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Check out

the numbers;
Christmas Bird
Count Tally
on page 6.

Published by the Tahoma Audubon Society: Connecting people with nature since 1969. Vol. 41 No. 2 February 2010

Male House Finch. (Photo/Pat Damron)

C hristmas Bird Count:

By Diane Yorgason-Quinn
One hundred ten years and counting ...
Where were you 110 years ago, and where will you
be 110 years from now? That answer is easy, but the
degrees of separation are tight, and you’re part of it.
Even Tahoma Audubon has a pretty long history these
ings. His coordinates will become part of the permanent
record, but they’re not yet required. Coordinator Faye
Hands said he was showing us the future of the CBC,
and it’s creeping up fast. Any of you who want to try
this next year, let’s do it!
Many birds were seen this year, though
don’t come back, having been there and done that.
When I first met Kathy Best that morning, I wondered
whether she would fall in that category. She was good
natured and very interested during her day in Area 3
with veteran counters Melissa Sherwood and Carol
Smith, often snapping photos to document her
are part
of the future
of birding.

days since Jim O’Donnell drew our count circle around nothing unusual – but then that’s not the experience. She said she learned more
forty years ago. A few of our old-timers are indeed still point, is it? We set a record at our count about birds that day than any other time in
with us, but as birders “retire” from counting, young dinner, where all the food left over in previ- her life, and she even got a life bird – Red
ones are born! ous bad weather years turned out to be just Crossbill! She attended the record-
Methods of counting change as well, sometimes right for this happy crowd. No “new” breaking count dinner and enjoyed her-
pretty drastically, beginning with that first count when birds this year, but a few new birders. self thoroughly, especially knowing there
the tool changed to field glasses instead of shotguns. Every year we have a few new coun- were all these other crazy birders out
We’re now in another rapidly-changing technological ters who have read about it in the there! Then, to make sure I
shift, and one of these days you’ll be doing what newspaper. Most are happy to Photo/Diane Yorgason-Quinn understood her commitment, she
John Riegsecker, retired Puget Sound professor, did have this be a once-in-a-lifetime Kathy Best, the quintessential first time signed up for the Vashon CBC a
CBC'er. In the circle above is her photo
for his first count this year. He used his GPS on his experience, and we’re happy to
of a Golden-Crowned Kinglet
route in Area 3 to plot his team’s route and sites of sight- have their help, but they often See "CBC” on page 7

Bird watchers coast to coast are invited to take part in the 13th 93,600 checklists online, creating the continent's largest instanta-

The Great annual Great Backyard Bird Count, Friday, Feb. 12, through Mon-
day, Feb. 15, 2010. Participants in the free event will join tens of
neous snapshot of bird populations ever recorded.
Anyone can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from
novice bird watchers to experts. Participants count birds for as

thousands of volunteers of all levels of birding experience to count
birds in their own backyards, local parks or wildlife refuges. little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days
Each checklist submitted by these "citizen scientists" helps of the event and report their sightings online at www.birdcount.

Bird Count researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National
Audubon Society learn more about how the birds are doing—and
org. The site also has tips and special materials for educators.
See Field trips on page 5 for details on several GBBC events. Also
how to protect them. Last year, participants turned in more than see page 3 for details on a GBBC event at Chambers Creek Properties.

Bonus page in PDF

Ahhhh... the beauty of the internets .... In this issue:
This month's Towhee was pretty tight due to 25 Years Ago page 8
a large volume of content, including the tally in BirdSongs page 8
spread sheet format from the Christmas Bird Calendar page 12
Count. So in our black and white print edition, Education page 4
several photos from the CBC had to be left out. Environment Matters page 3
But in our online edition, space is endless, so Executive Director's corner page 2
another page was added to accomodate those Field trips page 5
poor, left-out pictures. You'll find them on the New Members page 10
last page of this PDF. Photo/Diane Yorgason-Quinn
Quizzical Owl page 8
executive director’s Corner ENVIRONMENT Matters
Conservation at a glance: 2010
There is something in the air The popularity and
People are hun- such a great job with our beginners. Thank you to
gry. They are hun- Fred Matthaei for stepping up to the new intermediate.
need for our education In 2010, the United Nations celebrates the year of science projects.
gry to learn about
nature. They are
hungry to learn
about birds. They
are hungry to have
And thank you to Ken Brown for all his years of class
leadership of what has become the advanced class.
If you want to participate in these classes make sure
you sign up for them right away, ‘cause they keep end-
ing up with waiting list.
programs cannot be met
with staff only. We cannot
do it without the amazing
work of volunteers
‘‘ Biodiversity. Coincidentally, in 2010 Tahoma Audubon
Society’s conservation efforts focus on biodiversity.
Our new five year goals look to protect biodiversity
Both Project
FeederWatch volun-
teers and Puget
Sound Seabird
Survey volunteers
fun doing it. Naturalist Training in Pierce County by protecting the best remaining hab- continue to conduct
The proof is in Starting this month we are hosting Volunteer itats for wildlife across the county. These areas are monthly surveys
the pile of waiting Naturalist Training. The popularity and need for our me that people don’t want to get involved and make a identified as Biodiversity Management Areas or BMAs. through April. Work
list we have col- education programs cannot be met with staff only. We difference and educate future generations. I will hear There are 16 BMAs in the county. Each year we will be is underway on a
“Biological diversity - or biodiversity - is the term given to the
lected in recent cannot do it without the amazing work of volunteers. none of it. I have all the proof I need. reaching out to communities located in three BMAs. proposal to expand
variety of life on Earth and the natural patterns it forms” Contact Krystal at 253-232-9978.
years. Last year we added a new begging birding class We have set an ambitious goal of reaching 40,000 Why so Popular? We will organize and educate area residents on biodi- – United Nations the Nisqually Or
for adults. It had a waiting list. We moved our people with our education programs in 2014. We will Despite a sputtering economy and our own budget versity and simple steps that can be taken at home to Important Bird Area
Intermediate birding class to The Nature Center to have only do that with a strong group of volunteer naturalist woes, people deeply care about the environment and protect the best of what’s left. (IBA) to extend along
more room. It had a waiting list. It is clear that people who can deliver programming to young and old alike the legacy we are leaving future generations. Folks We recently received two grants to begin this work in cies to develop a ten year plan to conserve and acquire the shoreline of Anderson Island thanks to effort and
are still reading the Tacoma News Tribune, because across the County. desire to be active in positive solutions and to work the Crescent Valley BMA, located near Gig Harbor. open space for preservation countywide. Pierce coordination of Evergreen graduate student Lindsay
every time our birding classes are printed in the paper, So, our wonderful Education Coordinator has been with likeminded individuals. People know that Tahoma We will be working with Peninsula High School stu- County Parks and Recreation is fostering this effort Raab and other volunteers. The Great Backyard Bird
it has a waiting list. working hard to put together our Naturalist volunteer Audubon is a vehicle to put their passion into action dents, area residents and Audubon members, and with a grant from the Department of Interior and staff Count is this month, so enjoy the unusually warm
We have expanded our adult birding classes so that training program. It started in January with space for and see good things come out of it. Crescent Valley Alliance members to do a variety of support from Mt. Rainier National Park. weather and get outside counting birds!
we now have two beginning, a new intermediate class 30 people. Guess what happened. We are a vibrant collection of committed people who citizen science, education, and outreach projects on BUILDING COMMUNITY CAPACITY FOR IN 2010, CONSERVATION MATTERS
starting this February, and an advanced class. Thank Thanks right: a waiting list. On the day the course share their time and treasure to connect with and pro- Crescent Lake. This work is made possible through URBAN HABITAT RESTORATION As I mentioned earlier, 2010 is the international year
you to Rolan Nelson and Marcus Roening for doing started we had 60 people signed up. Don’t try and tell tect nature. grants received from the Green Partnership Funds In 2010 we continue conserving and restoring urban of biodiversity. In 2010, the Conservation Matters
awarded by The Greater Tacoma Community habitats in Tacoma through our work with Cascade column will host a series of articles related to biodiver-
Foundation and the Pierce Conservation District, as Land Conservancy and the Green Tacoma Partnership. sity. Be sure to read it throughout the year to learn
Tahoma Audubon Society's well as a Lu Winsor Memorial Environmental Grant We will be training the next two cohorts of Habitat more about topics such as biodiversity defined, creat-

Feathered Nest Circle

awarded by the KGI Watershed Council and Peninsula Stewards beginning in February. We aim to train 25 ing backyard habitats, policy and regulatory issues,
Light. new volunteers this year, along with the 10 trained last land use practices and habitat corridors, threats and
10 YEAR FUNDING fall. We are building the capacity of Tacoma residents actions, funding conservation programs, climate
AND ACQUISITION PLANNING to steward our natural urban environments both politi- change in Washington, and much more.
We are pleased to honor our visionaries who have named
In 2010, we also look forward to identifying the best cally and on the ground, with habitat restoration proj- RESOURCES
Tahoma Audubon in their estate plans making them The Pierce County Chapter of The National Audubon Society areas across Pierce County for prioritizing funding, ects at dozens of sites across the city and throughout Learn more about the United Nations Inter-national
members of the Feathered Nest Circle. Located in University Place's Adriana Hess Wetland Park acquisition, and conservation of habitats by participat- the year. Year of Biodiversity and related facts, articles, and
Thank you current members: Cami Kesinger 2917 Morrison Rd W University Place, WA 98466 ing in the newly formed Open Space Task Force. We CITIZEN SCIENCE educational resources by visiting: http://www.cbd.
Anonymous (3) Office hours 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Front desk 253-565-9278 will work with diverse stakeholders, cities, and agen- Last but not least, in 2010 we carry on several citizen int/2010/about/
Peggy Kopf/Pat Mail
Jane Brosius

Spring 2010 ACOW

Jean McCord
Helen Engle Guy and Cecile Montgomery Tahoma Audubon Staff
Bryan Flint
Green Drinks

