Next Meeting - November 20th, 7:00 PM Room 151 Hall of Science, Whitman College
The Walla Walla Watershed—can it become Salmon-Safe?

Salmon Safe

Salmon-Safe's mission is to transform land management practices so Pacific salmon can thrive in West Coast watersheds. Kevin Scribner, a partner within the Salmon-Safe Partnership Network (www.salmonsafe.org), will portray how Salmon-Safe Certification works to achieve and sustain ecological function in working landscapes using voluntary, market-incentivized methods. Currently, over 70% of the Walla Walla Valley vineyards are certified Salmon-Safe, as well as over 2,000 orchard acres.

Kevin Scribner leads Salmon-Safe agricultural outreach in the mid Columbia Basin and advises Salmon-Safe on special projects. Co-located in Walla Walla and Portland, Kevin has helped inform and shape Salmon-Safe almost since our founding at Pacific Rivers Council. Kevin has extensive experience in natural resource planning and management, community cultural development, alternative food systems, ecological restoration and commercial fishing.

Kevin served on the Board of Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council and served as the Basin Advocate for the bi-state Walla Walla Watershed Alliance. Kevin also consults with Vinea Sustainable Trust, a vineyard and winery organization in the Walla Walla Appellation, and a key Salmon-Safe implementation partner in the interior Columbia Basin. Kevin grew up in Walla Walla graduating from Whitman College in 1975 with a B.A. in English.

Field Trip - Saturday November 22nd - Tom's Turkey Trot - 9:00AM

Turkey

It’s time for the annual November Turkey Trot led by Tom Scribner. We will scour the Blue Mountain foothills in Columbia and Walla Walla Counties in search of wild turkeys. Along the way we will look for other birds, such as northern shrike, Townsend’s solitaires, pileated woodpeckers, pygmy owls, and the unexpected birds that are waiting to be discovered.

It will be an all-day trip so bring a lunch, something warm to drink, and a friend or two; and don’t forget your binoculars and field guide. This trip is always a lot of fun and the scenery alone makes it a trip you won’t want to miss.

Meet at the Harper Joy Theater parking lot at 9:00AM and we will car pool.

Please Click Here to e-mail Tom if you plan to attend or call him at (509)529-8628.

TUESDAY BIRD WALKS AT BENNINGTON LAKE - Start Time As of Sept 30th 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

Yellow-headed Blackbird