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Out & about: Local photographers compile calendar of area birds

Yellow-breasted chat is the bird the 2018 Spokane Audubon Calendar features for April. (Tom Munson / Courtesy photo)
Yellow-breasted chat is the bird the 2018 Spokane Audubon Calendar features for April. (Tom Munson / Courtesy photo)
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OUTSTANDING – The Spokane Audubon Society is offering monthly reminders that Eastern Washington residents are blessed with birds.

The 2018 Birds of Eastern Washington calendar is on sale for $10 at the club’s website,

The images are donated by chapter members who have the dual qualities of being gifted photographers and ardent birdwatchers who spend considerable time in the field.

The cover is graced with a cute “couple” of Western bluebirds – a male and a female – by Chuck Kerkering.

Birds featured each month are the best images submitted to judges who made the final selection for the annual calendar project, said Kim Thorburn, club member. A wide range of species is featured. The bird of the month is one that might show up in this area at that time of year, she said.

Featured in the 2018 calendar are: northern flicker for January, white-crowned sparrow for February, Western bluebird for March, yellow-breasted chat for April, Western tanager for May, Pacific-slope flycatcher for June, rufous hummingbird for July, MacGillvray’s warbler for August, American dipper for September, Stellar’s jay for October, short-eared owl for November, ruffed grouse for December and barn swallow for January 2019.

Nuggets of information about the featured bird are included each month as well as a second smaller photo of another species.

Special coffee brewing

for Friends of the Bluff

OUTBUZZED – Hikers, bikers and nature lovers can boost a South Hill trails system every morning by brewing a pot of coffee with beans specially created for the Friends of the Bluff.

The local nonprofit group has partnered with the local DOMA Coffee Roasting Co. for a private-label blend that’s rich and earthy – “with undertones of the South Hill open spaces, breezes from the West and ponderosa pines along the trails,” said Marit Fischer, group board member.

Sales support the organization’s mission of protection, maintenance, acquisition and access, she said.

The eponymous blend is available in 12-ounce bags at Rocket Market, 726 E 43rd Ave., and Wheel Sport South, 3020 S. Grand Boulevard.


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