Gary and Sharon Nestegard
John Garner/Caroline Harris
Flint, Bryan Executive Director                        
Melissa and Jamie Paulson 253-565-9129 March 19-21, Our Theme: Your Backyard – It’s Habitat! Guest
Thelma and Chuck Gilmur Donna Cooper Pepos* Speaker: Russell Link, author of Landscaping for Wildlife in the Pacific
Marjorie Griffin* Sarah C. Sloat Kyer, Krystal Conservation Coordinator Northwest and Living with Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. Tahoma Audubon Society is hosting organizations to talk about what is
Noel & Bill Hagens Beatrice E. Thompson* 253-232-9978                     The Spring 2010 ACOW meeting will be hosted by Rainier Audubon Green Drinks in March! going on in our community, share
Frances Heidner* Darby Veeck/Kristin Lynett (South King County). Hospitality is through San Juan Island Audubon. We will be meeting Thursday, ideas, and have fun!
David R. Hirst *Deceased Swaim, Stephanie Education Coordinator It will be based at Hawthorn Suites, 6329 So. 212th St., Kent March 4, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at Happy Hour will be extended to 253-327-9480 WA 98032. Hawthorn Suites is offering a special Woody's on the Water, located at 7pm for our party, so make
discount of $79/night for a large double room, 1715 Dock Street, Tacoma. sure to arrive before
Kesinger, Cami Development Coordinator which includes a full buffet breakfast. They Come visit with us and other GREEN then for a bargain!
have set aside a block of 30 rooms for meet- 253-565-9129                      
ing attendees at this rate. To reserve a room,
Taylor, Graham Volunteer Coordinator 253-565-1884 please contact the hotel at (253) 395-3800 or
visit their website at the address below, which

The Great Backyard Bird Count
should provide you with the $79 rate:
Benton, Ken Education Intern 253-565-1884 info?sid=&p_brandBH&p_pid=30824&as_srp=LKRA
If you wish to camp, there is a KOA just a block away at 5801 So. Grab your binoculars and join us for the Great Backyard Bird Count at the

Tahoma Audubon Board Officers 212th St. in Kent. Website is at and Chambers Creek Properties! All ages and skill levels are welcome to join staff
phone number is (253) 872-8652. and volunteers to count birds along Grandview and Soundview Trails, the
John Garner President BIRDING ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY Chambers Creek Canyon, and the grounds in the vicinity of the ESB.
Marjorie Shea Vice President SATURDAY
Refreshments will be provided. The Great Backyard Bird Count
Hawthorn Suites is adjacent to the Green River Natural Resource
Jane Brosius Secretary Area (aka Kent Ponds). We will offer a birding field trip to the area on is an annual event led by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Kathleen Nelson Treasurer Saturday morning, March 20. and National Audubon Society. Volunteers across North
SUNDAY America count birds in their area during the four-day
Tahoma Audubon Board Members 2009 Charlie Wright will lead a field trip on Sunday morning, focusing event. Each checklist submitted helps researchers
on Birds Along Puget Sound Waterways. learn more about how the birds are doing —
Thelma Gilmur Ione Clagett Matt Knox will lead a field trip to the Green River Natural
and how to protect them.
Dick Carkner
Melissa Paulson Resource Area (aka Kent Ponds).
Carol Schulz will lead a trip along Hylebos Creek, which winds Saturday, February 13th, 9:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
Marcus Roening
Bill Smith
from Federal Way all the way down to Commencement Bay in Environmental Services Building, Training Room
Peggy L. Kopf Tanja Scott Tacoma. 9850 64th Street West, University Place
Darby Veeck Charles Griffin Adele Freeland will take us to see the birds and wildlife at Shadow
Lake Bog, a unique 90+ acre restored peat bog in Renton. Please RSVP to Sheryl Purdy by Feb. 10.
For more information and a downloadable registration form, go to:
The Towhee is a publication of the Tahoma Audubon Society. The Towhee is published monthly, ten times a year, with and may be sent by e-mail, disk, or typed. E-mail submissions Or contact Nancy or (253) 798-4141
The Tahoma Audubon Society was chartered in 1969. TAS combined Jul/Aug and Dec/Jan issues. Submissions of articles to Editor: David Cohn Streiffert, (253) 796-2203 or
advocates for the protection of wildlife and promotes conserva- and photographs of birds, bird lore, natural history, conserva- Mailing: Vera & John Cragin and Winfield Giddings For more information about
Please note: To assure the success of this conference, we require that the Great Backyard Bird
tion through education and activities that enrich its member’s tion, and environmental education are reviewed and considered Design & Layout: Robert Kelton: robert_kelton@
at least 40 people be registered by February 15, or we will have to Count project, please visit
experiences in and with the natural world. for inclusion by the editor. Copy is due by the 15th of the month Printing: Consolidated Press
cancel this meeting and refund all registration fees.

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Education Matters field trips and Events
How to spend more time outside February
Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually
Great Backyard Bird Count - Batkers
Sun Feb 14, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Chambers Creek Canyon Rim
10 things you can do to get the children in your life outdoors. Wed Feb 3 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Call TAS to register (253-565-9278). Some trips
are people limited out of necessity.
Feb. 14, Sunday, 9:00-11:00. 
Wed Feb 10 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Birders Ken and Nell Batker will lead the crash course and
This is the hardest near your school. Build community with your child’s backyard! Exploring the backyard from the perspective
Wed Feb 17 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Notify TAS 24 hours in advance if you cannot come. count at the Wear home on the Chambers Creek Canyon
time of year to think class and instill in them a love of nature.  Can’t go of the family dog and cat creates a new admiration for
Wed Feb 24 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM rim.  First 4 to call will get chance to participate.
about spending more along but want to share nature with your child’s the patch of grass between the fence and the porch.  Field trip leaders put in a lot of time and planning and
Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Please see above entry for details.
time outdoors. Days classroom? Purchase a field trip or classroom 8. Plant a garden. no-shows disrupt field trips. More than 3 no-shows a
Leader: Phil Kelley.  
are short (but they presentation for the class from the Tacoma Nature Follow in the footsteps of First Lady Michelle year can result in revoking opportunity to participate.
Birdwalk hikes changed in spring, 2009.  The boardwalk Great Backyard Bird Count -Engle
are getting longer!), Center! A naturalist from Tahoma Audubon or Tacoma Obama’s kitchen garden and plant a vegetable or herb
loop, including the twin barns and riparian overlook, Arrive at the meeting place early. Mon. Feb 15, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
the skies are gray and Nature Center will lead the class in nature exploration.  garden in your backyard, at your child’s school, or take
are now the only areas open to the public due to Location: Engle Residence
the air is cold (but it 4. Follow the AAP’s guidelines. part in an urban community garden plot. School or No pets are allowed.
construction related to dike removal. Even so, bird Feb. 15, Monday, 10:00-12:00.  Master Birders will
stephanieSWAIM will be warm and Limit TV and video games to 1-2 hours a day!  home food gardens teach kids how to be smart about
watching has been good. Join Phil on his weekly bird Be prepared for seasonal weather. lead this crash course and count at the Engle home's
sunny soon!).  We The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no nature, nutrition, and make better food choices. Take
Education Coordinator walks as he counts the birds at Nisqually NWR. The backyard sanctuary.  Lunch will be served by Helen
know that we feel more than 1-2 hours of quality programming per day. advantage of whatever small amount of outdoor space
Call Steph @ 253-327-9480. Or group takes the boardwalk/trail loop out to the Twin Bring lunch, drinks and snacks if the field trip is Engle.  First 10 to call will participate. We'll be waiting
better when we go Just think of how much more time your child will have to which you have access and experiment with a outside for even a Barns, the Nisqually overlook   area, and the riparian scheduled past mid-day. to hear from you! Please see above entry for details
for unstructured, imagination-fueled play time outside!  vegetable, herb, or plant garden. It’s a great way to
area, totaling about 2 miles. Bring: Good walking
short amount of time. 5. Take a daily or weekly family walk. learn about nature alongside your children and get your All passengers divide total carpooling expenses.
shoes or boots, raingear, water, snacks, and $3   for Plant Walk at Adriana Hess Wetland Park
The same is true for the children in our lives.  Research In the evenings after dinner, go for a nice family stroll hands dirty in rich soil.
entry fee unless you have a pass.  Scopes are welcome. Current guidelines are 20 cents a mile per car, not Mon Feb 15 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
shows that children who spend time outdoors in creative with your kids. A walk around the neighborhood, 9. Buy a field guide.
Meet: At the Visitor’s Center. including driver. Enjoy a guided plant walk through the park!
play tend to focus better, get less bored, and exhibit better saying hello to neighbors, pointing out flowers or birds, Field guides make every walk in the park an educational
Directions:  Take I-5 south from Tacoma and exit to
health habits.  Here, from the website, are and catching up on the days’ events is a great way to experience! A good quality field or nature guide helps Beginners are always welcome. Family Walk at Adriana Hess Park
Nisqually NWR at exit 114.  Take a right at the light.
ten ways that you can spread the benefits of a healthy spend quality time with your kids outside and get a you name and identify what you find outside. Guides Sun Feb 28, 2010 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Sign-up:   Call or email Phil Kelley to confirm Have fun.
outdoor life to the children whom you love, and ideas how little exercise together.  During the winter evenings can teach you about the favorite foods of the animals or A family program to encourage families to appreciate
details.   Phil Kelley, Lacey, (360) 459-1499,
Tahoma Audubon and Tacoma Nature Center can help! when the darkness comes early walk with flashlights. the flowering and fruiting times of plants. That walk the park by providing information with a guided
1.  Be a role model! Even on well-lit streets flashlights fuel a sense of around the block can become an educational experience Birder Betty Jones will lead at Mary Blyton's home in walking tour. Call Dixie Harris for details 564-6373
Nisqually NWR has started a 3-4 year estuary
  Remember, children will get excited about something adventure!  for you and your children. Both Tahoma Audubon and Puyallup, overlooking the Orting Valley.  Mary will
reconstruction project.   For more information about
when you are genuinely excited about it, too! Model 6. Register your child for an outdoor summer camp. Tacoma Nature Center sell the highest quality field furnish a 10:30 brunch.The first 6 to call will get a March
trail closures for the reconstruction project, go to http://
the behavior you want your children to emulate. Tahoma Audubon and Tacoma Nature Center hold guides for young learners. Check us out! chance to participate. Free, but we encourage non- and click on Events and
Demonstrate your own curiosity about nature sharing summer camps for 4-12 year-olds from mid-June to the 10. Link up with local or national organizations! members to take out an introductory membership for Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually
News. During reconstruction, some trails are closed.
what you love to do in the outdoors with your kids. You end of August. Our day camps are held outdoors at • Children and Nature Network the family at $20.00 ($15.00 seniors or students.) Wed Mar 3 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM
can model respect for nature through simple everyday Adriana Hess Wetland Park and Snake Lake Park. Our • Boy Scouts The national count is in its thirteenth year and Tahoma Wed Mar 10 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Skagit Birding Trip
activities like recycling and not littering. Sharing your staff are passionate about guiding youth in creative • Girl Scouts Audubon will for the ninth year have its special crash Wed Mar 17 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Sat Feb 6, 2010 from 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM
natural interests is the best motivation a child can have outdoor play and nature exploration. Additionally, the • Outward Bound course led by a Master Birder, the count, and a meal Wed Mar 24 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Join Bruce LaBar for a day of birding in Skagit – THE
to participate.   American Camp Association has hundreds of great • Wildlife Conservation Society each day of Presidents' Day weekend. Wed Mar 31 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM
destination for winter birding. Expect to see birds of
2. Plan surprise outdoor adventures!  outdoor camps that your child can attend across the • Earth Explore Adventures Please call Tahoma Audubon Society, 253-565-9278, Location: Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Leader:
prey – Red-tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles, falcons --  as
Every Sunday, or once a month, plan a surprise country or in your region. Give them a dose of the • National Audubon Society or Thelma Gilmur, 253-564-8210, to sign up or get Phil Kelley.
well as Snow Geese and Swans. We usually enjoy
outdoor trip with your kids. You could go to your local outdoors, a chance to make new friends, and fall in love and Tahoma Audubon Society! contact information for leaders and meals. Call early to See earlier description for details.
ducks, alcids and loons as well. Bring warm clothes
river, beach, forest, nature preserve, or city park! with nature during summer vacation this year. Camps • Into the Outside sign up so hosts will know how much food to plan
and sunglasses, and a lunch.
Planning surprise family fun time builds kids’ cost as little as $90 per week. • Ecological Literacy Program on. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
Meet: 6:30am at the Sound Transit/Tacoma Dome
excitement for the next adventure, and helps demonstrate 7.  Go camping!  • Geography Action   Sat Mar 6 8:00am to approximately noon.
Station parking garage, located at 610 Puyallup Ave
how you value your time with them. State and national parks are being used less and less • Sierra Club Great Backyard Bird Count - Art Wong Leader: Shep Thorp. Check out the changes on the
(Puyallup Ave & G) in Tacoma. We will carpool from
3. Organize a monthly outing with your child’s school. every year. Grab your tent, sleeping bag, and camp • The Society for Amateur Scientist Sat Feb 13, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM NEW DIKE and get reacquainted with this local jewel. 
here. Call the TAS office at 253-565-9278 to sign up.
  Be the parent who plans the monthly outing with stove and teach your child how to camp! Camping in • National Environmental Directory  Location: Commencement Bay Area We will be looking for raptors, bittern/heron, waterfowl,
families in your child’s class. Exploring the great national parks is a great cost-effective family vacation Remember, even ten minutes spent exploring the Bird Walk at Adriana Hess Wetland Park Feb. 13, Saturday, 9:00-11:00.  Birder Art Wang will owl, shrike, shorebirds, gulls, passerines and migrants. 
outdoors can be easier and closer than you think. Trips that can fun and educational. Go out and enjoy local outdoors on the grayest, drizzliest days provides the Mon Feb 8 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM prepare brunch and lead the crash course and count in We will meet at the Visitor Center Pond Overlook at
can include beaches, local preserves, state parks, or parks or take a road trip and discover national treasure type of positive stimulation to calm, focus, and restore Enjoy a guided bird walk through the park! the Commencement Bay area across from his home. 8am. The walk is approximately 2 miles, please wear
even fly fishing! Do some research on beautiful areas around the country.  Don’t have time? Camp in the your child’s busy mind, as well as yours. Have fun! Please see above entry for details. warm clothing and be prepared for rain.  It can become

