Next Meeting - September 18th, 7:00 PM Room 151 Hall of Science, Whitman College
The Albatross Latitudes


South of New Zealand and Australia lie the islands known as Sub-Antarctic Islands. This area hosts the highest species diversity of breeding albatrosses in the world. They are packed onto to these rocks in the Southern Ocean with penguins, cormorants, and petrels. The islands are also home to seals, whales, and endemic land-birds, including flightless teal. Former wildlife biologist, Laurie Ness, recently visited the region. She will share photos (and her enthusiasm) for this remote wildlife packed area. Including some of the success stories of preservation and the rediscovery of several species once thought to be extinct. Join us for a warm, dry visit to this cool, wet place that few ever get to see. Don't forget your Dramamine!

Laurie Ness is an Audubon chapter neighbor and avid birder living in Richland, WA. She worked as a Wildlife Biologist for 15 years focusing when possible, on birds. When she's asked about the high points of her field work, she tends to use the words …Remote, Islands, Guiding & Seabirds. She has lived and worked on several seabird breeding islands like Laysan Atoll in the Hawaiian Chain and the Pribilof Islands in Alaska. Her love and reverence of pelagic seabirds began in these places.

She is drawn to the mystery of those birds that live on the extremes and the places where weather and wildlife rule. She and her "sporting" husband, now try to vacation… adventurously.

Photo Credit - Southern Royal Albatrosses "gamming" on Campbell Island. 51°32'S 169°14'E -- Photo by K. Ovsyanikova

Field Trip - Saturday September 20th - Hawk Watch on Bald Mountain - 8:00AM


Mike and MerryLynn Denny will lead our first field trip this fall to Bald Mountain north of Tollgate on the road to Jubilee Lake (about an hour's drive from Walla Walla). We will sit in our lawn chairs and watch Cooper's Hawks, Sharp-shinned Hawks, Red-tailed Hawks, American Kestrels, Northern Harriers, Turkey Vultures and other raptors as they ride the thermals overhead and in the valley below. We will also look for mountain birds and will try to see more than the highs of 39 raptors and 36 total species seen on previous Hawk Watch field trips. Meet at the Harper Joy Theater parking lot and we will car pool. In addition to a lawn chair, bring your binoculars, something to drink, a lunch, a jacket (as it could get cold at elevation 4100 feet), and a friend or two. We will return to Walla Walla about 2:00 in the afternoon. You do not have to be a member of Blue Mountain Audubon to attend. Please Click Here to e-mail Mike and MerryLynn if you plan to attend or call them at 529-0080.

TUESDAY BIRD WALKS AT BENNINGTON LAKE - Start Time As of Sept 2nd will be 7:30AM

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