Monthly Meeting: Tuesday, October 28
7 - 9 pm
Kennewick First Lutheran Church
Corner of Hwy 395 and Yelm
TFW Wildlife Biologist
Yakama Nation Fisheries Resource Management
In 2003, we began a study of the reproductive biology of cavity-nesting birds in managed ponderosa pine forests of the eastern Cascade Range. Our focal species is the White-headed Woodpecker (Picoides albolarvatus). In Washington, the White-headed Woodpecker is listed as a species of concern because of its association with old-growth ponderosa pine forests. Although the White-headed Woodpecker has recently been documented inhabiting early- to mid-seral managed forests, information is limited regarding its reproductive success in these forests.
Jeff received his B.S. Degree in Environmental Forest Biology from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. He later received his M.S. Degree in Wildlife Science at Texas Tech University where he studied the use of Chihuahuan Desert arroyos and adjacent uplands by migrant and breeding birds in southern New Mexico. After graduating, he began working as a Wildlife Biologist at the Yakima Training Center where he monitored Sage Grouse, conducted raptor and non-game bird surveys, and was involved with restoration of seeps, springs, and riparian areas.
In his current position as a TFW Wildlife Biologist for the Yakama Nation he has been studying the reproductive biology of the White-headed Woodpecker and other cavity-nesting birds in managed ponderosa pine stands of south-central Washington since 2003. Jeff also reviews Forest Practice Applications that occur within the ceded lands of the Yakama Nation to make sure important wildlife resources to the tribe are being protected during timber harvesting.
The meeting begins at 7:00 p.m. with a brief business meeting and a bird identification segment presented by Ivar Husa. Following the business meeting, there is a 15 minute break for those attending to visit and enjoy cookies, tea or coffee. The speaker usually begins the presentation around 7:45 p.m.