WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Excellent programs on winter birding are planned next week, a spinoff in the birding social event of the year.
Local Audubon Society chapters have tapped professional biologists to present special pre-Christmas Bird Count programs on identifying and understanding “winter birds:”
Whether you're gearing up for joining a group outing during the Audubon Society's 114th annual Christmas Bird Count or simply brushing up on your bird identification skills, check out one of these free programs:
Coeur d’Alene Audubon will feature Carrie Hugo, BLM wildlife biologist, on Tuesday (Dec. 10), 7 p.m., at Lutheran Church of the Master, 4800 N. Ramsey Rd. in Coeur d’Alene.
Spokane Audubon will feature Gary Blevins, Spokane Falls Community College biology professor on Wednesday (Dec. 11), 7 p.m., at Riverview Community Building, 2117 E. North Crescent Ave. Driving directions: tinyurl.com/SASmeeting.
The Audubon Chapters also welcome newcomers on the Christmas Bird Count field trips they've organized. Following are the dates and the leader contacts:
Coeur d’Alene: Dec. 14; Shirley Sturts, (208) 664-5318, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moscow: Dec. 14; Kas Dumroese, email@example.com.
Lewiston: Dec. 15; contact Bryan Jamieson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sandpoint: Dec. 14; Rich Del Carlo, (208) 265-8989, email@example.com.
Bonners Ferry: Dec. 28; Jan Rose (208) 267-7791, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spirit Lake: Jan. 2; Shirley Sturts.
Indian Mountain: Jan. 5; Don Heikkila, (208) 659-3389, email@example.com.
Pullman: Dec. 14; Marie Dymkoski, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colville: Dec. 14; Barbara Harding, (509) 684-8384, Barbara_Harding@fws.gov.
Pend Oreille River: Dec. 15; John Stuart, (509) 447-2644, email@example.com.
Clarkston: Dec. 15; Bryan Jamieson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chewelah: Dec. 21; Mike Munts (509) 684-8384, email@example.com.
Spokane: Dec. 29; Alan McCoy, 448-3123, firstname.lastname@example.org.