October 2015 Newsletter is Online
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October Events and Field Trips Are Online
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NCAS Holiday Potluck
December 8 at the Lairmont Manor.
More information will be coming soon.
General Membership Meeting with Larry Schwitters
This month’s exciting membership meeting! Mark your calendar. See below for date, time, and location.
Vaux’s Happening. Vaux’s Happening is an ongoing citizen science project, launched nine years ago by local Audubon chapters in the Seattle area to gather the data necessary to make a compelling case for preserving the chimney at the Frank Wagner Elementary School in Monroe. This site has proven to be one of the most significant Vaux’s swift communal migratory roost sites in North America. Vaux’s Happening quickly expanded into an attempt to locate, raise awareness of, and hopefully preserve the important roost sites used by this species all along their migratory path. In the last fifteen migrations the project has documented over seven million Vaux’s swift roosting events from San Diego to the Yukon. Join Larry Schwitters, one of the projects founders and coordinators, who will share images and information captured by the project’s chimney surveillance cameras and precision temperature recorders.
Larry Schwitters holds a Master’s of Science degree and spent 30 years in the trenches of public education, mostly as a middle school science teacher and coach in the Seattle area. He spent four years tracking down black swifts at Washington State’s waterfalls for the American Bird Conservancy before his involvement with Audubon’s Vaux’s Happening project. The Vaux’s Happening project was featured in the online issue of the Smithsonian Magazine (www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/The-Disappearing-Habitats-of-the-Vauxs-Swifts.html) and in High Country News (www.hcn.org/issues/44.12/save-a-chimney-save-a-swift).