Field Trip – Birding the Great River Bend – Sep 29

Saturday, September 29, 2018 – 8:00 am to about 4:00 pm
Meet at the Harper Joy Theater parking lot at Whitman College

Join Mike & MerryLynn Denny to explore the birds of the Columbia River from
the Walla Walla River Delta through Wallula Gap to the McNary Wildlife Area
below McNary Dam. Stops along the way will include Warehouse Beach and Hat
Rock State Park.

On last year’s similar field trip we found over 80 species of birds, including good
views of Swainson’s Hawks, a Common Loon, Herring Gulls, a rookery of Blackcrowned
Night Herons, and California (formerly Western) Scrub Jays. We also
saw numerous waterfowl (which were back in breeding plumage) and migrating
warblers. A special treat was a Viceroy Butterfly at Hat Rock State Park.

Come prepared for the weather and bring water, snacks, lunch, binoculars and a
friend or two. Wear your walking shoes as we will likely walk a couple of miles in
all. We will carpool. You do not have to be a member of Blue Mountain Audubon
Society to attend.

If you have a copy of “Where the Great River Bends” or can borrow a copy, it
would be helpful to read about the fascinating geography and history in the Wallula
Gap where the ice-age floods rushed through. Mike, along with Bob Carson and
others, authored this most interesting and informative book.

If you have any questions about the field trip, contact Mike and MerryLynn at
m.denny@charter.net or 509-529-0080.

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