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Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society

Serving Benton and Franklin Counties since 1965

Report Sightings at LCBirds2

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Washington Sage Grouse – Lek Tour on Yakima Training Center

April 21, 2018

Join LCBAS for a special Sage Grouse Lek Tour on the Yakima Training Center near Selah, WA. The tour will be led by YTC biologists to safely visit leks which are off-limits to all other visitors. This special tour will be limited to 15 participants. LCBAS members will receive priority for sign up until March 23. This is a declining species in Washington and seeing any grouse lek is an unforgettable experience.

To reduce disturbance and have the best chance to view lekking grouse we will want to be onsite at sunrise. This means meeting near the YTC on Saturday AM around 4:45 AM. This is at least a 1.5hr drive from Tri-Cities. (Staying near Yakima the night prior, and group options may be coordinated).

After viewing the lek, additional stops for birding will be made before departing the installation. Expect to stay with the tour until 1pm. Options for birding around Wenas for woodpeckers and other species will be arranged based on interest after the tour.

To be added to the trip list, please contact Jason Fidorra at Field Trips with ALL the following information (required by YTC):

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Middle Initial
  • Date of Birth
  • Driver’s License #
  • Driver’s License State
Thank you for your interest. More details will be sent to group participants as the trip approaches.

Monthly Meeting

7 PM, Tuesday, March 27, 2018

First Lutheran Church, 418 N Yelm St., Kennewick
Corner of Hwy 395 and Yelm

LIGO: All about the Waves

Dr. Rick Savage
LIGO Hanford Observatory

The LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) Hanford Observatory, together with its sister observatory in Louisiana, has initiated the new era of gravitational wave astronomy by recording signals generated by black holes colliding more than one billion years ago. LIGO Gravitational Wave Observatory at the Hanford Reservation, Washington

Dr. Savage will give an overview of the LIGO observatories and the instruments that have enabled the first direct observation of gravitational waves.

Rick earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at UCLA. He has worked on the LIGO project since 1992 and has been with the LIGO Hanford Observatory since 1997.View of part of the northern leg of LIGO at Hanford, Washington

Learn about LIGO’s discoveries and their astrophysical implications.

Western Waters

A short video narrated by David Yarnold, Audubon CEO and President outlining Audubon's Western Water initiative

Birds of the Tri-Cities Checklist
[Note: This checklist is designed to be printed on 8.5 x 14 in paper and folded in 4 folds width-wise.]

Birds of the Tri-Cities Annotated Checklist

Benton County Bird List - 2017