Skagit Audubon

Watching birds, protecting habitat, connecting with nature

President's Message - April 2014

phil wrightApril 2014

As I look outside and see the blue skies on this March day, I’m reminded that Spring is nearly here. If you’re like me, you want to be outdoors and what better way to enjoy the return of Spring and to increase your enjoyment of birds than to go on one of our Skagit Audubon field trips. 

As many of you know, Libby Mills has chaired our field trip committee for the past several years.  She has taught sem-inars for North Cascades Institute for more than 25 years and also teaches at Padilla Bay and in the Methow Valley east of the mountains.  But we are lucky to have Libby lead field trips for us that are free and open to all.  I was on one of Libby’s trips recently and because it was a slow day for birding -- between winter and spring seasons and the singing birds were pretty sparse—Libby told us about “sub songs.” These can be unstructured or rambling vocalize-tions of young birds but they can also be sung by adult birds trying out their songs at the beginning of the breed-ing season.  She also made the best of the slow birding by talking about the history of the replanting of native plants in the upper section of the Breazeale Interpretive Center, and kept us informed and that had been singing there for several minutes.

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Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center(Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

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