Education Highlights
Great Backyard Bird Count -   breezy and cold on the dike. Bring drinks and snacks. 
Betty Jones & Mary Blyton Great Backyard Bird Count - Chambers Creek Scopes are encouraged. Directions: http://www.fws.
Fri  Feb 12, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Sat Feb 13, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM gov/nisqually/  Sign up:  Contact Shep Thorp, sthorp@
The Greater Tacoma Community supports The NEW Volunteer Naturalist Training Intermediate Birding Course begins Location: Mary Blyton's in Puyallup See details on page 3., 253-370-3742.
the OSPREY Club for another year! Workshops attracts the m asses! February 1 at the Tacoma Nature Center

class Schedule
We would like to thank the Greater Tacoma Community Tuesday, January 12th  and Saturday, January 16th  we Fred Matthaei will be teaching the NEW Intermediate
Foundation for supporting The OSPREY After-School held our first Volunteer Naturalist Training workshops Birding Class at the Tacoma Nature Center on Monday
Environmental Club programs for 2010 through their with a full house. Over 40 people registered for these evenings from February 1 through February 22, 7-9 p.m.
Vibrant Community Grantmaking Program. Their support trainings and we still had a waiting list of thirty. This He brings a wealth of knowledge about local birds as well February field guide and binocular use desired. In Homeschool students explore science Snake Lake Science Club
allows us to directly reach over 100 youth in the Fife, overwhelming response tells us that the people of Pierce as years of experience birding in our area. This course is February
addition to scheduled classes there are through hands-on experiments and Feb 16 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Tacoma, and University Place School Districts. The and Thurston counties are primed and ready to share their designed for the graduates of our Beginning Birding and Adriana Hess Park Photography class two field trips planned: a day trip to activities. Register Early - these classes
youth participate in hands-on environmental lessons and passion for nature with the people in their community. We Basic Birding classes.  Fred will be building on what you Mon Feb 1, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Morse Wildlife Preserve on Feb. 6, and fill quickly! Note - topics are repeated Intermediate Homeschool Science
activities and draw from these lessons the knowledge they introduced ourselves with stories of our first memories of have learned from Marcus and Rolan, as well as Location: Adriana Hess Park. An adult a day trip to Henderson Bay Feb. 27. during the month, so select class “Mountains: Top to Bottom”
need to also promote and lead restoration and conservation being outside. Everyone spoke longingly of the days they introducing you to more birding areas during field trips, program encouraging people to Both field Trips are from 8-noon. appropriate for your child’s knowledge Thu Feb 18 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and
service projects in their schoolyards and neighborhoods. climbed trees, watched birds, explored under rocks and and heightening your bird identification skills. This appreciate nature and how they can and abilities. Contact Margie for more 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation is a trusted- fished or hunted with their parents. And everyone noted course is also perfect for avid backyard birders who wish Location: Tacoma Nature Center.
incorporate it into their photography. Budding Scientists information at 591-6439 or marjories@
partner with the Pierce County community, fostering that their primary reasons for attending the workshops to expand their scope of knowledge and veteran birders Homeschool students explore science
Call Dixie Harris for details 564-6373. “Alpine Exploration” Beginning science
generosity by connecting people who care with causes were to learn more about the natural areas they visit who are new to this area and want to learn which birds through hands-on experiments and
Wed Feb, 10 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM students should be able to add and
that matter. Established in 1981, the Community frequently and to pass on their excitement for nature to live here. To sign up for this course, please register at the activities. Register Early - these classes
Intermediate Birder’s Class and 3:15 to 4:45 PM subtract numbers.
Foundation provides individuals, families, and others. Tacoma Nature Center by calling 253-591-6439. Fees: fill quickly! Note - topics are repeated
Feb 1, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Location: Adriana Hess Audubon
corporations with the resources and expertise to connect Thank you to all of the new volunteer naturalists who $50.00 for members of Tahoma Audubon Society; $65.00 during the month, so select class
February 8, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Center. Ages 5-7, $9.00 per student. Nature Alphabet
their own values with the philanthropic intent of their have committed to share their experience with our for nonmembers.   Membership may be added to your appropriate for your child’s knowledge
February 15, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Young homeschoolers and other children “U is for Underground”
choosing. For more information, visit their website students and families. This is only the beginning of how registration for $20.00 which will give you discounts on and abilities. Contact Margie with
February 22, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM begin science and nature exploration Feb 12, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
at or call (253) 383-5622.   inspiring your life as an environmental educator will be! this and future classes for one year. questions or for more information at 591-
Location: Tacoma Nature Center. through games, walks, and crafts. Location: Tacoma Nature Center.
Graduates of our Beginning Birding Register at least two days prior to the Preschoolers explore different nature 6439 or
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1919 South Tyler Street, 2917 Morrison Road W.,
University Pl. WA 98466 veteran birders new to the area will love nature walks and crafts at the Tacoma Science Students should be able to
Tacoma WA 98338
253-591-6439 253-565-9278 this class! Our expert birding instructor Beginning Homeschool Science Nature Center. Adult participation is multiply and divide numbers, add and
Open Tues. – Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. will guide you to a cache of birding “Seasons of Mt. Tahoma” recommended, children under four subtract fractions.
Open Mon – Sat. 10a.m.-1p.m.
& Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. areas in the  South Sound region and Thu Feb 11, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and require an adult present. Please note
Class schedule
introduce you to a variety of birds in a 1:00 PM to 3 PM alternating times. Register by the Saturday
Check our websites for the latest updates on classes and schedules. wide range of habitats. Knowledge of Location: Tacoma Nature Center before class. 253-591-6439.
continued on page 11.

