Kittitas Audubon November 2017
All Audubon meetings, held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Hal Holmes Center next to the
Library, September through May (except December), are open to the public. Please come and meet with
us. A brief business session precedes the program. Stay afterwards for juice, treats, and conversation.
Many thanks to the Ellensburg Public Library for sponsoring our meetings here!
Membership Meeting - Thursday, November 16th, 2017
“African Wildlife Safari - A Look at Kenya and Rwanda”
presented by Doug Kuehn
7:00 PM at Hal Holmes Center next to the library ~ 209 Ruby Street
On my first trip to Africa I was joined by my older brother, Rich,
who has traveled there 16 times. He had arranged our trip with
Preston Mutinda of “Preston’s Birding and Wildlife Safaris”, voted
the best guide in East Africa the past 4 years, by the other pro-
fessional guides. We spent the first four days at Masai Mara with
early morning and afternoon game viewing drives to witness the
fight for survival during the migration season. Blue wildebeest,
zebras, gazelle, antelope, Masai giraffe, elephants, Cape buffalo
and primates share the savanna and riverine forests with lion,
leopard, cheetah, hyena and jackals, not to mention Nile croco-
dile and hippos in the Mara river. Kenya has approximately 1356
bird species and we encountered 288 while I was there. We also
viewed 42 mammal species.
Our safari continued to Lakes Naivasha, Bogoria, Baringo, and
Nakuru and other parts of the Great Rift Valley to view rhinos
and the endangered Rothschild giraffe. We continued northward
to the desert-like environment of Samburu Game Reserve, home to a va-
riety of mammals that are not found elsewhere such as gerenuk, Grevy’s
zebra, Beisa oryx and reticulated giraffe. We then headed to the cooler
forests of Mt. Kenya, staying at the Serena Mountain Lodge that featured
birds and animals coming to the lighted waterhole for night viewing.
The trip continued with a flight to Kigali, Rwanda and drive to the Volca-
noes National Park and mountain gorilla view lodge. Tracking gorillas through the mountain forest on
the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience.
Doug Kuehn is a retired statewide forester for Washington Department of
Fish and Wildlife where he worked on projects to improve wildlife habi-
tat. He has a BS degree from Iowa State University in Forest Manage-
ment and a Master’s of Science from the Australian National University in
Canberra, where he studied the effects on birds from converting eucalyp-
tus forests to Monterrey Pine (Pinus radiata). He is a longtime member of
Kittitas Audubon and an accomplished photographer.
Page 2 The Hooter
Board Notes ~ Oct 5th
by Gloria Baldi
KAS scholarship recipient, Lindsay Millward, from CWU
gave a short presentation on her thesis research project.
It involves determining the use by small mammals of the I
-90 underpass at Gold Creek near Snoqualmie Pass. With
the information, it is hoped the most successful micro-
habitats to encourage use can be noted and enhanced.
During the fire and smoke this summer she was able to
trap and tag 415 small mammals representing 12 species.
Final results will be shared at a later date, and she is very
grateful for KAS support.
A report with pictures indicates the exciting discovery that
Vaux Swifts migrating through Ellensburg in spring and
late summer seem to be roosting in a chimney atop Fitter-
er’s Furniture Store. (You may remember they used the
chimney of the old hospital on Third Avenue before it was
demolished.) Monitoring will begin next spring.
The Secretary’s report with corrections was approved; the
Treasurer’s report was also approved.
First Saturday BirdWalk in November is the 4th and will be
led by Jan Demorest and Steve Moore.
Kris Kaylor has graciously agreed to be the new KAS
Membership Chair. Her computer skills and background
in graphic arts fit well with this position. The Board is very
thankful for her volunteer offer.
President Judy Hallisey gave an informative tour and
birding program about Cuba on October 19th.
Barry Brunson reported on the unsuccessful attempt
by Our Environment to have the City of Ellensburg
adopt a solar power resolution, even though indi-
vidual council members expressed support.
Meghan Anderson had written a strong letter sup-
porting solar power goals to the City Council on Oc-
Barry asked if KAS would formally form a partnership
with Our Environment only on the issues of energy
conservation and its use to strengthen the appeal
for enlightened energy policy. The Board voted to
Judy Hallisey led a discussion that included climate
change (among other topics) at the Next Step Kit-
titas County Huddle on October 2nd.
KAS Board meets again on the first Thursday of each
month at 4:30. Come join us!
Send in your stories & photos!
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The mission of Kittitas Audubon is to
develop an appreciation of nature through
education and conservation, with a focus
KAS BOARD MEMBERS
President – Judy Hallisey 270-792-9188
Vice President – Barb Masberg 509-406-3104
Secretary – Jim Briggs 933-2231
Treasurer – Sharon Lumsden 968-3889
Conservation – Norm Peck 933-4233
Education – OPEN
Field Trips – Steve Moore 933-1179
Historian – Gloria Lindstrom 925-1807
Programs – pending
Publicity – Meghan Anderson 253-987-7629
Scholarship – Gloria Baldi 933-1558
Climate Change–Barry Brunson: 270-792-9186
Past President – Tom Gauron 968-3175
*Newsletter – Jan Demorest 933-1179
Membership – Kris Kaylor 509-304-4103
*Bluebird boxes – Jan Demorest 933-1179
*Social Greeter – Kay Forsythe 925-2356
*Christmas Bird Count–Phil Mattocks
KAS Board Meetings are held at 4:30
PM ~ 1st Thursday of each month at
the Methodist Church across from
The Ellensburg Public Library. These
meetings are open to the public and
all Audubon members; please come
and join in the discussions. Meetings
adjourn by 6:00 or 6:30, then we all go
out for a sociable dinner ~ NO busi-
ness discussion allowed!
Oct 7th ~ First Saturday Birdwalk, Rinehart
Park ~ We had six people including four Audubon
members. It was a cold windy day with leaves
falling off the trees. That made it difficult to see
bird movement. Nevertheless we did see a few
birds. An adult Bald Eagle flew over the pond
then disappeared down the river. Only Canada
Geese on the pond. Several Downy Woodpeck-
ers. Three Yellow-rumped Warblers, a small flock
of Common Mergansers and a larger flock of Mal-
lards. Of course, there were crows and mag-
pies. That’s about it ~ we enjoyed the outing and
our new board member, Kris Kaylor got some
~ Jim Briggs
Field Trip Reports Page 3 The Hooter
Flying Insects Decline in Germany!
A Science/Environment BBC article ( http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41670472) reports re-
search in "protected" areas of Germany have experienced a 70-75% decrease in flying insects over the last 30
years or so. In addition to known effects as pollinators, flying insects are a major food source for birds and bats,
and a reduction in flying insect density is likely to affect birds and flying insectivorous mammals. I'm aware of no
similar evaluations in the U.S.
~ Norm Peck
Birding in Cuba: Tobacco and Rum!
Our KAS President, Judy Hallisey, took us all to the Caribbe-
an! A crowd of avid birders listened and watched as Judy
told the story of her trip which might as well be titled:
‘Flexibility and It’s Complicated!’ Traveling with Judy is a well
-rounded event. After describing the difficulties of traveling
to Cuba, Judy then gave an historical background from
Spanish rule to Batista and Castro. She also described the
support from the USSR, Venezuela, and finally Spain. Vene-
zuela brought oil rigs and
Spain is bringing tourism.
The trip was complete
with so many bird species
to see including the Bee
Hummingbird and the
Cuban Trogon. Birding
from 5 am to 10 pm for
many days ca