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Volunteer Opportunity: Purple Martin Count and Banding

Purple Martin - Image by Suzy Whittey
Purple Martin - Image by Suzy Whittey

Randy Hill, along with Cindy McCormack, will be banding and counting purple martins again this summer at various locations in SW Washington.

They will likely have 3, possibly 4 banding sessions in July and August, about 10-14 days apart.  “Everyone will have a chance to see up close and handle nestlings, learn aging comparing nestlings to representative photos of plumage, feather emergence and patterning.  As with band searches and attempts to ID we will sex and age adults and yearlings.”  Locations include Ridgefield NWR, Julia Butler Hanson NWR and Indian Jack Slough, the Columbia Land Trust property near Cathlamet, as well as others.

Randy says that birders are welcome to count birds at gourd and nest box locations themselves, following guidelines he can provide interested parties.  He recommends having 2 scopes and several spotters from different spotting angles for accuracy.  These counts can begin at any time.

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Ways to help WHAS

Here are some ways you can help WHAS in its mission to support ecologically responsible ways of life, to help maintain biologically diverse habitats, and to promote environmental understanding and enjoyment of nature:

  • Join our Volunteer list on the right of this page,
  • Become a member of Willapa Hills Audubon Society,
  • Once you are member consider to become a WHAS board member, please contact our president for more information,
  • Count birds for the Audubon Christmas Bird Counts,
  • Attend public meetings in support of local conservation efforts,
  • Help in one of our committees from conservation to backyard birding,
  • Help staff a WHAS table at an event,
  • Bring awareness to Earth Day by working the WHAS booth,
  • Offer and lead field trips for adults and/or children, please contact our field trip chair for more information,
  • Make a donation through our member form, and no you do not need to become a member, though we love to have you around,
  • Check out the other possibilities further down on this site.

If you are interested in any of the above tasks or if you have other ideas to help WHAS with its mission, contact any of the board members on our contact page.

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