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Christmas Bird Count 2009
American Dipper Thank you to all that participated
Golden-crowned Kinglet 112 53 149 72 6 98 4 34 528
in this year's Christmas Bird Count!
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6 2 20 31 23 3 10 95
Townsend's Solitaire
AREA 1 - Leader: Art
Area 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Boat Total
Wang. Joe McGuire,
American Coot 3 31 13 704 751 Hermit Thrush 1 4 1 6
Ken Brown, Ryan
Species Black-bellied Plover American Robin 13 89 520 206 10 266 124 195 1423
Weise, Edie Kroha,
Red-throated Loon 1 14 15 Killdeer 5 2 7 Varied Thrush 2 3 18 15 1 39 Lindsay Raab, Joe
Pacific Loon 1 32 33 Greater Yellowlegs American Pipit McCaffery, Robert
Common Loon 1 1 10 12 Spotted Sandpiper 1 1 Cedar Waxwing 17 8 25 McCaffery-Lent, Rob
loon sp. Ruddy Turnstone Northern Shrike 1 1 McNair-Huff.
Pied-billed Grebe 5 3 66 2 76 Black Turnstone 3 19 22 European Starling 140 322 304 463 81 55 167 652 2184 AREA 2 - Leader:
Horned Grebe 13 16 42 11 1 2 52 137 Sanderling Area 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Boat Total Faye McAdams
Red-necked Grebe 4 3 7 8 217 239 Western Sandpiper Hands. Margie
Slaydek, Shep Thorpe,
Eared Grebe 64 64 Least Sandpiper Hutton's Vireo
Adele Free-land, Lucia
Western Grebe 255 53 66 1 1136 1511 Dunlin 1 1 Orange-crowned Warbler Faithfull, Roger
Clark's Grebe 2 2 calidris sp. Yellow-rumped Warbler 3 30 1 34 Orness, Joe Terlouw, Carol Schulz. AREA 3 - Leader: Diane
Dbl-crested Cormorant 41 78 205 17 140 6 258 745 Long-billed Dowitcher …..Audubon's subsp. Yorgason-Quinn. Carol Smith, Jeff Feagin, Terry Mace, Melissa
Brandt's Cormorant 21 286 307 dowitcher sp. …..Myrtle's subsp. Sherwood, Kathy Best, Wayne & Ashlee Jackson, Pat Damron,
Pelagic Cormorant 7 76 1 198 282 Wilson's (Common) Snipe Townsend's Warbler 1 1 1 5 8 David Kulman, Ronnie Kulman, Nora Miller, Carole Breedlove, John
Green Heron 1 1 sandpiper sp. warbler sp. Riegsecker. AREA 4 - Leader: Roxy & Bill Giddings. Winfield
American Bittern 1 1 Parasitic Jaeger Giddings, Denis DeSilvis, Ken, Nell & Dave Batker, Donna & Richard
Spotted Towhee 8 12 60 28 7 17 2 19 153
LaCasse, Fred Tobiason, Charles Griffin. AREA 5 – Leader: Rolan
Great Blue Heron 32 5 12 3 5 4 2 16 79 Little Gull *American Tree Sparrow
Nelson. JoAnne Saul, John English, Fred Mattai, Kelly & Mark Stave,
Trumpeter Swan 5 5 Bonaparte's Gull 210 12 7 1660 1889 Savannah Sparrow
Sarah Mielke, Sue Summers, Bill Ludwig. AREA 6 – Leader: Marcus
Tundra Swan Heermann's Gull Fox Sparrow 6 17 27 24 19 6 4 4 107 Roening. Wayne Slaydek, Greg Pluth, John Bipond, Ian Kaminsky,
Canada Goose 122 106 156 99 820 91 158 46 1598 Mew Gull 27 473 7 8 50 1384 1949 Song Sparrow 12 63 78 58 39 10 3 31 294 Ed Sakai, Beverly, Byron Blount. AREA 7 – Leaders: Shelley Parker,
Cackling Goose 68 1 204 2 275 Ring-billed Gull 1 36 6 2 1 46 Lincoln's Sparrow 4 1 5 Bryan Hanson. Mike & Carolyn Hanson. AREA 8 – Leader: Ruth
Greater Wh.Frnted Goose California Gull 2 2 2 1 7 *Swamp Sparrow Sullivan. Jody Hess, Rosanne Becker, Joann Simms, Annie Meyers.
Wood Duck 146 88 234 Herring Gull 3 3 *White-throated Sparrow 1 1 BOAT – Cpt. Robin Paterson & tugboat “Joe”, Bruce LaBar, Charlie
Thayer's Gull 1 92 1 2 96 Golden-crowned Sparrow 12 7 47 8 30 7 25 136
Wright, Marian Snyder, Peter Wimberger.
Green-winged Teal 92 3 2 18 4 119
Mallard 42 155 110 128 215 1014 185 24 1873 Western Gull 1 1 1 3 White-crowned Sparrow 9 1 10
Northern Pintail 2 1 4 24 31 Glaucous-winged Gull 143 1579 165 164 36 17 276 14 2394 Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 35 68 619 257 37 27 23 96 1162
Cinnamon Teal W. X Glaucous-winged [103] [21] [2] [82] [7] [266] [481] ….. slate-colored subsp. [4] [4]
Northern Shoveler 4 330 4 1 339 gull species [900] [1] [18] [919] Red-winged Blackbird 175 140 12 19 475 821
Gadwall 13 21 24 6 64 Common Murre 6 6 Western Meadowlark 2 2
Eurasian Wigeon 1 2 2 3 8 Pigeon Guillemot 1 1 173 175 Brewer's Blackbird 75 14 38 15 142
American Wigeon 80 458 180 147 61 39 14 130 212 1321 Ancient Murrelet blackbird sp.
Canvasback 23 23 Marbled Murrelet Brown-headed Cowbird
Redhead Rhinocerous Auklet 1 2 20 23 Purple Finch 1 1 1 3
Ring-necked Duck 5 7 37 5 419 7 480 alcid sp. House Finch 18 64 32 26 26 10 79 255
Greater Scaup 79 9 88 Area 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Boat Total Red Crossbill 15 27 42
Lesser Scaup 1 104 1 106 Species Pine Siskin 300 100 186 44 630
scaup sp. [1] [1] Rock Pigeon 92 84 33 189 58 121 46 240 863 American Goldfinch 25 10 16 1 52
Harlequin Duck 4 6 10 Band-tailed Pigeon 2 5 7 Evening Grosbeak
Long-tailed Duck 4 9 13 Mourning Dove 1 18 1 20 finch sp.
Tugboat Joe embarks on the water route of our CBC. Pictured are Bruce
Black Scoter Barn Owl House Sparrow 10 32 19 108 28 25 3 20 245 LaBar, Marian LaBar, Captain Robin, Peter Wimberger, and Charlie Wright.
Surf Scoter 20 14 43 19 40 14 556 706 Western Screech-Owl 1 1
More pic
Great Horned Owl 1 4 1 6 s
White-winged Scoter 40 40 from the
scoter sp. Short-eared Owl on back
Common Goldeneye 4 87 63 1 18 99 4 15 286 577 No. Saw-whet Owl
Barrow's Goldeneye 99 80 36 2 1 3 117 338 Barred Owl 1 1
goldeneye sp. [1] [1] Anna's Hummingbird 6 7 22 8 1 3 9 56
Bufflehead 1 28 83 7 41 87 22 22 350 641 Belted Kingfisher 1 2 13 1 3 2 1 2 25
Hooded Merganser 1 6 24 18 7 50 13 4 2 125 Red-breasted Sapsucker 1 1 1 3
Ashlee Jackson Charlie Wright Annie Myers California Sea Lion, a scary look at things to come? Photos/Diane Yorgason-Quinn
Common Merganser 9 161 7 7 98 26 66 374 sapsucker sp.
Downy Woodpecker 4 3 6 1 1 1 2 18
way, but as the famous Herschel of the Ballard year to bird with teenagers who really impressed us
... CBC
Red-breast. Merganser 3 4 38 4 2 1 174 226
merganser sp. Hairy Woodpecker 2 1 2 1 6 Locks several years ago reminded us, these strays with their young eyes and ears (and made us realize
Ruddy Duck 45 45 Northern Flicker (red sh.) 6 24 49 26 9 7 8 21 150 from page 1 from California can easily affect the local food fish ours are not what they once were!). Ruth and team-
Area 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Boat Total (yellow shafted/int.) populations. We may be happy to have our increas- mate Jody Hess had Annie Myers along, whose
Species Pileated Woodpecker 2 3 1 2 1 9 week later and threw herself into that count all day as ing Anna’s Hummingbirds as they expand their fresh senses found lots of birds for the team. I was
Bald Eagle, adult 10 6 2 2 1 4 11 36 *Tree Swallow well! When I asked her whether bad weather would range northward, and maybe even the fortunate to have Ashlee Jackson
swallow species have stopped her, she said, “Absolutely not! I spend Scrub Jays, but not every species will on my team. I have birded with her
Bald Eagle, immature 1 1
time outside every day, and so do the birds.” We’re be as welcome. Should we be wor- off and on since she was 14. She is
Northern Harrier Horned Lark
sure glad to have Kathy in our group now, and she’s ried? Meanwhile on tugboat Joe, the able to triangulate in on those chip
Steller's Jay 6 17 23 33 4 2 4 89
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 3 1 1 1 7
stuck for sure now for the rest of her life or until the crew observed Steller’s sea lions, a notes that I just don’t pick up as
Cooper's Hawk 3 4 3 1 1 1 1 14 Western Scrub-Jay 3 3 20 5 1 5 4 41
200th annual CBC. species coming back from endangered well these days. When a new call
Accipiter sp. American Crow 140 287 405 419 96 190 91 467 1 2096 There were other critters besides birds out there, status – quite an interesting sea mam- is identified for her, she owns it
Red-tailed Hawk 1 7 1 9 3 1 6 3 31 Common Raven too! Wayne Jackson, his granddaughter, Ashlee, age mal day for the Tahoma CBC. from that moment on. And of
Rough-legged Hawk Black-capped Chickadee 28 75 91 205 32 59 12 78 580 17, and I stood on the old ferry landing at the mouth The first 110 years of the Christmas course there’s Charlie Wright, bird-
American Kestrel 1 1 Chestnut-bk.Chickadee 15 32 93 33 8 15 1 197 of Gig Harbor and witnessed a mob of Glaucous- Bird Count can serve as some kind of ing with us since he was 12, now in
Merlin 1 1 Bushtit 48 10 74 4 68 14 218 winged gulls attacking something in the water. proof that this project will outlive us college and a well-known world-
Peregrine Falcon 1 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch 7 1 40 27 4 4 3 3 89 Turned out to be TWO California sea lions! Although all. Tahoma Audubon’s band of class birder! Don’t call him The
Brown Creeper 1 2 1 2 4 1 1 12
apparently being “attacked,” these lions would throw counters includes counters of every Kid anymore! He was on our boat
Ring-necked Pheasant 1 1
their large fishes up in the air and snatch them again age group as new generations con- route again this year and did his
Ruffed Grouse Bewick's Wren 6 3 17 28 1 4 10 69
right out of the Gulls’ clutches! This is the second tinue to get involved and eventually usual yeoman’s job of not letting
Winter Wren 3 6 16 19 5 4 53
California Quail 5 5 year we’ve had that experience at that same spot. cycle through to become the old tim- anything go unidentified. The
Virginia Rail 1 1 Marsh Wren 2 2 2 1 7 Ashlee said it was the highlight of her day, and it was ers of the future. Ruth Sullivan and I Photo/Bryan Hansen future is here now, and we really
Sora wren sp. certainly exciting in a Romans-versus-Gladiator both had the great good fortune this Bittern. know it when we do a CBC!

