Unless specified otherwise, Program Meetings are held at the 1912 Center, Fiske Room, 3rd and Adams, in Moscow. Everyone is welcome. Meetings begin at 7:00pm. *NOTE TIME CHANGE

Board meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at the 1912 Center, Fiske Room, 3rd and Adams, in Moscow. Meetings begin at 7:00 PM. For additional information, ask at a program meeting, refer to your newsletter, or contact any of the chapter officers.

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On Wednesday, April 17, at 7:00pm in the Great Room of the 1912 Building, Moscow, Laura Ehlen, a graduate student at the University of Idaho, will present “The Impacts of Shrub Encroachment in a Grassland Ecosystem on Avian Communities.” Grassland communities have declined by almost 80 percent and are considered among the most endangered ecosystems in North America. Consequently, the abundance and distribution of grassland bird species and communities has been substantially altered. Shrub encroachment is a main factor driving changes in grassland extent and composition. Shrub encroachment is a wide-spread process that likely influences bird species and communities, thus it becomes important to understand how the density and spatial arrangement of shrubs might influence bird assemblages. The overall objective of this research is to evaluate the effects of shrub encroachment (specifically shrub density and height) on bird community composition, habitat use behavior, and the microclimates that nesting birds experience. Laura is conducting this study on the Weippe Prairie (WEPR), which has recently experienced an increase in shrub density and extent. The WEPR is owned by the National Park Service and is managed by the Nez Perce National Historical Park (NEPE). This program is sponsored by Palouse Audubon Society and is free and open to the public.

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On Wednesday, May 15
, at 7:00pm in the Great Room of the 1912 Building, Moscow, Ron Force will present: “Birding Florida: Miami to the Dry Tortugas”.

The state of Florida has always attracted birders, starting with John James Audubon, for its diverse populations of species found nowhere else. The second edition (1947) of Peterson’s Field Guide to the Birds featured a separate page of “Florida Specialties”. The state is also on the eastern flyway for migrants from the Caribbean and Central America. Release and escape of exotic species have added to the unique number of birds that can be added to your life list.

In the Spring of 2018 Ron Force joined a birding tour to look for the “Florida Specialties”, resident birds, migrants, and exotics in south Florida and the Florida Keys. He’ll show pictures of the many species he saw, and discuss conservation practices and challenges in Florida in an era of climate change and population growth.

Canada Goose and Gosling