April 2015 Newsletter is Online
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April Events and Field Trips Are Online
Visit our website to see what’s coming up this month. (Upcoming events are listed on the home page as well as on the Calendar.)
Annual NCAS Campout
May 28 through May 31, Pearrygin Lake State Park
For more information and to sign-up (required) contact Steven Harper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-650-9065. There is also additional information on our website under calendar events.
General Membership Meeting with John Bower
This month’s exciting membership meeting! Mark your calendar. See below for date, time, and location.
Bird Migration in the Pacific Northwest. The Pacific Northwest is an exciting place to experience bird migration, with birds moving through this region in almost every month of the year. Migration patterns in the Northwest are complex. Tremendous numbers of shorebirds, marine birds, and songbirds migrate along the Pacific Flyway, some of them flying all the way from the Arctic to as far south as the Patagonia region of South America. Many other species migrate from near and far to spend part of the year in the Northwest, including hawks, eagles, and marine birds. And some species are altitudinal migrants, moving between the mountains and the lowlands at different times of the year. In this program John Bower will investigate these different migratory patterns, highlighting migratory hotspots in this region, as well as underscoring the importance of local ecosystems for maintaining migratory bird populations.
John Bower teaches field biology, ecology, natural history, evolution, environmental issues, and popular music studies at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University. His current research involves repeating important components of the 1970’s Marine Ecosystems Analysis (MESA) census to document recent marine bird population changes in inshore marine waters. His past research includes conservation biology of seabirds and the endemic Juan Fernandez firecrown hummingbird on Chile’s Isla Robinson Crusoe, and acoustic communication in birds and whales.