March 2015 Newsletter is Online
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March Events and Field Trips Are Online
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General Membership Meeting with Martha Jordan
This month’s exciting membership meeting! Mark your calendar. See below for date, time, and location.
Swans of Winter. Trumpeter swans, the largest waterfowl in the world, have been brought back from the brink of extinction and once again grace our skies and waterways. They trumpet the success of our conservation efforts and continue to call us to action to protect farmland and wetlands. Join Martha Jordon, well-known swan biologist, to learn about the life history and biology of Washington’s native trumpeter and tundra swans. The program will include new information on the migration patterns of tundra swans and how the North Cascades serve as a link connecting the west and east sides of our state for both species of swans. Martha will shed some light on the problems and controversies these birds face on their wintering grounds and what is needed to ensure their future. Get updated on the swan lead poisoning die-off, habitat issues and more. Martha will share some excellent photos that help clarify the difficult identification of these swans and will provide free swan identification pamphlets at the meeting. Discover ways in which you can contribute to our understanding of swans in Washington just by doing what you already do outdoors.
Martha Jordan has a degree in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University. She began to look at swans in the late 1970s as an independent citizen, and by 1984 had contributed much information to state and federal agencies on the status of trumpeter swans in Washington State, including the first swan management plan. She was a long time board member of The Trumpeter Swan Society (TTSS) and currently chairs the Washington Swan Stewards, the local TTSS group.