Scudder Pond & Whatcom Falls Park Field Trip
Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

Scudder Pond & Whatcom Falls Park Field Trip

  • 2499-2301 Electric Ave Bellingham, WA (map)
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Trip Leader: Doug Brown

Limit: 12 participants

Registration Required: Contact Doug at 360-647-1657.

Meet at the parking area between the Scudder Pond trailhead and the lagoon on the west side of Electric Ave.

This trip will traverse the park trail system from Electric Avenue past Scudder Pond, into and through Whatcom Falls Park, along Whatcom Creek as far as the whirlpool, and beyond if time and energy allows. This route will provide the opportunity to find birds in a number of varied and productive habitats. All the usual resident bird species such as chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, jays, juncos, towhees and other sparrows, wrens and bushtits are present, and a few late migrants might show up. Barred owls and dippers can also be found in the park and always expect the unexpected. Trip will proceed whatever the weather so be prepared.


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Whatcom County Amphibian Monitoring Project
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Whatcom County Amphibian Monitoring Project

  • Whatcom County Museum Old City Hall (map)
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Whatcom County Amphibian Monitoring Project

Amphibians may appear to be a deviation from the avian theme, but hold tight while Vikki Jackson connects the dots between amphibian diversity and health and healthy bird ecology. Vikki is the project manager for the Whatcom County Amphibian Monitoring Program (WCAMP). This local non-profit is focused on researching amphibian species and their ecology in Whatcom County and works to spread the word about this intriguing and important group of critters. Vikki will introduce you to the diversity of amphibian species in Whatcom County and share how amphibians and birds are interconnected on a variety of levels.


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 Lake Padden, Padden Lagoon & Mud Bay Field Trip
Oct
23
8:30 AM08:30

Lake Padden, Padden Lagoon & Mud Bay Field Trip

  • 2220-1800 WA-11 Bellingham, WA 98225 (map)
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Trip Leader Bob Myhr

Registration Required: Contact Bob at romyhr@comcast.net or 360-933-4352.

Meet at Fairhaven Park to carpool to Lake Padden and other destinations in Fairhaven. 


Though this is still a little early, Lake Padden can host impressive groups of waterfowl through the fall and winter, and a variety of  resident and migratory passerines are always present in the woodlands around the lake. Among others, expect to find sparrows, wrens, woodpeckers, herons and arriving winter waterfowl on the lake as well as on the bay. Be sure to dress for the weather. Everyone is welcome.


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Marine Birds of the Salish Sea
Oct
26
10:30 AM10:30

Marine Birds of the Salish Sea

Join North Cascades Audubon to learn which Salish Sea diving birds you are likely to see

wintering, feeding and nesting around Bellingham and other parts of the Whatcom County

coast. North Cascades Audubon also offers followup field trips on the first Saturday of the

month.

Presenter: Pam Borso

South Whatcom, October 26, 10:30 – 12:30

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Wings and Wine Field Trip
Nov
16
2:00 PM14:00

Wings and Wine Field Trip

Please join the North Cascades Audubon Society for the second annual "Wings and Wine."

Saturday, November 16, 2019.
No registration required.

Meet at 2:00 p.m., rain or shine, at the Semiahmoo County Park located on Semiahmoo Spit for a guided birding walk along beautiful Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor. Birders and interested friends of all experience levels are welcome. We will spend about 1.5 hours viewing and learning about these amazing local and transient winter birds. Those interested will then make the short drive over to The Vault, a lovely wine bar located at 277 G Street, in Blaine, Washington in time for happy hour, to taste some great wines and share lively "bird talk" (they also serve craft beer, non-alcoholic beverages and have a nice menu for those interested).

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SAGEBRUSH SONGBIRD SURVEY – Christie Norman
Nov
26
7:00 PM19:00

SAGEBRUSH SONGBIRD SURVEY – Christie Norman

Sagebrush Songbird Survey

Join Audubon Washington’s Christi Norman and prepare to be inspired by a community science partnership between Audubon chapters, Audubon Washington and the Department of Fish and Wildlife that moves the conservation needle and shares the wonders of the shrub steppe ecosystem.  The culmination of this 5-year research project by 200+ volunteers from 13 chapters working together will be new species distribution maps for sagebrush obligate species. And, it is just in time for assisting in siting of new renewable energy in eastern Washington’s Columbia Plateau.


