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Vol. 40 No. 10 December 2009/January 2010
It’s here! It’s here!
The 110th Christmas Bird Count!
By Faye McAdams Hands Saturday, December 19, 2009 will be the Christmas Bird Count for our Tahoma Audubon Chapter. You are welcome to join in the fun of this annual holiday tradition! Every year Audubon
Our 2010 Membership Banquet is almost here and we need your help!
Saturday, February 6, 2010 is Tahoma Audubon's biggest event of the year and we need lots of help from our members to make this a success! Please see details on page 2.
STORy AND pHOTOS By DIANE yORGASON-QuINN
chapters around the world organize their own CBC to continue this longest running citizenscientist project. Counters count every bird that is seen or heard on the designated day, within their
See "CBC” on page 2
OF BIRDING CLASSES
Tahoma Audubon is currently fielding three different classes for adult birders (not to mention all the resources made available to children and youth!), which have been wildly popular! The intermediate Gathering of the Intermediate Birding Class at The Nature Center at Snake Lake. Instructor Ken Brown is birding class this year had to move from the seated just to the left of the Swan sculpture in the corner. Audubon Center at Adriana Hess Park to the Nature Center at Snake Lake because it has grown so much in size, actually having to turn and wet. Ken decided we’d head out anyway, headed up to the Kingston area to look for the Rusty Blackbird! This blackbird normally people away. Rumor has it that it will split next as there was a chance of breaks in the weather. winters in the American Southeast (breeding in year and become two classes – Intermediate Turns out the break was all day! Perfect fall the northeast and Canada) and has been reportbirding weather! and Advanced! It looks like birding is no lonIn this unusually rich season for rare birds ed usually once or twice each winter in ger an undiscovered joy! Ken Brown’s intermediate class at press time (see the report from Ruth Sullivan on page 7, as Washington in recent years, but I can tell you it’s a hard bird to pick out of a flock of several had just taken its second field trip of the fall/ well as last month’s issue), we took our cue th from Tweeters internet reports (Brad Waggoner winter season November 14 , the first week See "Classes” on page 6 end since the weather took a turn for the cold of Bainbridge Island on November 10th) and
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In this issue:
25 Years Ago BirdSongs Calendar Education Environment Matters Field trips New Members Quizzical Owl page 8 page 8 page 12 page 4 page 3 page 5 page 11 page 8
2010 Membership Banquet is approaching quickly!
Our annual membership banquet is coming up on Saturday, February 6th, 2010! Last year’s 40th Anniversary celebration was a huge success and we want to repeat the fun for this year’s event. To make it great, we need your help: 1) We need auction items! Please consider donating something to this year’s silent auction. Most donations are tax deductible and all proceeds go to support our endowment. Donations large and small are appreciated. Ideas from past auctions include art, books, tickets to museums or sporting events, homemade goodies, guided birding trips and other fun experiences. Please call the TAS office for more ideas or to make a donation. 2) We need party planners! This is the biggest single event of the TAS calendar year and it takes lots of people to make it run smoothly. If you are interested in helping out with the banquet in any way, please contact Melissa at (253)306-0037 or email@example.com We’ll need people to help with the program, decorations, materials and day-of logistics. With your help, we can put together a great event to celebrate Tahoma Audubon’s fantastic members and activities. We look forward to seeing you at the 2010 banquet!
Here are a few photos of the fun we had last year, including the auction and several award presentations. We need your help for more of the same this year!
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 98466 Office hours 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Front desk 253-565-9278
Tahoma Audubon Staff Flint, Bryan Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org 253-565-9129 253-232-9978 253-327-9480 253-565-9129
Conservation Coordinator Kyer, Krystal email@example.com
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designated Count Circle. Our Circle contains 8 different Areas. In the map at right you will see the Areas, along with the Area Coordinators. You can contact the Coordinator of the Area that you would like to count in, or contact the Count Coordinator directly if you are not sure, or would like to offer you help in an Area that might need extra birders: Faye McAdams Hands – 253-9429233, firstname.lastname@example.org
Area 1: Art Wang 752-1714 email@example.com Area 2: Faye McAdamsHand 942-9233 firstname.lastname@example.org Area 3: Diane Yorgason-Quinn 857-3367 email@example.com Area 4: Roxy & Bill Giddings 537-3075
Swaim, Stephanie Education Coordinator StephSwaim@tahomaaudubon.org
Development Coordinator Kesinger, Cami firstname.lastname@example.org
Area 5: Rolan Nelson 292-0160 email@example.com Area 6: Marcus Roening 756-0215
Taylor, Graham Volunteer 253-565-1884 253-223-0039 Kerrigan, Julie Coordinators firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Benton, Ken Education Intern firstname.lastname@example.org 253-565-1884 Tahoma Audubon Board Officers John Garner Marjorie Shea Jane Brosius Kathleen Nelson
Thelma Gilmur Dick Carkner Marcus Roening Peggy L. Kopf Darby Veeck
Area 7: Ed Pullen 848-5951 email@example.com Area 8: Ruth Sullivan 564-7419 firstname.lastname@example.org
President Vice President Secretary Treasurer
Ione Clagett Melissa Paulson Bill Smith Tanja Scott Charles Griffin
and may be sent by e-mail, disk, or typed. E-mail submissions to email@example.com. Editor: David Lev Mailing: Vera & John Cragin and Winfield Giddings Design & Layout: Robert Kelton: robert_kelton@ mac.com Printing: Consolidated Press
Exciting news from last year’s CBC: out of 1,624 Counts in the US, our very own Count Circle had top numbers for Red-necked Grebe (253) ! This is our second year in a row to come out on top with this bird. In 2007 we had the nation’s high count also (331) . Now, if only that Black-tailed Gull will stick around
for us! Keep your fingers crossed….. The Tally Dinner directly after the Count is always a fun event, and a great way to meet the other birders and share stories from the day, while eating a tasty meal! Come join us at The Nature Center at Snake Lake - 1919 S. Tyler St, Tacoma from 5:00 – 6:30. See you there!
