Vancouver, Washington (Clark County)


Vancouver is located near the Oregon-Washington border on the Columbia River and north of Portland, OR.

Mission Statement:

Vancouver Audubon believes in the wisdom

of nature痴 design and promotes this through education, involvement, stewardship, enjoyment

and advocacy.

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Text Box: Meeting: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2015

Annual Spring Potluck Dinner
Time: 6:30 PM
Please bring a main dish, salad or dessert to serve at least 10 people to share. 

Bring your own table service (plate, utensils, cup, napkins, etc) and  your own drinks. 

General Meeting & Program
 Time: 7:30 PM

 Western Purple Martins at
at Steigerwald NWR 

by Jay Elder, Refuge PUMA Coodinator

For several years Purple Martins have come to the nesting boxes (gourds) at Steigerwald NWR. These nests are placed each spring by refuge volunteers. Jay Elder, the coordinator of this program, will tell us about these acrobatic birds and report on what they have learned about its habits and survival.  

The Purple Martin is a colonial-nesting tropical migrant songbird, the largest member of the swallow family occurring in North America. It is classified as of Special Concern or a Candidate Species for listing as Threatened throughout the remainder of its breeding range in the western USA.

There are 40 artificial gourds at Steigerwald Lake Wildlife Refuge (Washougal, WA) & ten wooden boxes.  In 2015 (March 30th) a Purple Martin 都cout was reported at Steigerwald on the dike trail. Thus begins a new season, where we ask birders to come out & help sight Purple Martins & to record the banded birds. These sightings can be reported to the Refuge Purple Martin team: In the case of a band number ID葉o the North American Banding Program Bird Banding Laboratory at:

Snowy Plover Volunteer Outreach
Midland Beach, Grayland, WA
What: Snowy Plover Volunteer Outreach
Dates: May 2-3rd 
            May 7-10th
              May 15th-17th
Location: Midway beach near Grayland, WA
Details: Volunteers are requested during designated dates in May that coincide with razor clam digs.  Volunteers will be assigned to assist with patrolling Midway Beach and conducting outreach on protecting snowy plovers from accidental harm.  One or two volunteers will be located at the site at least 2 ス hours before the start of low tide.  The typical shift should take about 6 hours.  The location for this project is Midway beach near Grayland, WA in Grays Harbor County.  Volunteers may need to visit Montesano beforehand, to pick up equipment.  You will need your own vehicle.  Volunteer hours can be applied to Master Hunter certification or recertification.

WDFW Technician John Diebert at (360) 249-4628 ext 232, email
WDFW District Wildlife Biologist  Anthony Novack at (360) 249-4628 ext 238, email

About the Snowy Plover in Washington:
キ        The Snowy Plover is a small, pale plover that blends in well with its sandy surroundings. Snowy Plovers have declined in numbers in many areas throughout their range, primarily due to human disturbance and habitat modification to outer beaches. Historically, five areas supported nesting plovers in Washington (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 1995). Today, snowy plovers can only be found nesting on three nesting sites. 
キ        The snowy plover was listed by the Washington Wildlife Commission as a State Endangered species in 1981. WDFW Snowy Plover Recovery Plan. WDFW Snowy Plover Ecology (with yearly nesting research reports). 
キ        The Pacific coast population of the western snowy plover was listed as Threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act in April 1993.


May 2nd, Saturday, 2015 Field Trip
Kiwa Trail Hike, Ridgefield NWR, River 鉄, 
                                                   Time: 8:00 AM

                     Leader:  Susan Setterberg,   856-701-2542 cell
                     Meet at: : Kiwa Trail Parking area on the River 鉄 Loop 
This is a 1ス mile walking loop hike on the Kiwa trail.  

It will start at 8:00 am at the Kiwa Trail, (a 1 ス mile walking loop through oak woodland and cattail marsh). The Kiwa Trail is a part of the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge痴 River 鉄 Unit and a walk on this trail may produce upwards of 40 species of birds in early May. Along the trail Susan will talk about habitat and migration.  Understanding which birds prefers which type of habitat and food sources will help you find and identify birds and enhance your experience and improve your identification skills.

Bird species expected to be seen in spring are Wilson痴 Snipe, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Tree Swallow, House Wren, Yellow-headed Blackbird, along with numerous species of waterfowl. With luck we may see a Sora or Virginia Rail. These birds will certainly be around and will likely be heard giving their distinct calls all the while remaining very secretive as they wade through the reeds. Red-tailed Hawks and Bald Eagles are also common at Ridgefield. 

Remember admission price to River S is $3.00 per carload if you don't have a yearly pass. Bring water & snacks.   Mosquitos can be bad this time of year so you may want to carry insect repellent.  

 All levels of birder (and all ages) are welcome!
                     We will carpool.       Do not forget to pay your driver for gas.

Established December 1975

Vancouver Audubon Meets at the:

Clark County Genealogical Society

717 Grand Boulevard (Grand & Evergreen) Vancouver, Washington

(just south of Mill Plain on NE corner)