings, held on the second Friday of the month, 7:00p.m. at Tacoma Nature Center. We hope you will also consider joining us in the annual Birdathon fundraiser. See trips offered in this Towhee with a donation requested. You can participate as a Birder, too! Master Birders will help you!

Located in University Place's Adriana Hess Wetland Park 2917 Morrison Rd W University Place, WA 98466 Office hours 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Front desk 253-565-9278

The Pierce County Chapter of The National Audubon Society

Tahoma Audubon Staff Flint, Bryan Executive Director 253-565-9129

Conservation Coordinator Kyer, Krystal 253-232-9978
Swaim, Stephanie Education Coordinator 253-327-9480 Taylor, Graham Volunteer 253-565-1884 Coordinator 253-223-0039 Kerrigan, Julie Tahoma Audubon Board Officers John Garner President Marjorie Shea Vice President Wayne Larsen Past President Jane Brosius Secretary Kathleen Nelson Treasurer Tahoma Audubon Board Members 2008
Rob McNair-Huff Field Trip Chair Membership Co-chair Thelma Gilmur Dick Carkner Sally Larson Marcus Roening Peggy L. Kopf Darby Veeck Ione Clagett Melissa Paulson Loren Webster Calendar Editor

The Towhee is a publication of the Tahoma Audubon Society. The Tahoma Audubon Society was chartered in 1969. TAS advocates for the protection of wildlife and promotes conservation through education and activities that enrich its member’s experiences in and with the natural world. The Towhee is published monthly, ten times a year, with a combined Jul/Aug and Dec/Jan issue. Submissions of articles and photographs of birds, bird lore, natural history, conservation, and environmental education 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. Editor: Mailing: Vera & John Cragin and Winfield Giddings Design & Layout: Robert Kelton: E-mail: robert_kelton@ Printing: Consolidated Press

Printed on recycled newsprint

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Environmental Lobby Day 2009, held Feb. 19, was the biggest and best citizen lobby event to date. More than 500 people attended the annual event, where citizens from across the state learn about the Contact Krystal at 253-232-9978. environmental Or community’s legislative priorities, learn how to be a citizen lobbyist, and then actually go and meet with their elected Senators and Representatives in the marble halls of Olympia. This year Tahoma Audubon worked with the main event organizer, People for Puget Sound, to charter a bus to Olympia from Tacoma, along with buses from Seattle and as far north as Bellingham. In the end, we combined the Port Townsend bus with the Tacoma bus and enjoyed a fun ride down and back from Olympia, while helping to get more cars off the road and lessen greenhouse gas emissions. The keynote speaker for the event was our new Public Lands Commissioner, Peter Goldmark. Commissioner Goldmark encouraged citizens to express their views on issues important to them while assuring that his office would work hard to protect our state’s diverse natural resources for future generations. On our way to the legislative appointments, I couldn’t help but stop to talk to the Bag Monster (right), also known as Jake Harris.

500+ environmental lobbyists converge on Olympia
The gentleman was there to educate citizens about the longterm waste and destruction caused by all those plastic bags found in grocery stores. Folks in Seattle are working on a campaign to get a ballot measure in Seattle this August putting a fee on the nearly indestructible bags, thereby reducing landfill volume and ocean pollution. Learn more at www. Finally, at our last meeting, the 29th Legislative District delegation took a break on the stairs of the capitol rotunda before heading in to see Senator Rosa Franklin (D). Amongst the Tahoma Audubon delegation were myself (behind the camera), Nel Batker, Roxy and Bill Giddings. As of the writing of this article, the bills (SB 5344 and HB 1409) to fund a permanent rescue tug at Neah Bay to respond to stranded ships and oil spills had wide support and was ready to be finalized (The Senate bill passed 44-4; the House bill passed 62-35), and signed into legislation. Finally, if you missed the article on the four priorities in the February Towhee, you can learn more and find out their status by visiting the website of the Environmental Priorities Coalition;

eNviroNmeNt Matters

Above: Tacoma and Port Townsend citizens ride the bus to Olympia. Left: Bag Monster Jake Harris reminds us that not only what we buy, but what we put it in, matters. Below: 29th Legislative District constituents take a minute to rest in the Capitol dome.

Earth Month work parties April 2009
Most people think that Earth Day is just one day, but here in Pierce County we have decided to celebrate our earth the whole month of April. Get involved in a natural area around your neighborhood or city. This is a great opportunity for you to do something as a family and give back to your community. Come outside, and see how truly amazing our earth is and why we should protect it every day. When: April 11 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Where: Commencement Bay (call for directions) Contact: Jeanine Riss (253) 383-2429 or jriss@ Please RSVP to sign-up.

Blueberry Park work party
What: Help prune the blueberry bushes, pull weeds and overall maintenance When: April 18 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Where: Blueberry Park, off of S. 72nd and E. D St, in the south end of Tacoma Contact: Charlotte Valbert (253) 474-6575 or Please RSVP to sign-up.

Contact: Jeanine Riss (253) 383-2429 or jriss@ Please RSVP to sign-up.

Oak Tree Park work party
What: Help remove invasive species such as Scotch Broom, English Ivy and Blackberries When: April 25 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Where: Oak Tree Park 7633 Montgomery St. /S 76th St. and Pine Contact: Ralph Klose (253) 720-3511 or rklose@ Please RSVP to sign-up To view more Earth Month volunteer opportunities happening around Pierce County visit www. or call (253) 305-1027

Puget Creek work party
What: Help with restoration efforts at Puget creek When: April 11 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Where: Puget Creek off of Schuster Parkway Contact: Scott Hansen (253)779-8890 or Please RSVP to sign-up.

