Here is the latest news and updates from the Washington Brant Foundation.

Tuesday
Mar132012

Foreman and Echo visit Blaine Elementary School

WBF continued its education program with a presentation at Blaine Elementary to approximately 160 4th graders. In addition to the well known brant Foreman, we introduced Echo the wood duck in his first appearance. He really stole the show, strolling among the students during Maynard’s talk about waterfowl characteristics and their habitat needs. At one point Echo caused quite a stir by perching on the lap of a very surprised listener. We finished with close encounters that produced some special moments.

Click the picture below to see all the photos of the trip in our photo gallery

Saturday
Mar102012

Snow Geese & Other Wildlife of the Wrangle Island Nature Reserve

Presented by the Washington Brant Foundation.

Join Russian biologist, Vasiliy Baranyuk, for one of his three presentations this month. Vasily is an accomplished photographer with three decades of images of the islands wildlife.

Hear talks about his experiences observing and studying wildlife in some of the most unique places on earth, and view some of his stunning photography. Arrive early to talk to Vasiliy review his photography.

There are three different presentations:

  • Wednesday, March 21st at Holiday Sports in Burlington at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 24th at the Rexville Grocery in LaConner at 6:00 pm
  • Monday, March 26th at the Burlington Public Library at 7:00 pm 

Click the picture to download a copy of the flyer:

Thursday
Feb232012

Snowy Owls at Boundary Bay

Snowy owls have created quite a stir in the birding world this winter with a migration of record numbers in many places. These were photographed at Boundary Bay, B.C. just over the border where more than a hundred were reported in December. The last time Snowys came to WA in any number was 2008. Never before have so many been seen in mid-west states such as Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Others reported in Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, Illinois, and even one made it to Hawaii. Most experts believe after two good lemming years in the Arctic boosted production, a food shortage combined with deeper snow sent them farther south this winter.

Snowy Owls at Boundary Bay, B.C - February 2012

You can see more pictures in the snowy owl photo gallery

Tuesday
Feb142012

Rules and details posted for the 2012 Puget Sound Open

The rules and contest details for the 2012 Puget Sound Open decoy contest have been added. You can access the contest page by clicking here: Puget Sound Open Details

We've added a special new contest this year called the Muskrat Division and we are also hosting the 2012 Washington State Ducks Unlimited decoy contest.

You can see the full contest details as well as download a pdf version of the rules and contest details at our Decoy Carving Competition page.

Tuesday
Dec202011

2012 Puget Sound Working Decoy Carving Competition

The 2012 Puget Sound Working Decoy Carving Competition now has a new date and location. We are very excited to be headed back to the Farmhouse Restaurant. The date has also moved into May. 

May 5, 2012
The Farmhouse Restaurant
13724 LaConner-Whitney Rd.
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

For information, contact competition chairman Kurt Benson — duckmandecoys@wavecable.com — ph 425-231-6497

For the latest information, you can always visit our Decoy Carving Competition page.