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Eagle-watching on the Nooksack
Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

Eagle-watching on the Nooksack

Join North Cascades Audubon Society in a wintry visit to Bald Eagle hot spots along the Nooksack River, December 7 or 28 at 9 am.

Leaders: Dorrie Jordan and Steve Glenn, long-time USFS volunteers at the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center (SRBEIC) and Chris Brewer, past Interpreter for the SRBEIC.

Field trips are limited to 15 participants.

Contact Chris at chrisboyd353@gmail.com for more information and to register.

Photo: Bald eagles on Nooksack River, courtesy of Eric Ellingson

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Eagle-watching on the Nooksack
Dec
28
9:00 AM09:00

Eagle-watching on the Nooksack

Join North Cascades Audubon Society in a wintry visit to Bald Eagle hot spots along the Nooksack River, December 7 or 28 at 9 am.

Leaders: Dorrie Jordan and Steve Glenn, long-time USFS volunteers at the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center (SRBEIC) and Chris Brewer, past Interpreter for the SRBEIC.

Field trips are limited to 15 participants.

Contact Chris at chrisboyd353@gmail.com for more information and to register.

Photo: Bald eagles on Nooksack River, courtesy of Eric Ellingson

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Boulder Bend Trail to Whatcom Falls Park Field Trip
Oct
12
9:00 AM09:00

Boulder Bend Trail to Whatcom Falls Park Field Trip

  • Woburn Street at Fraser St Bellingham United States (map)
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Trip Leader: Richard Carpenter

No registration required.

Meet at Whatcom Falls Park parking lot on east side of Woburn south of Whatcom Creek.


Join Richard to walk and bird the Boulder Bend Trail, a relatively new addition to the City of Bellingham trail system, into Whatcom Falls Park from Woburn Street. You can expect to see chickadees, sparrows, wrens, woodpeckers, towhees, juncos, sparrows, finches, and probably a few warblers along this woodland trail. Owls are sometimes found in the park and the habitat can sometimes produce a surprise or two.


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Tennant Lake & Hovander Park Field Trip
Oct
8
8:30 AM08:30

Tennant Lake & Hovander Park Field Trip

Tuesday, October 8: Tennant Lake & Hovander Park

Trip Leader: Pauline Sterin

Registration Required: Contact Pauline at notesps@icloud.com or 410-353-7116.

Meet at Tennant Lake Interpretive Center and Fragrance Garden parking lot, 5236 Nielsen Ave, Ferndale.


On these public lands, managed by Whatcom County Parks and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, you can anticipate finding a few  warblers still migrating at this time of year, possibly joining the resident species foraging in mixed flocks in wooded areas, and you can count on ducks and geese being present on the lake. Tennant and Hovander together make a great location to see these and other species. Join Pauline for some relaxed birding on the boardwalk, the trails between Tennant and Hovander, and along the Nooksack River. The walking is relatively easy, the total distance should be less than two miles, and restrooms are nearby. This is an excellent trip for beginners but birders of all skill levels are welcome. Expect to see waterfowl, wrens, chickadees, warblers, juncos, sparrows, and probably a raptor or two among other species. Contact Pauline for additional information.


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Semiahmoo Spit Field Trip with Paul Woodcock
Oct
5
9:00 AM09:00

Semiahmoo Spit Field Trip with Paul Woodcock

October is an exciting time at Semiahmoo, when the numbers of wintering waterfowl on Drayton Harbor and Boundary Bay begin to increase. Semiahmoo Spit, even with all the changes it has been put through over the last few decades, is still our welcome window on this significant winter habitat for arctic breeding waterfowl. It is our only designated Important Bird Area in Whatcom County, where we can bird the surrounding waters from the beaches of Semiahmoo County Park and other public trails. Whether you are a beginner or a long-time birder, you will enjoy joining the group of regular participants and newcomers on this monthly outing cosponsored by Whatcom County Parks. Beginning birders can usually find experienced birders willing to share their knowledge. If you do come and join us, please feel free to ask questions or ask for assistance with getting started as a birder. You can expect to see two or three species of loons, several species of grebes, flocks of scoters and other ducks, a variety of gulls, Canada geese and brant, as well as great blue herons, migratory and resident songbirds, bald eagles and probably a few surprises. Hope to see you there!