CHB Mowich Restoration work party and Earth Day celebration
What: Help with planting native plants, removing invasive species and making general infrastructure improvements When: April 25 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Where: Commencement Bay (call for directions)

CHB Squally Beach restoration work party
What: Help plant three islands that surround Squally’s marsh with native high marsh species. We’ll also tackle some Himalayan blackberry and other invasive species

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In April we launch the 10th Annual Bird Drawing Contest for the youth of Pierce County. This year we are highlighting three bird species that Citizen Scientists are studying as indicators of climate stephanieSWAIM change: the GoldenCrowned Sparrow, Education Coordinator the Gadwall, and the Call Steph @ 253-565-5479. Or Western Scrub Jay. Recently, National Audubon released the results of an analysis of bird populations in North America. Based on 40 years of Christmas Bird Count data, the study revealed that about 60% of the species found on this continent have shifted northward in wintertime as the climate has warmed. As birders, we know that local bird populations change over time, and the make-up of our backyard birds one year may be differ-

educatioN Matters 10th annual bird drawing contest highlights climate change

ent the next. The National Audubon study have all increased in our area over the past is significant because it examines not just 40 years, and by a significant amount. the trends from year to year, but the overAccording to Washington Audubon’s arching trend which reveals the behavior report, the Gadwall population has moved of every population of bird in every north by 149 miles and has increased in region of the continent. The reality is that sighting frequency by 2,928%. The this is not an isolated phenomenon. This Golden-Crowned Sparrow’s population is a global shift. has moved north by 155 miles and A winning entry from last year. To you and your backyard this means that increased by 1,397%. And the Western you are seeing a few more new species than you have in Scrub Jay’s population has moved north by 46 miles and the past. Perhaps some neo-tropical species are passing increased by 67,673%. through at different times, or maybe they are staying lonThe Bird Drawing Contest has always been an opporger than before. Or you might even notice that species that tunity for youth to learn about the birds in our area. We you saw once in a blue moon as a kid, you now expect also hope that it emphasizes how the study of birds can each time you watch your feeder. To the birds however, help us understand more about our world. The 10th Annual Bird Drawing Contest is open to students in 2nd-7th the northward shift can be devastating. For those birds that grades in Pierce County. Full rules are available at www. are fighting habitat loss, a northward shift may run them out of the only suitable habitat they have left. And as the If you would like to learn more about the results of rate of climate change increases, it will be harder for speChristmas Bird Counts and climate change, please visit cies to adapt to their new northern home. National Audubon’s report, In Washington, we have also been watching the populabacc/index.html and Washington Audubon’s report at tion trends for our local birds. Sightings of the Gadwall, the Golden-Crowned Sparrow and the Western Scrub Jay

Intermediate Birding Class

with Ken Brown begins on April 21 at Adriana Hess Center

et wild at Nature Day Camps! Things g
2917 Morrison Road W., University Pl. WA 98466 253-565-9278 Open Mon – Sat. 10a.m.-1p.m.

Once again we will be offering the Intermediate Birding class, instructed by Ken Brown at the Adriana Hess Center. If you have completed the Beginning Birding class and wish to take birdwatching to the next level, or if you have been birding for years and want to improve upon your identification skills, this may be the class for you! Class runs Tuesday evenings, April 21 to June 9 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. There are three scheduled field trips: Overnights to the Washington Coast, May 2-3, and to Wenas, June 6-7; and a three-day trip to Eastern Washington, June 20-22. Trip expenses and transportation are not included in the course fee. If you would like to register, please contact the Tacoma Nature Center. Class fee is $55 for members of Tahoma Audubon, $75 for non-members.

1919 South Tyler Street, Tacoma WA 98338 253-591-6439 Open Tues. – Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

For Ages 4-6 Mon-Wed, 9 am - 1 pm $90 per camper Games, stories, crafts, hikes & hands-on activities for young children. Little Explorers: Explore the Backyard! Young explorers will find this small nature park in University Place just the right size for outdoor discovery and play while learning about nature in their own backyards. June 29-July 1 July 27-29 Little Explorers: Big, Small, Long, Tall Wildlife comes in all shapes and sizes! Children get closer to nature as they share a sense of wonder with new friends at camp. July 6-8 Aug 3-5 Little Explorers: Explore Shores! Seas, lakes, ponds and puddles - they all have shores! Discover the cool critters that eat and live in the water nearby. Dive in for a boatload of fun! July 13-15 Aug 10-12 Little Explorers: Dipping, Diving, Skipping, Sliding Take a skip, a swoop, and a dip as you discover how animals move and get around. July 20-22 Aug 17-19

For Ages 5-11 Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm $150 per camper Wildlife Detectives Discover what’s wild and hiding right before your eyes. Identify animals and their behaviors with nature hikes, games, science lab, sketching and journaling. Make your own detective kit for exploring outdoors. Field trip to Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. July 6-10 Ages 8-11 July 13-17 Ages 5-7 Wet & Wild Get the underwater scoop on the amazing creatures of the ponds, creeks, rivers, tides and ocean. Field trip to explore tidepools or a pond turtle preserve. July 20-24 Ages 8-11 Aug 24-28 Ages 5-7 Nature’s Canvas Play and connect with nature and be inspired to create artwork, stories, plays, music and whatever your imagination can dream up! Go on a special behindthe-scenes tour of an art museum and gallery. Aug 3-7 Ages 8-11 Aug 10-14 Ages 5-7 For Ages 11-13 Mon-Fri, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm $200 per camper Wild Expressions for Young Teens Let nature be your inspiration as you express yourself in artwork, music, drama, stories, photography, and wherever your creativity leads. Learn techniques and try new things. Two field trips into the art community and an overnight stay on Thursday at the nature center are included in fee. July 27-31 Eco-Explorers for Young Teens Join nature specialists in exploring the wild through field trips, hiking, hands-on activities, fun games, and lab investigations. Get a closer look at nature at night with an overnight stay at the nature center on Thursday. Aug 17-21

The Art and Nature of Native Plants

Instructed by Mary Sue Gee and Monica Weidman. This field-based class brings together the natural world and the artist’s perspective. Native plant specialist, Mary Sue Gee, will provide hands-on instruction in identification and ecological relationships during one classroom session and three field trips. She will ne joined by Monica Weidman, watercolor artist and botanical illustrator, to engage students in a deeper appreciation and understanding of the native plant ecosystem of the South Puget Sound. Course fee includes class instruction and three field trips. Optional field trip may be scheduled with additional fee. Field trip transportation must be provided by participants. Carpooling is encouraged. Classroom session: April 15 at Adriana Hess Center. Field trips: April 18 and May 2. Third field trip to be added. Call the Tacoma Nature Center to register, 253-591-6439.

Nurture in Nature Preschool

The Tacoma Nature Center is now enrolling students ages 3-6. The first session begins in September 2009. To get more details go to Or call 253-591-6439.

• Online at • Call (253) 591-6439 • In person at Tacoma Nature Center Non-refundable $30 deposit required. Full payment due 6 days before camp starts. Scholarship assistance available.

