Washington Sage Grouse – Lek Tour on Yakima Training Center
April 21, 2018
Join LCBAS for a special Sage Grouse Lek Tour on the Yakima Training Center near Selah, WA. The tour will be led by YTC biologists to safely visit leks which are off-limits to all other visitors. This special tour will be limited to 15 participants. LCBAS members will receive priority for sign up until March 23. This is a declining species in Washington and seeing any grouse lek is an unforgettable experience.
To reduce disturbance and have the best chance to view lekking grouse we will want to be onsite at sunrise. This means meeting near the YTC on Saturday AM around 4:45 AM. This is at least a 1.5hr drive from Tri-Cities. (Staying near Yakima the night prior, and group options may be coordinated).
After viewing the lek, additional stops for birding will be made before departing the installation. Expect to stay with the tour until 1pm. Options for birding around Wenas for woodpeckers and other species will be arranged based on interest after the tour.
To be added to the trip list, please contact Jason Fidorra at Field
Trips with ALL the following information (required by YTC):
Date of Birth
Driver’s License #
Driver’s License State
Thank you for your interest. More details will be sent to group participants as the trip approaches.
7 PM, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
First Lutheran Church, 418 N Yelm St., Kennewick
Corner of Hwy 395 and Yelm
LIGO: All about the Waves
Dr. Rick Savage
LIGO Hanford Observatory
The LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) Hanford Observatory, together with its sister observatory in Louisiana, has initiated the new era of gravitational wave astronomy by recording signals generated by black holes colliding more than one billion years ago.
Dr. Savage will give an overview of the LIGO observatories and the instruments that have enabled the first direct observation of gravitational waves.
Rick earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees at UCLA. He has worked on the LIGO project since 1992 and has been with the LIGO Hanford Observatory since 1997.
Learn about LIGO’s discoveries and their astrophysical implications.
A short video narrated by David Yarnold, Audubon CEO and President outlining Audubon's Western Water initiative