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Fairhaven Park, Padden Lagoon & Mud Bay Field Trip
Sep
26
8:30 AM08:30

Fairhaven Park, Padden Lagoon & Mud Bay Field Trip

Thursday, September 26: Fairhaven Park, Padden Lagoon & Mud Bay

Trip Leader: Bob Myhr

Registration Required: To register contact Bob at romyhr@comcast.net or 360-933-4352.

Meet Bob and the group at Fairhaven Park for some south-side urban birding. Expect to find resident and migrating sparrows, thrushes, woodpeckers and arriving winter waterfowl. Be sure to dress for the weather. Everyone is welcome.


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BIRDNOTE with Mary McCann and Bob Sundstrum
Sep
24
7:00 PM19:00

BIRDNOTE with Mary McCann and Bob Sundstrum

  • Whatcom County Museum Old City Hall (map)
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BirdNote with Mary McCann and Bob Sundstom

Join us for a special evening with BirdNote, the popular radio program heard on KNKX and over 200 other public radio stations in the US. BirdNote narrator Mary McCann will read selected stories from the book, Chirps, Quirks and 100 Stories from the Popular Public Radio Show. Bob Sundstrom, BirdNote's lead writer, will share his scientific knowledge and behind-the-scenes insights about writing for radio.

BirdNote began in 2004 under the auspices of Seattle Audubon and is a product and vision of a passionate group of individuals dedicated to birds and the environment. To bring BirdNote to life, a team was gathered to craft compelling stories about the intriguing ways of birds, and ensure scientific accuracy. Dedicated staff, volunteers, and contractors, along with advisors from KPLU 88.5FM (now KNKX 88.5FM), helped form the final professional product. Generous donations from Seattle area benefactors helped make the idea a reality and BirdNote was brought to the airwaves in February 2005.

In 2006, Seattle Audubon made the decision to fledge BirdNote as a separate organization, free to pursue a focused creative effort. That nonprofit is known as “Tune In to Nature.org”. BirdNote has now expanded to over 200 public radio stations across the country every day and can be found online at any time at Birdnote.org. Each show is scheduled to coincide with the time of year when it’s possible to see or hear the featured bird and is designed to inspire people to listen, look, and exclaim, “Oh, that’s what that is!”. The BirdNote book and note cards will be available for sale and autographing. Great gifts!!

September 24, 7:00 pm Whatcom Museum Old City Hall Rotunda Room


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Racing Extinction - A Documentary
Sep
23
5:45 PM17:45

Racing Extinction - A Documentary

Please join our friends at the Multifaith Network for Climate Justice on Monday, September 23 at 5:45 pm, for a free community screening of the film, Racing Extinction. The showing of this compelling documentary is one of a number of events highlighted during the City of Bellingham’s All In for Climate Action Week.

Scientists predict that humanity’s footprint on the planet may cause the loss of 50% of all species by the end of the century. In the groundbreaking documentary RACING EXTINCTION, director Louie Psihoyos and the group behind the Academy Award ® -winning film THE COVE, assemble a team of artists and activists on an undercover operation to expose the hidden world of endangered species and the race to protect them against mass extinction. Spanning the globe to infiltrate the world’s most dangerous black markets and using high tech tactics to document the link between carbon emissions and species extinction, the documentary reveals stunning, never-before seen images that truly change the way we see the world.

Sponsored by the Multifaith Network for Climate Justice, North Cascades Audubon Society, the City of Bellingham, ReSources for Sustainable Communities,  Mount Baker Group of the Sierra Club, and the Bellingham Chapter of Climate Reality Project.

