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Join us TUESDAY, JANUARY 17 for a joint field trip with the Pacific Rim Institute (PRI) to the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Center in Langley, BC. There are only five spots left. Please reserve your space by contacting Trip Leader Ann Casey at 360-331-4679 or (email), no later than 10 p.m. TONIGHT January 16 This all-day trip will be a wonderful adventure and an opportunity to tour this nonprofit center founded in 2007 to "Keep the Northern Spotted Owl from being extirpated from Canada by captive breeding and release." We will be traveling by van from PRI with an additional meeting location as we head north. The cost is $25/per person to cover tour fees at the Center and gas for the vans. Cash only please. Meet at PRI at 180 Parker Road, south of Coupeville, for a 7:15 a.m. departure; or meet in Oak Harbor at Windjammer Park on SW Beeksma Drive at 7:45 am. Bring a current passport that does not expire for at least six months. We'll stop for lunch in Fort Langley, BC where there's a fast-food outlet. Bring water (some water and plastic cups are available in the van); binoculars, spotting scopes and a camera, if possible; and snacks for ride home. We will not stop for food on the return trip. Prepare to be outdoors for at least three hours; wear appropriate shoes and clothing for winter weather conditions.




Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: At least 2, possibly 3, Yellow-rumped Warblers were foraging under the eaves this afternoon during the sunniest part of the day. They appeared to be gleaning insects or spiders.

Location: Coupeville High School (south side)

Date and time: 1/10/2016 1:15 pm.

Above comment submitted Jan 10, 2017



Reporter's name: Gideon Seraphine

Sighting Description: I saw two Varied Thrush foraging together along the short trail at The Highlands community adjacent to Al Anderson Ave.- they've been scarce this season, so was pleased to come upon them.

Location: Al Anderson Ave., near Fairgrounds Rd. in Langley.

Date and time: 1/8/17, about 2:30 PM

Above comment submitted Jan 9, 2017



Reporter's name: Darwin Wile

Sighting Description: an adult male American x Eurasian, breeding plumage, intergrade green-winged teal; among a large number of gw teal

Location: Deer Lagoon near north bluff

Date and time: 1/8/17, 11:00am

Above comment submitted Jan 8, 2017



Reporter's name: Dave Parent

Sighting Description: Male intergrade Red-shafted x Yellow-shafted Flicker (red malar patch, yellow underwings) visiting our suet feeder.

Location: Saratoga Road

Date and time: 1/6/17 11am

Above comment submitted Jan 6, 2017



Reporter's name: Steve Ellis

Sighting Description: I saw a Mountain Chickadee with a mixed flock of Chestnut-backed Chickadees and kinglets. The white stripe over the eye was clearly visible and it called a few times with different notes than Black-cappeds use.

This is only the 3rd or 4th I've ever seen on the island.

Location: Cornet Bay, just beyond the gate on the road leading to Hoypus Point

Date and time: 12/31/2016 8:30am

Above comment submitted Dec 31, 2016

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Birding In The Neighborhoods - Weekly Field Trips

South Whidbey
The trips are every other Thursday and the meeting time varies with the season. If you would like to be notified of the events, contact Phyllis Kind (email).

North Whidbey
The trips are on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. If you wish to be notified of the events, contact Marcia Lazoff (email).

Sound Waters University 2017 Registration
Classes will be at South Whidbey High School in Langley February 4. Some classes will fill early. Details and registration

