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February 2018

Great Backyard Bird Count

February 16 @ 8:00 am - February 19 @ 5:00 pm

Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 160,000 people of all ages and walks of life worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. You are invited to participate! For at least 15 minutes on one or more…

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Upland to Bay to Skagit Flats: Winter Birds with Libby Mills

February 16 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Padilla Bay Breazeale Interpretive Center, 10441 Bayview-Edison Road
Mount Vernon, 98273 United States
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Our hardy resident birds are busy with winter foraging, while migrants from the north are filling the fields and bays. Come explore the uplands, farmland, and waters around Padilla Bay with Libby Mills. Bring warm layers and a snack. Binoculars are available for those who need them. We’ll meet at the Interpretive Center parking lot.  Please register online or call the Interpretive Center.

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Why So Many Hummingbirds?

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
NW Educational Services District 189, 1601 R Ave
Anacortes, WA 98221 United States
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The Californians Are Coming: Recent Shifts in Range and Abundance of Northwestern Hummingbirds From the mid-1970’s to the early 2000’s the Anna’s hummingbird (Calypte anna) went from rare vagrant to ubiquitous year-round resident across the Puget Sound lowlands. Over the same period the migratory Rufous hummingbird has colonized a new wintering range on the US Gulf Coast, some thousand miles northeast of its traditional wintering habitat in central Mexico. In this talk I will explore the history of range shifts…

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Winter Visitors: Birding the Greater Skagit Delta (NCI)

February 17 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
$95

Join Libby Mills for a field excursion designed to celebrate one of the Northwest’s natural treasures. Traveling together, we’ll survey the area’s bird life, with a focus on raptors, wintering waterfowl and shorebirds and the relationships that bring these various species together in this particular place. By the end of the day, you’ll have gained strategies for identifying local birds — raptors, geese and swans, oh my! — so you can continue to explore the Skagit’s wild bounty on your…

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2018 Winter Raptor Classes (3 of 5)

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Padilla Bay Breazeale Interpretive Center, 10441 Bayview-Edison Road
Mount Vernon, 98273 United States
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$175

Join Bud Anderson of the Falcon Research Group for a five session class, “Hawk Watching in Western Washington”.  The class will focus on identifying characteristics, behavior and life cycles of the raptors that winter in Western Washington. Bud is a world-renowned raptor biologist, whose specialty is peregrine falcons. ​In addition to the five two-hour classroom sessions, the class will be broken down into smaller groups for a daylong Saturday or Sunday field trip on the Skagit Flats. The field trip is…

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Skagit Audubon Winter Birding Cruise

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Blackfish III, Skyline Marina, 2011 Skyline Way
Anacortes, 98221 United States
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$60

Gary Beltsch, holder of the record for number of species recorded in Skagit County (322!) according to eBird, will lead the birding cruise Skagit County’s birds of winter include many species that gather on the bays of the Salish Sea before returning northward to breed. Skagit Audubon Society is offering an opportunity to see these birds out on the water. Expert birder Gary Bletsch will help us find and learn about seabirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and possibly other wildlife up close…

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2018 Winter Raptor Classes (4 of 5)

February 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Padilla Bay Breazeale Interpretive Center, 10441 Bayview-Edison Road
Mount Vernon, 98273 United States
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$175

Join Bud Anderson of the Falcon Research Group for a five session class, “Hawk Watching in Western Washington”.  The class will focus on identifying characteristics, behavior and life cycles of the raptors that winter in Western Washington. Bud is a world-renowned raptor biologist, whose specialty is peregrine falcons. ​In addition to the five two-hour classroom sessions, the class will be broken down into smaller groups for a daylong Saturday or Sunday field trip on the Skagit Flats. The field trip is…

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March 2018

2018 Winter Raptor Classes (5 of 5)

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Padilla Bay Breazeale Interpretive Center, 10441 Bayview-Edison Road
Mount Vernon, 98273 United States
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$175

Join Bud Anderson of the Falcon Research Group for a five session class, “Hawk Watching in Western Washington”.  The class will focus on identifying characteristics, behavior and life cycles of the raptors that winter in Western Washington. Bud is a world-renowned raptor biologist, whose specialty is peregrine falcons. ​In addition to the five two-hour classroom sessions, the class will be broken down into smaller groups for a daylong Saturday or Sunday field trip on the Skagit Flats. The field trip is…

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Winter Birds of the Salish Sea

March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mount Vernon Public Library, 315 Snoqualmie St
Mount Vernon, WA 98273 United States
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Winter Birds of the Salish Sea is a presentation by members of the Skagit Audubon Society. This one hour presentation details the history of the sea, examining the geology and biodiversity of the sea shared by British Columbia and Washington. The Salish Sea is designated as a Global Important Bird Area (IBA) by the BirdLife International. Many birds depend on the estuary systems in the sea for their survival; the presentation goes into the importance of these systems to both…

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Skagit Audubon March Meeting: Four Seasons of the Malheur

March 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Padilla Bay Breazeale Interpretive Center, 10441 Bayview-Edison Road
Mount Vernon, 98273 United States
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Free

Don Jonasson will make a special special multimedia presentation on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, a major rest and refuel place in the most northern end of the Great Basin and a central part of the Pacific Flyway. Especially in the spring migration, runoff from surrounding mountains fills the many lakes and ponds and farmers purposefully flood fields to saturate the ground, attracting huge numbers of migrating birds, especially waterfowl.  

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