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Whatcom Creek Trail to Raptor Reach Field Trip
Sep
21
9:00 AM09:00

Whatcom Creek Trail to Raptor Reach Field Trip

Saturday, September 21: Whatcom Creek Trail to Raptor Reach

Trip Leader: Richard Carpenter

No registration required. Meet at the Maritime Heritage Center Parking Lot at 9 AM.

Join Richard to walk the Whatcom Creek Trail from the waterfront to the “Raptor Reach” area, near Woburn Street. On this surprisingly birdy trail you can expect to see ducks, chickadees, sparrows, wrens, waxwings, woodpeckers, towhees, finches, and probably some warblers and other migrants. Also there might be a raptor or two and a few surprises along this City of Bellingham trail. This can be rewarding urban birding for anyone with an interest.


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 Sardis Raptor Center Field Trip
Sep
14
11:30 AM11:30

Sardis Raptor Center Field Trip

Saturday, September 14: Sardis Raptor Center

Trip Leaders: Deborah Kaye & Pam Borso

Registration Required: Contact Deborah at dkaye@northcascadesaudubon.org or 360-510-4964.

Meet at Sardis Raptor Center, 7472 Valley View Road, Ferndale.

Join Deborah Kaye and Pam Borso for a tour of Sardis Raptor Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping rescue, rehabilitate and release raptors. Founded in 1989 by its present director, Sharon Walters, Sardis operated as a rehabilitation center for all species until 1995 when it began to specialize in birds of prey. Since its inception, thousands of hawks, owls, falcons and eagles have been treated and released, soaring to freedom as a result of Sardis’ efforts. Sardis is also home to several permanent resident species of hawks, owls and eagles whose injuries prevent them from being released. These birds, who some of you may know from Sardis’ educational program, “Hunters of the Sky”, will be introduced to you on our tour. We will learn all about the individual history of these amazing creatures, their habitat in the wild, role in the environment and more. Please join us for this family-friendly field trip.


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Semiahmoo Spit Field Trip
Sep
7
9:00 AM09:00

Semiahmoo Spit Field Trip

Saturday, September 7: Semiahmoo Spit

Trip Leader: Paul Woodcock

No registration required

Meet at Semiahmoo County Park parking lot.

Join local birders on the beaches of Semiahmoo Spit, the only designated Important Bird Area in Whatcom County.  Whether you are a beginner or a long-time birder, you will enjoy being part of an amiable group of regular participants on this monthly outing cosponsored by Whatcom County Parks. Beginners will find experienced birders willing to share their  knowledge. Expect to see common loons, grebes, a few ducks and other waterfowl, great blue herons, migratory and resident songbirds, bald eagles and probably a few surprises. Hope to see you there!


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Tennant Lake & Hovander Park Field Trip
Sep
4
8:30 AM08:30

Tennant Lake & Hovander Park Field Trip

  • Tennant Lake Interpretive Center Fragrance Garden (map)
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Trip Leader: Pauline Sterin

Registration Required: Contact Pauline at notesps@icloud.com or 410-353-7116

Meet at Tennant Lake Interpretive Center and Fragrance Garden parking lot, 5236 Neilson Ave, Ferndale.

Warblers are migrating and resident birds are beginning to forage in mixed flocks. Tennant and Hovander together make a great location to see these and other species. Join Pauline for some relaxed birding on the boardwalk, the trails between Tennant and Hovander, and along the Nooksack River. The walking is relatively easy, the total distance should be less than two miles, and restrooms are nearby. This is an excellent trip for beginners but birders of all skill levels are welcome. Expect to see waterfowl, wrens, chickadees, warblers, sparrows and other species.


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Audubon at the Museum
Aug
25
1:30 PM13:30

Audubon at the Museum

Join us every fourth Sunday of the month for Audubon at the Museum!

Drop in to Old City Hall and join experts from the North Cascades Audubon Society in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds to learn about migration, conservation, birds in peril, and the importance of studying bird specimens today. The exhibit provides a variety of interactives, including video and audio files, and hands-on activities for children. All ages welcome.

