Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society

Serving Benton and Franklin Counties since 1965

Field trips and in-person meetings canceled until further notice!

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Monthly Zoom Membership Meeting

November 16, 2021
6:30 PM

Join the Zoom meeting
Meeting ID: 867 1223 6619  Passcode: 995930

Logging in starts at 6:30 pm and the Program starts at 7 pm. There will be information about the Lower Columbia Basin Audubon Society, up-coming programs and general chatter until 7 pm.

Reconnecting Habitats: The Washington State Department of Transportation’s Approach to Integrating Habitat Connectivity Principles into the State’s Transportation System

Glen P. Kalisz, Habitat Connectivity Biologist, Washington State Department of Transportation

Habitat connectivity is essential to maintaining healthy ecological processes and viable wildlife populations. While transportation infrastructure is often considered a barrier to wildlife movement, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is committed to making the highway system more permeable for wildlife.

I will discuss WSDOT’s efforts to incorporate habitat connectivity principles into the stewardship of the state’s transportation system, including the basis for determining where on our sizeable highway system we can justify spending public dollars on improving highway conditions for wildlife, and how we should integrate habitat connectivity into our fish barrier corrections and other projects.

I will highlight examples of WSDOT’s accomplishments around the state and address components of our crossing structure monitoring program including the use of infrared trail cameras to collect and analyze data; as well as what we have learned about species’ preferences for different types of habitat connectivity infrastructure.

I will describe how we determine structure sizing, when and where to use jumpouts, wildlife fencing, and wildlife guards, and provide some general recommendations for increasing the permeability of our highway system without relying solely on major projects.

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Local Birding Checklists

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

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