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Lane County Audubon’s first Zoom program meeting was on Tuesday, September 15, at 7:00 pm. You can see the recorded program by clicking on this link:

“Dead Trees: Why We Need Them” with Ken Bevis

Ken is an accomplished natural history educator and wildlife biologist whose entertaining environmental conservation lectures focus primarily on the birds and forests of the Pacific Northwest. His presentation will be about dead trees. Fortunately, he is very humorous and has the ability to make something as seemingly dull as dead trees exciting. He will elaborate on the many creatures that find food and housing there: slugs, bugs, and salamanders for starters. If you have ever wondered how many ways dead trees can be valuable, tune into this program.

Ken Bevis is currently the Stewardship Biologist for the Washington Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Small Forest Landowner office. He helps landowners learn how to manage small private forest lands for the benefits to wildlife. For 15 previous years, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Yakama Indian Nation, and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He was one of first biologists to look at the Spotted Owl situation in Washington.

Originally from Virginia, he has made Washington his home since 1986. He holds a BS in Forestry and Wildlife from Virginia Tech (1979) and a MS in Biology from Central Washington University (1994), where he studied woodpeckers and owls, and deepened his knowledge and appreciation of dead trees.

He frequently teaches workshops and classes for Washington State University Extension programs. An accomplished singer-songwriter, he has also acquired some local renown as a nature troubadour. Living surrounded by nature in the beautiful Methow Valley of far North- Central Washington, he creates songs inspired by a deep sense of wonder, passion, and insights on the natural world. Ken says that his songs emerge and music flows as he watches, remembers things felt, smelled, and lived. FMI: To hear or order his songs and

In October Janet Essley is scheduled to do a presentation on the Red Knot, one of Earth’s longest distance migrants.

–Dennis Arendt, 541.221.3691,