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field trips and Events
Morse Wildlife Preserve with Betty Jones
Friday, April 10, 10 a.m. to noon Come walk the trails, woods, meadows, and prairie currently being rehabilitated. View the forested wetland and North Muck Creek and marsh from the gorgeous bird tower. Over the years, we’ve identified 120 species. Saturday, April 11, 2 p.m. Come and see the spring flowers and plants in the woods at Kopachuck State Park. We will take a walk and see what is flowering, identify the plants, and look for signs of spring. The st 15 people who call to register will be taken. There is no charge. Call (253) 265-3606 to register, and ask for Matt Smith. the restoration, protection and other factors of urban streams. The speakers will be from various Nonprofit City, County, State, and Tribal agencies. This will allow our agency and other agencies that are working on similar projects to share information to learn the best and most comprehensive methods to proceed with watershed issues for urban streams. This is a great opportunity to learn about the importance of healthy urban streams and the importance of watershed planning. Every individual is capable of making a positive difference; therefore your participation would be greatly appreciated. Please RSVP if you plan on attending. The Mountaineers Clubhouse, 2302 North 30th St, Tacoma WA 98407 Sponsored by the Puget Creek Restoration Society, for more information contact Maria League, (253) 7798890 or

(Birdathon field trips are on page 9.)

Call TAS to register (253-565-9278). Some trips are people limited out of necessity. Notify TAS 24 hours in advance if you cannot come. Field trip leaders put in a lot of time and planning and no-shows disrupt field trips. More than 3 no-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 are 20 cents a mile per car, not including driver. Beginners are always welcome. Have fun.

Early Spring Flowers at Kopachuck

7th Annual Dubois Grouse Days,

April 17 - 18 Grouse Days is a two-day event to celebrate the shrubsteppe ecosystem and the unique animals which call it home. Promote education and conservation of our western rangeland heritage. The event is held in Dubois, Idaho: a small ranching community in the Upper Snake River Plain where the motto is “We have never met a stranger yet” Activities include a banquet, arts and craft booths, kids’ activities and an art contest, presentations by biologists and ranchers, a raffle and a silent auction, plus guided tours to grouse breeding grounds to view sage and sharp-tailed grouse courtship, the Clark County Civil Defense Cave, and The Nature Conservancy’s Crooked Creek Ranch and other local highlights. All proceeds go towards conservation and education, including the Kent L. Christopher Conservation Scholarship for a local high school senior. Contact: Curtis or Nikki Keetch:; Phone: 208-374-5179

Spring Audubon Council of Washington.

Friday, May 1, 8:00 a.m. to Sunday, May 3, 5:00 p.m. Come to Spring ACOW at the Tierra Learning Center in Leavenworth Washington. Contact Gary Blevins at for more information.

The Sun and Sage Loop

Friday, May 15 – Sunday, May 17 Celebrate the newest loop in the Great Washington State Birding Trail with Audubon Washington. There will be wonderful birding in May in SE Washington, and we plan to enjoy great local food and wine in Walla Walla when not exploring the new trail. For more information contact Barbara Sacerdote, Director of Development for Audubon Washington at (360) 786-8020 or There’s a bird checklist, wildflower checklist, outline of field trips and program, directions to the campground, and lots of photos. For people who don’t “do websites,” contact Helen for printed information. Bring friends and family, and join us at Wenas Memorial Day Weekend for as many days as you want to stay - May 23-26, 2009! Contact Helen Engle,, 253-564-3112. August 1-12, 2009 Tahoma Audubon Member Nate Chappell and Ecuadorian birding guide William Perez will lead this exciting birdwatching and nature photography tour. We will start in Quito, drive up over Papallacta Pass and stay at three lodges on the eastern slope of the Andes Mountains, Guango Lodge, San Isidro and Wild Sumaco Lodge. After that we will board a motorized canoe in Coca for the four hour trip down the Napo River to the superb Sani Lodge, which is located on an oxbow lake in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon. After spending four nights there we will return by plane to Quito. Cost of the trip is $3,100, $400 single supplement. For more information and the complete itinerary please see our website, or call Nate Chappell at 253-512-1060.

Wenas Campout

Trogon Tours’ Ecuador: Andes to Amazon

Park Appreciation Day

Saturday, April 18, 9:00 a.m. to noon Come to Adriana Hess Wetland Park/Tahoma Audubon Society, 2917 Morrison Rd W. in University Place. It’s time to pull the shot-weed and grasses giving us battle and spread some chips. All three hours will help, but even one hour is a great contribution. Refreshments provided.

Watershed Conference

April 18, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This conference will bring together experts on

May 22-25 For over three decades Audubon families have been camping over Memorial Day weekend at the Wenas Creek Campground. Officially named the Hazel Wolf Wenas Creek Bird Sanctuary, it’s located SW of Ellensburg, in an “Important Bird Area” and has been assured of protective status. The free, “primitive” campground along the north fork of Wenas Creek has exceptional opportunities for birding, botanizing and enjoying spring in the eastern foothills of the Cascades. There are wonderful field trips scheduled, and there will be an old-fashioned campfire in our new “approved” fire-pit device each evening. We do singing, story-telling and recapping the sightings of the day. Please visit the Wenas website to get lots of downloadable

