Audubon plans public meeting, field trip

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WALLA WALLA — The local chapter of the Audubon Society will hold its monthly meeting 7-9 p.m. March 21 to discuss the controversy over protecting endangered salmon from birds that feed on them.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be in Room 151 of the Hall of Science at Whitman College.

Two specialists from the Walla Walla District of the Army Corps of Engineers will describe their work on a management plan to address the environmental issue. They will describe research on the effects of bird predators, such as gulls, terns and cormorants, on fisheries as well as wild salmon populations.

Parking is available next to the building on the Whitman College campus.

On March 23, the chapter will hold a bird-watching field trip from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. along on the Snake River east of Burbank at the Corps Hollebeke Habitat Management Unit.

The search will be on for early spring arrivals, such as swallows, sparrows, bluebirds, waterfowl on the river and fly-over sandhill cranes.

Led by Mike and MerryLynn Denny, the trip will start by carpool from Whitman’s Harper Joy Theatre parking lot.

Newcomers to birdwatching are welcome on this expedition.

Participants should dress for hiking and bring binoculars and a lunch.

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