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Christmas Bird Count 2016 (CBC) Overview

Once again it is time to organize the annual Christmas Bird Count. This event gives all of us the opportunity to share birding with others.

If you are a novice, it provides a wonderful opportunity to learn from the more experienced birders. This citizen science program is in its 117th year and provides data used to understand and develop bird conservation programs.

Beginners provide extra eyes and experienced birders provide accuracy. If you are joining the group, come prepared for weather and an extended tour: raingear, field glasses, water, and lunch.

This is your chance to help collect the information which will direct decisions in future, decisions which will affect how much natural beauty, including birds,  remains for future generations. To sign up follow the read more...

Read more: Christmas Bird Count 2016 (CBC) Overview

Gifford Pinchot Task Force Outdoor Citizen-science Opportunities

The Gifford Pinchot Task Force has several opportunities to get out in the beautiful Gifford Pinchot National Forest and help them collect data about the health of the forest.
Below is an overview of the activities; to sign up and learn more go to their website.

  • Timber Harvest Survey Trip at Curly Creek on April 3
  • Timber Harvest Survey Trip at West of Trapper Creek on April 17
  • Road Survey Camping Trip Summer Camping Kick-Off on June 27-28
  • Hike along the Lewis River on July 9
  • Invasive Plant Hike at Big Hollow Trail on July 18
  • Timber Harvest Survey Trip at Silver Creek on July 23-24
  • Road Survey Day in the Wind River Watershed on July 31
  • Citizen Science Camping Trip in the Heart of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest on August 14-16
  • Grazing Monitoring Camping Trip in Mt. Adams Wilderness on August 28-29
  • Road Survey Trip to the Southern Gifford Pinchot National Forest on August 29
  • Wildlife Camera Survey Trip on September 4
  • Hike to Mount St. Helens proposed mine site in Green River Valley on September 12
  • Invasive Plant Hike in or near Indian Heaven Wilderness on September 13
  • Wildlife Camera Survey Trip at the Dark Divide on September 18
  • Wildlife Camera Survey Trip at the Dark Divide on October 2

Ways to help WHAS

Here are some ways you can help WHAS in its mission to support ecologically responsible ways of life, to help maintain biologically diverse habitats, and to promote environmental understanding and enjoyment of nature:

  • Become a member of Willapa Hills Audubon Society,
  • Once you are member consider to become a WHAS board member, please contact our president for more information,
  • Count birds for the Audubon Christmas Bird Count,
  • Attend public meetings in support of local conservation efforts,
  • Help in one of our committees from conservation to backyard birding,
  • Help producing and promoting our Backyard Bird Calendar,
  • Help staff a WHAS table at an event,
  • Bring awareness to Earth Day by working the WHAS booth,
  • Offer and lead field trips for adults and/or children, please contact our field trip chair for more information,
  • Donate an item for the Annual Dinner Auction,
  • Participate in the springtime Birdathon,
  • Make a donation through our member form, and no you do not need to become a member, though we love to have you around,
  • Check out the other possibilities further down on this site.

If you are interested in any of the above tasks or if you have other ideas to help WHAS with its mission, contact any of the board members on our contact page.

Backyard Birding wants your bird list

Do you keep a list of birds that you see in your yard?  The WHAS Backyard Birding Committee would like to post your list, along with others, on a soon-to-come part of the WHAS web site.  Several newer members have asked what kinds of birds they might see in their yard.  There are bird lists for the area - see the Cowlitz County list on the web site, but we think that more specific lists of what people are actually seeing in their yards would be very helpful.  Eventually, it would be nice to distinguish

Read more: Backyard Birding wants your bird list

Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Overview

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is citizen-science at its best.  You can help with this effort, whether you have ever gone birdwatching or not.  You will have the opportunity to meet new prople with interests in birds, or spend time with friends from previous years.  Observant eyes are needed for that day: the more the better.  You can point out where you see birds and experts in your group can do the identifying.  If you do know some of the birds in your area, so much the better....

Read more: Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Overview

Leadbetter "First Saturday"

Come join Friends of Willapa Refuge on Saturday, July 3, at the Leadbetter Unit of Willapa NWR for some trail work! This is the July production of "First Saturday" volunteer programs where Friends members and the public are invited to "get hands dirty" in support of the Refuge. For this July 3, they extend a special invite to all non-local Friends members who will be visiting the Peninsula for the holiday weekend! All ages and abilities are welcome; they've plenty of tasks for everyone's contributions.

They'll meet no later than 9am at the Leadbetter Unit parking lot (main lot, at the far end of Stackpole Road) and be finished by 2pm, latest.

Read more: Leadbetter "First Saturday"

Subscribe to the WHAS Volunteer list

You can subscribe to the Willapa Hills Audubon volunteer list by providing your name and email in the fields below. Once a volunteer opportunity comes up you will receive an email with further information. Please don't forget to confirm your subscription by responding to our confirmation email. We respect your privacy and will not share your email with anyone. You will only receive information from the Willapa Hills Audubon.