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Hummingbirds: Masters of the Air
Tuesday, September 21, 7 PM via Zoom

With their ability to hover in place, fly upside-down or backwards, and cross seas without stopping, hummingbirds seem immune to the ordinary laws of physics. Their jewel-tone feathers flash in the sun brighter than rubies or emeralds. Their wings flap faster than the eye can see. Their courtship flights defy gravity. These tiny dynamos of the avian world both fascinate and flummox us.

Find out more about one of the fiercest birds in the animal kingdom, as master birder Connie Sidles shows you the wonders of hummingbirds and tells you how to attract them to your garden.

Connie is a master birder and long-time member of the Seattle Audubon Society, where she serves on the Conservation Committee and Chair of the Publications Committee. She has written four books about nature, focusing on her favorite “backyard” Montlake Fill, otherwise known as the Union Bay Natural Area at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Her most recent book, Forty-Six Views of Montlake Fill, includes poems and Sumi-e paintings about how to find joy in the connections we make with nature and with each other.

Zoom registration:
When: Sep 21, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZckduGorDotHN12aOZyzVOaHgMLdrpnegFK

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


Paradise Valley bird habitat work parties

As part of our commitment to enhancing wild bird habitats, Vashon Audubon is helping the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust care for a portion of the Judd Creek Preserve in Paradise Valley. Work parties this fall will be on the first Wednesday of each month, from 10 AM to 12:30 PM. Those dates for will be: October 6, November 3, and December 1.

Tasks will vary seasonally but often include removing invasive plants like blackberries and English ivy.

To join in, meet at the Judd Creek Loop Trail trailhead on the EAST side of 111th Ave SW in Paradise Valley .(Note: this is NOT the parking lot on the west side of 111th close to 204th SW.) Dress for the weather, including sturdy shoes. Please bring your own work gloves and hand tools. Expect encounters with blackberries and nettles. Bring water, snacks, and your sense of humor and purpose!

Questions? Contact Jim Evans, jimevans@centurytel.net


Upcoming programs:

John Marzluff presents “Birds, Farms, and Food in Harmony with the Land,” based on his latest book, Searching for the Meadowlark,  Tuesday, October 12, location TBD.

Paul Bannick returns to discuss owls of Washington and share his latest book, Tuesday, November 9, Vashon Theatre for Greentech night.


Show: Four Seasons at Fern Cove

This show is over, but you can view it online at Four Seasons at Fern Cove June 2021 – YouTube

Jim Diers, one of Vashon’s favorite photographers, shares the fabulous photos he’s taken year-round at Fern Cove—including ma

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