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Birdathon is Coming

Get ready for Eastside Audubon's annual Birdathon!

Birdathon is happening in May. Let’s get ready!                                  Andy McCormick

Migrating birds are on their way from Mexico and South America and will be in the PNW soon. Resident birds are already singing and beginning to nest. Eastside Audubon is getting ready for another great Birdathon challenge grant drive! May is coming and that means Birdathon is coming too.

In 2017 our EAS Birdathon collected over $36,000 from our generous members and their friends and family. Thanks to all our donors and to The Melody S. Robidoux Foundation Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona which provided a $15,000 challenge grant. In 2018 the foundation will do it again! Robidoux and Eastside Audubon will make a great team for the sixth consecutive year.

The funds we raise support our Bird-friendly Communities campaign - geared towards educating home owners about making their yards into bird havens, and our conservation advocacy. Funds also help us continue our work at Marymoor Park, and further our well-planned and highly recognized work educating children in schools and their parents about birds and their habitat.

Field Trips: Favorites and New.

We have some favorite field trips scheduled and some new ones that you will enjoy. You will have opportunities to see birds in five counties: King, Pierce, Thurston, Kittitas, and Skagit. Here is the preliminary line-up.

  • Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge led by Hugh Jennings, his annual trip to Thurston County.
  • Juanita Bay Park led by MaryFrances Mathis
  • Lake Sammamish State Park led by Sharon Aagaard and Stan Woods. 
  • Robinson Canyon led by Andy McCormick on a visit to Kittitas County.
  • South King County with Andy McCormick, a new trip this year.
  • Snoqualmie Valley with Brian Bell and Nancy Hubly, a return visit.
  • Fort Steilacoom in Tacoma with Etta Cosey returning to lead this new trip to Pierce County.
  • Montlake Fill (Union Bay Natural Area) with Lori Danielson and Antonio Montañana for a return trip.
  • Washington Park with Jan and Tim McGruder, on a return to Skagit County.
  • New Birders trip with Marlene Meyer once again.

Do It Yourself Birdathon

Don’t forget to check the Create Your Own Birdathon link on the EAS website, where you will find some great ideas for watching birds and raising money on your own. If you are traveling in May, you could count the birds on your trip and make a donation for each species you see.

You may also want to take a family walk in a local park and make a donation to support the chapter. Print out the bird picture checklist from our website and see if you can find these birds on your walk. You can invite a friend to one of the field trips and even pay the donation for them. Use your creativity to come up with a new idea. We would love to hear it.

Eastside Audubon thanks you for your generous support for birds and their habitat.

 

Bald Eagle, by Mick Thompson

Photo: Bald Eagle, by Mick Thompson

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