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Black Hills

Audubon Society
Olympia, Washington

Volume 39,
Number 3

May/June 2008

Sightings rewarding. I have appreciated very much those of you

This will be my last letter to you who have shown support toward my effort and given
as President. It has been a most positive feedback along the way. I encour-
interesting and difficult year for me age all of our members to talk loudly and
both at BHAS and in my personal life. Many insistently about what you want your
things happen that challenge us in ways we Audubon Chapter to accomplish and
never dream of and consequences roll out like water help the board make it a reality with
off a duck’s back, creating a need for me to re- your continued participation. Thank
sign from the board at this time. I didn’t you ever so much for allowing me this
get to fulfill my dream of a long and opportunity to serve the creatures of our
successful presidency with BHAS, beloved Mother Earth.
but doing the work has been fun and

Thursday, May 15 Thursday, June 19

Hooves and Horns Annual Picnic
Ungulate, n. Any of a group consisting of the This month we invite Auduboners and their guests
hoofed mammals, such as the ruminants, to the traditional potluck picnic at the rose garden
swine, horses, tapirs, rhinoceroses, shelter in Priest Point Park. We’ll begin gathering
elephants, and conies, nearly all at 5:00 pm to do a bit of birding, then plan to eat
herbivorous, many having horns. around 6:00. The shelter is covered, so come rain
or shine! BYO your own plate and utensils, (but
Come hear District Biologist for Pierce and we will supply paper plates, cups, and cutlery for
Thurston Counties for the State Dept. of Fish those who forget). Please bring something yummy
and Wildlife Michelle Tirhi talk about the joys to share, and we’ll provide the soft drinks. In ad-
and challenges of working with and managing dition, Chester Allen, outdoors reporter for the
big game species of deer and elk on this side Olympian, has been invited to join us. This is a
of the mountains. Last month we had marbled great opportunity to get to know new folks of like
murrelet cookies as refreshments. Dare we mind, and see old friends, so we hope to see you
expect elk-shaped brownies? there!

BHAS membership meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at the Capitol Museum Coach House, 211 W. 21st Street, in Olympia. Social
hour is at 7pm, with programs beginning promptly at 7:30. Driving directions: From I-5 in Olympia, take Exit 105 following the State Capital/City
Center route. After the tunnel, turn left (south) onto Capital Way. After 7 blocks, turn right on 21st Avenue. The museum is two blocks down on the
left. The Coach House meeting room and adjacent parking are behind the Museum building of Olympia).
Conservation and Education Awards Given at
Annual Dinner
It is at once a rewarding experience and a very dif- habitat; the prairie. There has been and continues
ficult decision each year when it is time for the Con- to be enormous development pressure on the prai-
servation Committee to deliberate on the recipient ries in Thurston County. Throughout the state, only
of the Jack Davis Conservationist of the Year Award. three percent of our former prairies remain today.
Conservation is a key goal of the Black Hills Audu- Secondly, Friends of Rocky Prairie has brought a
bon Society. There are often, in any given year, a lot much needed attention to the importance of plan-
of individuals and groups that have made great ning on a landscape scale. They brought the argu-
contributions to progress on this goal. But ments of connectivity between habitats and small
this year, two very different efforts really ecosystems into the public debate. They are suc-
came to the fore – one in conservation and cessfully arguing the importance of the prairie eco-
one in education. Education is another system and some of the key ecological functions it
central goal and important activity of provides such as maintaining groundwater
our Black Hills Chapter. We wanted to flows that contribute to the health of the
honor each effort with two separate adjacent wetlands and prairies of Millersyl-
awards. Each had their importance vania State Park and the Scatter Creek Wild-
in making a local difference and in life Area. Most land use planning does
complementary areas. not yet consider these important
landscape scale factors. But we
Thus, for the first time, the
need to if we are to make progress
Conservation Committee recom-
towards our environmental
mended to the Board of Directors
goals – and even those as
that the Black Hills Audubon Society
basic as preserving our
give two awards at the annual dinner.
local groundwater sup-
plies for the future.
Jack Davis
The Friends of Rocky Prairie
Conservationist of the is ahead of the game. They have also raised
Year Award essential economic questions in the debate, and
The first was the Jack Davis Conservationist of the they have brought tremendous attention to the im-
Year Award, given every year, to citizens that have portance of public input in the planning process.
made a significant difference either in real envi-
The criteria for the Jack Davis Conservationist
ronmental benefits or improved awareness by the
Award, along with the list of recipients since the
public or governmental agencies on an environmen-
award was established, can be found on the Black
tal issue. Friends of Rocky Prairie, has done just this
Hills Audubon website.
and they were the recipients of this years Conserva-
tion Award.
The Education Award
As with any group, there are the core founders, The Education Award for outstanding educational
without whom the initiative would never have hap- achievements went to Tom Schooley and Tim
pened. They are Sharron Coontz, Diane Sonntag, Sweeney for their initiative and creativity in teaming
Dorene Wheeler, Loralin Toney, and Meryl Bern- up to produce the TCTV program series, Birdwise
stein. These community leaders mobilized over 500 Magazine. This program has educated viewers for
people in the town of Tenino and surrounding areas the last two years on local birds and birding places.
into one of the most organized and effective public Two years is a long time for a series in the TV busi-
advocacy group that we have seen in a long while. ness and the success of Birdwise shows that they
Their purpose is to preserve the rural character and have done much of everything right.
long-term environmental health and sustainability
of their local community. This locally produced TV program on area birds
and the people who watch them has been avail-
Friends of Rocky Prairie made three significant ac- able on the public access cable channels 22 or
complishments in a very short period of time. First,
this citizens’ group highlighted an important bird
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Annual Auction 2008 BHAS Election of
We are deeply indebted to many local businesses
for their generous donations to this year’s event Officers and
At-Large Board
and urge you to reward them with your patron-
age. When you do so, please let them know of your
gratitude for their support.
• Applebee’s
• Cicada Lounge Slate of Officers suggested
• Harlequin Productions for 2008–2009:
• Mercato Ristorante President—Sam Merrill
• Olympia Food Coop Vice President—Kris Schoyen
• Olive Garden Treasurer—Susan Markey
• Orca Books Secretary—Debbie Nickerson
• San Francisco Street Bakery There are three Board Members at Large open-
• Traditions Fair Trade ings. Any members interested in serving on the
• Tumwater Valley Golf Club board should contact Debbie Nickerson at
• Boston Harbor Marina debranick gmail.com or call Debbie at 754-
• Fireside Books 5397.
• Robin Stiritz
• Buck’s 5th Ave

