Dispatches for Nov. 22


New birding website focuses on Northwest

Birdwatchers in the Northwest can enter their observations with a new online tool. Users can use eBird Northwest — ebird.org/nw — for identifying birds, reporting their sightings and contributing to conservation efforts throughout the region.

The new website went live Monday.

The Northwest site will provide weekly articles and notes with the latest bird news, local hotspots and rare sightings, festivals and special count dates, identification help and chances to help with conservation projects, including the Puget Sound seabird survey. Birders also can get lists and tips for areas they want to visit or birds they want to see.

The new regional portal is part of the global eBird program run by the Cornell University Ornithology Lab and the Audubon Society, and will be maintained by the Klamath Bird Observatory, state Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Avian Knowledge Northwest.


Stream Stewards seek salmon volunteers

The Nisqually Stream Stewards Program seeks volunteers to help monitor streams within the Nisqually River watershed during salmon spawning season. Volunteers will be trained to identify salmon species so they can count spawning adult salmon twice a week.

Information collected by salmon watchers helps the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s Natural Resources staff identify where and when salmon are spawning in area streams and creeks. This information may also be used to determine where to focus salmon recovery protection and restoration efforts in the future.

The stream stewards program is meant to to engage watershed citizens in restoring and protecting the local ecosystem.

A training session will be held from 9 a.m.-12 noon Dec. 6 at the Nisqually Natural Resources conference room, 12501 Yelm Highway SE, Olympia.

To register for the training or to get directions, contact Don Perry at 360-438-8687, Ext. 2143, or perry.don@nisqually-nsn.gov.

Miller Peninsula

State creating trail plan for Sequim park

A public meeting has been scheduled for Monday to discuss a draft interim trail plan for the Miller Peninsula State Park property near Sequim, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at the Guy Cole Convention Center, 202 N. Blake Ave., Sequim. The meeting will include a presentation of the plan and collect public comment.

The property, acquired by the state in 1993-94, is a 2,860-acre undeveloped property on the Miller Peninsula. It is managed by Sequim Bay State Park. It is popular among locals for its extensive network of trails that allow for beach access and wildlife viewing. The informal trail system lacks signage

Plans to convert the property into a state park started in 2005. Plans were put on hold when funds for the project could not be raised. The interim plan, online at parks.wa.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/4928, intends to designate trail uses and guide land management until the plan to make the area a park is realized.

Compiled by Jeffrey P. Mayor, jeff.mayor@thenewstribune.com