November Meeting - Mill Creek Steelhead Restoration Efforts
Thursday November 17th 7:00PM - Room 129 Olin Hall

Mill Creek

After a severe flood in the early 1930s, the Corps of Engineers constructed flood control measures on seven miles of Mill Creek. An assessment of Mill Creek fish passage completed in 2009 identified and described barriers for ESA listed steelhead and bull trout, and for reintroduced spring chinook. Returning adults encounter flow-dependent depth and velocity barriers, and a lack of resting opportunities. Juvenile fish encounter low spring flows, and high water temperatures in late spring. Mill Creek, upstream of the flood control project, is a critical and under-utilized area for spawning and rearing, and provides for an important recovery opportunity for those listed fish, as well as good habitat for other native fish and reintroduction efforts for spring chinook.

In cooperation with the Mill Creek Work Group, Tri-State Steelheaders has sponsored five fish passage projects in Mill Creek. The most recent project was completed in 2016, between 9th Avenue and 5th Avenue. In his presentation, Brian will describe the nature of the passage barriers, and how recent projects have improved passage.

Brian Burns is the Executive Director of the Tri-State Steelheaders. Brian has been with the Steelheaders since 2002. As their Project Manager for over 10 years, he completed 19 projects to improve fish passage and riparian habitat. Brian came to Walla Walla after graduating from Utah State University with a Master's degree in biology. His thesis project investigated ultraviolet vision in waxwings.

Hope to see you there.

Field Trip: Saturday November 19th 9:00 AM
Tom's Annual Turkey Trot - Gobble Gobble

Gobble Gobble

It’s time for our annual November Turkey Trot led by Tom Scribner. We will scour the foothills of Walla Walla and Columbia Counties in search of wild turkeys, northern shrike, Townsend’s solitaires, pileated woodpeckers, great-horned owls, hermit thrush and other birds. We will try to have a walkie-talkie for each car so everyone will know what is being seen as we head for Wolf Fork Road south of Dayton, where we usually see the most turkeys.

Bring a lunch, walkie-talkies if you have them, and a friend or two; and don’t forget your binoculars. Meet at the Harper Joy Theater parking lot and we will car pool. If you have any questions please call or e-mail Tom: 529-8628 or




Adopt A Highway - Coordinator Needed


As many of you know Blue Mountain Audubon has responsibility for a one mile stretch of highway. One day in the fall and another in the spring we meet and clean up that one mile stretch of Highway 12 that we have adopted. The previous coordinators, Mike James, Joanne Hesser-James, and Jill Hesser-Gardiner did an excellent job managing this task but have decided to move on to other opportunities.

The actual clean up only takes about an hour and is a great way to exercise and do good for the environment. The reward is a clean highway for visitors to see when they are driving to Walla Walla.

The coordinator sets the date and time, assigns the volunteers to areas, provides the helmets, vests, and bags, which come from the highway department, logs the activity, and turns in the paperwork upon conclusion of the clean-up.

We are looking for a new coordinator for this project and if you are interested please contact me. For more information or to volunteer for this position Click Here to send me an E-mail.

New Start Time - 10-25-2016 - will be 9:00AM

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

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