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2010 Page 7
Winter Bird Survival Challenge Calling all birders!
Just the other day... Tahoma Audubon in November 1984 How are they surviving the season?
How do birds withstand wicked winter weather and other
Birdathon 2010 is “In the Wings”
locations around the tideflats; contami- Tahoma Audubon’s third program in the Nature daily threats to survival, even in warmer climates? A new
By Helen Engle

nants in storm drain effluents; dumping Images series is Celebration of Life, a multi-media environmental challenge from the Celebrate Urban Birds Each year, dedicated and enthusiastic bird- resource available to us.
Ken Brown’s report of the 1984 by small businesses who are unaware show by Mark Fey using six projectors to explore
project at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites participants ers join us for Birdathon, our most suc- The only way to reach or (even) exceed
Christmas Bird Count showed 116 of proper disposal methods. nature from the North Cascades to the western des-
to show how birds are surviving in their neighborhoods this cessful and most fun event of the year! our goal is to bring in about 75 new indi-
winter. It can be a photo, artwork, video, even a story or a
For new members, birders start by con- viduals in addition to our current base of
species, 42,660 individuals. Years Ago Other issues are NOT under study, erts in Alaskan high country. Our series was at PLU’s poem describing how birds are finding the food, water, and
tacting family, friends and co-workers birders. This is where we need your help!
Numbers were down for Western including: effects of pollutants on migra- Chris Knutzen Hall, organized by Thelma Gilmur. shelter they need. People of all ages can participate as well
as groups such as schools, libraries, clubs, and businesses.
to get pledges or donations. Next, bird- Do you have a friend, a neighbor or a
Grebe, Pintail (way down), ducks gen- tory and midwater fish such as salmon Miscellaneous reporting in the Towhee: Bud
Celebrate Urban Birds is a free, year-round citizen-science ers choose an exciting and adventurous co-worker who might be interested in
erally, Killdeer, Bonapartes, California and and cod; the chemical state or speciation of Anderson and Bob Mendick researched hawk
project focused on birds in neighborhood settings. birding field trip guided by experienced joining you?
Mew Gulls, Mourning Dove, Red-breasted Nuthatch the metal contamination (some forms are much migration at Cape Flattery. They sighted some
Prizes include a pair of Eagle Optics binoculars, bird feed- and knowledgeable volunteer leaders. Do you know of a school or other youth
and White-crowned Sparrow. Interesting sightings; more toxic than others); extensive groundwater 2600 hawks – the high for a single day being 556 ers, a birdsong calendar, books, posters, cards and more. There are lots of field trip options that include nearby group that might be interested in an outdoor experi-
one White-fronted Goose, nine Anna’s monitoring. A series of public meetings is being individual birds. Working with the Falcon Research The first 50 entrants will receive a copy of the "Little Green places, or even an overnight trip to Eastern Washington! ence?
Hummingbirds, ten owls of four species, two Scrub scheduled to learn how or what the alternatives for Group they are planning to establish and operate a Places" poster and selected images and videos will be post- The birders count bird species on the trip and then Does your business or company care about the envi-
Jays, 45 Bohemian Waxwings, and one Orange- cleanup might be. Will Commencement Bay raptor banding station in 1986 to learn more about ed on the Celebrate Urban Birds website. report their sightings to their sponsors who in turn, send ronment and want a fun way to build team morale in a
How to enter:
crowned Warbler. Ken thanked the 48 birders who become cleaner, or, possibly, dirtier in the future? this newly discovered hawk migration route. their pledge payments to us. competitive activity?
1. Email entries to If you submit a
volunteered to make the count a big success, and Field trips included Point Defiance five-mile hike on Thais Bock’s “Word on Birds” reported a Yellow- All the money collected from Birdathon goes direct- Do members of your Church or club want a fun
video, post it on YouTube and send us the link.
Helen Engle for the tally dinner. the woodland trails with Elmer Price; the monthly billed Loon seen from a ferry to Vashon (SAS hot- 2. Write “Survival_yourfirstname yourlastname yourstate”
ly toward our mission of connecting people to nature. activity to do as a group?
Audubon member Dr. Sheri census at Nisqually Refuge with Wally Wilkins; long line); a Snowy Owl stayed several days on the far in the subject line. We continue to be dedicated to protecting wildlife, its If you are already a Birdathon birder, are there other
Tonn, Associate Professor of walk on the Carbon River from McMillen Grange with end of St. Regis dock on the tideflats (Stan Johnson); 3. Include your mailing address in your email habitat and the environment so future generations can resources you think we should tap?
Chemistry at Pacific Lutheran Cathy Jerbic; a family walk and some discovery Ken Brown’s birding class saw eight Snowy Owls 4. Explain why you submitted your entry—describe your get outside to explore and learn about nature. Let’s make it happen! If everyone recruited one or
University, spoke at the monthly games at Puget Park led by Thelma Gilmur; joining on Skagit flats; Cattle Egret in a pasture near winter conditions and what you observe the birds doing. Last year, Birdathon brought in about $35,000 which two new birders, we’d be there! Let’s not leave any
meeting on the subject “Who is the WA Native Plant Society for a program on Mt. St. Nisqually NWR (George
5. One entry per person, please. was short of our $40,000 goal. Our goal again this year stone unturned, and I will do my best to communicate
Dr.Sheri Tonn Deadline for entries is February 15, 2010 is $40,000. I can’t stress enough how incredibly criti- our progress along the way.
Watching Commencement Bay?”. Helens, hostessed by Ellen Lindholdt. The Walter); two White-throated Visit the Celebrate Urban Birds website for more informa- cal it is for us to reach this goal in 2010. Everyone is Until then, thank you for your efforts for Birdathons
She described the Bay’s toxic “hot spots” in the bot- “Flowering Native Plants Identification Class” by Sparrows spending the win- tion, to see entries for past challenges, and to read the
aware of the financial situation our organization faces. past, and especially for Birdathon 2010!
tom sediments, contaminated areas along the Mary Fries is scheduled for March through May, at ter around Carole Sheridan’s terms of agreement for all entries.
It is just a reality of the economy. Happy Birding!
shoreline, invertebrates with high body levels of Contact: Karen Purcell, Project Leader, (607) 254-2455, ur-
the University of Puget Sound. feeders with the other birds;
We are confident that things will turn around if we Cami Kesinger
toxic chemicals and diseased bottom fish. The Towhee listed workshops and conferences: and in spite of sub-freezing continue to work hard and utilize each and every Development Coordinator
Researchers at NOAA, the EPA and consultants for Mammals of the PNW, by naturalist Jim Scearce temperature Georgia
the Department of Ecology have done studies and runs for six Thursdays at James Sales school; 6th Ramsey saw a Violet-green
identified the sites and types of contamination: The
tar pits between the Puyallup River and the Tacoma
annual Klamath Basin Bald Eagle Conference co-
sponsored by Klamath Basin Audubon and National
Swallow near
Steilacoom on January 15!
Lake Helen Engle
from days of yore.
central sewage treatment plant; bag house fly ash Audubon; Grass Identification Workshop by Feedback, comments and reminiscences welcome, Mary A. Fries Lloyd Charles Morse
high in arsenic which has been used as fill at various Washington Native Plant Society. 253-564-3112, May 13, 1924 – December 18, 2009 May 1, 1920 – November 21, 2009
Mary Fries grew up in Lewis County, special notes on invasive exotics. A Legacy and How it Grew
South West Washington, enjoying and study- She was sought out by land management The Morse Wildlife Preserve and all it encompasses in 2010 were made pos-
the ing the waysides and flora of the area even professionals as the leading activist focusing sible in 1995 by the original gift of 53 acres from Maxine and her husband, Cmdr.

quizzical 1. The Common Loon is the state bird of which midwestern state.
as a child. Her education continued at
Marylhurst College in Oregon, and she
on the conservation of Washington’s flora.
Her knowledge of invasive plants led to an
(Ret.) Lloyd Morse, both longtime Audubon Society members. A donation of
land could not be accepted by Audubon but Thelma Gilmur directed Lloyd and

graduated from the UW School of appointment on the Citizen Advisory Maxine to the local land trust – Tahoma (now Cascade) Land Conservancy.
2. Among shorebirds which one is the longest-distance migrant? Librarianship in 1946. In 1947 Committee to the Washington At a joint committee meeting with the couple, Maxine determined that the
she became the Children’s State Noxious Weed Control protection and educational hopes they had for the preserve could be accom-
3. The upper part of a bird's leg is called the _________. Librarian at the Tacoma Board. As a result of her plished. When Lloyd turned to her for an opinion, she readily gave her approv-
Public Library where she work there legislation is al. The Morse Force, a joint TAS-CLC management team, is working on their
4. Name the group of birds with the longest wing spans. remained for 30 years, now in place that provides fifth five-year management plan.
highly regarded by her fel- for the listing of Class A or The original 53-acre site features dry and wet forest, a meadow, a prairie
By 5. To stir up food on the water'a surface, these species rotate and spin while dabbling their bills. low librarians and the small B noxious weeds, as well remnant and wetlands, including the north fork of Muck Creek which, in its
Thais Bock people who enjoyed her as regulations for the use of lower reaches, is a significant salmon-spawning stream in Pierce County.
(Answers below cartoon.) stories of Babar, Pooh and herbicides for the control of Inspired by this gift, the Morse Wildlife Preserve acres have multiplied: An
Black Beauty. invasives. adjacent 45-acre to the south was added, thanks to an anonymous donor; 80-plus
She joined The She organized seed collect- acres embracing the headwaters further up the north fork of Muck Creek was

