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Warblers in Washington live zoom presentation June 17th 6:00 pm

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 I am happy to share my love of warblers with you in a live zoom show titled Warblers in Washington, Annual visitors From the Tropics this Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.  Warblers are beautiful yellow songbirds that grace our region every spring and summer but are notoriously difficult to see: they are constantly on the move, flitting through trees and shrubs as though wired on caffein!  I will provide tips on how to identify twelve warbler species by sight and (especially) by song.  If you delight in the arrival of these little jewels each spring, or you have been frustrated trying to figure out which warbler is which, this presentation is for you!   Please signup for the FREE zoom link at sewardpark.audubon.org    click on "Events" and register. Hope you will join me Thursday and learn more about these remarkable long distance migrants! Ed

Owl Prowl Saturday, May 29th at 8:30 PM

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 The owls in Seward Park have been very reliable; join me this Saturday evening as we explore the park after dark for these fascinating birds.  I am also leading a variety of programs at my old (new) gig at Seward Park Audubon Center, check out sewardpark.audubon.org for the weekly schedule of events.  Advance notice: June 17th at 6:00 pm I am offering a virtual presentation on Warblers, please sign up and learn about these colorful spring visitors from the comfort of your home.  Details at the Seward Park web address above.  To register for the Prowl, please email me at my personal address listed in my mini bio above.  I plan to continue more private birding events also...please check out this blog each week for postings. Thank you! Ed

Back to my job at Seward Park Audubon Center, the long layoff is over!

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Great news. I have been rehired as Lead Naturalist at the Seward Park Audubon Center!  With the pandemic restrictions easing as more people get vaccinated, National Audubon has decided that guided outdoor trips are safe for the public.  I will be leading a variety of outings here: birds, bats, owls, trees, geology, native plants, even stargazing!  You can follow my schedule offerings at our website:  sewardpark. audubon .org I WILL continue to offer my personal guided outings as before, just on a more limited basis.  My days off from Audubon will be Mondays and Tuesdays, so look for bird outings on those days.  Owl Prowls and upcoming Bat Treks may be offered on any evening of the week or weekend.  This first week will be hectic for me as I get back up to speed here at Seward Park so look for private outings announced next Monday...spring migration is in full swing and we will reinforce Birding by Ear skills on outings. Leavenworth Bird Fest was great with fantastic east-side of the C

Leavenworth Bird Fest 2021! May 13 through 16th...Join Me!!

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I am happy to announce that I am in Leavenworth this week as a featured speaker for the annual Bird Fest!  Icicle Creek and the Wenatchee River valley are host to a dazzling variety of spring migrants that favor the east side of the Cascade Range.  In addition to exploring a variety of habitats seeing out these colorful visitors, I am leading three Owl Prowls on the 13th, 14th, and 15 starting at 9:00 PM.  Friday afternoon at 3:00 pm I am presenting a virtual program on owls and their unique adaptations with some cool video footage.  Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm I am presenting a program on the woodpeckers of Washington showcasing their unique adaptations (such as why don't they need extra strength Exedrin after bashing their heads against trees  all day!).   To view these online presentations click on the following link to register:  https://wenatcheeriverinstitute.org/bird-fest/bird-fest-2021.html      If you decide to take advantage of this great spring weather and visit Leaven

Bird Outings May 8th and 9th.

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Back from a week in northern California and ready to lead an Owl Prowl in Seward Park Saturday, May 8th starting at 8:30 PM.  Also leading a Mothers' Day Birding By Ear outing at 8:00 am at the Union Bay Natural Area May 9th.  Our songbird migrants are arriving every day...let's go check them out! Ed

Three "Flavors" of our native Oregon Grape

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April and May is the time for Oregon Grape   shrubs to show off their bright yellow flower clusters.  These displays are important nectar sources for our native pollinators...including hummingbirds!  In midsummer, dark purple to black berries will adorn these shrubs.  Important food for First Nations peoples, and still enjoyed as a sweet treat today by many!  We have three species of Oregon Grape here in the northwest:  Dull or Low Oregon Grape (Mahonia nervosa) lies close to the ground, has 15 to 17 leaflets, and has a matte finish to the leaves.  Creeping Oregon Grape (Mahonia repens) despite its name grows more upright and has broad leaflets with greatly reduced marginal prickles.  Tall or Glossy Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquafolium) does indeed grow tall, with 7 to 11 shiny leaflets.  It is the prickliest of the three; but still far less prickly than invasive English Holly (Ilex) which, although superficially similar, always has alternate leaflets compared to Oregon Grape which has opp

April 16 Birding and Owl Prowl

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Trillium (Trillium ovatum) is a member of the lily family and is aptly named as the leaves (with parallel veins--a lily family diagnostic), sepals and petals are all grouped in threes.  One of the most showy and beautiful of our spring wildflowers, April is prime time for trillium appreciating so go out and find some and enjoy!  Next week: the three "flavors" of our native Oregon Grape!     The Union Bay Natural area has  been the site of a couple of unusual birds recently: A Mountain Bluebird and a Say's Phoebe have been sighted there!  Let's meet Friday the 16th at 8:00 am in the east parking lot and hopefully we can get a peek at these cool and unusual (for our area) birds.  Also, a few days ago Seward Park hosted a Great Horned Owl (first of the year at that location!) that gave us many views and hoots.  Meet me there Friday at 7:30 pm and we will go Prowling!  Cost is $25.00 per outing and as always, email me to register.  Hope to see you this week!           Ed