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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

March 7, 2015 – Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge. A trip to the TNWR right at the beginning of spring. The refuge is a great place to bird at this time of year, with waterfowl migration just kicking off, and early spring birds of the shrub steppe and riparian areas arriving. Possible species could be Eurasian Wigeon, Trumpeter Swan, Cinnamon Teal, Say's Phoebe, Swallows, Sagebrush Sparrow, and Yellow-headed Blackbird. Of course, we'll always be looking for rare birds as this is always a great place for something out of the ordinary to show up. This trip should take most of the day as we thoroughly bird the area, so bring a lunch and beverages. We may pop over to Fort Simcoe briefly for birds like Lewis's Woodpecker and Western Scrub-Jay. It should be a fantastic trip with lots of bird diversity; I would think that around 70 species should be possible. I hope to see you there! Meeting is at 7:30 am at the Brand- -ing Iron Restaurant in Toppenish. Contact leader Eric Heisey at magicman32@rocketmail.com to sign up.

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.