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New 'Palouse to Pines' Birding Trail Map

Image of the new map

State Sen. Lisa Brown and Audubon Washington cordially invite you to the unveiling of the newest map of the Great Washington State Birding Trail, the Palouse to Pines Loop, and featuring LIVE BIRDS like those seen on this route:

- a Great Horned Owl and a
- Red-tailed Hawk.

Time and Location:

Jan. 26, 2010  --  12:45-1:00p.m

Rooms ABC Cherberg Building

State Capitol Campus, Olympia, WA

Please join us in the presentation of the latest area of the state to offer the Birding Trail’s successful combination of outdoor recreation, conservation and rural economic development.

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November - December 2009 Whistler is online

The November - December 2009 Whistler is available for download.
Some of its content:

- Update on WA Audubon
- Member Form and WHAS News
- LNG Update; Oregon State Bird
- Habitat Restoration Area for Snowy Plovers
- Nelson Creek / Lake Sacajawea Sign Update
- Christmas Bird Counts, Other Events
- Book Review: Mind of the Raven
- WHAS Programs and Field Trips

September - October Whistler is online

The September - October 2009 Whistler is available for download.

Some of its content:

- Radar Ridge Wind Energy Project in Pacific C.
- Member Form and WHAS News
- Stormwater management; Washington State Bird
- WHAS Annual Picnic
- Upcoming Fall Events
- Book Review; LNG update
- WHAS Programs and Field Trips

Aesop's fable not so far fetched

British researchers report that Rooks, a member of the crow family, are indeed sharp enough to pile stones in a vase to reach a floating morsel that is out of reach a la "The Crow and the Pitcher."

Inside Birding by Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

 

If you are looking to improve your birding skills check out the redesigned and updated "All About Birds" website offered by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. They provide tips, tools and techniques for identifying birds using shape, size, color and behavior. You can even listen to the songs and calls of different birds.

Bird Brains

The society for neuroscience summer 2009 brain briefing describes research into how birds acquire songs, which sheds light on language learning in humans.  Both songbirds and humans learn to vocalize through observation and sensory feedback, unlike many other species.

Bat Houses for Sale

Inspired by Andrew Emlen's spring program on bats, the Lower Columbia College Biological Society is selling a limited number of single-chamber bat houses as a fundraiser.  These houses have been assembled by students using outdoor-grade plywood and furring strips following the specifications provided by Bat Conservation International (BCI) for the Pacific Northwest climate (i.e., they have been painted black and do not have a ventilation gap; see photos below).  Each house measures approximately 27.5" H X 24" W X 1.75" D (70 cm H X 61 cm W X 4 cm D), with the roost chamber being .75" (18 mm) deep.

Read more: Bat Houses for Sale

Be Careful! Don't mess with some birds

The University of Florida discovered some interesting bird habits. Mockingbirds may look pretty much alike to people, but they can tell us apart and are quick to react to folks they don't like. Check out the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) article or this msnbc website for more information.

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