You’re invited to attend the legendary annual birding and camping event, a celebration of birds, botany, and the beauty of spring in eastern Washington. EVERY Memorial Day Weekend, members of Washington State’s Audubon Chapters and their friends gather in the Wenas Valley, located on the east slope of the Cascade Mountains between Ellensburg and Yakima. With a variety of natural history and recreation opportunities, the Wenas Valley is a beautiful area that supports a fascinating assortment of spring flora and fauna, and offers the spiritual fulfillment of simply being outdoors in the spring. Everyone whether members of Audubon chapters or not is welcome to join us for this outing, which is attended each year by around 200 men, women and children and a large number of birds which, we like to think, enjoy being watched ever as much as we enjoy watching them. The annual Wenas Audubon Campout takes place on Memorial Day Weekend at the Wenas Creek Campground (SW of Ellensburg, NW of Yakima). This casual and friendly gathering offers a variety of activities, including birding field trips, wildflower walks, field sketching, owl prowls, and campfire presentations. There are two routes into the Wenas Campground, from I-90 exit #109 at Ellensburg. and from Yakima north on US- 97/I-82 to Exit #26. A suggested strategy is to allow time to bird along the approaches, whether from Ellensburg or Yakima. There are no fees and no facilities at the Wenas Campground. However, every vehicle must display a Washington State Discover Pass (http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/). You do not need to be an Audubon member to attend. All are welcome. Pre-registration is not required. The campout is free and open to all ages; however, donations are encouraged.
Important notes about this getaway: The camp area is primitive, so plan carefully. The road from the three-way junction is rough, but does not usually require a four-wheel-drive vehicle. However weather conditions may produce water on the road (usually crossable), and care should be taken. Visit the Wenas Audubon website (www.wenasaudubon.org) and Bird Web Wena Campground info (http://www.birdweb.org/birdweb/site/wenas_campground/6) for more information about camping and directions to the campground.