|Lynn in the Flight Pen|
|Barn Owl by Sam, age 9.|
|Todd Telander (white shirt in the middle) draws from live bird models at the Walla Walla Library.|
|Live birds drawn by Todd Telander|
Todd generously gifted Lynn and Bob the drawing above to help raise funds for a new hospital, rehabilitation and educational center. A much needed new facility. If you too have funds to make a contribution of a one time donation or to become a member ($10 per month), go to: http://www.bluemountainwildlife.org/
Or just go to the site, read Lynn's journal. The tales are as good as any Batman storyline.
In the meantime, Carnegie Picture Lab with its fabulous volunteers are bringing art to the valley. Photos mostly by local Audubon member, George Jamison and one of our UB photographers are the inspiration for children and their parents drawing birds and learning about their unique habits.
On a typical day I might spot a few chickadees, sparrows, and juncos at my feeder. A hawk will fly by checking the activity, a few magpies, crows swing through and Canadians fly overhead. Ducks swim the creek and I can usually hear some mourning doves. But a Walla Walla birding list is much more diverse than that. On the Christmas Bird Count Day this year 10,678 birds of 87 species were totaled. They were counted by forty well-bundled Audubon members on one cold and very foggy day. The count centered on an eight-mile radius of Bennington Lake. We actually have over 200 species in the countywide area.
Introduce birds to children now and they may become the bird heroes of the next generation of bird vets, artists or refuge managers.
|Loggerhead Shrike. Photo by George Jamison. Art by a child.|