Wild Birds Unlimited
Bill Voss
Board Member
• Home Street Bank Vacancies!
• Jessica Jensen Interested in being a part of the “think tank” of Black
• Linda’s Hair Design Hills Audubon? We have some openings for board
• US Electrical Corporation of WA members and encourage you to talk to one of us if
• Davey @ Chips-a-Flyin interested in having a seat on our board of directors.
We are also indebted to others who contributed We meet the second Wednesday of each month at
items or services and to those who supported the 5:30pm at the State Office on Capital Way. Call Deb
auction by their purchases. Thank you all. Nickerson or Kris Schoyen to find out more.

Annual dinner
From previous page
29 in the Olympia area. The show was hosted by
Tom Schooley and produced and directed by Tim
Sweeney, and featured birding news, a calendar of
events, birding tips, backyard birding, educational Help Tomorrow Today
features, and reports of research work. A new 30- Leave a Legacy that will last for generations to
minute program was produced each month and re- come. A planned gift to the Black Hills Audubon So-
peated twice each week throughout the month. Not ciety’s Conservation Legacy Fund will carry forward
only educational, the program was fun to watch. your compassion for birds and our natural spaces.
Tom and Tim have a true wit, and they certainly
showed that through their creative program. It will Gifts of stock, bequests in your will, gift annuities,
be missed. or charitable remainder trusts may help you achieve
certain financial goals while providing substantial
Tom and Tim gave appreciation to all those who support for the Black Hills mission. We would be
helped make the program happen, including Burt glad to discuss your giving options with you in con-
Guttman, Sheila McCartan, Phil Kelley, Rachel York, fidence and with no obligation.
Ruth Pagel, and Devlin Sweeney.
Contact Linda Carter, Chapter President at
—Donna Nickerson, Chair, Conservation Committee 360-357-4499