regular programs and Events
Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually. Wednesdays, 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Join Phil on his weekly bird walks as he counts the birds at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Meet: At the Visitor’s Center. The group may walk out to McAllister Creek if that trail is open. Then it takes the boardwalk/trail loop out to the Twin Barns, the Nisqually overlook area, and the riparian area, totaling about three miles. Bring good walking shoes or boots, raingear, water, snacks, and $3 for entry fee unless you have a pass. Scopes are welcome. Sign-up: Contact Phil Kelley to confirm details (especially during the trail construction period). Phil Kelley, Lacey, (360) 459-1499, Beginning Birdwatching - Backyard Basics. Curious about birds, but don’t know your crown from your tail feather? All are welcome to this introduction to the joy of identifying the birds that are all around us. You will learn how to identify common birds, use field guides and use binoculars. Learn, too, about some of the best places to see birds and practice your new found stills. $45.00 for Tahoma Audubon Members, $55.00 for Non-Members. Ages 18+. Call the Tacoma Nature Center to register, 253-591-6439. Intermediate Birding. Tue, Apr 21, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Location: Adriana Hess Audubon Center. This class is for those who have completed an introductory birder’s class or have a good background in bird identification. In addition to the scheduled class days, there are three field study sessions. For more information and registration, call 591-6439. Class meets at the Adriana Hess Audubon Canter in University Place. Includes 3 field trips, participants are responsible for trip transportation and expenses. $55.00 for Tahoma Audubon Members. $75.00 for Non-Members.Ages 18+. TGIF Breakfast & Work Party. Fridays, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Location: Adriana Hess Wetland Park. Help out with habitat restoration, such as planting, invasive species removal, pruning. Nature alphabet. Tuesdays, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM or 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Preschoolers explore different nature topics through stories, hands-on activities, nature walks, and crafts at the Tacoma Nature Center. Adult participation is recommended, children under four require and adult present. Please mote alternating times. Register by the Saturday before the program. Call 591-6439. Homeschool Science Programs. Homeschool students explore science through hands-on experiments, activities and inquiry-based learning. Register early, these classes fill quickly! Call 591-6439. Beginning. Thursdays, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM or 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Tacoma Nature Center. Ages 8-10, $10. To participate in this class, students should be able to add and subtract numbers. Intermediate. Thursdays, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Tacoma Nature Center. Ages 8-10, $10. To participate in this class, students should be able to add and subtract numbers. Advanced. Thursdays, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Labs, Fridays, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Tacoma Nature Center. Ages 12-15, $12. Older homeschool students will continue their science studies with challenging and engaging experiments and activities. This expanded science class for Advanced Homeschool Science students includes an integrated laboratory session as an extension of the two hour classroom session. Students get greater in-depth investigation of the monthly topic, practice in problem-solving and research skills and hands-on experimentation. Attendance in the class session is required for participation in a lab session. Lab sessions are not required for participation in class sessions. To participate in this class, students should be able to calculate averages, percentages and solve simple equations.

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40th Anniversary Banquet celebrates past, present, and future of Tahoma Audubon
n February 28, Tahoma Audubon members gathered at Clover Park Technical College for this year’s banquet, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Tahoma Audubon. The theme, “Growing from our Roots” highlighted the history of the organization and its new growth. The evening started with a cocktail hour, with guests mingling and reminiscing, inspired by the slideshow playing on screens overhead. Members also bid at the silent auction tables, featuring a variety of donated prizes. The program included several beautiful video segments featuring long-time members meditating on the people and places of Tahoma Audubon’s history. Several dedicated volunteers received recognition for their service: Thelma Gilmur received the Great Egret Audubon Award, the “Morse Force” and Ken Brown received Distinguished Service Awards, Marcus Roenig received the Legacy Award, and high schooler Nataly Brockwell was recognized for her internship service. View a slideshow with more photos from the banquet online: follow the link on the Towhee page of the Tahoma Audubon website.

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Meet the new Board Members
Charles Griffin
Charles Griffin spends his time being a good steward of the land and advocating for natural habitats. He is an active member of the Lakewood United Methodist Church and has served as president of the Men’s Club. Charles is retired from the military and the Boeing Company. He has two children and two grandsons.

At our 40th Anniversary Banquet and membership meeting three new board members where elected. The membership welcomed them with open arms. Our bylaws require that we inform the membership in writing seven days before the meeting about the slate of candidates for the board. Though the bios you find here were not

published in the February addition of the Towhee, Helen Engle requested a suspension of the rules in calling for the election, and the election proceeded. So it’s high time for the membership to meet the new board members:

Tanja Scott
Tanja Scott is a first grade teacher in Bethel School District at Elk Plain School of Choice. She is a volunteer at Three Cedars Hospice for men living with HIV/AIDS, and a client advocate in a hospice for women living with HIV/AIDS. A volunteer staff writer for five summers through the Red Cross at Madigan Army Medical Center, she has made presentations on general bird knowledge on behalf of Tahoma Audubon for Boy Scouts. She’s interested in bringing birding and involvement in environmental issues to younger Washingtonians.

Bill Smith
Bill Smith is Senior Environmental Specialist for the City of Tacoma where he leads the work on the City’s efforts in sustainability, green building and product stewardship. He initiated the residential demonstration project at the landfill called the EnviroHouse. He also completed the City’s carbon footprint and climate action plan. In addition, Bill represents Pierce County residents on the advisory council of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.

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April 2009

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Around the world one bird at a time
By Diane Yorgason-Quinn Tahoma Audubon was happy to welcome back one of our own, Nate Chappell, owner of Trogon Tours, and his Ecuadorian wife, Angie. They showed slides and reported on their recent birding Olive Backed Sunbird tours at our monthly meeting on March 13, including their recent trip to Thailand and previous trips to Ecuador. They have upcoming tours lined up for Ecuador and Arizona, and soon Namibia! Tahoma Audubon members have been well-represented on each of their tours so far, so this was a chance to see where our friends had been and where we might be going next. To find out more, visit their colorful website at: Nate and his brother Chris Chappell were literally raised with Tahoma Audubon from childhood, and many of you know them. He’s still a field trip leader and one of our Christmas Bird Count stalwarts when he’s in the country. Nate has become one of the premier bird photographers around, and even if we didn’t have our personal interest in him, just to view these incredible photos would be psychic candy! He wants to help everyone

march program Recap
else become better nature photographers as well, so be sure to bring your camera if you go on a tour with him. In the meantime, check out the online magazine where he moderates the “avian” photos, This will show you the kind of big birds that Nate himself soars with these days! His slide show was breath- Orange-headed Thrush taking. The name, “Trogon Tours,” is educational as well, as his slides included a stunning Asian Orange-Breasted Trogon, so Trogons are not just new world birds, which was news to me. Electrified Amazonian hummingbirds plus the Asian stand-ins for Hummers, the Sunbirds! Plus Lions, Leopards, and Zebras, oh my! Angie was well-represented with her photos of mammals as well, as she is catching the camera bug, too. Thanks for sharing your riches, Nate and Angie! We always look forward to birding with you, even when it’s the armchair variety. Rufous-bellied Niltava
All bird photos taken in Thailand in January 2009 by Nate Chappell. Right: Faye Hands, wearing her Thai Hornbill T-shirt, reminisces with Nate at the Audubon meeting about the recent tour to Thailand that she and her husband, Wade Hands, went on with them. Angie Chappell is shown at far right.

