2021 Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest taking flight in June

A red-winged blackbird bathes in a pond in Central Washington. (photo by Cheryl Landes) Organizers for the Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest decided to fly ahead with an event this spring. It's scheduled Thursday-Sunday, May 13-16. In a post on the festival's Facebook page, the organizers wrote: "We are currently planning for a hybrid festival model … Continue reading 2021 Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest taking flight in June

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival holds virtual celebration March 20

Sandhill cranes in a field near Othello, Washington (photo by Cheryl Landes) The COVID pandemic hit the United States in 2020 shortly before the Sandhill Crane Festival in Othello, Washington, was scheduled to start. Because of continued restrictions on large gatherings and safety concerns this year, organizers moved the festival online for anyone interested to … Continue reading Othello Sandhill Crane Festival holds virtual celebration March 20

Go on a whale watch at home with the New England Aquarium

A humpback whale diving in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary east of Boston (photo by Cheryl Landes) Take ride on the Aurora with Boston Harbor Cruises and Laura Howes, the head naturalist at the New England Aquarium in Boston, to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary east of Boston. The sanctuary was created in … Continue reading Go on a whale watch at home with the New England Aquarium

Armchair photo tours: Rainbow Falls State Park

A view of Rainbow Falls from the viewpoint in Rainbow Falls State Park west of Chehalis, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes Rainbow Falls State Park is a popular place for camping, picnicking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, wildlife watching, birdwatching, and fishing. A short trail from the day-use parking lot ends at a viewpoint for a … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Rainbow Falls State Park

Take a video tour of some beautiful gardens in the Yakima area

The Yakima Area Arboretum in Yakima, Washington Photos by Cheryl Landes Every year, the Yakima Area Arboretum hosts a tour of some of the most beautiful gardens in or near the city. That changed this year because of safety concerns from COVID-19. Instead, the arboretum created five video tours and posted them to its YouTube … Continue reading Take a video tour of some beautiful gardens in the Yakima area

Making Bird Connections virtual lecture series Tuesday nights through November 17

Puffin (photo by Cheryl Landes) Updated November 14, 2020 The entire lecture series is now available to stream athogisland.audubon.org/programs/lecture-series. ------------------------------------- If you're new to birding or an avid birder, the Making Bird Connections virtual lecture series has something for you. These free lectures start tonight and continue every Tuesday, except Election Day, through November 17. … Continue reading Making Bird Connections virtual lecture series Tuesday nights through November 17

BirdFest & Bluegrass celebrates the sandhill crane migration October 2-3

Sandhill cranes (photo by Cheryl Landes) BirdFest & Bluegrass is an annual celebration in Ridgefield, Washington, to welcome the sandhill crane migration to the local wildlife refuge. This year, because of the coronavirus, the festival is moving online on Friday and Saturday, October 2-3. The festival starts with a trivia night at 7 p.m. on … Continue reading BirdFest & Bluegrass celebrates the sandhill crane migration October 2-3

Watch a seagull hatch and grow up from the ledge of an office building in Boston

The parents of Gulliver begin preparing to build a nest on the ledge of an office building in the Downtown Crossing neighborhood of Boston (photo by Rowan Walrath, BostInno) What happens when a reporter notices that two seagulls spending a lot of time on an office building ledge below her office window are up to … Continue reading Watch a seagull hatch and grow up from the ledge of an office building in Boston

Armchair photo tours: Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward

A red-legged kittiwake in the aviary at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward Photos by Cheryl Landes Visiting the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is a fun educational experience that combines close-up encounters with local marine life and birds, and interactive exhibits describing their habitats, behaviors, and the environmental factors affecting their survival. The Alaska … Continue reading Armchair photo tours: Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward