Local Current Issues

WHAS helps make Wake Robin Outdoor Learning Center accessible

WHAS Education Chair Darrel Whipple presents WHAS's donation for Wake Robin Learning Center to instructor John Gross, representing Longview School District at the site, on Thursday, October 13th, as three fifth graders share the happy moment

At Wake Robin Learning Center along Coal Creek Willapa Hills Audubon members interpreted bird and mammal features to Longview fifth graders during Forestry Days, October 12-13. WHAS has participated in this program for many years.

This year WHAS further benefitted the Wake Robin program by donating $600 to help cover transportation of more than 450 students to the site. The forested acreage and building were donated to the Longview School District for an outdoor learning center by the late Joe and Eleanor Lammi, former WHAS directors and longtime members.

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National Coverage of Proposed Coal Terminal in Longview

It's not too often that our little corner of the world makes the national presses, but over the past months friends and families have alerted us to Longview popping up in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times or other far away papers because of the proposed coal terminal.  The most recent Natural Resources Defense Council magazine, On Earth, has a long article about coal with considerable text dedicated to the proposed terminal in Longview.  The Sierra Club magazine, Sierra, included an article on the Longview proposal earlier in the spring.

Tough truths about plastic pollution

Plastic bottles can harm our fauna and flora in many ways.

Artist Dianna Cohen shares some tough truths about plastic pollution in the ocean and in our lives -- and some thoughts on how to free ourselves from the plastic gyre. (Click here if the movie does not load in your browser).

Update on Cooper Island

We have received an update from George Divoky, our favorite arctic scientist. He writes from Cooper Island while conducting his continuing research on the Black Guillimot colony on Cooper Island. George invites you to go to his links to learn more about what is going on this summer.

"Yesterday brought the first major surprise of the summer when I found a recently hatched Glaucous Gull chick - a first for Cooper Island. Guillemot chicks are also hatching and I will be busy in the next week getting dates of hatching for the 146 active guillemot nests.

This has been a cooler and wetter summer than most recent ones and much ice is still visible from the island, unlike last year when there was only open water by this date. Check out our blog www.adventures-in-climate-change.com and/or website www.cooperisland.org for more information and check back during August to see how the ice retreat affects the guillemots and polar bears. Have a good rest of the summer and thanks much for your interest and support.


If you like to know more about George Divoky and his research on Birds and what influence Climate Change has on the Guillimot watch this amazing video:


Upcoming Events

Aug 14;
WHAS Annual Picnic
Sep 10-11;
Puget Sound Bird Fest
Sep 23-25;
Wings over Willapa Festival
Oct 08;
Board Meeting