EAS Was Everywhere in October
From Issaquah to Redmond to Woodinville, Eastside Audubon volunteers turned out in force on the first weekend of October to spread the word about birds, bird-friendly backyards, and habitat conservation.
By Dora Rajkhowa and Mary Brisson
At the outsize Issaquah Salmon Days festival, our mounted Anna’s Hummingbird, Osprey, and Barn Owl drew a steady stream of visitors from opening until closing both Saturday and Sunday.
Attracted by the birds, people lingered to learn about Eastside Audubon while their kids played our bird quiz and made bookmarks. Many took brochures and activity schedules and signed up for more information.
Most people stopping by in Issaquah shared stories of birds they’d seen, and many had questions for us.
Recognizing a Steller's Jay photo, one woman told of a fuss among the jays in her yard on the Sammamish Plateau. Looking around she’d spotted a very small owl: “the cutest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.” From her iPhone photo we were able to tell her she’d had the luck to see a Northern Saw-whet Owl.
“Salmon Days was a big commitment for EAS,” said Dora Rajkhowa, who organized the effort with Tricia Kishel. “Sincere thanks to the volunteers who helped set up, take down, and staff the booth. It was wonderful for us to be in Issaquah to show that we are involved in the community and heartening to see the interest in our message.”
Photo: Pete Marshall at Issaquah Salmon Days, by Mick Thompson
Meanwhile, at Molbak’s
In an annual tradition at the famous Woodinville garden and home store, Youth Education Committee (YEC) members helped three dozen kids make bird feeders out of pine cones.
During the two-hour Saturday event, Kim Brunskill, Jill Keeney, Margaret Lie, and Tora Roksvag chatted about EAS with 35 or so interested adults.
The same day, Margie Huff was at Marymoor Park in Redmond with Brian Bell, leading 18 kids and parents who attended a walk to learn about migration and seasonal birds.
A week earlier in Duvall, a YEC-organized family birding walk with Tricia Kishel had brought out a dozen people.
Elsewhere at Marymoor
While young birders were exploring the Audubon BirdLoop, EAS regulars logged another morning’s progress on habitat and trail improvement work there.
Hugh Jennings tidied up the trail while Tim McGruder patched asphalt with sand. The rest of the crew (plus helpers supplied by King County Parks) continued making headway against invasive blackberries.
Leader Glenn Eades says a couple more mornings of blackberry hacking in Snag Row will make it ready for new native plants. You can help at the next BirdLoop work party on Saturday, November 1, 9 a.m. to noon.
Photos: Before and after asphalt repairs on the Audubon BirdLoop Trail, by Tim McGruder