Tahoma Audubon Board Members 2009
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 combined Jul/Aug and Dec/Jan issues. 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
December 2009/January 2010
The future of open space in Pierce County is up to us. What we collectively envision and, crucially, fund – will shape the livability and culture of this scenic region. Will we still have working forests surrounding Mt. Rainier National Park in 30 years? Or will we have sprawling 10-acre estates that destroy forest and river habitat and produce urban flooding downstream? Will we have access to healthy locally grown foods? Or will farmland and farmers be extinct, because they couldn’t compete with industrial agriculture or rising land prices or too many roads, warehouses, and suburban sprawl? Will we have a trails system to recreate, exercise, provide an alternative to driving, or view birds and wildlife? Or will we continue to build more roads only to be stuck in traffic, which leads to more sprawl, worse air quality, and contributes to climate change? Each of us has our own answers to these questions, and indeed other important questions to raise. There is no right or wrong answer, but there is a choice to be made. Our future is ours, and it is our children’s. In these difficult economic times, we, as a society and as taxpayers, must make hard decisions on how and when and where to spend our money. That is why Tahoma Audubon has been working to ensure that tax dollars are spent wisely and efficiently, and that working
Saving lands across Pierce County
forests, farms, other open spaces and trails are conserved in a thoughtful and planned way that looks holistically at all of the issues and options. Funding is a crucial piece of the conservation puzzle. No plan, as good as it may be, will ever be implemented without funding. So, here is some good news to end 2009 on a positive note, and start 2010 with the future in mind: on October 27, 2009 the Pierce County Council voted in favor of Resolution No.R2009-97s, establishing an Open Space Task Force beginning in January 2010 that will study and provide recommendations on how open space lands will be acquired over the next decade. The task force will coordinate with watershed councils, land trusts, and environmental groups involved with open space to create a long-range acquisition plan. Creating an acquisition plan for open space is a key component that needs occur before a sales tax for trails, parks, and open space can be put before the public for a vote. We applaud the Pierce County Council for planning for the future today! Tahoma Audubon did not do this alone. Members of the Pierce County Sustainability Coalition (PCSC) identified the creation of this task force as one of three local priorities for 2009. The other two being getting a Mixed-Use Centers Update in Tacoma (which we
succeeded at doing this summer), and making recycling options more available to downtown Tacoma businesses. The PCSC is a coalition formed in 2008, of local non-profit groups working together to improve Contact Krystal at 253-232-9978. Or firstname.lastname@example.org the quality of life in Tacoma and Pierce County by utilizing our grassroots memberships and collective voice to advocate for regulatory and policy changes. Tahoma Audubon Society took a lead in advocating for the creation of a task force, and we will continue to play a key role in the task force when it commences in January, ensuring that open spaces such as working forests and farms, rivers, wetlands, parks, trails, and more are conserved and funded across Pierce County, and so that we create a community that we continue to want to live in, that our grandchildren will enjoy living in, and where wildlife can find a home, a rest stop, or a bite to eat, too.
Environmental Priorities Lobby Day 2010
By Kat Crowley-York The words “government of the people, by the people, for the people” have always stuck in my mind – from the days long past of studying Abraham Lincoln and the Gettysburg Address. It always seemed like excellent rhetoric – incredibly inspiring, but somewhat vague and impalpable. How could the government be BY the people? I vote – is that what it means? Or can an ordinary citizen have a bigger say in the process of government? Three years ago, when I attended my first Environmental Priorities Lobby Day, it all became clear to me. Yes, absolutely, I could be part of the process, and yes, absolutely, my single voice could make a difference. It was an eye-opening and educating experience, and one I plan to repeat many, many more times in my life. For 18 years, People For Puget Sound and the environmental community have been spearheading the annual Environmental Lobby Day in Olympia, and the event has grown by leaps and bounds. Last year’s event had over 500 attendees, 125 legislative appointments, 25 co-sponsors, and 42 of 49 Legislative Districts represented. Last year, Representative Tom Campbell (an environmental Republican) spoke to attendees to inspire them and acknowledge the power of citizen advocacy. In his words, “When I see an army of real people, I love it. I absolutely love it.” I was surprised my first year by how willing the legislators were to listen, and how informed they are on the issues. Their constituents are their top priority, and I came away from the day really feeling like my concerns had been listened to and my opinions would be considered when the time came to vote on the issues. Be Heard, Be Seen, Be Green! When: Tue. Jan. 26th, 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM Where: United Churches of Olympia, 110th East 11th Ave Additionally: Unveiling of the sixth and newest map of the Great Washington State Birding Trail hosted by Audubon Washington, with special guest, Senator Lisa Brown. Registration fee $15. Bus transportation $15 (Tacoma Bus $10). On line registration opens soon at http://pugetsound.org/forms/ lobbydayreg10. 2010 Environmental Priorities: 1. The Working for Clean Water bill is about creating jobs, rebuilding our local economies, and cleaning up polluted waterways like the Puget Sound and Spokane River. 2. Safe Baby Bottles to protect children’s health and the environment by phasing out the harmful chemical bisphenol A (BPA) from baby bottles, food and beverage cans, and other consumer products. 3. Budget for our Environment to ensure adequate funding for the core environmental protections that make Washington State a healthy place to live. During Lobby Day you will hear from legislators that are championing the Environmental Priorities legislation, receive a training on how to lobby from top environmental lobbyists, and have a chance to meet face-to-face with your elected officials. And don’t forget the party in the evening! Our goal is to have 600 participants, 130 legislative appointments, and have 45 of 49 Legislative Districts represented. My husband and I will be there – will you? Online registration for the 2010 Environmental Lobby Day will begin in December. http://pugetsound.org/forms/lobbydayreg10. For more information contact Rein Attemann, email@example.com, or (206) 3827007.
Lindsay Raab grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and a minor focus in Psychology, from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Lindsay is currently in her second year of the Masters of Environmental Studies Program at The Evergreen State College Lindsay Raab in Olympia, Washington. Her upcoming thesis work will focus on nearshore birds on and near Anderson Island in the South Puget Sound. The goal of the research is to provide justification to expand the current Important Bird Area boundary in the Nisqually Delta to include the cliffs and shores of Anderson Island. Lindsay will be coordinating and participating in a Christmas Bird Count and Puget Sound Seabird Surveys on Anderson Island. She will be amassing bird data from numerous sources such as “E-Bird” notes and past survey data. Lindsay also plans to interview locals to the island, as well as seabird experts working in the Puget Sound.
Greg Cook, a second-year student in the Master’s of Public Administration program at The Evergreen State College, is undertaking an internship with Tahoma Audubon from October through December. During this internship, Greg is working with Conservation Coordinator Krystal Kyer on the Roy Greg Cook community open house, the TAS fiveyear plan, and Pierce County’s Open Space Task Force. Greg, a native of rural northern New York, has worked for the Pierce County Library System since 2002. He is also a writer whose work has appeared in various regional and national publications. This year he is one of six readercolumnists for The News Tribune. He hopes to graduate from Evergreen in June, 2010. “Interning with Tahoma Audubon has shown me some of the struggles and rewards of life in a non-profit,” he says. “Tahoma Audubon’s vision and work make an impact in the Pierce County region and it is exciting to be a small part of that.”
December 2009/January 2010
The educators at Tahoma Audubon Society and Tacoma Nature Center are excited to announce the new Volunteer Naturalist Training Program which begins in 2010! From January to stephanieSWAIM March, active and informative Education Coordinator workshops will Call Steph @ 253-327-9480. Or teach participants StephSwaim@tahomaaudubon.org about the ecology of our region, and how to inspire a sense of wonder in those who seek to explore it. Volunteer Naturalists are the backbone of our strategic goal of expanding nature education across Pierce County. With only one educator on staff at Tahoma Audubon, we rely on a corps of trained, enthusiastic volunteers to bring environmental education into the community and into school classrooms. After receiving training, Volunteer Naturalists are asked to commit to at least five hours of
Announcing Volunteer Naturalist training
Budding Scientists Ages 5-7, $9.00 per student. Young homeschoolers and other children begin science and nature exploration through games, hikes, and crafts. Beginning Homeschool Science Ages 8-10, $12 per student. Homeschool students explore science through hands-on experiments and activities. Register Early - these classes fill quickly! Note - topics are repeated during the month, so select class appropriate for your child’s knowledge and abilities. Beginning science students should be able to add and subtract numbers.
