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in south King County and the world we live in.
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Audubon Society


A Chapter of the National Audubon Society with
territory in South King County in Washington State
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Tukwila Backyard Wildlife Festival
Saturday, May 11
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Celebrate wildlife, nature, and gardening at this annual festival which features presentations by local experts, along with a variety of educational exhibitors, arts and crafts vendors, and native plant sales. Bring the kids as there is plenty to keep the entire family engaged and entertained.




Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest
May 16-19

Celebrate the return of migratory birds in the midst of peak wildflower season while enjoying field trips, events and free family activities for all ages and abilities in Leavenworth, Washington, and throughout the Wenatchee River Valley. The keynote speaker on Friday evening, May 17th, will be Richard Crossley, talented birder, photographer and award winning author of 'The Crossley ID Guide' series. Go to www.leavenworthspringbirdfest.org for more information and to register.




Field Trip Report - Barbara Petersen

On a sunny but chilly March morning Jay Galvin introduced eight birders to an area he's been visiting for a long time, the Enumclaw Plateau. Highlights viewed there were a distant perched Turkey Vulture, a perched American Kestrel that launched and flew right over the group, a traffic-halting Killdeer walking in the road, and oh so many Bald Eagles.

Many adults and immatures were observed in flight, perched in treetops and standing on the ground in the fields. Of interest was a fourth vehicle observed following our caravan of three cars, hanging back, never passing us, as an hour or more ticked by.

When we eventually pulled onto a busy highway the mystery vehicle was replaced by a Sheriff's car, which followed us through our turn onto a side street before turning on his lights and pulling over our third car, driven by none other than our chapter president, Heather! She said the sheriff politely asked if we were lost, chuckled when she lifted her binoculars and explained that we were watching birds, and left us to enjoy our morning. I'm glad he decided to let us go - this time.

We moved on to Flaming Geyser State Park where we enjoyed listening to at least three Virginia Rails calling continually. One walked out into the sunshine twice, flew across a bit of open water toward us, and disappeared into the reeds. A pair of Wood Ducks and a pair of Hooded Mergansers hid from us as best they could. A pair of Redbreasted Sapsuckers stood out beautifully on a white birch trunk in the sunlight. A pair of Chestnut-backed Chickadees were seen on a snag out in the marsh, one using its small bill to work on a woodpecker hole. A male Hairy Woodpecker worked on another snag, chips flying. Tree Swallows were seen entering and exiting a hole more than once.

It was a lovely day in the field. Thanks, Jay!