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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.

February 18, Monday
Meeting begins at 7:00 pm

Malheur NWR
by Dan Streiffert

The first time I went to Malheur was in April of 2007 for the John Scarff Bird Festival. I have been going back every year since. In my opinion, this is the best birding/photography location in the Pacific Northwest. The birds are plentiful and the people are not.

Three migration routes converge in this area, making it one of the most important feeding and resting locations on the Pacific Flyway. Thousands of Northern Pintails, Snow and Ross’s Geese, American Wigeons, Green-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers and Canvasbacks rest and refuel here on their long migrations. Hundreds of Sandhill Cranes and Trumpeter Swans add to this spectacle, which is in full swing from mid March to mid April.

Because it is a basin lake, Malheur varies in size and depth each year depending on snowpack and rainfall. Last year (2018) there was virtually no snow on Steens Mountain and as a result, Malheur Lake was barely visible, even from the Visitor Center. Many that visit in such a year are disappointed and leave early. Yet if one knows where to look, there are plenty of birds to see. This show is a journey through space and time (2007 – 2018), starting from the area adjacent to the cities of Burns and Hines, and working south to Malheur Lake, the Visitor Center, and continuing to Page Springs Campground at the south end of the refuge. Dan Streiffert is a retired Software Engineer who worked in the economic operation of power systems. He now spends as much time as possible photographing wildlife. He is currently our Conservation Chair and editor of the Heron Herald.

Join us at 6:30 for conversation and refreshments.