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Note - topics are repeated during the month, so select class appropriate for your child’s knowledge and abilities. Older homeschool students will continue their science studies with challenging and engaging experiments and activities. To participate in this class, students should be able to calculate averages, percentages, and solve simple equations. Nature Storytime Ages 2-6, $6 per child, $3 Audubon member, free to adults and U.P residents. Join us as we explore the park at the Adriana Hess Audubon center in University Place with nature stories based on the current theme. Adults are welcome with the children. This a wonderful grandparent/ grandchild activity! Space is limited to the first 20 registered guests (adults and children). Nature Alphabet Ages 3-6, $6 per child. 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 an adult present. Please note alternating times. Register by the Saturday before the program. Adriana Hess Park Photography Class Mon Dec 7 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Location: Adriana Hess Park. An adult program encouraging people to appreciate nature and how they can incorporate it into their photography. Call Dixie Harris for details 564-6373. Christmas Irisfolding Card Class Mon Dec 7 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Location: Adriana Hess Audubon Center. Cost $12 per person to be paid at class. You will leave class with at least two cards and patterns to make your own. Other techniques such as Teabag Folding and Spirelli may be included along with the Irisfolding. Supplies needed: a
outreach or on-site presentations. Training consists of six workshops held at Tacoma Nature Center and taught by specialists and staff. The workshops will give you a broad knowledge of each subject area, and the tools to create an atmosphere of exploration and excitement for the natural world. Required workshops: ✔ Introduction to Interpretation – Tue. Jan. 12, 6:308:45pm or Sat. Jan. 16, 9:30-11:45am ✔ Feathered Friends (Birds) – Tue. Jan. 26, 6-9pm or Sat. Jan 30, 9-noon ✔ Washington Wildlife (Mammals) – Tue. Feb. 9, Volunteer Naturalists share the wonder of nature. 6-9pm ✔ Forest Fun (Forest Ecology) – Tue. Feb. 23, 6-9pm The fee for a workshop is $10. The Introduction to or Sat. Feb. 27, 9-noon Interpretation workshop is a prerequisite and is free of ✔ Wetland Wonders (Wetland Ecology) – Tue. Mar. 9, charge. Receive a $20 discount if you register for all 6-9pm or Sat. Mar. 13, 9-noonTide pools (Intertidal six workshops at once! Call Tacoma Nature Center at Ecology) – Tue. Mar. 23, 4:30-7:30pm at Titlow Beach 253-591-6439 to sign up. Space is limited. In addition to the six required workshops, Volunteer To be a Volunteer Naturalist you must be age16 or Naturalists will have the opportunity to participate in older, and available to lead programs during the school “elective” workshops. These will be open to the day, on weekends, and/or in the evenings depending on public, but preference will be given to those who the requests from teachers and community groups. complete the training. Elective workshops may include: If you have any questions, give me a call at 253-327Animal Tracking, Nature by Kayak, Marine Mammals, 9480 or email StephSwaim@TahomaAudubon.org. Geology of Puget Sound, Neotropical Birds, Butterflies Join us and help connect others with nature! and Dragonflies.
small scissors, Scotch Brand Magic tape (green dispenser), and a small craft mat (if you have one). Call Adriana Hess Audubon Center @ 565-9278 to reserve your spot. For more details, call Rosanne Becker @ 564-7115. Intermediate Birder’s Class Tues Dec 8 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Continuation of class. Snake Lake Science club Tues Dec 15 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Ages 10-14, no charge for club meetings, $10 per student to join the club. Snake Lake Science Club for homeschool and other students age 10-14 years old who want to learn more about science and the natural world. Students pay a once per school year fee of $10 to join the club and are then free to participate in any program offerings, including the 2010 Snake Lake Science Fair. The following programs are designed to help students learn more about science and the scientific process through hands-on discovery. Pre-registration for each program is required as space is limited. Call The Nature Center to register 591-6439. Adriana Hess Park Photography class Mon Jan 4 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Location: Adriana Hess Park. An adult program encouraging people to appreciate nature and how they can incorporate it into their photography. Call Dixie Harris for details 564-6373. Adriana Hess Park Photography class Mon Feb 1 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Location: Adriana Hess Park. An adult program encouraging people to appreciate nature and how they can incorporate it into their photography. Call Dixie Harris for details 564-6373.
2917 Morrison Road W., University Pl. WA 98466 253-565-9278 www.TahomaAudubon.org Open Mon – Sat. 10a.m.-1p.m.
Intermediate Homeschool Science Ages 10-12, $12 per student. Homeschool students explore science through hands-on experiments and activities. Register Early - these classes fill quickly! Note - topics are repeated during the month, so select class appropriate for your child’s knowledge and abilities. Intermediate Science Students should be able to multiply and divide numbers, add and subtract fractions. Advanced Homeschool Science Ages 12-15, $15 per student. Homeschool students explore science through hands-on experiments and activities. Register Early - these classes fill quickly! Note - topics are repeated during the month, so select class appropriate for your child’s knowledge and abilities. Older homeschool students will continue their science studies with challenging and engaging experiments and activities. To participate in this class, students should be able to calculate averages, percentages, and solve simple equations. Advanced Homeschool Science Lab Ages 12-15, $15 per student. Homeschool students explore science through hands-on experiments and activities. Register Early - these classes fill quickly!
1919 South Tyler Street, Tacoma WA 98338 253-591-6439 www.metroparkstacoma.org Open 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.
December 2009/January 2010
Wed. Dec 2. 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Wed. Dec 9. 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Wed. Dec 23. 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Wed. Dec 30. 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Location: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Leader: Phil Kelley Birdwalk hikes changed in spring, 2009. The boardwalk loop, including the twin barns and riparian overlook, are now the only areas open to the public due to construction related to dike removal. Even so, bird watching has been good. Join Phil on his weekly bird walks as he counts the birds at Nisqually NWR. The group takes the boardwalk/ trail loop out to the Twin Barns, the Nisqually overlook area, and the riparian area, totaling about 2 miles. Bring: Good walking shoes or boots, raingear, water, snacks, and $3 for entry fee unless you have a pass. Scopes are welcome. Meet: at Visitor’s Center. Directions: Take I-5 south from Tacoma and exit to Nisqually 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Nisqually NWR has started a 3-4 year estuary reconstruction project. For more information about trail closures, go to ttp://www.fws.gov/nisqually/ and click on Events and News. During the reconstruction, some trails have been closed.
Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually
fIEld TRIps and Events
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.
plant walk through the park! Family Walk at Adriana Hess Park Sun Dec 27 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Location: Adriana Hess Park. A family program to encourage families to appreciate the park by providing information and opportunities with a guided walking tour. Call Dixie Harris for details 564-6373
Plant Walk at Adriana Hess Park
Mon Jan 18, 2010 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Location: Adriana Hess Wetland Park.
