Field Trip – Snow Geese, Bald Eagles, and More – February 18th 8:00AM


Saturday, February 18, 8:00 a.m.
February is a great month for seeing huge numbers of waterfowl and Bald Eagles that winter along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Make plans to join Mike and MerryLynn Denny as they lead this fun field trip to western Walla Walla County. We could easily see over 50 species of birds, including Mergansers, Goldeneye, Scaup, Canvasbacks, Redheads, Greater White-fronted Geese and Tundra Swans.

The number of Snow Geese that make a winter stop-over in the McNary National Wildlife Refuge has been increasing in recent years. On last year’s February field trip we witnessed a phenomenal spectacle. In the span of 20 minutes over 20,000 Snow Geese left the fields at the south end of the refuge and headed for the ponds east of the refuge headquarters and beyond. It was an unforgettable sight to watch wave after wave of them fly over us, calling as they passed. Will we be so fortunate again this year? Let’s hope so!

Meet at the Harper Joy Theater parking lot no later than 8:00 a.m. Plan to car pool as we want as few cars as possible on this field trip. Stops along the way will be limited if too many cars are in the group. Bring a lunch and don’t forget your binoculars and a field guide. If you don’t have a scope, several will be available to allow close looks at the birds. We plan to return mid-to-late afternoon. Contact Mike or MerryLynn if you have any questions or 529-0080.!

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