BIRDSONGS by Phil Buly

Mountaineers in 1948 (Member
#745) and for the next 50 years was
an enthusiastic hiker, backpacker and
ing in the alpine zones at Mt
Rainier, promoting the careful
propagation of wildflowers to replenish
purchased through Conservation Futures funds; and another gift, of 50 acres in
Kapowsin, Lloyd’s tribute to his wife, became the Maxine G. Morse Nature
Preserve, a forested area where the management team has already laid out trails.
Nothing whatsoever to do with resource person on the subject of our native areas denuded by storms or heavy use. Where it Began
past or present US Presidents, ‘LBJ’ flora. She wrote “Wildflowers of Mount Close to home in Pierce County she recruit- Lloyd Charles Morse was
stands for ‘Little Brown Job’ and is a Rainier and the Cascades,” with photos by ed volunteer teams and did restoration work born in Tacoma, Washington
generic term for any small, brown, Bob & Ira Spring, published in 1970 by the at Fort Steilacoom County Park, Swan on May 1st in 1920 to Arthur
unremarkable bird that you either Mt. Rainier Natural History Association and Creek and other Metro Parks Tacoma loca- Franklin Morse and Florence
see well and can’t identify, see poorly The Mountaineers. If you have that book, tions. Lydia Morse. He attended
treasure it!  There are very few collections of As conservation chair for South Sound Jason Lee Jr. High School and
and can’t identify, or see but have
wildflower photos and text that equal that chapter of WNPS Mary studied graduated from Stadium High
more to do with your life than wor-
sweet publication. Environmental Impact Statements and agen- School and University of
ry about the identification of every Mary was a charter member of Tahoma cy guidelines for landscape management. Puget Sound – all in Tacoma.
small brown bird that crosses your Audubon Society. She taught annual cours- Her expertly written letters to managers and Lloyd and Maxine married
path.....Where you live depends on es on native plants for Audubon. She led legislators explaining how and why we August 24, 1946. Lloyd served
your definition of what an ‘LBJ’ con- field trips through the prairies, foothills and should protect our native plants in the Garry in the United States Navy for
stitutes and your reaction to seeing alpine zones far and wide. At the statewide oak prairies, various sensitive forest areas 20 years. He retired in 1961
one. In North America most birders Audubon campout -- the annual Wenas and special alpine zones were highly regard- and moved to Allyn,
would probably be talking about one
Creek Memorial Day event in the foothills ed. She backed up her correspondence with Washington where they raised
above Yakima and Ellensburg -- Mary held excellent photos which she also used in her their daughter Julie, residing
of several common Sparrows when
court as the wildflower expert for many many presentations and programs. Most there for the rest of their lives.
they shrug and say “An ‘LBJ’ of some
years. local agency land managers are quite famil- Lloyd passed away peacefully
sort”, though occasionally bewildered A dedicated member of the WA Native iar with her name and the work she did. in his sleep on November 21st,
novices will admit that small shore- Plant Society, Mary took a major role in And Mary followed up on her own 2009.
birds all look like ‘Little Brown Jobs’ conservation issues for WNPS. Included advice, managing 80-90 acres of woodland “My mother always said we
and can’t be separated. among her regular outings with The on her property near Winlock. Let’s plant a should leave this Earth a little Mountaineers, WNPS and Audubon were memory garden with a Garry oak and prairie better than we found it,” said
trips to search out rare and endangered wildflowers for our longtime friend and Lloyd.
plants, do native plant inventories and make most dedicated nature lover.
Answers: 1. Minnesota 2. Buff-breasted Sandpiper 3. tibia 4. albatross 5. phalaropes

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volunteer Recognition class Schedule
Volunteer call to action: An open letter to members & volunteers Class schedule
from Activities to field research,
Nature Mapping is a tool to help
Budding Scientists “Marshes,
Bogs and Swamps, Oh My!”
information at 591-6439 or marjories@ Ages 10-12, $12
The beginning of a programs. We have brought in travel experts to talk to State Audubon Chapters are doing; which often yields continued from page 5. create a healthy future for wildlife Weds Mar 10 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM per student. Intermediate Science
new year is tradition- us about the birds in Namibia, Thailand and Ecuador. great program idea’s to bring to our chapter. through the use of sound scientific and 3:15 to 4:45 PM Students should be able to multiply
ally a time for recali- Members have given presentations on bird migration Those who love to teach and inform others about the Nature Storytime techniques. This two-day workshop Location: Adriana Hess Audubon and divide numbers, add and subtract
bration and reassess- and the island of Midway Atoll. The Audubon mem- ecology of Pierce County and the world around us “Up, Up and Away” provides formal and non-formal Center fractions.
ment. For some mag- bership program may have provided one of the only often suggest the most interesting program idea’s and Thu Feb 25, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM educators with the skills needed to aid Ages 5-7, $9.00 per student  
ical reason, the things venues to learn about sustainability efforts at Fort make arrangements for particularly inspirational speak- Location: Adriana Hess Center, U.P. learners in the Nature Mapping Young homeschoolers and other children Nature Storytime
that seemed impossi- Lewis and those directed by citizens at the Pierce ers. Our previous Program Coordinator, Katrina Weiss Ages 2-6, $6 per child, $3 Audubon process with a  focus on the beach begin science and nature exploration “Wet, Weedy, and Wonderful”
ble the year before County level of government. Specialists have visited exemplified some of the tell tale signs of a solid pro- member, free to adults and U.P residents. protocol. The basic data collection through games, walks, and crafts. Thu Mar 25 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
move to the top of the our membership programs, explaining the best way to gram coordinator. Her background as an educator Join us as we explore the park at the and monitoring techniques are all Register at least two days prior to the Location: Adriana Hess Center, U.P.
New Year’s to-do list. use and take care of a birder’s most valuable tool – his surely set her up as someone with strong communica- Adriana Hess Audubon center in included. Classroom and field work session by calling 253-591-6439. Ages 2-6, $6 per child, $3 Audubon
Some items are even binoculars. And lastly, Audubon Members and people tion skills. Her desire to inform and educate was more University Place with nature stories will include the use of maps, wildlife   member, adults and U.P residents free. elevated to “resolu- in our community came in droves to see our most than casual, leading her to work both inside and outside based on the current theme. Adults are identification tips, habitat coding, Beginning Homeschool Science Join us as we explore the park at the
or (253) 565-1884 tion” status. Thus, I recent program on protecting one of the most remark- the classroom to educate our community. However, a welcome with the children. This is a building a search image, tracking and “Wet & Wild” Adriana Hess Audubon center in
am resolved this year able mammals in North America: the Grizzly Bear. great many different people may consider themselves wonderful grandparent/ grandchild data collection procedures. also Thu Mar 11 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and University Place with nature stories
to advertise and fill one of Tahoma Audubon’s most Altogether, these monthly events represent a unique the ideal fit for our program coordinator volunteer activity! Space is limited to the first 20 includes time in the field. Open to 1;00 PM to 3:00 PM based on the current theme. Adults are
important volunteer positions: Program Coordinator. opportunity to soak up the environmental energy and position, since a vast array of callings require polished registered guests (adults and children). formal and non-formal educators. Location: Tacoma Nature Center. welcome with the children. This is a
However, before I can talk about the responsibilities creativity that underpins our organization. communication skills, a desire to teach, learn and call 253-591-6439 to register. Clock hours are available for $5. Homeschool students explore science wonderful grandparent/ grandchild
of a Program Coordinator, I must talk about something Thus, the Program Coordinator is one of the most grown, and perhaps most importantly, the ability to through hands-on experiments and activity! Space is limited to the first 20
much more important: the program. important volunteer positions of our organization. This entertain an audience. Homeschool Advanced Science March March activities. Register Early - these classes registered guests (adults and children).
Tahoma Audubon is famous for its programs and position combines the talents of a diplomat, researcher, To fill this position I will need the help and expertise “Mountain Ecosystems” fill quickly! Note - topics are repeated call 253-591-6439 to register.
activities. These are the events that Audubon coordi- host, and emcee to weave together an evening of envi- of the Tahoma Audubon Society’s membership. If Thu Feb 25, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Adriana Hess Park during the month, so select class  
nates which will forever live in the memories of the ronmentalpassion.Traditionally,ProgramCoordinator’s looking into this volunteer position excites you, please Lab Fri Feb 26, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Photography class appropriate for your child’s knowledge Homeschool Advanced Science
parents and children who enjoy them. The Program is have turned their keen birding eyes toward environ- contact me. If you know just the person for the job, let Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Mon Mar 1 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM and abilities. Beginning science students “Wetland Ecosystems”
a conduit for all the creative energy at Audubon. The mentally exciting programs, bringing authors, artists, me know, and I can introduce them to Audubon’s pro- Homeschool students explore science Location: Adriana Hess Park should be able to add and subtract Thu Mar 25, 2010 from 1:00 PM to
scope of environmental issues to discuss is endless. travel aficionados’ and falconers to talk to us about grams, if they are not already in love with them. If you through hands-on experiments and An adult program encouraging people numbers. Contact Margie with questions 3:00 PM
The audience is easily captivated, eager to learn and nature. The best program coordinators are those who have a program idea, please pass it along. With your activities. Register Early - these classes to appreciate nature and how they can or for more information at 591-6439 or Lab Fri Mar 26 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
enjoy. At the heart of our organization, the program love to host events, greet the audience and introduce help, I am confident I can meet this year’s resolution to fill quickly! Note - topics are repeated incorporate it into their photography. Location: Tacoma Nature Center
lives, continuously fulfilling Audubon’s mission to the presenter. They are great networkers, keeping in continue the excellent program service Audubon offers during the month, so select class Call Dixie Harris for details 564-6373. Homeschool students explore science
connect people with nature, through compassionate tune with the environmentalists of our organization and for many years to come. You can always contact me at appropriate for your child’s knowledge Intermediate Birder’s Class Nature Alphabet through hands-on experiments and
conservation and poignant education. our neighbor chapters. Luckily, our office regularly or (253) 565-1884. and abilities. Contact Margie with Mon Mar 1 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM “W is for Windy Days” activities. Register Early - these classes
In the past year we have put on a diverse array of receives information about what other Washington Thanks! questions or for more information at Mon Mar 8 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Fri Mar 12 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM fill quickly! Note - topics are repeated
591-6439 or marjories@tacomaparks. Mon Mar 15 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Location: Tacoma Nature Center during the month, so select class
com. Ages 12-15, $15 per student.
welcome to New and Returning Members
Mon Mar 22 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Preschoolers explore different nature appropriate for your child’s knowledge
Older homeschool students will continue Location: Tacoma Nature Center topics through stories, hands-on and abilities. Contact Margie with
their science studies with challenging activities, nature walks and crafts at the questions or for more information at 591-