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Audubon at the Museum
Jul
28
1:30 PM13:30

Audubon at the Museum

Join us every fourth Sunday of the month for Audubon at the Museum!

Drop in to Old City Hall and join experts from the North Cascades Audubon Society in the John M. Edson Hall of Birds to learn about migration, conservation, birds in peril, and the importance of studying bird specimens today. The exhibit provides a variety of interactives, including video and audio files, and hands-on activities for children. All ages welcome.

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Jun
15
9:00 AM09:00

What's the Point?

Come explore the intertidal world on the lowest Saturday tide of June at Whatcom

County Park’s Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve. The low tide provides a chance to

discover sea anemones, sea cucumbers, crabs, a wide diversity of seaweeds and many

more fascinating inhabitants who are normally out of sight under water and foam. Spend

high quality time in small groups with naturalists who double as storytellers, recounting

the incredible life stories and survival strategies of the intertidal residents. 

There will be beach tours for kids and adults, a geology tour explaining the area’s

geologic history, plant and bird walks along the ¾-mile trail through upland forest, a sea

shell display on the beach where you can find out which animal lives in what shell, and

a watershed model that demonstrates how storm water can pollute the Salish Sea.  

What’s the Point is an annual event sponsored by the Whatcom Land Trust and the

Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve Citizens Stewardship Committee, with participation by

NCAS and several other organizations. Where did the name What’s the Point come

from?  Well, the Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve is located northwest of Cherry Point

and southeast of Point Whitehorn.  The “point” is- come and get to know your

magnificent park and beach!

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Jun
12
8:00 AM08:00

Field Trip - Hoag Pond, Padden Lagoon and Mud Bay

Trip Leader: Bob Myhr

Registration Required: Please contact Bob at romyhr@comcast.net or 360-933-4352

The group will meet at Fairhaven Park parking lot to carpool for an urban birding excursion to observe nesting songbirds and recent fledgelings. Expect a variety of migrant and resident species including sparrows, warblers, woodpeckers herons and more. Everyone is welcome. Trip ends at 11:00.


Our field trips are free and open to anyone who is interested. Bring your friends!

  • Beginning birders are very welcome.

  • Carpooling is encouraged and even required for some sites with limited parking.

  • Preregistration is often required to limit numbers and reduce disturbance.

  • Dress for the weather, in layers, and wear waterproof clothing and footgear as needed.

  • Severe weather may cancel a trip; contact your leader if concerned or if you cancel.

  • Bring binoculars, scope, field guide or necessary parking passes if you have them.

  • Pets are not allowed on field trips.

  • Like most organizations, NCAS now requires participants to sign a waiver to participate.

  • We are always looking for trip leaders or assistants. If your are interested please contact us.

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Jun
8
9:00 AM09:00

Field Trip - Boulevard Park, Taylor Dock

Trip Leader:  Richard Carpenter

No registration required

Meet at Boulevard Park parking lot near the coffee shop.

Come and celebrate “World Ocean Day” with Richard and fellow birders at the Bellingham waterfront on a birding stroll to Fairhaven checking out the gulls, cormorants and summer ducks plus a variety of songbirds along the way. Swallows, sparrows and finches will be present plus probably some surprises.

Our field trips are free and open to anyone who is interested. Bring your friends!

  • Beginning birders are very welcome.

  • Carpooling is encouraged and even required for some sites with limited parking.

  • Preregistration is often required to limit numbers and reduce disturbance.

  • Dress for the weather, in layers, and wear waterproof clothing and footgear as needed.

  • Severe weather may cancel a trip; contact your leader if concerned or if you cancel.

  • Bring binoculars, scope, field guide or necessary parking passes if you have them.

  • Pets are not allowed on field trips.

  • Like most organizations, NCAS now requires participants to sign a waiver to participate.

  • We are always looking for trip leaders or assistants. If your are interested please contact us.

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Jun
1
9:00 AM09:00

Field Trip - Semiahmoo Spit

Trip Leader: Lynne Givler

No registration required

Meet at Semiahmoo County Park parking lot.

