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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.

July / August 2010 Whistler is online

Click to downloadThe July / August 2010 Whistler is available now.

 

Some of its content:

- WHAS Anual Picnic Invitation
- Member Form and WHAS News
- Bye Bye Northern Star’s Bradwood…
- Birding Bits; Field Trip Report
- Nelson Creek Report, Book Review: Birdology
- Avian Bird Signs Featured on Walk; Beware of Vampires
- Book Review: An Eagle named Freedom; Upcoming Events
- WHAS Programs: Other upcoming events

WHAS Alerts

Do you know that WHAS provides an announcement email list?

Receive notices about birding classes, new field trips, changes to classes or events, calls to action on conservation issues, requests for volunteers.

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Birding as Medicine

Researchers have documented that just 5 minutes a day of physical exercise in a pleasant natural environment (urban parks qualify) is beneficial for mental health (in addition to the benefits of exercise in any environment.)  Read this article on the benefits of green exercise if you need one more reason to make time and get out into the natural world.  If you're looking for inspiration, consider joining WHAS for a volunteer or field trip activity.  The researchers encourage folks to self-medicate with outdoor exercise; birding as medicine!

May / June 2010 Whistler is online

March WhistlerThe May / June 2010 Whistler is available now.


Some of its content:

- May Program: Falling Off the Edge: Four Decades of Environmental Change at the Top of the World
- Member Form and WHAS News
- Honoring our Volunteers
- LNG Update
- Nelson Creek News, Book Review
- Annual Meeting Report, Call for Photos
- Book Review, Birding Classes
- WHAS Programs, Volunteer Activities

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