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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.

Field Trips:

2015 Field Trip List

Questions? Contact: Scott Downes (509) 469-7807

April 23, 30, May 7, 14, 28 – Thursday Morning Bird Walk (Note - the May 21 walk will start at 5:00 AM, see description below) Meet the group at the new Poppoff Trail/Jewett Pathway parking lot at the east end of Valley Mall Blvd., at the north side of the easternmost roundabout at 8:30 am. Tour Yakimas birdiest close in venue with folks that know it best! If you have questions, contact the Zooks at gadzooks7@charter.net.

April 27 (Monday) – Snow Mountain Ranch. Please note that this is a Monday. Join Joe and Karen Zook for a hike around this parcel of land west of Yakima, which is preserved by the Cowiche Canyon Conservancy. We will be looking at all birds, but specifically passerine migrants, such as Western Tanager, Lazuli Bunting, Loggerhead Shrike, flycatchers, sparrows and warblers. Perhaps even an early Oriole? Snow Mountain Ranch is also a great place for Horned Larks. Meet at the trailhead on Cowiche Mill Road at 7:30 AM. Be prepared for 2-3 miles of hiking, and bring sunscreen and insect repellant, as mosquito and tick season will be upon us by then. Trails at Snow Mountain are narrow and somewhat uneven (rocky) but otherwise they are in good shape. Questions? Contact the Zooks at gadzooks7@charter.net.

May 9 (Saturday) – Migratory Bird Day. Toppenish NWR. Migratory Bird Day at the Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge - Every year the National Wildlife Refuge system celebrates Migratory Bird Day on the second Saturday of May. We are very fortunate to have a refuge just south of Toppenish on Highway 97. YVAS will team with refuge personnel to showcase this unique wildlife habitat with and open house 8 am to 1 pm. This is a fun day with a variety of activities including field trips onto parts of the refuge normally closed to the public. A pleasant part day outing and very family friendly. No charge for a do not miss event. Contact Kerry Turley (837-6930 or email him at: kdturley@embarqmail.

May 16 (Saturday) – Migration Bird Count. YVASs annual BIRDATHON will be a county wide bird count, as we try to tally species from different sectors in the county. Scott Downes will be putting teams together to cover all of the best areas to bird around Yakima including the White Pass, Chinook Pass, Lower Valley, Yakima Training Center, Toppenish and Wenas areas. If you are interested in participating, contact Scott Downes (downess@charter.net).

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.