Another first Saturday field trip like May 4 trip but with a different leader and probably some different birds too. Every month is different at Semiahmoo so take part regularly. Summer birding at Semiahmoo includes lots of breeding songbirds as well as the usual resident species. Warblers will be singing as well as willow and pacific-slope flycatchers and you might see a summering harlequin duck or black oystercatchers on the beach.


Note: Semiahmoo trips will continue through the summer on July 6 and August 3.

Our field trips are free and open to anyone who is interested. Bring your friends!

  • Beginning birders are very welcome.

  • Carpooling is encouraged and even required for some sites with limited parking.

  • Preregistration is often required to limit numbers and reduce disturbance.

  • Dress for the weather, in layers, and wear waterproof clothing and footgear as needed.

  • Severe weather may cancel a trip; contact your leader if concerned or if you cancel.

  • Bring binoculars, scope, field guide or necessary parking passes if you have them.

  • Pets are not allowed on field trips.

  • Like most organizations, NCAS now requires participants to sign a waiver to participate.

  • We are always looking for trip leaders or assistants. If your are interested please contact us.


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Pearrygin Lake Campout and Field Trips
May
30
to Jun 2

Pearrygin Lake Campout and Field Trips

  • Pearrygin Lake State Park (map)
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Steven Harper, President

Our twelfth annual NCAS Campout will be held at Pearrygin Lake State Park group camp with great people, great weather and of course great birding. There is lots of room for people with tents. Vans or small pickup toppers are allowed in the parking area. RVs and trailers are not allowed, however reservations can be made in the Pearrygin Lake State Park Campground. Picnic tables and grates are available for cooking (bring your own food) and water and a toilet are on site.  A swimming area is also on site to enjoy after a warm day of birding. Showers and full-service bathrooms can be accessed 1 ½ miles away in the main campground. Reservations can also be made at motels in the Winthrop area for those not wanting to camp.

Of course the primary focus of the campout is birds. Field trips will be scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.  Campers are free to roam on their own on Thursday and Friday or set up impromptu field trips. There will be plenty of time for lounging and enjoying the sunny and clear weather and for visiting. In past years several people have brought their musical instruments and we’ve had a sing-along on one of the evenings. Other entertainment is also appreciated! Cost is $10/night for each party.

Reservations are required.  To make a reservation or if you have any questions please email or call Steven Harper at sharper@northcascadesaudubon.org or 360-650-9065.


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May
26
9:00 AM09:00

Field Trip - Point Whitehorn, Beginning Birding by Ear

Trip Leaders: Phil Calise and Pam Borso

Trip Limit: 15

Registration Required: Contact Pam Borso at: borsope@aol.com or 360-319-9004

Join Pam and Phil to hone your skills in identifying birds by ear as you learn how to recognize avian species by their calls and songs. This will be a fun trip for beginners as well as experienced birders who want to stay in tune with our feathered friends. We will find resident species of woodland and marine habitats as well as some newly arrived migrants.


Our field trips are free and open to anyone who is interested. Bring your friends!

  • Beginning birders are very welcome.

  • Carpooling is encouraged and even required for some sites with limited parking.

  • Preregistration is often required to limit numbers and reduce disturbance.

  • Dress for the weather, in layers, and wear waterproof clothing and footgear as needed.

  • Severe weather may cancel a trip; contact your leader if concerned or if you cancel.

  • Bring binoculars, scope, field guide or necessary parking passes if you have them.

  • Pets are not allowed on field trips.

  • Like most organizations, NCAS now requires participants to sign a waiver to participate.

  • We are always looking for trip leaders or assistants. If your are interested please contact us.

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May
22
7:30 AM07:30

Field Trip - South Whatcom County WLT Lands

Trip Leader: Bob Myhr

Registration Required: Contact Bob at: romyhr@comcast.net or 360-933-4352.

The group will meet at Fairhaven Park parking lot to carpool to south Lake Whatcom, Samish headwaters, Saxon Road, and other Whatcom Land Trust areas. A Washington Ornithological Society field trip last year found 48 species at these sites. Expect to find woodpeckers, swallows, grosbeaks, warblers and raptors. Please prepare for the weather and bring a snack, and please be aware of  beginning and ending time. Space will be limited, so be sure to register soon.