Orange Breasted Trogon

Blue Eared Barbet

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By Thais Bock


1. Which of our owl species is the most diurnal? 2. What species has the largest bill in the bird world? 3. From Canada to Argentina what grebe is the most common and easily seen? 4. Name the only egret with bright yellow feet. 5. Of our local cormorants, which species shows eartufts during breeding season?
(Answers below cartoon.)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates 53.4 million Americans feed wild birds and spend an average of $84 a year on the hobby. Ardent bird feeders spend much more. Dolly Lara’s bird-feeding hobby goes back 35 years, and she couldn’t imagine not feeding her feathered friends. But with nyjer seed costing $80 for a 50-pound bag, she said with a laugh, she might have to reconsider how often she puts out the

by Phil Buly

good stuff. Sunflower birdseed is about $20 a bag now, the high end of its usual price range. But the price of nyjer seed -- known as “black gold” in the feed industry -- is expected to stay abnormally high through the prime bird-feeding season that lasts until the middle of spring. - Associated Press

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Answers: 1. Northern Hawk Owl 2. Pelicans 3. Pied-billed Grebe 4. Snowy Egret 5. Double-crested Cormorant

April 2009

BirdathoN field trips
Nisqually NWR and Ocean Shores
Saturday, April 25, 7:00 a.m. to evening. Leaders: Ken and Nell Batker The trip will begin with a walk on the Nisqually dike trail on the Refuge, followed by a sack lunch (bring your own). We will then carpool to Gray’s Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and from there to the Ocean Shores area to cap a good day’s birding. Everyone is welcome to come along on all or any part of the day’s activities. We usually finish at Nisqually between 11:00 a.m. and noon so anyone wishing to join us for only the Gray’s Harbor and Ocean Shores segments can meet us then at Nisqually. We usually finish the day with the optional activity of a meal at a nice restaurant in Aberdeen where we can total up, check our bird lists, and recall fun sightings of the day. Meet at the flagpole by the visitors’ center at Nisqually NWR. on the way to the Mountain. We aim each year to show that you can find 100 species by birding just in Pierce County. One year we identified 124. Meet at the far end of Purdy Spit at 5:15 a.m. Expect to see at least 120 species in one fastpaced day. Meet at 5:30a.m. and arrive in Moses Lake at 8:30p.m., where we will stay overnight. Leisurely return through favorite bird areas on Sunday. Please provide e-mail address when you sign up in order to coordinate lodging details and meeting place. E-mail for further details.

Green River Watershed on International Migratory Bird Day

Birding-By-Ear for Birdathon

Saturday, April 25, 8:00 a.m. to noon. Leader: Melissa Sherwood Explore McCormick Forest, the old growth preserve off Bujacich Dr. near Gig Harbor. If you know our local birds by sight and would like to get to know their songs and calls, please join Melissa. We’ll meet at the Swede Hill Fire Station just west of Hwy. 16 at the Burnham Dr. exit. We’ll walk through the forest, some steep trails; time permitting we may explore a couple of other birdy areas nearby. Hopefully we’ll pick up on some of the migrating warblers and flycatchers moving through as well. Wear comfortable hiking/walking shoes and dress comfortably for whatever the weather.

Saturday, May 9, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Leaders: Greg Volkhardt and Master Birder Join us for a day of birding in the Green River Watershed and maybe Nolte State Park and Auburn Narrows wetlands. This is a rare opportunity to see the protected watershed managed by Tacoma Water. We’ll leave the Tacoma Public Utilities Administration Building at 8:00 a.m. in one or two vans, and arrive at the watershed gate at about 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. We’ll bird the forests and fields around Howard Hanson Reservoir (elevation 1200 feet), then visit Eagle Lake (elevation 2200 feet) before maybe heading to Auburn Narrows. We’ll plan on returning to Tacoma by 4:30 p.m. Space is limited; this trip is open to the first 12 people to sign up. Meet at the Tacoma Public Utilities lot A1 on the west end of the administration building. The building is located at 3628 South 35th Street.

Point Defiance Park

Sunday, May 17, 8:00 a.m. to noon. Leaders: Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff Join Rob and Natalie for the Birdathon version of their monthly nature walk at Point Defiance Park on May 17. They will set out at 8:00 a.m. from the zoo parking lot and walk through the forest trails along Five Mile Drive, walking a little more than four miles. This Birdathon trip will end with birding along the ponds near the park entrance and with a drive down to Owen Beach. The trip should wrap up around noon.

Lakebay Area

Adriana Hess Wetland ParkAudubon Center

Wapato Lake Park

Sunday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Leader: George Schonhard Come join George for a trip he usually does several times a week. Identify water, woods, and grassland birds for your list. Families welcome! Come in the main entrance on South 68th Street, turn right to the parking lot.

Monday, May 11, noon to 2:00 p.m. Leader: Ruth Sullivan Ruth Sullivan will lead this regular bird identification visit at this small, unique park at 2917 Morrison Rd W. in University Place. Come if you are counting for Birdathon or just to enjoy the day’s count. The year before last we identified 40 birds on this count. Since this is being used as a Birdathon trip, we hope all participants are willing to give a Birdathon donation, but not required.

Fort Lewis

Friday, May 22, 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Leader: Homeowners Dee and Wayne Knight and Master Birder Visit acres of woods with songbirds, fields with ravens and shores with eagles, osprey, sandpipers, herons. Two eagle nests, too. Bring lunch, we’ll serve coffee and dessert by the fireplace. There is a very low tide near noon. Bring beach shoes; we can walk quite a distance. Directions: 3715 165th KPN. Go across the Narrows, take Purdy exit, through the Purdy stop light, go through the Key Center blinking red light and 3.8 miles past. You’ll see a huge billboard on the right saying Dudley Top Apples, pass the small green 38th St sign on the right and across from this there will be signs and balloons on left at a tiny road. Go right past the Knight signs and balloons to right and wind down a long wooded road with a steep hill. You’ll see an old barn and turn to the left to their house.

Titlow Park

Tuesday, May 5, 10:00 a.m. to noon. Leaders: Rosanne Becker and Joann Sims Families welcome! Enjoy both water and songbirds at this Tacoma park. A variety of habitats include salt water, pond, and forest. Meet at the lodge at Titlow Park which is at the west end of 6th Avenue in Tacoma.

Wednesday, May 13, 8:00 a.m. to noon. Leader: Fort Lewis’s Jim Lynch Jim Lynch from the Fort’s Wildlife Department, will meet the group at the Roy Y Park & Ride at 8:00 a.m. We will carpool to visit the open oak woodlands and riparian habitats found among the prairies of the Fort Lewis Training Grounds. Expect to identify 55-60 species.