Saturday, January 23rd, 2010, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Leaders: Marcus Roening & Heather Ballash; Limit 14 participants. Join Marcus & Heather in an exploration of the rich farmland of the Skagit & Sammamish Flats. One of Washington’s nature spectacles is seeing up to 10,000 Snow Geese, along with a mix of Trumpeter and Tundra Swans. The area is also magnet for raptors, with Bald Eagles, Red-tailed & Rough-legged Hawks, Short-eared Owls and up to 5 falcons. Bring lunch, warm clothes & full rain gear. MUST carpool! Limit of 4 cars, holding 4 people each (14 + 2 leaders). MEET: at 7:30 am at Tacoma Dome P&R off of Puyallup Ave, at the East G. St entrance, 1st floor, SE corner inside. Call 253-565-9278 to sign up.
Explore the Skagit Flats
Family Walk at Adriana Hess Park
Sun Jan 24 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM A family program to encourage families to appreciate the park by providing information and opportunities with a guided walking tour. Call Dixie Harris for details 564-6373.
Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually
Winter Birding in Roy
Sat Dec 5 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Location: Roy, WA - Head of the University of Puget Sound’s Slater Museum of Natural History, Gary Shugart, will lead a Nature Mapping field trip along the rail tracks, city park, and oak woodland prairie areas in Roy, WA. Join his winter bird watching trip to get a taste of what was seen during our recent BioBlitz! We will be carpooling from University of Puget Sound’s Thompson parking lot off of Union & N. 14th at 7:15am - we will depart at that time. If not carpooling, meet at Roy City Park at 8:00am. Call 565-9278 to sign up or for driving directions.
Weds Feb 3 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Wed Feb 10 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Wed Feb 17 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Wed Feb 24 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Leader: Phil Kelley. See earlier description for details
Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually
Weds Jan 6 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Weds Jan 13 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Weds Jan 20 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Weds Jan 27 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Leader: Phil Kelley. See earlier description for details.
Bird Walk at Adriana Hess Park
Mon Feb 8 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Mon Feb 15 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Enjoy a guided plant walk through the park!
Plant Walk at Adriana Hess Park
Plant Walk at Adriana Hess Park
Bird Walk at Adriana Hess Park
Family Walk at Adriana Hess Park
Mon Dec 21 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Location: Adriana Hess Wetland Park. Enjoy a guided
Mon Jan 11 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Location: Adriana Hess Park. Enjoy a guided bird walk through the park!
Sun Feb 28, 2010 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM A family program to encourage families to appreciate the park by providing information and opportunities with a guided walking tour. Call 564-6373.
December 2009/January 2010
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By Julie Kerrigan On October 24th, 2009 the Tahoma Audubon Society, University Place Parks and Recreation, and the University Place Volunteer Center came together to host the Together Green Volunteer Days in University Place. This event was a great example of organizations in the community coming together to encourage and support the preservation of local urban open space. Over 35 volunteers celebrated Make a Difference Day on Saturday October 24th at Adriana Hess Wetland Park and City of UP property on 67th Street. At Adriana Hess Wetland Park, volunteers helped plant over 318 native plants and spread wood chips for trails at the Thelma Gilmur Outdoor Education Shelter area. This area is designed to be a demonstration site for the public to learn about how to grow native plants and utilize compost bins and rain barrels. At the 67th Street property volunteers filled two large dumpsters full of invasive species such as Scotch Broom, English Ivy, Himalayan Blackberries and Knot-Weed. Combined, the volunteers contributed over 160 hours to improve and restore their community! These events were made possible through the National Audubon Society and Toyota Together Green Volunteer Days grants. Each year, 40 Audubon Centers and Chapters receive a $7,000 grant that pays for six volunteer events. This year Tahoma Audubon partnered with the University Place Volunteer Center to host the six work parties in the city of University Place. The two work sites selected were Adriana Hess Wetland Park and City of University Place property on 67th Street. Currently four of the six work parties are complete. Together Green has engaged 10,657 volunteers with over 52,837 volunteer hours nationwide.
Work party reflections
Together Green volunteer events are designed to connect people to local conservation efforts. By building stronger alliances with the many local organizations in Piece County, Audubon hopes to attract a new and diverse group of volunteers to help address the many ongoing environmental issues of our region.
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hundred Blackbirds! I myself had chased this bird for years before Patrick and Ruth Sullivan put me on one at Carnation about three years ago! This particular individual, however, was more cooperative than most, separating himself apart from any flock and staying loyal to a particular farmyard, making our job much easier. When our group arrived on the scene, he was making himself scarce, but buoyed by reports from birders already present (Marv Breece and Evan Houston) who had seen him earlier that morning, we put our 50 eyes to work, and eventually he walked out and took his bow! As more birders from around the state had arrived, a single Swan had warmed up the audience prior to the star turn. If we hadn’t been concerned about scaring away the bird, there would definitely have been applause! Good looks were had by all! Incidentally, the class’ first field trip in October to the coast had yielded up the Bar-Tailed Godwit at Tokeland, so now we’ll be expecting a rarity on every outing! This amazing year might deliver on that promise, courtesy of El Nino and so many searching eyeballs. We then birding the Bremerton and Port Orchard areas, finding all kinds of other goodies! A raft of 30 Long-Tailed Ducks at Bremerton! Harlequins! Scoters! Loons! More Swans! Eagles! Both Goldeneyes and Buffleheads everywhere! American and Eurasian Wigeons! Yes, the winter birds had definitely arrived! What a wonderful
Top: Scoping Manchester State Park. Above: The group (Ken Brown, front and center) at the Waterman pier.
Rarity Rusty Blackbird near Kingston.
The city of Seattle, visible across the sound from Harper.
antidote to darker and wetter days! Just look out on the winter waters of Puget Sound! Just about everything we looked for, we found, with the exception of rockpipers, but that was undoubtedly due to the high tides. The small Pacific and Red-Throated Loons were scarce, though there were many large Common Loons in all plumages. All the expected Grebes were around, with Horned Grebes catching fish just a few feet from us at the Waterville pier. We were short on Alcids, however, with only Pigeon Guillemots representing that Murre/Auklet family. Large and small Gulls, particularly Olympic Gulls (Glaucous-Winged/Western hybrids) and Mew Gulls, patrolled the skies everywhere along the waterfront. In non-bird news, a fisherman must have hauled out that huge 24-tentacled Sunflower Seastar that we almost stepped on at Waterville (thanks for the ID, Shelley!), but it was alive, so Shelley and Faye put it back in the sea to live another day. Of course, we saw Harbor Seals, but there was a long rippling something coursing rapidly through the water near Harper, which turned out to be three or four huge Sea Lions in an undulating line. Or maybe it really was a giant sea serpent... We finished up our day at Mace Lake just north of the Pierce County line, where the amazing sight of 40+ Wood Ducks amid hundreds of GreenWinged Teal and other freshwater ducks gave a fitting finish to a fine day, fine in birds, fine in weather, and fine in companionship.
Hooded Mergansers patrolled the Port Orchard waterfront at our lunch spot.
Georgia Ramsey is a resource person for the class, pictured here at the Nature Center at Snake Lake under the sign designating the name of the lab after her late husband, Bob Ramsey
December 2009/January 2010
Field trip Bonanza!