Our field trips are free and open to anyone who is interested. Bring your friends!

  • Beginning birders are very welcome.

  • Carpooling is encouraged and even required for some sites with limited parking.

  • Preregistration is often required to limit numbers and reduce disturbance.

  • Dress for the weather, in layers, and wear waterproof clothing and footgear as needed.

  • Severe weather may cancel a trip; contact your leader if concerned or if you cancel.

  • Bring binoculars, scope, field guide or necessary parking passes if you have them.

  • Pets are not allowed on field trips.

  • Like most organizations, NCAS now requires participants to sign a waiver to participate.

  • We are always looking for trip leaders or assistants. If you’re interested please contact us.

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May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Field Trip - Whatcom Creek Trail, Raptor Reach

Trip Leader: Richard Carpenter

No registration required. Meet at parking on east side of Woburn Street just south of Whatcom Creek.

Join Richard on “World Migratory Bird Day” to check out migrant and resident birds along Whatcom Creek from Raptor Reach east  into Whatcom Falls Park. Expect to see chickadees, sparrows, wrens, woodpeckers, towhees, finches, and warblers and other migrants. Also, there might be a raptor or two along this City of Bellingham trail which traverses the fire zone of the 1999  pipeline explosion.


Our field trips are free and open to anyone who is interested. Bring your friends!

  • Beginning birders are very welcome.

  • Carpooling is encouraged and even required for some sites with limited parking.

  • Preregistration is often required to limit numbers and reduce disturbance.

  • Dress for the weather, in layers, and wear waterproof clothing and footgear as needed.

  • Severe weather may cancel a trip; contact your leader if concerned or if you cancel.

  • Bring binoculars, scope, field guide or necessary parking passes if you have them.

  • Pets are not allowed on field trips.

  • Like most organizations, NCAS now requires participants to sign a waiver to participate.

  • We are always looking for trip leaders or assistants. If you’re interested please contact us.

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May
4
9:00 AM09:00

Field Trip - Semiahmoo Spit

Trip Leader: Paul Woodcock

No registration required

Meet at Semiahmoo County Park parking lot


This is the month to switch gears out at Semiahmoo. Most of our wintering waterfowl have departed north to the interior, so we will divide our time between the beaches and the wooded shoreline. Expect to see rufous hummingbirds, orange-crowned and Wilson’s warblers, common yellowthroats,  and possibly black-headed grosbeaks as well as our charming local marine and forest residents. Whether you are a beginner or a long-time birder, you will enjoy being part of an amiable group of regular participants on this monthly outing co-sponsored by Whatcom County Parks. Beginners will find experienced birders willing to share their  knowledge.


Our field trips are free and open to anyone who is interested. Bring your friends!

  • Beginning birders are very welcome.

  • Carpooling is encouraged and even required for some sites with limited parking.

  • Preregistration is often required to limit numbers and reduce disturbance.

  • Dress for the weather, in layers, and wear waterproof clothing and footgear as needed.

  • Severe weather may cancel a trip; contact your leader if concerned or if you cancel.

  • Bring binoculars, scope, field guide or necessary parking passes if you have them.

  • Pets are not allowed on field trips.

  • Like most organizations, NCAS now requires participants to sign a waiver to participate.

  • We are always looking for trip leaders or assistants. If you’re interested please contact us.

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Apr
27
9:30 AM09:30

Field Trip - Whatcom Falls Park & Whatcom Creek

Trip Leader: Richard Carpenter

No registration required

Meet at Whatcom Falls Park, lower parking lot adjacent to the falls.


Join Richard for some urban birding through the wooded habitats of  one of Bellingham’s outstanding parks. Starting at Whatcom Falls the walking route traverses the length of the park and provides the opportunity to loop back by a different route. The park is excellent habitat for woodpeckers, dippers and waterfowl along the creek, chickadees, bush tits, wrens, juncos, towhees, sparrows, and other possible songbirds as well as a few birds of prey. This is a good place to get started at birding or search for that unexpected birding thrill.