Waughop Lake and Fort Steilacoom Park

Morse Wildlife Preserve

Saturday, May 23, 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Leader: Betty Jones Meeting spot is the parking lot by the barns at Fort Steilacoom Park. Identify birds in the oak woodlands, grasslands, and Waughop Lake, some evergreen areas. Hope to see 50 species.

Nisqually NWR and Ocean Shores

Thursday, May 7, 5:30 a.m. until about dark. Leaders: Ed and Kay Pullen Meet at the I-5/Highway 512 Park & Ride at 5:30 a.m. Bring food and drink for the day. Expect close to 100 bird species. Return about dark. Call Tahoma Audubon to reserve a place. Walk one to two miles at Nisqually, mostly short walks otherwise.

Friday, May 15, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Leader: Betty Jones Walk the trails and check out the marsh, dry Douglas-fir forest, moist lowland forest, prairie and meadow. Take a look at the pond in the marsh and the forested wetland from the bird tower. Ask for directions when you sign up. (Overnight in Moses Lake) Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, 5:30 a.m. Saturday to Sunday afternoon. Leaders: Marcus Roening and Heather Ballash Marcus and Heather lead an exciting, full-day trip from Tacoma to the Potholes in Moses Lake. The trip will cover 15 habitat zones, with special emphasis on migratory birds in the Columbia Basin sage, pinelands, and wetlands.

Foulweather Bluff

Tacoma to Potholes

Pierce Co. Big Day: “Purdy to Paradise” on International Migratory Bird Day Saturday, May 9, 5:15 a.m. till dusk. Leaders: Bruce LaBar and Charlie Wright Starting at Purdy Spit, this trip visits Point Defiance, McChord, and other points of interest
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Saturday, May 30, 7:00 a.m. to mid-afternoon. Leader: Rolan Nelson We’ll visit Foulweather Bluff, Point-No-Point, and the Hansville Greenway. Join us for this Birdathon event to check out the west Sound migrants that should be passing through. We’ll see wetlands, saltwater, forest glades, and meadows. We hope to identify over 65 species. Bring rain gear and layered clothes and a scope if you have one. Pack a lunch or you can buy supplies at the Hansville Store. Meet at Purdy Park & Ride off Highway 16. Take Highway 16 across the Narrows Bridge from Tacoma. Exit at the SR302/Purdy off-ramp and drive straight through Purdy (three stoplights) to 144th. The Park & Ride is just beyond the Chevron Station. Page 9

By Jill Eikenhorst

voluNteer Recognition Intern helps Tahoma Audubon’s conservation and education programs
Tahoma Audubon further its conservation goals. Meanwhile, by teaching nature classes to kids, Angela hopes she is “getting the next generation interested in bio-conservation” she said. Angela grew up in Duvall, WA, which was “all pastureland” when she was young, she said, “but it’s quite big now.” Growing up in a small rural community inspired her interest in conservation. Doing fieldwork at Tahoma Audubon has helped her learn more about her career goal of biology fieldwork. She wants to work in bio-diversity

Angela Baker, a junior at PLU, is engaging her passion for conservation and nature education in an internship at Tahoma Audubon this spring. She’s working with Krystal Kyer, Conservation Coordinator, on bio-conservation projects, and teaching kids’ classes with Margie Shea. Both aspects of her internship speak to Angela’s interest in conservation: her fieldwork projects and work on the Bioblitz, for example, are helping

hotspots like Madagascar or the west coast of Australia, and she hopes to study abroad in the Galapagos Islands next year. She hopes her career will help further conservation efforts. “People don’t realize that the world is changing rapidly” Angela said, and her message for the world is that “we need to take care of these natural resources or we’ll be out of luck.” Her plan to get that message out is about knowledge and education, she said, “I just let people know what’s going on, and they can make their decisions from there.”

Ken points out the sights at Dry Falls.

Northern Hawk-Owl near Mansfield.

Photo/Vicki Biltz

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got great looks at Northern Saw-Whet and Great Horned Owls, as well as fleeting glimpses of Barn Owls. Interestingly, the Long-Eared Owls that were the feature of the previous trip were nowhere to be found this year. It’s always different! Loads of non-Owl species were seen, too, including great looks at Prairie Falcon and Rough-Legged Hawks galore! We also hunted down several reports of those elusive White-Winged Crossbills, which are still a hypothetical species in my opinion. Eurasian Collared Doves in the dozens were everywhere! An exciting pioneer just a couple of years ago, they now almost dominate the landscape in such places as Mansfield and Washtucna. Speaking of Washtucna, the hot spot discovered and made famous by our own Patrick Sullivan, we visited the commemorative bench in Bassett Park there, signifying that he had put this very spot on the birding map. What great people – they’re all birders now! Patrick did more than just find birds and identify them, and he will be remembered fondly in many out-of-the-way places. Our owling didn’t stop until we got home the third night, when Faye Hands heard a Barred Owl in her own yard as she was going to bed!
Great Horned Owl .
(All photos by Diane Yorgason-Quinn unless otherwise noted.)

Owl Pellets explained by leader Ken Brown.

Wesern Screech Owl.

Photo/Melissa Sherwood

The memorial birding bench for Patrick Sullivan in Washtucna.

Melissa Sherwood thinks she’s on the track of an owl.

Eurasian Collared Doves.

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April 2009

Stanley Russell Engle

Save our history: Save Sequalitchew Creek
Fact: The vitality of Sequalitchew Creek over thousands of years has attracted members of the Nisqually Tribe, The Hudson Bay Company, The DuPont Company and Weyerhaeuser to its banks. Man has lived off of the fish which once ran it, found shelter in its canyon, trapped and profi ted off of the beaver which lives in it, and utilized it’s deep water port for industrial purposes. The Methodist Mission site (where teacher Chloe Clark lived) was located to the north of the creek due to its fresh water and food supply. The creek, historically, is seen by many as a vital link to Washington State history. The historical, natural flow of Sequalitchew Creek runs from Sequalitchew Lake, through Edmonds Marsh, down the canyon and out to Puget Sound. The creek corridor is home to hundreds of species, including eagles, hawks, song birds, herons, ducks, owls, frogs, salamanders, snakes, beaver, raccoons, coyotes, deer, rabbits and mountain lions. The intent of the 1994 Settlement Agreement was to protect the historical, natural fl ow of Sequalitchew Creek. Glacier Northwest’s current Conditional Use Permit violates this agreement, and the City of DuPont is ignoring it. Glacier Northwest’s proposed mine expansion will cut into an underground aquifer which will lower the ground water level of Edmonds Marsh, which is a protected class one wetland. Glacier Northwest’s proposed mine expansion will alter the flow of Sequalitchew Creek, from Sequalitchew Lake down to Puget Sound, which is outside of the existing and proposed mine boundary. DuPont’s Land Use Code is was put into place to protect wetlands, hillsides and streams. Read DMC Chapter 25.105 to learn more. The DuPont Hearings examiner will decide whether or not the pro-

