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Spider workshop October 2008

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2019 Cowlitz County Bird List - February Update

Western Bluebird at Woodland Bottoms in February 2019 - Image by Terry Anderson
Western Bluebird at Woodland Bottoms in February 2019 - Image by Terry Anderson

What a month we had in February for weather, as we're just not used to it being that cold for such a prolonged time. The snow in the foothills kept birders out of locations with much elevation, and the cold in the lower flood plain areas didn't get us out in those spots as much as usual either.

Still, we enjoyed the greater than usual abundance of Varied Thrush at low elevation where they were pushed by the snow cover in their more typical haunts. We also had a couple flocks of Western Bluebirds found, one each at the south and north edges of Cowlitz County in mid month, just a bit earlier than usual for this early migrant species. One group was in the Woodland Bottoms and the second along the Cowlitz River right at the Lewis County line.

Could these birds have been easier for us to find as they may sometimes use tree farm clear cuts at slightly higher elevations for migration stops and been pushed lower by the snow cover? Birding is always interesting even in spite of the inclement weather.

Many thanks to Terry Anderson for providing the attached photo of one of the Western Bluebirds seen in the Woodland Bottoms on 2/9/19.

Download the pdf here.

Tim Boyer: Photographer and Shorebird Expert Featured At Annual Meeting Banquet

Pacific Golden Plover - Image courtesy of Tim Boyer
Pacific Golden Plover - Image courtesy of Tim Boyer

Tim Boyer, photographer and shorebird expert will present his program, “Understanding Shorebirds, The Miracle Of Migration” on Friday, March 29, 2019, at Willapa Hills Audubon’s Annual Banquet, as guest speaker, beginning at 7 PM at the Kelso Senior Center at 106 NW 8th avenue in Kelso. The general public is welcome. Doors open at 6:45 PM.

He will also lead a shorebird identification class and shore walk beginning at 8:30 AM, March 30, 2019 at the Long Beach, Washington Grange Hall. (check page 5 for the details).

The program “Understanding Shorebirds, the Miracle of Migration” is about the epic migrations of shorebirds. Six of the thirty-eight common shorebirds found in Washington are discussed, as we explore the trans-ocean migration of Bar-tailed Godwits, Pacific Golden-Plovers , Sanderling and other birds that cross the majority of the Pacific Ocean.

Willapa Hills Annual Meeting Banquet and Program

All Willapa Hills Audubon members are invited to attend the 2019 annual meeting and banquet at the Kelso Senior Center on Friday, March 29, at 5:30 PM. The event will feature a presentation by guest speaker Tim Boyer (details below) beginning at 7 PM that is open to the general public.

This year's banquet will be a potluck and attendees are asked to bring a dish to share that will feed 6-8 people, and your own table service including plates. Cups, coffee and hot water will be provided. The Senior Center will be open at 5 PM for setup so the banquet can begin promptly at 5:30. The Senior Center is located at 106 NW 8th avenue in Kelso, just across from Joanne's Fabric Store near Ocean Beach Highway.

Shorebird Identification Class and Shorebird Walk

This class on Shorebird ID is offered by Tim Boyer, a Seattle nature photographer and shorebird expert. It includes an indoor class in the morning and a guided walk in the afternoon. Tim Boyer will also speak at our annual banquet the on Mar 29. The program is open to the public. 


Saturday March 30, 2019
Indoor Class 8:30 to 1:00
Lunch 1:00 to 1:30
Field Trip 1:30 to 4:30

Sponsored by Willapa Hills Audubon Society


Long Beach Grange ~ 5715 Sandridge Road ~ Long Beach, WA ~ Lower Level Back Door 

Donations Accepted

Bring - Sack Lunch - All Weather Gear – Camera - Binoculars

Sign up:

Contact: Steve Puddicombe – Space is limited

Email or call at: 1-360-465-2205