Black Hills Audubon Society 

May is Birdathon Month!
Birdathons are great for raising awareness of And you don’t have to be an expert birder to par-
birds, promoting bird conservation, and raising ticipate! Field trip leaders will help you find the
money at the same time! birds and rack up the number of species!
Anyone can participate—as a sponsor, a birder or Contact your friends, family, co-workers, and
both! anyone else to pledge towards the number of
birds you hope to see during a 24-hour time
Here’s how it works. You decide where and when
period. Sponsors can donate a lump sum in your
during May you want to go birding. Then you find
name, but what is the fun in that. Talk up the
some sponsors to pledge some cents per species.
drama of the search!
Now go find those birds! Afterwards, report back
to your sponsors on how many species you saw, After your Birdathon day, write a short report
and collect the pledges. on the great species you found, figure out the
amount each sponsor bet, and ask your sponsors
Your birding day does not need to be an intense
for their pledges.
all-out effort. You would be surprised how many
species will show up around your yard and neigh- 100 percent of the money raised through the
borhood over the course of a day. Black Hills Audu- Birdathon will be used to support the Black Hills
bon offers several Birdathon field trips to exciting Audubon Society and its education and conserva-
destinations in Washington. Or you just go out on tion programs.
your own to a few local parks. One key to success-
If you’d like to participate fill out the form here.
ful birdathon fund raising is giving your sponsors
You can also contact Sheila McCartan at
a guess on how many species you may find. If you
blackhillsbirdathon comcast.net or
only expect 25 species, a pledge of fifty cents a bird
(360) 357-9170.
is only a $12.50 pledge.

Capital Lake Field Trip went about their own business of riding the winds.
Thanks to all who joined us and a special thanks to
Report Matt Pike from bringing a scope and for helping to
spot and identify birds.
On March 22, seventeen people braved a very cool
—Sheila McCartan
morning for a wonderful walk around Capital Lake.
Parents with kids as well as people with four legged
friends showed up for the 2-hour outing. The group
had a nice mix of beginning to more advanced bird
watchers. A total of 38 species were seen from a
Education Committee
variety of families including raptors, ducks, swal- Convenes
lows, corvids, gulls, warblers, and sparrows.
Participants become very adept at identifying pied- We are looking for more volunteers who wish to
billed grebes, lesser scaup, bufflehead, mallards help with a variety of education projects. We are
and coots. We also had quick looks at a belted going to arrange birding classes, organize talks in
kingfisher, yellow-rumped warblers, and song schools, staff tables at various local events and
sparrows. The tree and violet green swallows work with area teachers to bring curriculum into
were difficult to distinguish on the wing but when our schools. There is much to do and the funds
several rested in trees we were able to get more which can bring our ideas to fruition. Be part of this
satisfying looks. The highlight for many was along committee; there are projects of various scope in
Deschutes Parkway. We heard and saw many crows which to involve yourself. All are needed whether
upset at a red-tailed hawk that had landed in a you have days to volunteer or just a few hours. We
tree on the forest bluff. The crows were doing their will meet at Debbie Nickerson’s house at 6:30pm
best to make the hawk go away. Then cresting over on June 26th. Call for directions and to confirm at-
the tree-topped hill came the sound of one, then tendance. The larger the group, the less work each
two ravens who ignored the nearby raucous and individual has to do.

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Birdathon Trips
of $1.00 per species, preferably more.  Expect a
very long non-stop day of birding.  We will leave
the Martin Way Park and Ride at 5:30 am. We won’t
return home until after dark.  Bring lunch, snacks,
(All welcome–anyone may attend) liquid, and sunscreen.  Call BHAS at 360-352-7299
to register.
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Wednesday, May 7th, 8:15 am to mid- Exploring Capital Forest—Spring
afternoon Sunday, May 18th, 8:30 am to late
Leader: Phil Kelley afternoon
Join Phil on his weekly walk at Nisqually National Leaders: Jim Pruske and Lonnie
Wildlife Refuge as he does the first Birdathon trip of Somer
the month. This week will include the whole loop, Spend the day exploring Capital
and you can expect to see 60+ species. Forest from sea level to 2,700
The spring migrants should all ft. We will be searching for bird spe-
have arrived, and resident cies that nest in the forest. Warblers,
birds including nesting wa- including Hermit Warblers, Gray Jays,
terfowl will be in evidence Western Tanagers, woodpeckers and
as well. The walking is easy other woodland birds are expected to
and level but the loop is 5 ½ be common. A special attempt will be
miles. Folks are welcome to begin the made to find Northern Pygmy Owl and the
trip, and turn back at any point. Meet elusive Mountain Quail. Unique elements of
at the visitor center at 8:15 am. Sign- Capitol Forest flora will also be examined.
ups are not necessary.
If anyone has specific knowledge or tips about Capi-
Ridgefield nwr tol Forest, please feel free to contact Jim (459-3656)
Saturday May 10, 8am –early evening or Lonnie at wheelermombie@comcast.net .
Leader: David Hayden
Meet at Mud Bay Park and Ride at 8:30 am. This

