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  • The Hooter 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.





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    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.

    Climate Change:

    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- tober 2nd.

    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 do so.

    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!

    The Hooter is the

    newsletter of Kit-

    titas Audubon,

    published monthly

    except for July.


    Submissions from readers are most welcome and encouraged!

    The editor reserves the right to edit for

    space, grammar, and/or suitability.

    Email text and/or photos to bob- or snail mail to Jan

    Demorest, Hooter Editor, 712 E 2nd

    Ave, Ellensburg, WA 98926. Sub-

    missions need to be in by the

    20th of the preceding month.

    The mission of Kittitas Audubon is to develop an appreciation of nature through education and conservation, with a focus

    on birds.

    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

    *non-voting members

    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

    good photographs.

    ~ Jim Briggs

    Field Trip Reports Page 3 The Hooter

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    Flying Insects Decline in Germany!

    A Science/Environment BBC article ( 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