By Ruth Sullivan October 24th was a special day to pick for a field trip for a combined trip for Tahoma and Black Hills Audubons to Ocean Shores. We had 10 eager birders who all participated in finding the four rare birds at Bowerman Basin (Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge). We all agreed to spending extra time here until everyone saw these birds. We all had good looks at the Chestnut-Collared Longspur, Orchard Oriole, Palm Warbler, and the Clay-Colored Sparrow. On the way home we got a tip from one of the parties who had to leave early that there had Group shot at the ocean. Ruth is on the far right. been a Tropical Kingbird also at Bowerman Basin. In all the years that Patrick and ponds in Ocean Shores to grab a small bird. This I birded, we never had 5 RARE BIRDS in one place. happened so fast as we were busy studying a We ended the day with 72 Species. We also were group of Short-Billed Dowitchers, but we were all lucky to have had good weather with plenty of thinking that the prey was the tiny female Greensunshine, so everything was in our favor. Winged Teal that we all adored, and the Teal was Here are some highlights from our trip: We not seen again. In the ponds also was a Pectoral saw a Peregrine Falcon dive down on the sewage Sandpiper. Near the marina we had a good look at a Northern Shrike that sat and posed for us. Another highlight was on Damon Point where we walked out and witnessed 4 large groups of small peeps, mostly all Western Sandpipers. We were wondering why they were flying with such speed and never trying to land, when we discovered a dark Falcon that appeared to be a young Merlin since he came up empty even with so many shorebirds. A lone single Dunlin was discovered standing all alone and looked suspicious. We spent some time looking at this bird, but in the end it was a lone Dunlin. We also had high counts on Common and Red-Throated Loons and returning Bufflehead ducks. We also found all three Scoters, with the Black Scoter being kind of early, since they usually come back in early November, but this can vary from The elusive year to Tropical Kingyear. bird. We did not do m u c h around the jetty since the tide was coming in, and staying close to the jetty we kind of got swamped by the waves. There were a few Surfbirds and a big flock of Black Turnstones. It was after 5 PM when we hit Bowerman again looking for the Tropical Kingbird that was on Paulson Road. Again this bird was not found the next morning or thereafter. But still, it was a record-breaking weekend for rare birds that we will likely not experience again.
December 2009/January 2010
Just the other day... Tahoma Audubon in November 1984
By Helen Engle
Tahoma Audubon’s 1984 Christmas Bird Count was on December 15, with our traditional count circle divided in the traditional 8 areas. Ken Brown was Chairman with the following count Leaders: Joe Quinn, Thais Bock, Ken Batker/Fred Tobiason, Mary Jane Cooper, Chris & Nate Chappell, Burt Ostenson, Stan Johnson, and Betty Heitman. The tally of the bird lists was at a chili dinner, hosted by Stan & Helen Engle. The monthly meeting’s program was “Who is Watching Commencement Bay?” by Dr. Sheri Tonn. We realized this was the kickoff of Tahoma Audubon’s involvement in the cleanup of Commencement Bay, our very own Superfund site. Dr. Tonn, a fellow Auduboner and Associate Professor of Chemistry at Pacific Lutheran University, presented a history of conservation in Commencement Bay, including chemical and biological studies, government a g e n c y involvements, the Superfund as Sheri Tonn, PhD. means to clean
up the bay and the role of individual members of the public. We were scheduled to hear David Wurzbach tell of the recovery the Osprey, this interesting bird that exists almost solely on fish. Elimination of the use of DDT has halted the ospreys’ decline and birders can see them again in their nests along our rivers and lake shores. Our winter birding field trips were to Spanaway North Woods with Jim Scearce; Bald Eagle survey with Kelly Mc Allister of the WA Game Dept. (now Fish & Wildlife Dept.); nature study and games at Titlow park with Thelma Gilmur; Bainbridge Island with Thais Bock; and Wally Wilkins led a trip to the Skagit river valley for eagles, swans and Snow Geese. Jim Scearce kicked off his six-weeks course on “The mammals of the Pacific Northwest” at James Sales School. Our members attended an open forum cosponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. The Forum’s theme was devoted to problems influencing the health, economy and environment of our community. You will remember them: Ernesta Barnes, Region X Administrator the US EPA; Kim Lowry, UW, Ruston-Vashon Pathways Study; James Krull, Project Manager, Commencement Bay cleanup, WA Dept. of Ecology; Christine Luboff, Regional Coordinator for Western WA Toxics Coalition. The moderator was Betty
Tabbutt of the League of Women Voters. Thais Bock’s “Word on Birds” reported great winter birding. Ken Brown’s birding class went to Ocean Shores/Tokeland and saw Rough-legged Hawks, Brown Pelicans, Golden Plovers, Merlin, Long-billed Curlews, Marbled Godwits, and Whimbrels. At Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge there were lots of raptors including Peregrine Falcons, Northern Harriers, Rough-legged and Redtailed Hawks; plus a Barn Owl and 6 Short-eared Owls. Many of us saw the Snowy Owl that sat on the roof of Nordstrom’s at the Tacoma Mall. Hummingbirds were seen in Spanaway and Steilacoom – some of the earliest to begin wintering in this area. Walt Adams’ boat trip gave TASers a great view of marbled Murrelets, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Harlequin Ducks. The December 1984/January 1985 Towhee was the work of the new editor, Paul Webster. We are familiar with his wonderful articles as he worked assisting Chuck Bergman, longtime Towhee editor. The delightful line-drawings of birds by Paul Porter continues to grace the pages Helen Engle of our excellent newsletter. from days of yore. Feedback, comments and reminiscences welcome, 253-564-3112, Hengle@iinet.com.
By Thais Bock
1. Especially in winter what thrush is known for its solitary habits? 2. The feathered "thumb" of a bird's wing is called an ________. 3. What name is given to a group of hawks with similar characteristics? 4. Only one of our small owls has dark eyes; which one is it?
5. What shorebirds gather food by flipping over shells, seaweed, and other small bits on the beach?
(Answers below cartoon.)
