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’s design and promotes this through education, involvement, stewardship, enjoyment

and advocacy.

VAS site maintained by:      Sherry Hagen  

VAS Website is hosted  by Infinity Internet:   www.iinet.com   Vancouver, WA

Text Box: Next Meeting: 
Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
General Meeting, Program & Spring Potluck


Annual Spring Potluck!

Time: 6:15 PM 
Come early to the monthly meeting and enjoy good food and great company! 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. 






Program:

Time: 7:00 PM   

 Mountain Goats Return to Lawetlat’la!
By Nathan Reynolds 

	Nathan Reynolds is an ethno-ecologist for the 	Cowlitz Indian Tribe in southwest Washington 	and currently serves as interim Cultural Program 	Manager. For millennia, Cowlitz people climbed 	the slopes of Mount St. Helens/Lawetlat’la to 	hunt mountain goats and collect wool. These 	fibers were spun into yarn, woven into capes 	and blankets, and traded throughout the pre-contact Northwest Coast as high-status items. Since the 1980 eruption, mountain goats have naturally recolonized Mount St. Helens and the population is expanding. Biologists from the Tribe, several agencies, and volunteer citizen scientists are working together to monitor population trends. The volcano was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Traditional Cultural Property of the Cowlitz Tribe, and members are again gathering tufts of wool from the slopes of Lawetlat’la, preparing to recover the lost art of wool-weaving. Reynolds will weave science, culture and history together in his fascinating presentation! 

Remember, we have a new meeting location! 
Find us at the West Park Community Room at 610 Esther St. (just across the street from the west end of Esther Short Park, or kitty-corner from City Hall). Main parking lot is on the west side, handicap parking is found on the east side.  There is an entrance at either side of the building. 

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VAS Program Chair Needed!

Love our programs? Want to see more, learn more? We need your talents and ideas as a new volunteer to take over the position as program chair! We hope you would like to take an active part in our group and help organize the wonderful presentations we all enjoy.  

Please contact Arden if you are interested for more information!
Arden Hagen: 360-892-8872 or iambakerman@comcast.net

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Next Birding Trip:    
Lacamas Prairie Natural Area

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Leader:  Carlo Abbruzzese
When: Saturday, May 18th at 8:00am
Where: Meet at the parking area just NW of the intersection of Goodwin and Ingle and NE of the Camas Meadows Golf Course.

This combined natural area preserve (NAP)
and natural resources conservation area 
(NRCA) protects the best known remnant 
of the Willamette Valley wet prairie 
ecosystem in Washington. Lacamas Prairie
Natural Area also protects one of the 
largest populations of Bradshaw’s lomatium,
which is federally listed as “endangered”.  
The site also protects populations of five 
other rare plant species:  Oregon 
coyote-thistle, Hall’s aster, dense sedge, 
Nuttall’s quillwort, small-flowered trillium.  
The prairie remnant occurs in a native valley landscape mosaic with Oregon white oak woodland and Oregon ash wetland forest that is home to a number of migrant and resident birds.  Birds that we might encounter include, migrant and resident warblers, lazuli bunting, warbling vireo, Wilson’s snipe, and lesser and American goldfinch.  With luck we may also see the rare race of the white-breasted nuthatch (slender billed) that is only know from 4 locations in the state. No parking permits required and there are no restrooms on site.  Rubber boots advised as ground can be very wet into May. Parking is limited so please carpool if possible. This easy, mile or so hike accesses some flat wetland species and rare plants.
We will carpool.
Please remember to pay your driver for gas. 

($0.25 per mile divided amongst the passengers is a good guideline)
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Membership Change in September

For many years National Audubon helped support local chapters with a return of the some of the dues collection for membership in National Audubon which at that time also included automatic membership in your local Audubon. We did fund raisers, etc. to help support our programs, conservations, education etc.

Things changed at National Audubon and we got less and less of a return so Vancouver Audubon began charging to have The Columbia Flyway Newsletter mailed to it’s members to cover the cost of printing and mailing. We then changed out constitution so that our membership consisted of those paying the yearly fee. 

With the age of electronics, email and websites things are changing again.  Many members are already getting their copy of the newsletter emailed to them in the form of a pdf color copy. Others are using the website link. We no longer have enough members requesting a printed copy of the newsletter for our printer to continue doing it. So we have opted to have copies made at a copy shop and mailed to members until next SEPTEMBER when the newsletter will we entirely digital either via your email (which you must sign up for) or go to the website to read the copy link there.

Any questions? Please contact 

President Arden Hagen at (360) 892-8872 email: iambakerman@comcast.net

      Established December 1975

Vancouver Audubon Meets at the:

West Park Community Room

610 Esther St. Vancouver, WA

The main parking is on the West side and handicap parking in on the East side with an entrance on both sides. This is our permanent meeting place for next year.

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