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"Who We Are"

We are an 15 year old chapter of the National Audubon Society located in the Columbia River Basin in central Washington State. We have 175 members. We operate with a Board of Officers and Committee Chairpersons. Our board meets the first Thursday of each month. Our chapter members live throughout the Central Basin and includes all of Grant County and the Othello Area.

To contact any officers or committee chair's without an email address just send an email to our chapter email address listed above. Thanks!

Chapter Officers:


Margaret Schiffner 765-6374

Vice President

Ron VanNurden


Gail VanNurden


Lottie Hemore  765-7515


Don Graham


Randy Hill 488-9418



Chapter Committee Chairs:


Jane Grant  346-2316







Ways and Means




James Clark 765-5783

Field Trips

Doug Schonewald


Margaret Schiffner 765-6374

Newsletter Editor / Website

Open / Steve Frazier



Jim Herrin 762-9737

Birding Trail-AD HOC

Ron Friesz 

Lakeview Habitat- AD HOC

Joye Lucas

"What We Do"

  • Although we work to protect and enjoy all wildlife, we focus on non-game birds and animals (and other wildlife) such as butterflies, hawks, the endangered pygmy rabbit, songbirds and shorebirds.

  • We work extensively promoting environmental education. An Audubon environmental newsletter (Audubon Adventures) is placed in many local fourth grade classes throughout the basin.

  • We provide speakers to present environmental programs to schools and community groups.

  • We offer frequent field trips that are conducted by chapter members for members and the community.

  • We present regular programs on conservation and wildlife protection for the public and our members.

  • We sponsor an Annual Christmas Bird Count and Annual Bald Eagle Count.

  • We offer Conservation grants to children, teachers and members that pay tuition for educational opportunities at the North Cascades Institute.

  • We participate and provide input and ideas on Burrowing owl research project with the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  • We helped development and participate in the Pygmy Rabbit management plan at Sagebrush Flat in cooperation with the DNR and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  • We led the development of a nature trail near Dodson Road with with the BOR and the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

  • Our chapter developed and led the project which created a diverse educational habitat area in front of Lakeview School. Teachers, Parents and students helped Audubon members turn an old parking lot into a living classroom.

  • We assist schools and private property owners in creating backyard wildlife habitats. We provide ongoing educational opportunities in resource conservation for local area schools. We are also working to identity Wildlife habitat around the Columbia Basin and work towards its protection and enhancement.

  • We work on Audubon projects such as Watchable Wildlife and Important Bird Areas.

  • We are working to develop community partnership with other local conservation groups.

  • We work towards increasing awareness of the goals and activities associated with the Columbia National Refuge.

"Our Chapter Mission"

The purposes of the Society are to encourage public appreciation of the values of wildlife and natural habitats through education, conservation and recreation; and to stimulate action for their protection.

Our mailing address is:
Central Basin Audubon Society
P.O. Box 86
Moses Lake, WA 98837


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