Join Dave as he looks for continuing migrating birds, trip is limited to 3 cars. Call BHAS at 360-352-7299
passerines, and ducks. Dave expects to see lots to register.

of Cinnamon Teal, Yellow-headed Blackbirds, and
White-breasted Nuthatches. Possibilities are Black- Priest Point Park
necked Stilts and Black Terns. There will be some Wednesday, May 21st, 8 am – noon
walking involved. Bring a lunch and dress for the Leader: Woody Franzen
weather. Meet at the Dept. of Labor and Industries Priest Point Park is one of the Thurston County
parking lot at 8:00am. Call the BHAS at 360-352- sites chosen for the southwest WA loop of the
7299 to reserve your spot. Also, this is International Great Washington Birding Trail. Join Woody for a
Migratory Bird Day and the Vancouver Audubon will mid-week walk through this beautiful park, while
have a booth set up at the refuge. looking for forest birds. There is a limit of 12 par-
ticipants. Meet at the Rose Garden on the east side
Kittitas County—Snoqualmie Pass
of the park at 8:00 am. Call BHAS at 360-352-7299
to Vantage
to register.
Saturday, May 10th, 5:30 am to late evening
Leader:  Tom Schooley Watershed Park Bird Songs
The east slope of the Cascade Mountains provides Saturday, May 31st, 7:00am to 10:00am
a wide variety of habitats from the wet forest just Leader: Jean MacGregor
over the pass to the dry desert along the Columbia This walk in one of Olympia’s most beautiful parks
River.  Join Tom Schooley in a very full day in Kit- will focus on bird song and learning the common
titas County searching the firs, pines, cottonwoods, bird songs of Watershed Park. It is also an op-
and sagebrush for Vaux’s Swift, Gray Flycatcher, portunity to check out the wildflowers in bloom at
Western Kingbird, Bank Swallow, Brewer’s Sparrow, the end of May. The trail at Watershed is not long
Veery, Calliope Hummingbird, and Cassin’s Finch.  (about a mile and a half), but is steep and can be
Lucky finds may include Prairie Falcon, White- slippery. Meet at the park entrance along Hender-
headed Woodpecker, Pygmy Nuthatch, or Clark’s son Boulevard at 7:00 am. Call the BHAS phone at
Nutcracker.  Our target is 100 species for the day. 360-352-7299 to register.
This trip is limited to 12 people/3cars and pledges

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Regular May/June birding trips—
(Not Birdathon trips)
Toppenish NWR and Fort Simcoe State Park When the tide is low, Great Blue Herons congregate
Saturday, May 17 along Woodard Creek, stalking prey. We expect to
Leave 6 am from Centralia Park & Ride do the approximately 2-mile loop, which includes
Leaders: Lonnie Somer & Dave Hayden an easy trail with boardwalk sections and return by
Experience some of the east side birds, including a pedestrian-only road. To reach the Woodard Bay
the country’s western most population of Bobolink. Natural Resource Conservation Area from Olym-
Other species that we might see include Gray Cat- pia, take Boston Harbor Road north, then right on
bird, Eastern Kingbird, Black-billed Magpie, Vesper Woodard Bay Road, crossing Libby Road. Park in a
Sparrow, Mountain Bluebird, Red-naped Sapsucker, small parking area on the left just before crossing
Yellow-breasted Chat, Black-chinned Hummingbird, the bridge over Woodard Bay. Bring binoculars if
Lazuli Bunting, Lewis’ Woodpecker, Golden Eagle, possible. Call Black Hills Audubon at 360-352-7299
and numerous other species. to reserve a spot. Limit 15 persons.