Stan Engle, son of Kathryn and Russell Engle, was a Tacoma grocer, mountain climber, and long time University Place resident. Born in Yakima, Nov. 12, 1921, he passed away March 23, 2009. Stan graduated from Stadium High School in 1939, became a journeyman welder in a local shipyard while pursuing his hobbies - model airplanes with the “Tacoma Gas Wings,” bicycle trips, sports cars and camping. He served in Germany and Austria in the Army’s 71st Division to the end of WWII, returning home to work in the “Market Basket,” his dad’s independent grocery store. After his dad’s passing he ran the store, Lakewood Thriftway, and eventually other stores in Tacoma. A lifetime member of The Mountaineers, he was recently awarded honorary status. He climbed the six major glaciated peaks of Washington and ascended Mt Rainier over 20 times by many routes, once bivouacking in the summit crater on a winter climb. He helped build the Quonset hut at Camp Schurman on Mt. Rainier and was active in Mountain Rescue. He organized many Cascade mountain climbing adventures, summited Alaska’s Denali in

1969, and climbed in the Alps, Kilimanjaro, and the Andes. Stan was also an avid backpacker, runner, cyclist, and kite-flyer. Stan served in leadership roles in many citizen organizations advocating for wilderness, parks, and trails. He was a charter member of Tahoma Audubon Society and also the Foothills Trail Coalition, serving on its board many years. He created furniture in his shop, and his benches, arbors and trellises grace many local gardens. Stan’s gregarious personality made him many friends, ensuring a ready supply of companions for his adventures. He leaves a loving family including his wife Helen, their seven children, David (Margaret), Chris (Dianne Bennett), George (Janet), Gretchen (Al Bolinger), Bill (Alison), Heidi (Rob Sandelin), and Melanie; six grandchildren, Aaron (Gina) & Erica Engle, Robin Engle & Avery Winslow, Kara & Helen Sandelin and great-grandsons Emmett and Aidric Engle. Stan would be honored with remembrances to The Mountaineers Foundation, Foothills Trail, or Tahoma Audubon.

What Can You Do?

• Testify during the hearing examiner dates (April 29 & 30) either in writing or in person. • Educate yourself and peers on the issue. • Donate to the Nisqually Delta Association to assist in their legal costs. • Visit for links to the 1994 Settlement Agreement & more info. on the creek. • Experience for yourself - walk through Edmonds Marsh and down Sequalitchew Creek Canyon. • Read the staff report, Glacier’s mine application & Hearing Examiner notice at

posed mine expansion can proceed as requested. DuPont City Council has no say in the matter. The hearing examiner decision can be appealed to Superior Court.

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park presents: NatureMapping:
NatureMapping provides an opportunity for everyone to observe, monitor, and inventory their local habitats and use the information gathered to affect real change. Data collected can be used by scientists on state and local levels to help make decisions that determine a healthy future for fish and wildlife. This workshop will involve both classroom and field work and will include the use of maps, wildlife identification tips, habitat coding, building a search image, and data collection procedures.

Data Collection and Monitoring

Data Collection & Monitoring Workshop
$40 per participant (discounted - regularly $70) May 30 & 31, 2009 Friday: 9am - 5pm, Saturday 9 am -5 pm This workshop is for citizens interested in using the NatureMapping process to keep track of wildlife in their backyard, local parks and forests, or any other natural area. This hands-on environmental learning workshop helps people take the next step after learning to enjoy wildlife. To register, call 360-832-7166 or e-mail Registration closes April 22nd, 2009 For more information contact Jessica Moore at 360-832-7160

Membership Fee: ___ ___ ___ ___

Introductory (first year)

Tahoma Audubon is the Pierce County chapter of National Audubon. As an Introductory member of Tahoma Audubon you also receive a National Audubon membership and Audubon Magazine for one year. Renewing your Chapter Membership ensures that we can continue to do our work in Pierce County. Chapter membership includes: Towhee newsletter subscription, free family events, birding trip invitations, class & book discounts, conservation activities, annual celebrations and more. Joint TAS/ National Audubon membership includes: Chapter membership, National membership, annual Audubon Magazine subscription, and support of Important Bird Areas (IBA) and state and national conservation agendas.

Joint National/Tahoma Audubon Chapter member renewal Other Contributions _____________

$20 $50 $30

Member(s) Name: _______________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________ Phone: home ___________________business _________________ e-mail: ________________________________________________ Member #: _______________________________ (office use only)

City______________________________ Zip__________________

April 2009

Checks payable to: Tahoma Audubon 2917 Morrison Rd. W. University Place, 98466 Tahoma Audubon Society, established in 1969, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