by Phil Buly
"We surveyed an even dozen full-sized birding scopes sent to us by manufacturers as their top-of-the-line scopes…. Perusing the prices, you may catch yourself blinking. Can you now really spend $4,000 on a spotting scope? Indeed you can, and more than half of those in our survey cost more than $2,000….Are the top scopes worth their price tags? If you’ve got the money, yes, of course! To be able to see the vein detail in a cicada’s wings, held in the bill of a kingbird at 80 yards, is an experience worth every penny you’d pay for it." From Bird Watchers Digest, “High End Scopes,” Michael and Diane Porter, Nov/Dec 2009
ANSWERS: 1. Hermit Thrush 2. Alula 3. Buteo 4. Flammulated Owl 5. Turnstones
December 2009/January 2010
Feathering the nest of the Tahoma Audubon Society
Feathered Nest Circle
(updated right before deadline)
As of 11/13/09
Anonymous (3) Jane Brosius Helen Engle Bryan Flint John Garner/Caroline Harris Thelma and Chuck Gilmur Marjorie Griffin* Noel and Bill Hagens Frances Heidner* David R. Hirst Jean McCord Guy and Cecile Montgomery Gary and Sharon Nestegard Melissa and Jamie Paulson Donna Cooper Pepos* Sarah C. Sloat Beatrice E. Thompson* Darby Veeck/Kristin Lynett
irds instinctively know how to care for their young. a beneficiary in his or her revocable estate plans (bequest, They carefully line their nests with feathers to prepare insurance, retirement plan, etc.) or has made an irrevocable warm and safe places for the next generation. A well- “estate-type” gift (remainder or lead trust, charitable gift feathered nest provides an ideal foundation for the young annuity, gift with retained life tenancy, etc.), either directly with Tahoma Audubon or through The Greater Tacoma chicks to grow and develop. Similarly, a growing Community Foundation for the Society’s number of Audubon members are Members preparing the foundation for our next benefit. All those who notify Tahoma of the Feathered Audubon by December 31st, 2014 that generation of conservation leaders. They are doing so by leaving a Nest Circle look be- they have done so will be perpetually listed as Charter Members of this planned gift to Tahoma Audubon. yond the here and ongoing group. To honor these visionaries we now to the work of If you have designated Tahoma have created the Feathered Nest connecting future Audubon for a planned gift and we Circle. Previously, Tahoma generations are not aware of it, or if you are Audubon’s Endowment Club with nature. interested in doing so please contact honored those who planned to give Bryan Flint at (253) 565-9129 or to the Society’s endowment in their bryanflint@TahomaAudubon.org. We would estate plans. This new group incorporates love to give you the recognition you deserve. Or Endowment Club members and also honors all those who will be helping Tahoma Audubon through their your commitment can remain anonymous. Those not choosing anonymity will be listed in the Feathered Nest Circle estate plans, whether for endowment or other purposes. Members of the Feathered Nest Circle look beyond the here section of the annual report in perpetuity and will be and now to the work of connecting future generations with recognized at fundraising events and annual membership nature. Members will receive a beautiful color print of an banquet. We are grateful to those who have joined us as Charter original watercolor by noted wildlife artist Dale Thompson. The sole criterion for membership is notification in writing Members of the Feathered Nest Circle. Together we are building to Tahoma Audubon that the person has included the Society as the next generation of conservation leaders.
Photo Illustration/Robert Kelton
December 2009/January 2010
Coming full circle at
Story and photos by Heather Roskelley
s if on cue for the ceremony, an eagle circled overhead as Nisqually tribal members drummed and sang on this brisk but sunny November day. Both speakers and attendees gazed up at the great bird, and I’m sure each person was thinking the same as me: can it be more perfect? Nisqually tribal elder, Zelma McCloud, noted just before she gave the tribal blessing that eagles are important to her people, and today the eagles were flying over us, giving us their blessing. So began the ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place on November 12 marking the restoration of the Nisqually estuary. Over 300 people came to celebrate the return of the tides and to hear speeches from representatives of the Nisqually Tribe, Ducks Unlimited, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Congressman Norm Dicks and his son David Dicks, the Executive Director of Puget Sound Partnership, and representatives of the Governor and Congressman Adam Smith. I felt like I had come full circle since April, when I had walked the 5-1/2 mile Brown Farm Dike Trail for the last time before it closed permanently on May 4, 2009. It was hard to say goodbye. Like many birders and naturalists, I loved the old loop trail and was deeply saddened when I learned it was to be demolished. Walking the loop and seeing a river otter, a flock of shovelers and wigeons, or a heron gracefully walking through the reeds never failed to clear my head and lighten my spirit. I didn’t return to Nisqually until the beginning of November, when I attended the weekly Audubon walk led by Phil Kelley. A new Audubon member, I
was dazzled by the illuminated image of a Pileated Woodpecker through Phil’s Swarovski scope. I realized that Nisqually still has treasures to witness, albeit in a smaller area. For the ceremony, Phil and several other Audubon members set up their scopes on the new exterior dike just past the Twin Barns. The area to the northeast of the dike is largely bare at present except for snags set up for raptors, but it will be replanted with native bushes and trees to provide a riparian surge plain forest – a great habitat for songbirds. I was pleased to see Cheri, a Nisqually volunteer with whom I had commiserated while walking the last days of the loop trail. Today, Cheri was forward looking. “They’ll start building the mile-long boardwalk to the mouth of McAllister Creek next year,” she said, “and there’s supposed to be a gazebo at the end, which will be a nice addition.” Many of the speakers during the ceremony credited Jean Takekawa, the Nisqually NWR Refuge Manager, with asking 10 years ago “what if” the
estuary was restored, and then working diligently with the community and various groups to see it happen. Takekawa told the attendees that in the short time since October, when the tides were allowed to flow freely, it’s amazing to see that “the estuary is already evolving and the land is healing.” Nisqually Tribal Chair, Cynthia Iyall, spoke about how her people believe that all rocks, plants and animals have spirits, so it is fitting that the longest historical slough will now bear the name Leschi Slough, in honor of Chief Leschi of the Nisqually Indian Tribe. The slough will be officially registered as a geographic feature in the State of Washington. After the ribbon was cut, we walked the new half mile Nisqually Estuary Trail. More area, Phil noted, for the weekly Audubon walks. I came to the end marked by a gate and looked out over the flooded fields dotted here and there with stranded apple trees, the old dike trail nowhere to be seen in the distance. As I turned back, I saw Michelle Tirhi, the district biologist for Pierce and Thurston Counties with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. I had spoken with Michelle and several other biologists at the BioBlitz held in May and was finally convinced that the estuary restoration was the right thing to do. “This is a big day for all of us,” said Michelle. And it was a big day for Nisqually. I could imagine the delta waiting to exhale for over a hundred years, and now it finally happened. Nisqually had come full circle.
Top photo: Nisqually tribal drummers lead the ceremony. Above left: Jean Takekawa, Nisqually NWR Refuge Manager, addresses over 300 attendees at the ceremony celebrating the restoration of the Nisqually estuary. Front row from left: Congressman Norm Dicks; Jay Manning, Chief of Staff for Governor Gregoire; and Cynthia Iyall, Tribal Chair for the Nisqually Indian Tribe. Above right: Nisqually tribal elder Zelma McCloud gives the tribal blessing while Jay Manning and Cynthia Iyall look on.
December 2009/January 2010
The amazingly self-reliant people of Graham
By Wayne Cooke
Image from group's website, scallopswa.org
“The Self Reliant Community promotes knowledge of skills that will add to people’s self-reliance for basic needs, both for their own satisfaction and if there is a breakdown in the dependable supply of food and fuel.”