Tuesday, January 17: Field Trip
Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Center
Join us for a joint field trip with the Pacific Rim Institute (PRI) to the Northern Spotted Owl Breeding Center in Langley, BC. This all-day trip will be a wonderful adventure and an opportunity to tour this nonprofit center founded in 2007 to "Keep the Northern Spotted Owl from being extirpated from Canada by captive breeding and release." We will be traveling by van from PRI with an additional meeting location as we head north. The cost is $25/per person to cover tour fees at the Center and gas for the vans. Cash only please. Meet at PRI at 180 Parker Road, south of Coupeville, for a 7:15 a.m. departure; or meet in Oak Harbor at Windjammer Park on SW Beeksma Drive at 7:45 am. Bring a current passport that does not expire for at least six months. We'll stop for lunch in Fort Langley, BC where there's a fast-food outlet. Bring water (some water and plastic cups are available in the van); binoculars, spotting scopes and a camera, if possible; and snacks for ride home. We will not stop for food on the return trip. Prepare to be outdoors for at least three hours; wear appropriate shoes and clothing for winter weather conditions. There are limited spaces available for this trip, 10 for Whidbey Audubon and 10 for PRI participants. All WAS participants must reserve their space by contacting Trip Leader Ann Casey at 360-331-4679 (email)

Saturday, January 21: Field Trip
LOONS AT DECEPTION PASS
Trip leaders are Sarah Schmidt, Steve Ellis and Joe Sheldon. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the north end of West Beach parking lot, Deception Pass State Park. We'll bird beach and lake and hope to see hundreds of Red-throated Loons gathering to feed in the outflowing current of Deception Pass. Bring a spotting scope if you have one. Depending on weather and interest, we will end at about noon, with a possible stop at Dugualla Bay on the way back toward Oak Harbor. If you like, bring water, a snack or a hot drink. Dress warmly and prepare for wind. To carpool, meet at 8:30 a.m. in Coupeville at Prairie Station Transit Park on the east side of South Main Street or at 9 at Windjammer (City Beach) Park in Oak Harbor located at the end of South Beeksma near the water. Cars parking at the state park will need a Discover Pass. Questions? Contact trip leader, Sarah Schmidt, email or call 360-929-3592.

Thursday, February 9: Meeting
Owls
Paul Bannick is a wildlife photographer specializing in the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat. Paul serves as the Director of Development for Conservation Northwest, an organization dedicated to protecting and connecting wild areas from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, near Freeland. 7:00 doors open,7:15 membership meeting, 7:30 program.

Saturday, February 18: Field Trip
WINTER BIRDS OF SKAGIT FLATS, FIR ISLAND AND SAMISH FLATS
Typically, there are great concentrations of waterfowl and raptors. The area is considered one of the top winter raptor viewing sites in the US. Some walking will be involved; be prepared for some mud. Meet at 9 a.m. to carpool from Windjammer Park at the end of South Beeksma Drive in Oak Harbor. A Discover Pass will be needed for each car. Due to narrow road shoulders and limited parking, carpools are particularly important for this trip. Bring a lunch for this all-day field trip. Return about 4 p.m. Trip leader Joe Sheldon may be contacted,email or 360-678-9060. Bad snow or ice cancels the trip.

Thursday, March 9: Meeting
Dennis Paulson. Last spring White Pelicans arrived on Whidbey Island. Since their arrival large numbers of birders have made them the focus of their fascination and awe. Why did they come here and who are these rare visitors? Dennis has been asked to provide us with some information about these wonderful birds. Unitarian Universalist Congregation, near Freeland. 7:00 doors open,7:15 membership meeting, 7:30 program.

Thursday, April 13: Meeting
Dr Richard Gammon comes recommended to the Whidbey Audubon Society as someone who can provide us with important information we need to understand "Climate Change in the Salish Sea." Coupeville Rec Hall. 7:00 doors open,7:15 membership meeting, 7:30 program.

Thursday, May 11: Meeting
Steve and Martha Ellis will present a program titled "Fur Chase: A Year's Pursuit of Vagrant Shrews, Creeping Voles and Long-Tailed Weasels." Coupeville Rec Hall. 7:00 doors open,7:15 membership meeting, 7:30 program.

Thursday, June 8: Meeting
A birthday dinner and program celebrating 35 years of the Whidbey Audubon Society making a difference in the Salish Sea. Coupeville Rec Hall. 7:00 doors open,7:15 membership meeting, 7:30 program.

Whidbey Audubon Society
PO Box 1012
Oak Harbor,Washington 98277

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