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in south King County and the world we live in.
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Rainier hosts a monthly program on the third Monday of each month, September through June. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Light refreshments and good conversation are available. The program begins at 7:00 PM.

Programs are free and open to all! Come and bring your friends.

September 18, Monday
Meeting begins at 7:00 pm

Red Knots - Presented by Joseph B. Buchanan

In contrast to other Red Knot populations, comparatively little is known about the population of Red Knots (Calidris canutus roselaari) that migrates along the Pacific coast of the Americas. With an estimated population of about 22,000, this is the smallest of 6 Red Knot populations in the world. The majority of the population uses Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay during spring migration. The roselaari population appears to overwinter largely in coastal northwestern Mexico and breeds in northwestern Alaska and Wrangel Island, Russia. The presentation will focus on what we have learned about the migration of Red Knots along the Pacific Flyway through surveys, direct observations of color-banded birds, and radio telemetry investigations.

Joseph B. Buchanan is a Natural Resource Scientist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and is a member of Cascadia Research Collective, a research organization based in Olympia. Joe’s work with WDFW has largely involved conservation and management of a variety of species, including the Spotted Owl and numerous migratory bird species. For over 30 years he has studied aspects of the ecology and behavior of shorebirds and falcons at coastal estuaries and beaches in Washington, with an emphasis since 2006 on the Red Knot.

Join us at 6:30 for conversation and refreshments