October 15, 2009 to January 15, 2010

and engaging experiments and activities. Snake Lake Science Fair Tacoma Nature Center. Adult 6439 or
To participate in this class, students Sat Mar 6, from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM participation is recommended, children Ages 12-15, $15 per student. Older
should be able to calculate averages,    under four require an adult present. homeschool students will continue their
Chapter New and Renewing: Introductory, Recruited through percentages, and solve simple Birding Basics with Rolan Nelson Please note alternating times. Register science studies with challenging and
Randall Babich, David Behrens, Frances Bentley, Tahoma Audubon Society: equations. Mon Mar 8 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM by the Saturday before class. engaging experiments and activities. To
Charles Bergman, John & Loraine Boyle, Micki Mary Barger, Ben & Paula Brossard, Beth Mon Mar 15 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM 253-591-6439. participate in this class, students should
Boyle, Tom & Suzanne Brown, Ione & John Clagett, Cummings, Paul Darby, Bruce Dees & As- Nature Alphabet “V is for Variety” Mon Mar 22 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM   be able to calculate averages,
Don & Pat Clifford, Jon & Carol Engels, Priscilla sociates, Joe-Flora-Katelyn & Ryan Gal- Feb 26 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Mon Mar 29 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Snake Lake Science Club percentages, and solve simple
Fortiner, Mary Foster, Janet Fry, Gael Gann, Patri- loway, Christine Giannini;, Mark Heck- Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Location: Tacoma Nature Center. $45 Tue Mar 16, from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM equations.
cia Gessler, Bryan Hanson, Danielle Harrington & ert, Helen Howat, Roger Hunt, Marion Preschoolers explore different nature TAS member, $55 non-member. Curious
Stephanie Leisle, Gail Hemphill, Al Hultengren & Killion, Diane Kimmet, James & Claudia Merrill, nis, Gretchen Minch, Michael Mingo, Ian Morri- topics through stories, hands-on activities, about birds but don’t know your crown Intermediate Homeschool Science Nature alphabet
Elsie Parrott, Rita Hummel & Jim Hansen, Wayne Linda Nielsen, C Blaine Pearman, Marita Rodri- son, Vida Piera, Lori Radniecki, Steven Rosselli, nature walks and crafts at the Tacoma from your tailfeather? All are welcome “Wet & Wild” “X is for eXoskeleton””
Jackson, Anne Jacobson, Robert & Rosemary guez, Nancy Smith, Hermine Soler, Ksenija Rachel Sanborn, Geraldine Shelnut, Josephine Sut- Nature Center. Adult participation is to this introduction to the joy of Thu Mar 18 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and Fri Mar 26 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Lenigan, Katherine Loveless, Roger & Rosalyn Sinic-Muller & David Muller, Bryan Snider, Bar- ter, Travis Tierney, Peter Andrews, Mr & Mrs Evan recommended; children under four identifying the birds that are all around from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Location: Tacoma Nature Center
Lueck-Mammen, Jean McCord, Sybil Mercer, An- bara Sommerville-Buck, Lori Wear, Marilyn West- Cropp, Barbara Dempsey, Frans Doelman, P Rigg, require an adult present. Please note us. You will learn how to identify Location: Tacoma Nature Center Preschoolers explore different nature
nie Meyer, William Mitchell, Dolly Monaghan, ervelt. Daniel Roscoe, Timothy Strege, Eugene Vernon, alternating times. Register by the Saturday common birds and use a field guide and Homeschool students explore science topics through stories, hands-on
Roger Orness, John & Karen Parks, Lori Peterson, Louise Wackerle, Debbie Young, Kristen Andrews, before class. 253-591-6439. binoculars. Learn about some of the through hands-on experiments and activities, nature walks and crafts at the
Janice Reeder, Martha Scoville & Gary Knudson, Introductory, Michelle Trowbridge. best places to see birds and practice activities. Register Early - these Tacoma Nature Center. Adult
Sarah Sloat, Richard Smith, Janet Snape, Bonnie Recruited through National Audubon Society: In January: T J Green, Annie Pedersen, Grace Blair, Nature Mapping for Beaches your newfound birding skills. There is classes fill quickly! Note - topics are participation is recommended, children
Taylor, Trula Thompson, Fred & Dorothy Tobia- In November: Jennie Allen, Kathy Best, Barb Karen Boyer, Sheri Bury, Davis, Cathy Doonan, Feb 27 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Feb 28 one local field trip to Steilacoom Park repeated during the month, so select under four require an adult present.
son, Michael Walker. Bourscheidt, Jordan Bowerman, Erida Bowles, The William Essmeier, Barbara Farron, Patricia Flem- 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, Mar 27 at 8am. For class appropriate for your child’s Please note alternating times. Register
Dunlap Family, Cathy Farr & Kids, Avis Jobrack, ing, Karen Genet, Betty Gibbs, Leif Hansen, Dian Location: Tacoma Nature Center. information and to register call (253) knowledge and abilities. Contact by the Saturday before class. 253-591-
Chapter Joint Renewals with National, George Kier, Robert & Irene Mills, Mathew & An- Hathaway, Emily Jones, L S Litsch, Anna Maughn, Ages 18+, $70 per person. Moving 591-6439.  Margie with questions or for more 6439.
Recruited through Tahoma Audubon Society: drea Murakami, Bob Wells, Betty Wieynick, Frank Joe Ovalie, Beatrice Pearson, Gerald Rapp, Shirley
Robert Annon, Mary Backous, Kathleen Beechum, Longano,Cindy Bailey, Laura Barnes, Carolyn Roberts, Paul Ryhajlo, Carmen Dybdahl, Carolyn
Carole Breedlove, Jack & Billee Brown, Dorothy Chapman, S Conway, Kay Dolley, Loretta Franks, Ernst, Anna Jackson, Sue Miller, Carol Oglesby,
Burkhart, Ed Burrough, Trusilla Bussinger, Kath- Nadine Fuller, Bryan Habeck, Lila Keller, Candace Ursula Renz, Ellen Salazar, Arlene Billings, Chris-
leen Callahan, Nate & Angie Chappell, Dolores Kerr, Karen Konrad, Lee Sayers, Joni Leiding, Su- tina Donehower, Kathleen Jones, Frank Longano,

Checks payable to: Tahoma Audubon 2917 Morrison

Rd. W. University Place, 98466 Tahoma Audubon
Society, established in 1969, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Collins, Terry Conner, Rhona Diehl, Robert & Ann zanne Olson, Jennifer Radley, Cecilia Roebuck, Membership Fee:
Larry Powell.
Elliston, John English, Bryan Flint, Philip Frazer, Lance & Sally Stark, Daniel Suckow, Patricia C ___ Introductory (first year) $20
Mr & Mrs Doug Gant, William Giddings, Cor- Lynch, Warren Finch, Mary Kenney, Leslie Pear- WHEN RENEWAL TIME COMES: A month be- ___ Joint National/Tahoma Audubon $50

organization. Donations are tax deductible.

rene Beaudoin Hall & Alan Hurr, Jana Henderson, son, Clifford Quisenberry, Debbie Pope. fore your membership is expiring, we will send you
P J Huber, Jon Kemp, Sherrie Kilborn, Stephanie
& Thomas Kirkland, Mariam Lauren, Jim & Ann
In December: David Aiken, Elizabeth & Henry
Bande, George & Marilyn Brown, Jim Call, Kris-
a reminder to renew. Please renew through us, not
National Audubon. They do not give us a share

Chapter member renewal
Other Contributions _____________

Leighty, The Leneweaver Family, Doug Lyle, Rob- tin Flor, Sandy Gyswyt, Joe Morris, Heather Pa- of renewal dues, hence we are unable to support a Tahoma Audubon is the Pierce County chapter of National Audubon. As
ert Mack, C G Marthaler, Dr Robert & Dorothey pageorgeon, Marjorie Wortz, Jennifer Johnson, Mi- membership with the Towhee for you. YOU WILL an Introductory member of Tahoma Audubon you also receive a National Member(s) Name: _______________________________________
McBride, Bliss & Shirley Moore, JoAnn Moore, chael Love, Mildred Taylor, Andrew Austin, Janet NOT GET A TOWHEE NEWSLETTER IF YOU Audubon membership and Audubon Magazine for one year. Renewing Address: _______________________________________________
Ted & Sally Nesheim, Jim O'Donnell, Dave Olson, Barclay, Debbie Barr, Irmgard Broussard, Emmi RENEW THROUGH NATIONAL. National will your Chapter Membership ensures that we can continue to do our work in
Pierce County. Chapter membership includes: Towhee newsletter sub- City______________________________ Zip__________________
Richard Ory, Robert Ory, Julia Ann Payne, Jean Cain, Faye Carlson, James Condos, Stan Cook, send you packs of renewal notices--ignore them!
Lesley Phillips, Ann Post, Dorothy Ann Robbins, Ann Crawford, Judith Duggan, Chris Gilliard & You can renew here through us for a Chapter Only scription, free family events, birding trip invitations, class & book dis- Phone: home ___________________business _________________
William W Scheer, David Scott & Aviva Lemberg- Edie Sperling, Beverly English, Leah Falk, Pat counts, conservation activities, annual celebrations and more. Joint TAS/
membership or a Joint membership which includes e-mail: ________________________________________________
National Audubon membership includes: Chapter membership, National

er, Ken & Sara Siemens-Luthy, Judith Stephens, gary, Kristy Gledhill, Ann Goodman, Pat Green, a Chapter Membership and a National one. If you membership, annual Audubon Magazine subscription, and support of
Jean Trucco, Steven Urback, Jon & Kay Wagner, Barbara Haas, Jim Halmo, Maralise Hood & Julio have questions, call Thelma Gilmur, Membership Important Bird Areas (IBA) and state and national conservation agendas.
Member #: _______________________________ (office use only)
Alex Wang, Bill Weber, Carter Wells. Quan, S G Larson, Norman Levine, Lois McGin- Chair, 253-564-8210.