Our field trips are free and open to anyone who is interested. Bring your friends!

  • Beginning birders are very welcome.

  • Carpooling is encouraged and even required for some sites with limited parking.

  • Preregistration is often required to limit numbers and reduce disturbance.

  • Dress for the weather, in layers, and wear waterproof clothing and footgear as needed.

  • Severe weather may cancel a trip; contact your leader if concerned or if you cancel.

  • Bring binoculars, scope, field guide or necessary parking passes if you have them.

  • Pets are not allowed on field trips.

  • Like most organizations, NCAS now requires participants to sign a waiver to participate.

  • We are always looking for trip leaders or assistants. If your are interested please contact us.

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Jan
23
7:00 PM19:00

Membership Meeting

Discovering Dragonflies

Did you know that dragonflies and damselflies have excellent vision, but can’t hear; have six legs, but can’t walk; are fierce predators of other insects, but are harmless to humans? Retired Professor James Walker, “Dragonfly Whisperer,” is the author of Common Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Pacific Coast, a unique field guide that combines state-of-the-art features for identifying dragonflies—such as range maps, flight season charts, life-size and annotated photos for each species—as well as exciting new discoveries about their lives. An example of the latter is the splash-dunk/spin-dry behavior, in which a dragonfly plunges into the water multiple times to bathe, and then spins at 1,000 rpm in mid-flight to shed the water—the fastest known spinning motion of any animal! The guide also introduces the intriguing happy-face dragonfly—whose official name is the paddle-tailed darner—and provides tips on how to get a dragonfly to perch on your finger. Filled with beautiful photos and original illustrations, this field guide will help to get you on a “first name basis” with these wonderful, yet little-known, creatures. Dragonflies, and their close relative the damselflies, have been the focus of Professor Walker’s interest for the past ten years. He has led numerous dragonfly field trips, along with his wife Betsy Walker, and has given numerous presentations on dragonflies in both Washington and Arizona.

James S. Walker is an Anacortes resident and retired professor of theoretical physics from Washington State University, where he was the Boeing Distinguished Professor of Science and Mathematics Education. He received his Ph. D. in theoretical physics from the University of Washington, and has also taught physics courses at Western Washington University. The author of several university-level textbooks on physics, Professor Walker and his wife Betsy divide their time between Washington and Arizona, and enjoy birding and dragonflying in both locations.

Don’t miss Jim’s engaging presentation on the amazing and unusual behavior of dragonflies and damselflies of the Pacific Coast.

      Always on the 4th Tuesday of the month:

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Jan
22
9:00 AM09:00

Birding the Skagit Flats and Samish Flats

Trip Leader: Steven Harper

Pre-registration required (limited to 11 participants)

To register contact Steven Harper at 360-650-9065 or stevenharper2@msn.com

This all-day field trip will be spent searching the Samish Flats and Skagit Flats for raptors, waterfowl, and any other interesting birds that happen to be around.  The trip will begin and end at the Alger Park & Ride, I5, Exit 240. We will carpool in 3 cars while we search for birds.  Bring water, hot beverages, snacks and lunch to eat on the run. If we have time we’ll stop at the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center for a break and to warm up. Dress to keep dry and warm and bring binoculars and a spotting scope if you happen to have one.  We’ll see trumpeter swans, snow geese, bald eagles, rough-legged hawks, northern harriers, red-tailed hawks, and American kestrels, and will search for other less common raptors such as short-eared owls and merlins. 

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Jan
18
8:30 AM08:30

Birding at Lake Padden, Fairhaven Park, and Padden and Chuckanut Creek Lagoons

Trip Leader: Bob Myhr

Pre-registration required 

To register contact Bob Myhr at romyhr@comcast.net or 360-933-4352

This is another “urban” field trip.  We’ll meet at Fairhaven Park and carpool to the various sites looking for win-tering waterfowl and local resident species.  Come prepared for cold weather.  Everyone welcome.

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