Status of Golden Eagles in District Three (Walla Walla and other Counties)

Golden Eagle

7:00 PM Room 157 - Olin Hall - Whitman College Campus February 19th, 2015

Note the Room Change Room 157 Olin Hall is in the next building (east) of the Hall of Science

WA State biologist Mark Vekasy will talk about the current status of golden eagle research in WA, with particular emphasis on golden eagles in the Blue Mountains. Mark will describe some of the recent efforts to determine territory occupancy and breeding success, and also some preliminary work on eagle use of wind power areas, juvenile dispersal, and lead exposure.

Mark Vekasy, the Blue Mountains Assistant District Wildlife Biologist for the WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife, is originally from Ohio. He completed his undergrad in biology at Hiram College, and obtained his Master's Degree in Zoology from Miami (OH) University. He has worked in his current position since Sept, 2011, and previously worked for both the Dept and ID Fish and Game for 4 years as a Bighorn Sheep technician on the Lower Hells Canyon Bighorn Sheep Project.

Before coming to Washington, Mark worked for USGS-Biological Resources Division in Hawaii on the Laysan Duck Translocation Project, moving the endangered Laysan Duck from Laysan Island to Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Mark has also spent considerable time working with raptors, including golden eagle and prairie falcon research on the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area, migrant raptor research with HawkWatch International, California condor reintroduction to Arizona with The Pergrine Fund, and Hawaiian hawk research with the USFWS.

Saturday February 14th McNary NWR Open House Field Trip
Start Time will be 9:00AM at Harper Joy Parking Lot

Greater White-fronted Goose

Plan to make your Valentine’s Day special starting with a “Wild Goose Chase” visit to the McNary Wildlife Refuge Education Center Open House at the refuge headquarters in Burbank. Read more about the Open House on Page 5 in the February Magpiper. We will do a little birding on the way to the center, at the center and on the way home. It is anticipated that hundreds of Snow Geese and Canada Geese, along with numerous Greater White-fronted Geese, Cackling Geese, Tundra Swans and other wintering waterfowl will be waiting for us.

We will meet at the Harper Joy Theater parking lot and car pool. Bring a lunch and don’t forget your binoculars. Plan to return early to mid-afternoon leaving plenty of time to make the rest of your Valentine’s Day special. Paul and Judy Treman will be leading this field trip. Please let them know if you plan to attend. E-mail Paul or Judy or give them a call at (509) 527-0722



Come join us as we walk around Bennington Lake on Tuesday mornings. It's fun to see what birds are present at different times of the year and to enjoy the changes of the seasons at the lake. The walks last 2-3 hours. We do not walk in inclement weather.

The start time for the walks will change with the seasons. For more information E-mail Ginger Shoemake

Yellow-headed Blackbird