This trip is limited to 12 people/3 cars. Expect a Columbia Gorge and Klickitat Region
very long day and a return home after dark. Bring A two day field trip: Saturday &
lunch, snacks, liquid, and sunscreen. Call BHAS at Sunday, June 21 & 22
360-352-7299 to register. Leave at 6:30 am from the Centralia
Park & Ride
Lewis County Leaders: Lonnie Somer & Gary Wiles
Sunday June 1, 6:45 am to early afternoon. Come explore Klickitat birding gems such as Cath-
Leader: Gary Wiles erine Creek Preserve, Balch Rd., Rowland Lake,
This trip will visit Teitzel and Little Hanaford Roads Columbia Hills Natural Preservation Area, Conboy
in Lewis County. These follow along Lake NWR, Horse Thief SP, and Klickitat
the South Hanaford Creek Wildlife Area. Hoped for birds include;
valley, which is a beautiful rural Ash-throated Flycatcher, Hammond’s
farming valley bounded by conifer Flycatcher, Canyon and Rock
hillsides.  We expect to see an assort- Wren, Say’s Phoebe, Vaux’s
ment of forest and open country birds, Swift, Calliope Humming-
including Purple Martins at perhaps the only bird, Lazuli Bunting, Chipping
location for this species in Lewis County.  Sparrow, Lark Sparrow, Lesser
Meet at the Labor and Industry parking lot Goldfinch, Sandhill Crane, White-
in Tumwater at 6:45 a.m.  Bring headed Woodpecker, several species
food, drinks, and a scope if you of raptor, and numerous other
have one.  Expect to be done at species.
about 1:00 p.m.
Because of poor parking along the roads, B e - cause this is an overnight trip,
the trip will be limited to 2 cars and 9-10 it will be more costly than usual. We
people. Contact the BHAS phone at 360-352-7299 will try to find affordable accommodations for the
to sign up. night, and we will eat breakfast and supper at local
restaurants. Bring lunch for 2 days, snacks, liquids,
Woodard Bay for Beginners and a change of clothes.
Saturday, June 7th, 8 am to 11 or noon This trip is limited to 12 people (3 cars), and each
Leader: Sam Merrill passenger will be expected to reimburse the driver
This walk is designed primarily for beginning bird- for gas mileage. We will return on the evening of
ers. We will look and listen for woodland birds June 22.
as we move through the lush forest of cedars and
Douglas fir and approach Henderson Inlet where we To register, contact the BHAS office at 360-352-
expect to see cormorants and seals among others. 7299.

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See Field Trip Descriptions for details.

Birdathon trips for May:

Wednesday, May 7th, 8:15 to mid afternoon. Leader: Phill Kelly
Saturday, May 10th, 5:30am to late evening, Kittitas County—
Snoqualmie Pass to Vantage
Leader: Tom Schooley
Sunday, May 18th, 8:30 am to late afternoon, Exploring Capital Forest
– Spring
Leaders: Jim Pruske & Lonnie Soner
Wednesday, May 21st, 8 am to noon, Priest Point Park
Leader: Woody Franzen
Saturday, May 31st, 7 am to 10 am, Watershed Park Bird Songs
Leader: Jean MacGregor

May–June Regular Field trips:

Saturday, May 17th, 6 am to evening, Toppenish NWR and
Fort Simcoe State Park
Leaders: Lonnie Somer & Dave Hayden
Sunday, June 1st. 6:45am to early afternoon, Lewis County
Leader: Gary Wiles
Saturday, June 7th, 8 am to noon, Woodard Bay for Beginners
Leader: Sam Merrill
Saturday and Sunday, June 21st & 22nd. Leave at 6:30 am on the 21st.
Return evening on the 22nd: Columbia Gorge and Klickitat Region
Leader: Lonnie Somer & Gary Wiles

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Black Hills Audubon Society (BHAS) Membership form
Type of Membership—check appropriate box Yearly benefits:
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Singles or household

$20, regular member All dues go to support local

$35, regular member for 2 years NEW! Black Hills Audubon chapter efforts.
$50, regular member for 3 years, NEW! Receive the chapter newsletter,
$15, senior or full-time student The Echo, which describes local
chapter conservation action, events,
$25, senior or full-time student for 2 years NEW! and field trips.
$35, senior or full-time student for 3 years NEW!
Please make check payable to Black Hills Audubon Society.