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Calendar A few more pics
Unless otherwise stated -
To register for field trips,
call (253) 565-9278
Great Backyard Bird Count -
Betty Jones & Mary Blyton
See details on page 5.
for more information at 591-6439 or
Ages 12-15, $15 per student.
February program
No regular membership meeting this
month due to the annual membership
from the CBC ...
To register for all education classes, Great Backyard Bird Count - Art Wong Nature Mapping for Beaches
Sat Feb 13, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Feb 27, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Feb 28, banquet on Friday, February 6th.
call (253) 591-6439
See details on page 5. 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Location: Tacoma
See further descriptions inside.   Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Contact
Nature Center. Ages 18+, $70 per person.
Check out our calendar online at Volunteer Naturalists: Wildlife Margie with questions or for more
Clock hours are available for $5. Tracking Snowshoeing Elective   information at 591-6439 or marjories@
for more information and updates Sat Feb 13, 2010, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Volunteer Naturalists: Forest Fun
Great Backyard Bird Count - Batkers Sat Feb 27, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
  TAS Board Meeting

february 2010
Sun Feb 14, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Family Walk at Adriana Hess Park Thu Mar 11, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
See details on page 5. Sun Feb 28, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Location: Adriana Hess Audubon Center
Great Backyard Bird Count -Engle Call Dixie Harris for details 564-6373 Monthly Meeting of the Tahoma Audubon
TGIF Restoration Activity.

march 2010
Feb 15, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Board.  Guests Welcome, please call ahead
Fri Feb 5 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 
See details on page 5. at (253) 565-9278.
Adriana Hess Wetland Park. Come enjoy    
the outdoors and help beautify the grounds Plant Walk at Adriana Hess Park Adriana Hess Park Photography class TGIF Restoration Activity Photo/Diane Yorgason-Quinn
at Adriana Hess Wetland Park! Mon Feb 15, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Mon Mar 1, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM Fri Mar 12, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM A Junco is not so well camouflaged in this
    Location: Adriana Hess Wetland Park
Skagit Birding Trip Intermediate Birder's Class Location: Adriana Hess Park bright red tree.
Call Dixie Harris for details 564-6373. Come enjoy the outdoors and help beautify
Sat Feb 6, 2010, 6:30 AM to 5:00 PM February 15, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM   the grounds at Adriana Hess Park!
Bring warm clothes, sunglasses, lunch. Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Intermediate Birder's Class  
Meet:at the Sound Transit/Tacoma Dome Continuation of class described Feb 1. Mon Mar 1, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Nature Alphabet - W is for Windy Days
Station parking garage, located at 610 Snake Lake Science Club   Fri Mar 12, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Puyallup Ave (Puyallup Ave & G) in Feb 16, 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually Location: Tacoma Nature Center
Tacoma. We will carpool from here.   Wed Mar 3 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Adult participation is recommended,
Call the TAS office at 253-565-9278. Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually Location: Nisqually National Wildlife children under four require an adult present.
  Wed Feb 17 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Refuge. Leader: Phil Kelley. Bring: Good Please note alternating times. Register by
Annual Membership Meeting Leader: Phil Kelley. walking shoes or boots, raingear, water, the Saturday before class. 253-591-6439.
Feb 6 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM    
snacks, and $3  entry fee unless you have a
Location: McGavick Student Center @ Intermediate Homeschool Science Membership Meeting
pass.   Scopes welcome. Meet: At the
Clover Park Technical College «Mountains: Top to Bottom» Fri Mar 12, from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  Visitor's Center. Sign-up: Call or email
Thu Feb 18, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 1:00 Location: Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S.
Bird Walk @ Adriana Hess Park PM to 3:00 PM Location: Tacoma Nature
Phil Kelley for details.  Phil Kelley, Lacey,
(360) 459-1499, Tyler Street . Monthly membership meeting
Mon Feb 8 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Center.Contact Margie with questions or   of Tahoma Audubon.  All welcome.  Call
Enjoy a guided bird walk in the park! for more information at 591-6439 or Green Drinks
  (253) 565-9278 or Check web site for Ages 10-12, Thu Mar 4, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM program -  
Intermediate Birder's Class  
Photo/Diane Yorgason-Quinn
$12 per student. See page 4 for details.
February 8, 2010, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM     Another record set for wintering Anna's Hummers!
Volunteer Naturalists:
Location: Tacoma Nature Center. TGIF Restoration Activity. TGIF Restoration Activity
  Wetlands and Water Sleuths
Fri Feb 19, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Fri Mar 5, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Sat Mar 13, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Conservation Committee  
Come enjoy the outdoors and help beautify Location: Adriana Hess Wetland Park
Tue Feb 9, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Plant Walk at Adriana Hess Park
the grounds at Adriana Hess Park! Come enjoy the outdoors and help beautify
Location: Pacific Lutheran University,   Mon Mar 15, Noon to 1:00 PM
the grounds at Adriana Hess Park!
Reike 112, Parkland WA. Intermediate Birder's Class   Location: Adriana Hess Wetland Park
February 22, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Nisqually Wildlife Refuge  
Volunteer Naturalists:
Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Sat Mar 6, 8:00 AM to around noon. Birding Basics with Rolan Nelson
Mammals and WA Wildlife
Continuation of class described Feb 1. Details on page 5. Mon Mar 15 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Tue Feb 9, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.      
Volunteer Naturalists: Forest Fun Snake Lake Science Fair Intermediate Birder's Class
Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually
Tue Feb 23, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Sat Mar 6, 2010, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Mon Mar 15  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Wed Feb 10, 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM     Location: Tacoma Nature Center
Leader: Phil Kelley. See earlier description. Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually Bird Walk at Adriana Hess Park  
Wed Feb, 24 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM Mon Mar 8, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.  Snake Lake Science Club
Budding Scientists  
Leader: Phil Kelley. See earlier description. Tue Mar 16, from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
«Alpine Exploration»   Intermediate Birder's Class  
Wed Feb 10 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Nature Storytime «Up, Up and Away» Mon Mar 8, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (Cont'd.) Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually
Location: Adriana Hess Audubon Center. Thu Feb 25, 2010, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM   Wed Mar 17 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Ages 5-7, $9.00 per student. Young Location: Adriana Hess Center, U.P. Ages Birding Basics with Rolan Nelson Location: Nisqually National Wildlife
homeschoolers and other children begin 2-6, $6 per child, $3 Audubon member, Mon Mar 8, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Refuge. Leader: Phil Kelley.
Location: Tacoma Nature Center. $45 TAS   Photo/Kathy Best
science and natre exploration through free to adults and U.P residents. Space is
member, $55 non-member. There is one Intermediate Homeschool Science Hairy Woodpecker seen in Area 3.
games, walks, and crafts. Register at least limited to the first 20 registered guests
local field trip to Steilacoom Park on «Wet & Wild»
two days prior. Call 253-591-6439. (adults and children). Call 253-591-6439.
    Saturday, Mar 27 at 8am. For information Thu Mar 18  9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and
Beginning Homeschool Science Homeschool Advanced Science and from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
  to register call (253) 591-6439. 
«Seasons of Mt. Tahoma» «Mountain Ecosystems» Location: Tacoma Nature Center
Conservation Committee Photo/Kathy Best
Thu Feb 11, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 1:00 Thu Feb 25, 2010, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Contact Margie for more information at
Tue Mar 9, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Melissa Sherwood does an embarrassing bird call while Carol Smith observes.
PM to 3 PM. Location: Tacoma Nature Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Register 591-6439 or
Location: PLU, Rieke 112, Parkland WA.
Center. Register Early - these classes fill Early - classes fill quickly! Contact Margie   Ages 10-12, $12 per student.
quickly! Contact Margie with questions or with questions or for more information at Volunteer Naturalists:  
for more information at 591-6439 or 591-6439 or Wetlands and Water Sleuths TGIF Restoration Activity Ages 12-15, $15 per student. Tue Mar 9, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM Fri Mar 19 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Adriana Hess Wetland Park
TAS Board Meeting TGIF Restoration Activity. Weekly Bird Walks at Nisqually
Come enjoy the outdoors and help beautify
Thu Feb 11, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Fri Feb 26 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Wed Mar 3, 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM
the grounds at Adriana Hess Park!
Adriana Hess Audubon Center. Monthly Come enjoy the outdoors and help beautify Location: Nisqually National Wildlife  
Meeting of the Tahoma Audubon Board.  the grounds at Adriana Hess Park! Refuge. Leader: Phil Kelley. See earlier. Spring ACOW
Guest Welcome. Call (253) 565-9278. Fri Mar 19, 2010 to Mar 21, 2010
  Nature alphabet «V is for Variety» Budding Scientists
TGIF Restoration Activity. Feb 26, 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM «Marshes, Bogs and Swamps, Oh My!» Location: Hawthorn Hotel in Kent, WA
Fri Feb 12, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Adult Weds Mar 10, 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM and See page 3 for details. 
Come enjoy the outdoors and help beautify participation is recommended; children 3:15 to 4:45 PM Birding Basics with Rolan Nelson
the grounds at Adriana Hess Park! under four require an adult present. Please Location: Adriana Hess Audubon Center
  Mon Mar 22 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
note alternating times. Register by the Ages 5-7, $9.00 per student  
Nature Alphabet
Saturday before class. 253-591-6439. Register at least two days prior to the Intermediate Birder's Class
«U is for Underground»  
session by calling 253-591-6439. Mon Mar 22  7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Feb 12, 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Homeschool Advanced Science LAB   Location: Tacoma Nature Center
Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Adult «Mountain Ecosystem» Beginning Homeschool Science  
participation recommended, children under Fri Feb 26, 2010, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM «Wet & Wild» Tidepools at Titlow Beach
four require an adult present. Register by Location: Tacoma Nature Center. Register Thu Mar 11, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and 1;00 Tue Mar 23 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM Photo/Diane Yorgason-Quinn
the Saturday before class. 253-591-6439. early - classes fill quickly! Contact Margie PM to 3:00 PM Location: Titlow Beach. Photo/Diane Yorgason-Quinn Count Dinner! Coordinator Faye Hands at center, flanked by the the Giddings at left, Pat
A record number of counters scarf down pizza at the count dinner. Damron at center, and Marcus Roening, front.
For additional information:Tahoma Audubon - 253-565-9278; or Or The Tacoma Nature Center:253-591-6439 or