This is the mission statement of a group of citizens in Graham who take seriously the challenge of providing for themselves and their families without depending on outside resources. They grow as much of their own food as they can, have a backup water supply, have a bicycle to use for emergency transportation, and can take care of their family in a lengthy electricity outage. They believe in living sustainably as much as possible. In fact, the group is one of seventy groups in the Puget Sound area loosely connected to SCALLOPS (Sustainable Communities ALL Over Puget Sound). These people wouldn’t describe themselves as amazing, but when Jerry shows off his home-built biodiesel generator and solar energy designs, one can only say, “amazing.” When Anuttama and
William show us their permaculture-designed garden, their farm animals, and the non-electric workshop, one is amazed at their practical selfsufficiency. Deej has become an expert on growing mushrooms and Roy can build you a street-legal
quadricycle out of PVC pipe… and on and on and on… amazing people! Gail Tverberg, writing in The Oil Drum, says “Many people have started making preparation for the time when food needs to be produced locally and electricity is often not available.” The Self Reliant Community of Graham suggests “Seven Things” people can do to prepare: 1) Build a greenhouse, 2) Know neighbors well, 3) Grow Food, 4) Preserve food for winter, 5) Prepare a “warm room,” 6) Install a rain barrel, 7) Have a good bicycle. The Self Reliant Community provides workshops to teach these things, and more, to the public. They realize that many of these skills were commonly known a century ago, but now are largely replaced by the dependence on stores and utilities. Yet many people today recognize the long-term unsustainable reality of our highly organized food and power networks and seek pride and comfort in being able to fend for themselves if necessary. That, and the enjoyment of knowing each other as friends, is what the Self Reliant Community is all about.
October 16, 2009 to November 15, 2009
Chapter New and Renewing: Julie Anderson, Karen & Stan Bloustine, Micki Boyle, Laurie Bruineis, L Delamaza, Andrew Ebersole, Ernest L Karlstrom, David Kemp, Annie Meyer, Kathleen Olson, Ron & Helen Robinson, Tom Skjyerweld, Linda Zehnder.
wElcOME to New and Returning Members
Kristy Gledhill, Jim Halmo, Maralise Hood, Roger Hunt, Monty Mahan, Pat MCarty, Jim Merritt, Owen Miller MD, Ian Morrison, Daniel Muir, Linda Nielsen, Mark Rettmann, Skye Schell, Luke Smiraldo, Nancy Smith, Edie Sperling & Chris Gilliard, Bruce Stirling, Kay Townsend, Lauren Walker, Marilyn Westervelt, Sarah Wilcox. Introductory, Recruited through National Audubon Society: Jennie Allen, Cindy Bailey, Rob & Michelle Baird, Laura Barnes, Kathy Best, Barb Bourscheidt, Jordan Bowerman, Erida Bowles, Carolyn Chapman, S Conway, Kay Kallal, George Dolley, The Dunlap Family, Eric & Lisa Ellis, Cathy Farr & Kids, Warren N Finch, Loretta Franks, Nadine Fuller, Bryan Habeck, Avis Jobrack, Lila Keller, Mary Kenney, Candace L Kerr, George Kier, Joni Leiding, Frank Longano, Patricia C Lynch, Robert & Irene Mills, Mathew & Andrea Murakami, Suzanne Olson, Leslie Pearson, Debbie Pope, Clifford H. Quisenberry, Jennifer Radley, Cecilia Roebuck, Dannie Lee Sayers, Lance & Sally Stark, Daniel Suckow, Bob Wells, Betty Weynick.
Chapter Joint with National, Recruited through Tahoma Audubon Society: Ken Batker, Susan Behrns, Patricia Berger, Nels & Winnie Bjarke, Kathleen Callahan, Louise Kazda Carson, Philip & Karen Craven, Eric Davis, Bob Flint & Letha Schwiesow, Bryan Flint, Burt & Doris Johnson, Pam McGee & Dale Leggett, Annie Meyer, Mary Pat Minor, Robin Partington, Wilma Rosenow, Ruth Stevick, David & Julie Veeck, Debbie Young. Introductory, Recruited through Tahoma Audubon Society: Bill Anderson, Andrew Austin, Judy Berry, Bryan Bissell, Stacey Cachules, Lisa Campos, Michelle Cardinaux, Maggie Corbin, Philip Cowan, Nancy Davis, Beth Elliott, Andy Estep, Kit Evans, Joe, Flora, Katelyn & Ryan Galloway, Sarah Garitone,
Towhee Subscribers: Glenn Savitz, Frank & Adeline Ehle. Time to Renew?! Remember when renewal time comes, you must renew through TAS. We will send you a renewal form a month before your membership expires. You may get several renewal forms from NAS that we ask you to ignore because renewing through NAS will not give you our Towhee newsletter. NAS does not share renewal dues with us and hence we can not maintain a membership. Christmas and other Holidays are Coming! An Audubon membership is a good gift idea! Call and ask for materials to put together for a gift package. Call: Thelma Gilmur, Membership Chair, 253-564-8210
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
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December 2009/January 2010
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.
Unless otherwise stated To register for field trips can (253) 565-9129 To register for all education classes call (253) 591-6439 See further descriptions inside the Towhee Check out our calendar at www.TahomaAudubon.org for more information and updates
Adriana Hess Wetland Park. Come enjoy the outdoors and help beautify the grounds at Adriana Hess Wetland Park! Membership Meeting Fri Dec 11 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Location: Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler Street. Monthly membership meeting of Tahoma Audubon. All welcome. Kathryn Kravit-Smith, Director Pierce County Parks and Rec. Department, will talk about the vision of Parks in Pierce County and the services they provide along with the challenges that lay ahead. Call (253) 565-9278. Bird Walk at Adriana Hess Wetland Park Mon Dec 14, 2009 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Enjoy a guided bird walk through the park! Snake Lake Science club Tues Dec 15 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Ages 10-14, no charge for club meetings, $10 per student to join the club. Pre-registration for each program is required as space is limited. Call The Nature Center to register 591-6439. Weekly Bird Walk at Nisqually Weds Dec 16 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Location: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Leader: Phil Kelley. See above for details. Homeschool Advanced Science «The Ecosphere» Thu Dec 17 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Contact Margie with questions or for more information at 591-6439 or marjories@tacomaparks. com. Ages 12-15, $15 per student. Older homeschool students will continue science studies with challenging experiments and activities. To participate in this class, students should be able to calculate averages, percentages, and simple equations. TGIF Restoration Activity. Fri Dec 18 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Adriana Hess Wetland Park. Come enjoy the outdoors and help beautify the grounds at Adriana Hess Wetland Park! Nature Storytime «Let's go to Africa!» Fri Dec 18 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Location: Adriana Hess Center, U.P. Ages 2-6, $6 per child, $3 Audubon member, free to adults and U.P residents. Adults are welcome with the children. Space is limited to the first 20 registered guests (adults and children). call 253-591-6439. Homeschool Advanced Science LAB «The Ecosphere» Fri Dec 18, 2009 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Location: Tacoma Nature Center.Register early! Note - topics are repeated during the month, so select class appropriate for your child's knowledge and abilities. Contact Margie with questions or for more info at 591-6439 or email@example.com. Ages 12-15, $15 per student. Older homeschool students will continue their science studies with challenging experiments and activities. To participate in this class, students should be able to calculate averages, percentages, and solve simple equations. Nature Alphabet «R is for Reindeer» Fri Dec 18 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM. Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Ages 3-6, $6 per child Adult participation is recommended, children under four require an adult present. Please note alternating times. Register by Saturday before program. Call 591-6439. Plant Walk at Adriana Hess Wetland Park Mon Dec 21 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Location: Adriana Hess. Christmas Bird Count Sat December 19, 2009 Contact Faye McAdams Hands, 253942-9233, or firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually Weds Dec 23 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Location: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Leader: Phil Kelley. Vashon Island Christmas Bird Count Sun December 27. Contact Diane Yorgason-Quinn at 253-8573367 or email email@example.com for further information Family Walk at Adriana Hess Park Sun Dec 27 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Location: Adriana Hess Park. Call Dixie Harris for details 564-6373 Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually Weds Dec 30 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Location: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Leader: Phil Kelley. Morse WinterFest Weds Dec 30 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Location: Morse Wildlife Preserve Join us to celebrate the natural beauty and wonder of the winter season at the Morse Wildlife Preserve in Graham. Families can enjoy nature hikes, games, crafts, storytellers, wildlife discovery and hot cocoa! Call 253-565-9278 for more details
