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The Yakima Valley Audubon Society meets on the fourth Thursday of January, February, March, April, May, August, September, and October at 7 pm at the Yakima Area Arboretum, located at 1401 Arboretum Drive, Yakima, WA.

2014 Yakima Audubon Field Trips List Questions? Contact: Luke Safford (509) 833-6081

August 28, September 4, 11, 18, 25 Thursday Morning Birdwalk – 7:30 AM in August and 8:30 in September--Meet the group at the Poppoff Trail/Jewett Pathway parking lot at the east end of Valley Mall Blvd., at the north side of the eastern most roundabout. Join us for leisurely birding and good company! Contact Luke if you have any questions at luke@terraceheightsbaptist.com.

September 6, 2014 Yakima River near Granger – Fall migration for many species of birds is in full swing at this time and the tract of land below Eric Heiseys house is excellent habitat for passing passerines. Join Eric and others for an easy hike along the Yakima River bottoms near Granger. Special emphasis will be on identifying birds by their call notes and could serve as a great trip for birders who are seeking a new challenge in honing their ID skills. Contact Eric for trip details at magicman32@rocketmail.com.

September 10, 2014 Wenas Lake for Shorebirds – Wenas Lake frequently hosts good numbers of migrating shorebirds in late summer and early fall. Numerous first sightings for Yakima County have occurred here. We will traipse out onto the mudflats for shorebird viewing, then head to the riparian area upstream from the lake searching for migrating species. Rubber boots are almost necessary. Richard Repp is trip leader and we will meet at 40th Ave. Bi-Mart at 5:00 pm.

September 27, 2014 Bear Creek Mountain Trail – Will this be the year we find the elusive White-tailed Ptarmigan in Yakima County? Join us on this intense hike into the heart of the Cascades. Plan on an all day hike and contact trip leaders Denny Granstrand (dgranstrand@gmail.com or 453-2500) or Luke Safford (luke@terraceheightsbaptist.com or 833-6081) for more information.

Please call the leader before the trip to let him/her know you are interested in going. That way, if plans need to be changed, he/she can call you. Also, if no one calls, the leader will know to cancel the field trip and won't be sitting around at the meeting place all alone! Be sure to wear clothing appropriate for the weather and take lunch, snacks and beverages. With high gas prices it is important for all participants to contribute for gas. Based on four people in a car, here are the totals per person: 100 miles driven on the trip — $5.00 each; 150 miles — $8.00 each, 200 miles — $10.00 each; 250 miles — $13.00 each; 300 miles — $16.00each. Please pay your share; if drivers have to pay most of the gas bill, they may quit driving.

Due to the increase in numbers of field trip participants, it is very important to contact the trip leader a few days before the trip to let him or her know you will be attending. The driving route of some trips may not have suitable parking for a long line of cars, so the leader may decide to limit the number of participants. So please phone early to assure your spot on the field trip.