Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society
History and Accomplishments
Throughout our history, the chapter's usual activities have included various bird censuses, field trips, and education programs much too numerous to list. Our current activities still reflect this. The Christmas Bird Count has been done every year. Chapter meetings are held regularly and the programs enlighten our lives. Here are some highlights and outstanding moments worth remembering.
May 1965: Tri-Cities Bird Club formed. Bird census done on an area originally counted in 1908.
June 1965: Club voted to apply for chapter status with the National Audubon Society.
January 1966: First Christmas Bird Count.
February 1967: Received National Audubon Society charter to become an NAS chapter.
September 1967: Cleared nature trail in Columbia Park (now known as the Coler Audubon Nature Trail).
June 1968: Proposed Ben Franklin Dam opposed. Chapter visited and recognized by William O. Douglas.
January 1978: Hanford Reach opened to boat traffic.
1978: Efforts continued to improve Nature Trail in Columbia Park.
1980: Bird Lore column by Howard Ennor debuts in the TriCity Herald. This ran for 8 years with 337 articles published.
1980: Float trips organized on the Hanford Reach.
1986: Saved Leslie Groves Park from development.
1987: Damming of Little Palouse Falls prevented.
1987: Effort underway to have Hanford Reach designated as a Wild and Scenic River.
Photo: Volunteers plant tree at Wildlife Refuge
April 1992: Birds of the TriCities by Howard Ennor published.
1992-1994: Tapteal Greenway effort started from LCBAS efforts.
September 1993: Reopened and dedicated the Audubon Nature Trail in Columbia Park.
November 1994: Start of Burrowing Owl Project installing artificial nests and inventory.
1994: Started program to recycle Christmas trees; later adopted by other groups.
April 1996: Awarded the Chevron Times-Mirror Conservation Award.
November 1995: Established local Bird Alert phone/message line.
1996: First local Big Sit (bird census).
1997: Awarded International Parks and Recreation Association Citizen Group of the Year.
May 1997: McNary National Wildlife Refuge Education Center and new Friends group started from previous LCBAS education programs.
June 1999: Nominated and received designation of the Fitzner-Eberhardt Arid Lands Ecology Reserve as the first Important Bird Area in the State. The Yakima River Delta and Bateman Island were later also named as Important Bird Areas.
June 2000: Hanford Reach designated a National Monument.
May 2001: Nature Trail in Columbia Park dedicated and renamed Coler Audubon Nature Trail in honor of Dr. Rod Coler.
2005: LCBAS's Conservation Sub-committee, Friends of Badger Mountain, preserve 574 acres of Badger Mountain’s ridgeline as open space.
No bird left unwatched when LCBAS members goes birdwatching!