Previous Programs

Lower Columbia School Gardens - Successes, Challenges and Opportunities

Willapa Hills Audubon Society welcomes Ian Thompson, Director of Lower Columbia School Gardens, to share successes, challenges and opportunities of developing and sustaining school gardens at local middle and elementary schools.  Lower Columbia School Gardens is a local nonprofit (no government or school district funding) that is getting kids OUTSIDE digging in the mud, noticing, observing and learning about critters in the compost, pollinators at the flowers and whatever other natural life presents itself (see photos).

In the past year Lower Columbia School Gardens has engaged nearly 3,000 students in Cowlitz County in garden related activities.  Come hear how participating in planning, planting, weeding, watering, composting, harvesting, selling, cooking and eating actual vegetables (and fruit) impacts students and volunteers and fosters connection with nature.  

Where: Lower Columbia College Physical Science Building Room 102; Located next to the LCC 15th Ave parking lot in Longview, WA  

When: Thursday, April 17th from

Annual Membership Dinner and Meeting coming March 29

Come celebrate with us. 

The annual membership dinner meeting and program will be held on Saturday, March 29th at 5:30 at the Longview Woman’s Club.  The address is 835 21st Ave. in Longview, on the Kessler side of the lake.  This year will be a potluck, once again.  WHAS will supply meat and vegetarian pizza, coffee, tea and water.  Members should bring a potluck dish they would like to share: salad, dessert, casserole, bread, appetizer, or something else.  We will need to know how many of you plan on attending to plan pizza.

Please contact Carol at 360-849-4324 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or contact Gloria at 360-636-3793 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We would like a head count by March 26th.

Please make it a green event and bring your own tableware.

At 7:00 keynote speaker, Paul Engelmeyer, manager of Ten Mile Creek, an Important Bird Area, will begin his presentation.

Audubon Land Steward to be Annual Meeting Speaker

WHAS will welcome Paul Engelmeyer as keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting, Dinner, & Program on Saturday, March 29th.  Paul has been managing the Audubon parcel located on Ten Mile Creek, south of Yachats since 1990.  This effort includes not only watershed restoration and protection strategies but a marine conservation effort as well.

The Ten Mile Creek Conservation Program includes education, land stewardship, acquisition and advocacy.  In the early ‘90s ODFW, Audubon, the local community and the Siuslaw National Forest developed a partnership that grew into a basin-wide protection and restoration program which eventually led to a national award in 2005.

In 2012, the 80,000 acres from Heceta Head through Rock Creek Wilderness, Ten Mile and Cummins Creek Wilderness to north of Yachats River basin was designated a Globally Significant Important Bird Area (IBA) for the Marbled Murrelet.  As the statewide conservation representative on the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) Paul has worked on formation of marine reserves in Oregon’s Territorial Sea which includes five sites including the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Seabird Protection Area just off-shore of the Murrelet IBA.

Engelmeyer will be discussing a range of issues including land-sea conservation strategies, marine reserves and protected areas, forage fish issues as well as recovery efforts for the Marbled Murrelet.

The program at the Longview Woman’s Club. 835 21st Ave. in Longview is at 7:00 PM and free and open to the public.

Open house in Long Beach: "Flocking Together - Learn How Citizen Science Counts"

The Willapa Hills Audubon Society is excited to announce the first of many more programs in Pacific County.

COASST LogoJoin us for an open house on Saturday, December 07, 2013, from 01:30pm - 03:30pm. During that time COASST will offer two 20min programs/classes titled “Flocking Together: Learn How Citizen Science Counts” at the rear lower level of the Long Beach Grange at 5715 Sandridge Road.

COASST works with citizens to collect, identify, and count birds that have died and been washed up on beaches in Washington State and other states.

From their mission: “COASST is a citizen science project of the University of Washington in partnership with state, tribal and federal agencies, environmental organizations, and community groups… By collaborating with citizens, natural resource management agencies and environmental organizations, COASST works to translate long-term monitoring into effective marine conservation solutions. “

There will also be information about the many citizen science projects that involve counting live birds. Before and after the COASST presentation there will be information tables to explain the different missions of Willapa Hills Audubon Society, Shoalwater Birders, Grays Harbor Audubon Society, and Friends of Willapa National Refuge.

Diving Birds presented by Harry Nehls

Please join local birding expert Harry Nehls, author of Birds of the Willamette Valley Region, on Wednesday May 8 at 7:00 pm at Lower Columbia College, Room PSC 102 as he discusses the Unique features and fascinating natural history of diving birds including cormorants, pelicans, loons and grebes.

The program is free, open to all and sponsored by the LCC Sustainability Club and the Willapa Hills Audubon Society


Oregon Zoo "Predators of the Sky" Program

Bald Eagle (Image WDWF)Learn about fierce and fast hawks, owls, vultures and eagles and get a close-up view of these birds soaring overhead as the Oregon Zoo brings live raptors from the Pacific Northwest and all over the world to the Lower Columbia College Student Center on Saturday, April 13th at 11:00 am!

The program is free and all ages are welcome to attend.  Sponsored by the Willapa Hills Audubon Society and the LCC Sustainability Club.

Mushroom Growing 101

This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons.Please join Lower Columbia College Professors Kyle Hammon and Louis LaPierre and the Willapa Hills Audubon Society on Wednesday, March 27 from 6-9 pm in LCC room SCI 107 to learn the basics of cultivating delicious oyster and shiitake mushrooms.

Participants will make and take home their own personal fungus farms.  Cost is $10 to cover materials.

Space is limited and a reservation is necessary.  Call Bob at 360-414-2728 to reserve your spot.

Annual WHAS Member Meeting and Program

Come celebrate with us. The annual WHAS member dinner and meeting will be held on Saturday, March 30th at 6PM at the Longview Woman's Club. The address is 835 21st Ave in Longview, on the Kessler side of the lake. This year will be a potluck. WHAS will supply meat and vegetarian pizza, coffee, tea and water. Members can bring something they might like to share: salad, dessert, casserole, bread, appetizer, or something else. We will need to know how many are coming, and your choice of pizza.

Please call either Gloria at (360) 636-3793 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.her or call Carol at (360)849-4324 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.her. We need to have a head count by the 27th of March. If possible when you call, please let us know what you are planning on bringing.  Also PLEASE bring your own tableware for all in your party. Let's make this a festive event!

Marsh Wren's NestAt 7:00 pm, key note speaker, Master Birder and outdoor photographer, Idie Ulsh will present "Feathered Architects - The Fascinating World of Bird Nests".

The program will explore how and where birds make nests and will examine interesting aspects of their construction.

Idie Ulsh, Master Birder and former president of Seattle Audubon, has been a birder for 40 years, with an expertise in birdsong. Her interest expanded from birds to other flying creatures, including butterflies and dragonflies, and she was co-editor of photographs for The Butterflies of Cascadia.

The program at 7pm is free and open to the public.

Great Backyard Bird Count - Outreach to New Birders

The Great Backyard Bird Count on February 15—18 will be promoted by a WHAS program at the Longview Library.  At 12:00 on February 16 we will see a short Powerpoint presentation on the bird count and then expert birders will lead small groups on short birding tours.  Birds found on the tours will count in the bird count, and participants will get practice in identifying our common urban birds.

New birders and children especially are encouraged to come to the free program.

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