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Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually Wed, Apr 1, 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM. F Project FeederWatch Ends for 2008-2009 Season Fri, April 3. TGIF Breakfast & Work Party. Fri, April 3, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. F Seabird Survey 7 Sat, April 4, 10:47 AM to 2:47 PM.. Location: assigned survey sites Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually Wed, Apr 8, 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Budding Scientists “The Tiniest Things” Wed, April 8, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Budding Scientists “The Tiniest Things” Wed, April 8, 3:15 PM to 4:45 PM. Begining Homeschool Science: Too Little to be Seen. Thu, April 9, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. F Beginning Homeschool Science: Too Little to be Seen. Thu, April 9, 1:00 PM to 3:00 AM. F Tahoma Audubon Board Meeting Thu, April 9, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Location: Adriana Hess Audubon Center. Monthly Meeting of the Tahoma Audubon Board. Guest Welcome, please call ahead at (253) 565-9278. TGIF Breakfast & Work Party Fri, April 10, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. F Membership Meeting Fri, April 10, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.. Location: Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tylor Street. Monthly membership meeting of Tahoma Audubon. All welcome. Program: Gone to the Goonies: Midway Atoll. Morse Preserve Open Trails Sun, April 12, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Bird Walk at Adriana Hess Wetland Park Mon, April 13, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Enjoy a guided bird walk through the park! Nature Alphabet: G is for Gardens Tue, April 14, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Conservation Committee Tue, April 14, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM. Tahoma Audubon Offices. Nature Snapshots: Invertebrates Tue, April 14, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.. Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Ages 12 and up, $15 per person or $30 per family (4 people max) Join us for a “snapshot” of nature as we explore the basics of identification and help families learn a few of the local native wildlife. Call 591-6439 to register. Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually Wed, April 15, 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM. F Art & Nature of Native Plants Class Wed, April 15, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Location: Adriana Hess Audubon Center. This field-based class brings together the natural world and the artist’s perspective. Native plant specialist, Mary Sue Gee, will provide hands-on instruction in identification and ecological relationships during one classroom session and four field trips. She will be joined by Monica Weidman, watercolor artist and botanical illustrator, to engage the students in a deeper appreciation and understanding of the native plant ecosystem of the South Puget Sound. E Intermediate Science: Under the Microscope Thu, April 16, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Education Committee Meeting Thu, April 16, 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Location: Adriana Hess Conference Room TGIF Breakfast & Work Party Fri, April 17, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. F Parks Appreciation Day - Tacoma. Sat, April 18,9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Help out at the Tacoma Nature Center as a family or a group in celebration of Earth Day. Pull invasive plants, maintain the trails, and many ohter proects in support of this great wildlife habitat in the heart of Tacoma. Pre-registration required. call 591 6439. F Bird Walk at Adriana Hess Wetland Park Mon, April 20, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Enjoy a guided bird walk through the park!

tahoma auduBoN programs
Free to members and non-members!

Gone to the Goonies: Midway Atoll
Friday, April 10. Refreshments at 7:15 p.m., meeting at 7:30 p/m. Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 South Tyler, Tacoma Valerie Elliott will present; she is Audubon member and Natural Resource Planner for the U.S. Air Force (an avid birder for many years with an ABA list of over 650 species). Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge/Battle of Midway National Memorial, part of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument, is probably best remembered forthe Intermediate Birding Tue, April 21, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. E Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually Wed, April 22, 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM. F Budding Scientists “MicroWorld.” Wed, April 22, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Budding Scientists “MicroWorld.” Wed, April 22, 3:15 PM to 4:45 PM. Advanced Science: Bio-Science: Microbiology Thu, April 23, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. F TGIF Breakfast & Work Party Fri, April 24, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. F Nature Storytime “Earth Day Stories” Fri, April 24, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Advanced Science Lab: Microbiology Fri, April 24, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. F Self Guided Tour Workshop at Tacoma Nature Center Sat, April 25, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Location: Tacoma Nature Center. For the self-guided tours at the Tacoma Nature Center at Snake Lake, specially trained group leaders like YOU learn natural history and ecology information and activities to share with your class on your field trip. You will have access to your science lab and equipment, our hands-on exhibit area, our 71-acre nature preserve and our nature biofacts, field guides and more! $50.00 per person. Ages 18+ Call the Tacoma Nature Center to register, 253-591-6439. Intermediate Birding Tue, April 28, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Continuation of April 21st class. Location: Adriana Hess Audubon Center. E Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually Wed, Apr 29, 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM.

WWII Battle of Midway. The military has departed and today the islands have gone to the birds. Laysan and black-footed albatross abound, with the largest nesting colonies in the world. Midway Atoll also has nesting colonies of 15 other seabird species. However, the albatross face threatening issues at sea and on land – longline fishing, plastics, lead, and invasive species. Valerie Elliott had the opportunity to visit Midway Atoll in December 2006. Her presentation will cover species on and around Midway Atoll and the atoll’s albatrosses and threats to their continuing existence. Water Resources, Sustainable Training Lands, Energy and Sustainable Communities. A multidisciplinary team oversees implementation of the ISP within each subject area. Sustainability has applications to every organization and Fort Lewis sends this message through its outreach programs, participation in technical conferences, willingness to serve as an R&D demonstration site for technology innovations, and leadership as an early adopter of sustainable practices. Ms. Easley is a civilian contractor for the Public Works department at Ft Lewis. She has extensive knowledge about the sustainability efforts within the Army and on military bases nationwide. International Migratory Bird Day Count Sat, May 9. Morse Preserve Open Trails. Sun, May 10, 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Bird Walk at Adriana Hess Wetland Park. Mon, May 11, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Enjoy a guided bird walk through the park! Nature alphabet: I is for Inch by Inch Tue, May 12, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM. F Conservation Committee Tue, May 12, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Location: Tahoma Audubon Offices. Nature Snapshots: Tidepools. Tue, May 12, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Intermediate Birding Tue, May 12, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Continuation of May 5 class. E Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually Wed, May 13, 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM. F Budding Scientists “The Living Web.” Wed, May 13, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. Budding Scientists “The Living Web.” Wed, May 13, 3:15 PM to 4:45 PM. Beginning Homeschool Science: The Web of Life Thu, May 14, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. F Beginning Homeschool Science: The Web of Life Thu, May 14, 1-3 PM. F Tahoma Audubon Board Meeting Thu, May 14, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Location: Adriana Hess Audubon Center. Monthly Meeting of the Tahoma Audubon Board. Guest Welcome, please call ahead at (253) 565-9278. Nisqually BioBlitz May 15 to May 16, 2009. Location: Roy/ McKenna area. Attention Nature Mappers, animal and plant lovers! Learn to be a citizen scientists by being part of a team of citizens and experts and help identify the flora and fauna of a biologically diverse area. Camp overnight and look for nocturnal animals! Find bugs, amphibians, butterfies, birds, and mammals! Contact Krystal for details and upcoming training opportunities at 253-232-9978. On the web, go to:

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TGIF Breakfast & Work Party Fri, May 1, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. F Native Plant Sale Sat, May 2, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Intermediate Birding Tue, May 5, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.


Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually Wed, May 6, 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM. F TGIF Breakfast & Work Party Fri, May 8, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. F Membership Meeting Fri, May 8, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Monthly membership meeting of Tahoma Audubon. Speaker: Miriam Easley, Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, Versar, Inc. Fort Lewis, Public Works-ED. Presentation Abstract: Fort Lewis is committed to the support of a strong national defense, securing the integrity of our natural and cultural heritage, and conserving our natural resources for tomorrow’s generations. In 2002 Fort Lewis emerged as a leading force for sustainability. Fort Lewis’ Installation Sustainability Program (ISP) is guided by eight long-term goals that are divided into six subject areas: Air Quality, Products & Materials Management,


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