Vancouver, Washington (Clark County)

 

Vancouver is located near the Oregon-Washington border on the Columbia River and north of Portland, OR.

Mission Statement:

Vancouver Audubon believes in the wisdom

of nature’s design and promotes this through education, involvement, stewardship, enjoyment

and advocacy.

VAS site maintained by:      Sherry Hagen:   littlebirder@comcast.net

 

Newsletter articles, please send to: vas@pacifier.com

VAS Website is hosted  by Infinity Internet:   www.iinet.com   Vancouver, WA

Text Box: May Meeting: 
Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Annual Spring Potluck Dinner, May 2nd

Time: 6:00 PM

Please bring a main dish, salad or dessert to serve at least 10 people to share. 

Bring your own table service (plate, utensils, cup, napkins, etc) and  your own drinks. 

General Meeting & Program
 Time: 7:00 PM      
“Farming for Sandhill Cranes”

                                                                       Speaker:  Dan Friesz

Daniel Friesz is currently the Natural Area Manager of the Columbia Land Trust property  known as Cranes’ Landing since April 18, 2016 for wintering and staging of Sandhill Cranes in the heart of the Vancouver Lowlands. Dan has over 27 years of experience in surveying birds. He has worked five years for the Columbia Land Trust that currently involves habitat management plan development, annual monitoring, and habitat restoration.  He has been involved with the restoration hundreds of acres of habitats within the Lower Columbia River Estuary as well as upland forestland in eastern WA. 

CRANE holds a conservation easement on the property while the Columbia Land Trust will manage this oasis in perpetuity to benefit migratory waterfowl – with an emphasis on Sandhill Cranes.  Much of the 527-acre will be farmed yearly to provide wintering food for migrating and staging Sandhill Cranes ranging in numbers from 2,000-5,000.  In addition, the highly detailed farming practices will provide critical wintering forage for tens of thousands of Canada Geese sub-species, Snow Geese, several species a dabbling ducks, raptors, and many mammalian species as well.  Portions of the property not managed as farmland will be restored to native grasslands and palustrine scrub-shrub wetlands.  A diversity of habitat types will not only attract a richness of bird species, but will also provide optimal benefits to insects, small mammals, amphibians, and larger mammals – such as Columbia white-tailed deer.

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May Field Trip: 
                Larch Mt., Clark County

May 20th, 2017 (Saturday)

                   Leader:    Arden Hagen,  360-892-8872
                   When:      May 20th, Saturday 
                   Time:        8:00 AM 
                   Meet at: Safeway parking lot at 162nd & 4th Plain.

This is a half day plus trip. Hiking will be a bit strenuous. We will be looking for MacGillivray’s & Hermit Warbler, Sooty Grouse and more. Bring a lunch to eat at the summit & water for the  hike. 

                              DISCOVERY PASS needed for parking. 
                         
We will carpool.     
Do not forget to pay your driver for gas.

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WENAS AUDUBON CAMPOUT 
Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-29, 2017

You’re invited to attend a celebration of birds, botany, and the beauty of spring in eastern Washington. The Wenas Audubon Campout will take place on Memorial Day Weekend (May 26-29) at the Wenas Creek Campground. This three-day annual event invites campers to participate in a variety of activities, including birding field trips, flower walks, field sketching, and bat and owl prowls. You do not need to be an Audubon member to attend. All are welcome. Visit the Wenas Audubon website at (www.wenasaudubon.org) for directions, an outline of field trips, programming, and more information. Pre-registration is not required. The campout is free and open to all ages. This is a Department of Natural Resources campground so every vehicle must display a Washington State Discover Pass. For more information contact Wilson Cady: gorgebirds@juno.com


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Membership Dues
Renewal Date is September 1st
Membership is defined at Vancouver Audubon Society (VAS) in our constitution which can be checked out by clicking on the button on the left for a more thorough explanation.

Membership dues are $10 and members will receive the Columbia Flyway newsletter and will be entitled to one vote for elections and other voted activities. The VAS newsletter can be received either by mail (black & white) or by emailed (a color pdf). 
Any questions? Please contact 

George Mayfield at (360) 687-0360 email: gomayf@comcast.net 
     or 
Eric Bjorkman at (360) 695-3116 email: bjorkmante@iinet.com

      Established December 1975

Vancouver Audubon Meets at the:

Clark County Genealogical Society

717 Grand Boulevard (Grand & Evergreen)  Vancouver, Washington

(just south of Mill Plain on NE corner)