Member of Black Hills Audubon Society Chapter and National Audubon (both)
$20, first-time member price
$15, Senior or full-time student Most of the dues go to support national efforts.
Please make check payable to National Audubon Society. Receive the award-winning national magazine,
Renewals: please renew your National Audubon Membership by Audubon, and the chapter newsletter, The Echo.
filling out the forms sent to you by National and sending directly
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Black Hills Audubon Web Master:
Deb Jaqua....................................360-491-3325
Board of Directors 2007—2008 djaqua comcast.net
Field Trips:
Officers Kristin Stewart.............................360-456-5098
President: Kristinstewart01 comcast.net
Linda Carter................................ 503-957-1812 Programs:
lindashair comcast.net..............360-357-4499 Kris Schoyen................................ 360-754-1710
Co-Vice Presidents: kschoyen hotmail.com
Kris Schoyen................................ 360-754-1710 Echo Editor:
kschoyen hotmail.com Linda Carter................................360-357-4499
Sam Merrill..................................360-866-8839 lindashair comcast.net.............. 503-957-1812
smerrill zhonka.net Assistant Editor: Sue Duffy
Secretary: Member Volunteers:
Susan Markey.............................360-438-9048 Forest Issues: David Jennings . .... 360-866-7551
slmarkey comcast.net nativeforest gmail.com
Treasurer: Echo Designer:
Michael O’Malley.......................360-943-2369 Lee Miller....................................360-753-0942
Michael.omalley comcast.net aleemiller igc.org
Bird I.D.:
Board Members at Large
Dave McNett...............................360-357-3695
Whittier Johnson............................................... Bird Feeder Cleaning:
Whittierwj comcast.net Debbie Nickerson........................360-754-5397
Debbie Nickerson........................360-754-5397 debranick gmail.com
debranick gmail.com Birdathon:
Committee Chairs (Board Members) Sheila McCartan.......................... 360-357-9170
Membership: Office Support:
Margery Beeler............................360-352-5437 Sheila Harper and Carolyn Harmon
mswampcat aol.com
Conservation Chair:
Donna Nickerson:..............................................
d.j.nick comcast.net

Black Hills Audubon Society Board meetings are at 5:30 p.m. on the second
1063 Capitol Way So., Rm 205, Olympia, WA 98501 Wednesday of each month. The site varies from
Phone: 360-352-7299 month to month, so please call us at the office if
Website: blackhills-audubon you would like to sit in.
E-mail: bhas blackhillsaudubon.org
Phone and e-mail messages are welcome, but please
Black Hills Audubon Society is a non-profit remember that we are a volunteer-based organization,
organization. A member chapter of the National and it may take us a few days to get back to you.
Audubon Society, it represents Audubon members
in Lewis, Mason and Thurston Counties. The Echo is published bi-monthly. Editor: Linda
Carter. Layout and design by Lee Miller. Graphics by
Our goals are to maintain, restore and protect our Nature Icons/Ultimate Symbol unless initialed.
ecosystems for future generations, and to promote
environmental education and nature-based Material for The Echo should be sent to PO Box
recreation. 2524, Olympia, WA 98507, or e-mailed to Deb
Jaqua at djaqua comcast.net
General membership meetings are held at 7 p.m. on
the third Thursday evening of each month, Sep- Deadline for the July/August 2008 issue is
tember through June, at the Capitol Museum Coach June 10, 2008.
House, 211 West 21st Street, in Olympia.

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Clean Feeders for Don’t Miss Out:
Spring! Be a Part of Birdathon
Thank you so very much for another successful Bird What a beautiful time spring is in the Pacific North-
Feeder Cleaning day. We were so grateful it did not west! May is a great time to see birds in our area. As
rain on us as we scrubbed feeders from 9 to 3 on Sat- you make plans to go outside and do some birding,
urday, April 5th. Thank you to Ruth Pagel and consider participating in a fund-raiser
her wonderful staff for hosting this event for your favorite organization. Line up
again. Their help makes this possible. one or more sponsors who will con-
We get our hot water from Top Foods, tribute a certain amount for every
which is always so accommodating to bird species you see within a
us each year – thank you also. Many 24-hour time period or donate
volunteers make this project possible a lump sum in your name. If
and without them and their dedica- you wish, you can sit at home
tion to the messy task, we could not and count backyard birds, or go
offer this service to the public. I am one of the Birdathon field trips
so grateful to the following for rolling described in this issue of The
up sleeves and working that day: Kris Echo. Anything goes! If you can’t go
Schoyen, Jean MacGregor, Margery Beeler, birding for a day, sponsor someone who
Whittier Johnson, Maria Ruth, Donna Nickerson, can. Be early and sign up now. Pledge sheets
Susan Markey, Sam Merrill, Mike O’Malley, Jane and any other information you need are avail-
Poole, Jordanna Averett, Rick Presley, Keisha, Amanda able by contacting Sheila McCartan at 357-9170
Putzier, Deb Jaqua, and Jeff Foster . Be looking for or blackhillsbirdathon comcast .
word of our next feeder cleaning in October.

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