Skagit Audubon

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Four Seasons of the Malheur

Presenter: Don Jonasson


Tuesday, March 13, 2018    
7:00 Social; 7:30 Program
Padilla Bay Interpretive Center
10441 Bayview-Edison Road
Mt. Vernon, Washington

One of my retirement passions is making videos, particularly for nonprofits that need but can’t afford to hire the expensive process. In 2012 Ora and I volunteered to make a video of the four seasons of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns OR.

MNWR is a major rest and refuel place in the most northern end of the Great Basin, 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. But all of the seasons have their unique colors, moods, sounds and wildlife behaviors. To enhance this multisensory experience Ora composed musical themes for the Malheur and each season, then organized a local wind trio to perform the music accompaniment.

The video will be for sale with all proceeds going to Friends of the MNWR.


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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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