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Spider workshop October 2008

Our programs are open to anyone who wants to participate. You don't have to be a member of Audubon or our local chapter to join the fun. But after you have come to  several of our programs, we think you'll want to join and support us. :-)


Join us for the 2019 Willapa Hills Annual Summer Picnic

The Willapa Hills Audubon Annual summer picnic will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2019 from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM at the Brandt residence in Cathlamet WA. Members and guests are invited to an afternoon of lively chat, good food and, of course, bird watching.

Attendees are asked to bring one covered dish (a salad, entree, dessert or snack) to feed 4 to 6 people. Each person should bring their own plates, cups and tableware. Ice, water, iced tea, napkins, paper towels, tables and chairs will be provided. Sun and rain protection is available if needed.

The Brandt residence is located on the east edge of Cathlamet on the south side of State Hwy 4. To get to the picnic from Longview, look for the yellow 40-mph speed sign as you enter Cathlamet.  Turn left onto Island View Drive just past the speed sign. To get to the picnic from the west, drive through Cathlamet on Hwy 4.  As you are leaving Cathlamet look for a yellow 55-mph speed sign.  Immediately turn right onto Island View Drive.  Stay in the right lane and drive all the way back to the end of the road (0.1-mi.).  There is lots of space for parking. 

So, mark your calendars for July 21!   

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.

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