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Great Lewis's Woodpecker and Peregine Falcon videos

OPB recently showed two very interesting videos.

One of Oregon’s native birds, the Lewis’s Woodpecker is in trouble because of loss of habitat. Meet a member of the East Cascade Audubon Society who has made it her mission to help these birds.

In 1970 experts couldn’t find a single peregrine falcon in Oregon. 40 years later they are off the endangered species list thanks partly to a large number of nests right in the city of Portland, many on the largest, noisiest bridges. The falcons still face threats from intentional illegal hunting. The Audubon Society of Portland tracks and bands chicks born each year.

Continue reading to see the two videos:

Read more: Great Lewis's Woodpecker and Peregine Falcon videos

High rate of beak abnormalities in NorthWest Birds

Image of black-capped chickadeeAccording to a U.S. Geological Survey study on beak deformities, northwestern crows in Alaska, Washington and British Columbia follow a trend found earlier in Alaska's black-capped chickadees. Beak deformities are more than 10 times higher compared to the regular bird population and are called "avian keratin disorder". The cause hasn't been determined yet.

Go to this Oregonian website to read the full article. The study was published in the journal "The Auk" recently.

2011 Backyard Bird Calendar for Sale

Calender FrontpageWillapa Hills Audubon Society is offering a full color calendar featuring birds found in backyards or at bird feeders. This 9-inch by 12-inch, 13-month calendar provides dates of Christmas Bird Counts and some area birding festivals as well as information on how to attract more birds to your yard.

The cost is $10 with all proceeds supporting the WHAS mission. Please consider purchasing a calendar as a Christmas present for someone who would like to learn more about the birds they see at their bird feeder or just for anyone who like birds.

To purchase a calendar (or calendars) contact any of the board members listed on our contact page, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Carlo Abbruzzese at  or 360-425-6133.

We only printed a limited edition, so don't wait too long.

November / December 2010 Whistler is online

Whistler coverThe November / December 2010 Whistler
is available now.

Some of its content:

  • New Movie Series, Live Bird Program
  • WHAS Bird Calendar for Sale
  • WHAS Five Year Plan;
  • Christmas Bird Count Overview
  • Status of Washington State Audubon;
  • Recent Fieldtrip Report (Woodland)
  • Book Review: The Owl Papers;
  • Backyard Birding Lists
  • WHAS Programs and Field Trips

 

Apps for Smartphone Users

Picture of the iBird app

 

Do you have an iPhone or Android based phone?

The Seattle Times has an article introducing different apps for outdoor use.

It includes reviews of

  • iBird Explorer (Western),
  • Audubon Wildflowers,
  • Scats and Tracks,
  • Starwalks (Nightsky),
  • M-Hikes and a
  • National Park Tour guide.

Check it out here.

Could Vaux's swifts migratory birds be next on endangered species list?

Vaux's swifts are considered an indicator species for the health of old growth forests, where they naturally roost. The dark-brown birds have nearly white throats and chests, and named for the 19th century scientist, William S. Vaux (pronounced vawks). Because of their foot structure, they can't perch. They spend daylight hours in flight, consuming insects. At night, they cling inside snags or chimneys that protect them from hawks, owls and other predators.

Some biologists fear they are in decline, says Mary Coolidge, assistant conservation director at the Portland Audubon Society. "But historical data have been too scant to say for sure."  A group of volunteer bird counters are trying to fix that.

200 volunteers from Canada to Mexico gather information for an Audubon Society project started in 2008. Data is compiled at www.vauxhappening.org. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society, the Monroe School District and Washington Tweeters, a birding online list, contribute to the project.

Click here to read more about the project on The Oregonian website.

September / October 2010 Whistler is online

The September / OctoberClick to download the pdf 2010 Whistler
is available now.

 

Some of its content:

 

- Wahkiakum County Fair
- Impressions from the annually picnic
- Call for input to establish goals for next years
- Book Review
- Update on American Kestrel for WHAS wildlife collection

Friends of Fox Creek receives grant to improve fish habitat

Friends of Fox Creek, an all volunteer organization with whom WHAS has partnered on projects, has been awarded a $46,000 grant from Oregon Fish and Wildlife to improve Fox Creek fish habitat by adding large, woody debris.  Read more here about the efforts in Rainier, OR.

Hummingbirds

Check out this PBS Nature Video about Hummingbirds.

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