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Read about WHAS members in the Daily News

Recently WHAS members Russ and Ann Kastberg as well as John and Margaret Green were featured in an Article in the Daily News. The article shows how one can create a large or small garden to suit different animals. To read more check the Daily News article.

May / June 2011 Whistler is Online

Whistler coverThe May / June 2011 Whistler
is available now.

Read more of its content:

  • WHAS Bird-A-Thon Invitation;
  • Leadership Change;
  • Thank ou to our past president;
  • Member Form, WHAS News;
  • A Fathers Day Message;
  • Backyard Birding Update;
  • Primal Warbling Column;
  • Event Updates;
  • Bird-A-Thon form;
  • Alert email list;
  • WHAS Programs and Field Trips;

Call for bird photos

The WHAS Backyard Bird Calendar committee is looking for good quality photos for our 2012 Backyard Bird Calendar. Last year was our first attempt at a fundraising calendar. This year we want to print more and sell them at larger venues. If you are a bird photographer or know a bird photographer we are looking for photos of birds to include either in the larger photo that will go above each month or smaller photos that we’ll include in the calendar portion.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’d like to contribute photos or would like to help distribute and sell calendars.

March / April 2011 Whistler is Online

Whistler coverThe March / April 2011 Whistler
is available now.

Read more of its content:

  • Invitation to the Annual Member Meeting with Program: “Landscaping for Wildlife” by Ann Kastberg
  • Program "Remote Arctic Wilderness Wildlife” by Russian Biologist Vasily Baranyuk
  • Member Form, WHAS News;
  • Bird Quiz;
  • Nelson Creek Update; Bald Eagle Survey;
  • Amphibian Surveys;
  • Earth Day Volunteers needed;
  • WHAS Bylaws change;
  • Backyard Birding; Program Impressions;
  • CBC Results for Cowlitz Columbia and Wahkiakum county circles;
  • WHAS Programs and Field Trips;

Insight into how to develop a Bird Map

The Seattle Times has an interesting article showing some insight into the development of the last of the Great Washington State Birding Trails, the Pudget Sound Loop.

Check out the article "Audubon birders rove Puget Sound to complete the Great Washington State Birding Trail" on their website.

To see the already available maps online (for free) go to the Washington State Audubon website. Trails to download include:

  • Cascade Loop;
  • Coulee Corridor, covering Central Washington from Grand Coulee to Othello;
  • Southwest Loop, covering Olympia to the Columbia Gorge;
  • Olympic Loop, circling the Olympic Peninsula;
  • Sun & Sage Loop, spanning an area from Snoqualmie Pass to Walla Walla;
  • Palouse to Pines Loop, covering Asotin to Republic.

January / February 2011 Whistler is online

Whistler coverThe January / February 2011 Whistler
is available now.

Some of its content:

  • Leadbetter Point Bird Count Results;
  • Member Form and WHAS News;
  • The new WHAS Bird Quiz;
  • Nelson Creek 2010 Review;
  • 2011 Great Backyard Bird Count;
  • Fun with Amphibian Surveys;
  • Oil Spill Emergency Volunteers needed;
  • Lobby Day 2011;
  • Book Review: The Bird Catcher;
  • WHAS Programs and Field Trips;

 

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.

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.

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