Fri Dec 11 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Location: Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler Street. Monthly membership meeting of Tahoma Audubon. All welcome. Kathryn Kravit-Smith, Director Pierce County Parks and Rec. Department, will talk about the vision of Parks in Pierce County and the services they provide along with the challenges that lay ahead. Call (253) 565-9278
Adriana Hess Wetland Park. Come enjoy the outdoors and help beautify the grounds at Adriana Hess Wetland Park! Adriana Hess Park Photography class Mon Jan 4 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Location: Adriana Hess Park. Call Dixie Harris 564-6373. Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually Weds Jan 6 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Leader: Phil Kelley. TGIF Restoration Activity. Fri Jan 8 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Adriana Hess Wetland Park. Come enjoy the outdoors and help beautify the grounds at Adriana Hess Wetland Park! Membership Meeting Fri Jan 8 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Location: Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tylor Street. Monthly membership meeting of Tahoma Audubon. All welcome. This month David Knibb will be speaking about his book, «Grizzly Wars: The Public Fight Over the Great Bear» that highlights the efforts to preserve the remaining grizzly bears that range through the North Cascades. Environmental Legislative Workshop Sat Jan 9 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM Location: Seattle Pacific University. Attend the annual Environmental Priorities Coalition Legislative Workshop as the state’s leading conservation groups prepare for the upcoming legislative session. We'll hear from legislators, environmental lobbyists, members of the media and others regarding the community's four legislative priorities. The legislative workshop is hosted by Washington Environmental Council. Space is limited, so register online: http://www. wecprotects.org/events/legislative-workshop. Contact Kerri Cechovic, WEC Organizer, at 206-622-8103 x 212 or kerri@ wecprotects.org with any questions. Bird Walk at Adriana Hess Wetland Park Mon Jan 11 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Conservation Committee Tues Jan 12 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Location: Pacific Lutheran University, Reike 112, Parkland WA. Volunteer Naturalists: Intro to Interpretation Tues Jan 12 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually Weds Jan 13 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Leader: Phil Kelley. Budding Scientists «I am a Scientist» Weds Jan 13 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, 3:15 PM to 4:45 PM Location: Adriana Hess Center. Ages 5-7, $9.00 per student. Register at least two days prior to session -253-591-6439. Beginning Homeschool Science «Let's Talk Science» Thu Jan 14 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Register early! Contact Margie with questions or for more information at 591-6439 or marjories@ tacomaparks.com. Beginning science students should be able to add and subtract numbers. TAS Board Meeting Thu Jan 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. TGIF Restoration Activity. Fri Jan 15 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Adriana Hess Wetland Park. Come enjoy the outdoors and help beautify the grounds at Adriana Hess Wetland Park! Volunteer Naturalists: Intro To Interpretation Sat Jan 16 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Plant Walk at Adriana Hess Wetland Park Mon Jan 18, 2010 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Location: Adriana Hess Wetland Park.
Intermediate Birder's Class Tues Dec 1 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Continuation of class.
Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually Weds Dec 2 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Location: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Leader: Phil Kelley Bring: Good walking shoes or boots, raingear, water, snacks, and $3 for entry fee unless you have a pass. Scopes are welcome. Meet: At the Visitor's Center. Directions: Take I-5 south from Tacoma and exit to Nisqually NWR at exit 114. Take a right at the light. Sign-up: Call or email Phil Kelley to confirm details. Phil Kelley, Lacey, (360) 4591499, firstname.lastname@example.org. Beginning Homeschool Science «Planet Earth» Thu Dec 3 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Ages 8-10, $12 per student. Register early! Note - topics are repeated during the month, so select class appropriate for your child's knowledge and abilities. Contact Margie with questions or for more info: 591-6439 or email@example.com. Students should be able to add and subtract numbers. TGIF Restoration Activity. Fri Dec 4 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Adriana Hess Wetland Park. Come enjoy the outdoors and help beautify the grounds at Adriana Hess Wetland Park! Nature Alphabet «Q is for Queens» Fri Dec 4 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Ages 3-6, $6 per child. Adult participation is recommended, children under four require an adult present. Please note alternating times. Register by Saturday before program. Call 591-6439. Winter Birding in Roy Sat Dec 5 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Location: Roy, WA Carpooling from University of Puget Sound's Thompson parking lot off Union & N. 14th at 7:15am. If not carpooling, meet at Roy City Park at 8:00am. Call 565-9278 to sign up or for driving directions. Adriana Hess Park Photography Class Mon Dec 7 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Location: Adriana Hess Park. An adult program encouraging people to appreciate nature and how to incorporate it into their photography. Call Dixie Harris for details 564-6373. Christmas Irisfolding Card Class Mon Dec 7 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Location: Adriana Hess Audubon Center. Cost $12 per person to be paid at class. Supplies needed: a small scissors, Scotch Brand Magic tape (green dispenser), and a small craft mat (if you have one). Call Adriana Hess Audubon Center @ 565-9278 to reserve your spot. For more details, call Rosanne Becker @ 564-7115. Conservation Committee Tues Dec 8 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Location: Pacific Lutheran U. Reike 112, Parkland WA. Intermediate Birder's Class Tues Dec 8 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Continuation of class. Weekly Bird Walk at Nisqually Weds Dec 9 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM. Location: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Leader: Phil Kelley. Budding Scientists «World of Wonder» Weds Dec 9 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, 3:15 PM to 4:45 PM Location: Adriana Hess Audubon Center. Ages 5-7, $9.00 per student. Register at least two days prior to the session by calling 253-591-6439. Intermediate Homeschool Science «Think Globally, Act Locally» Thu Dec 10 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Register early! Contact Margie with questions or for more information at 591-6439 or marjories@ tacomaparks.com. Ages 10-12, $12 per student. Intermediate Science Students should be able to multiply and divide numbers, add and subtract fractions. TAS Board Meeting Thu Dec 10 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 Restoration Activity. Fri Dec 11 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
TGIF Restoration Activity. Fri Jan 1 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
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What: Annual Membership Meeting and Banquet When: Saturday, February 6th, 2010 Where: McGavick Student Center at CPTC
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For additional information:Tahoma Audubon - 253-565-9278; or www.tahomaaudubon.org Or The Tacoma Nature Center:253-591-6439 or www.metroparkstacoma.org