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2018 Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show Report

by Donald Baiar

On September 8th & 9th 2018 The Feather and Quill Carvers in partnership with the City of Vancouver, Washington hosted our 31st Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show “Northwest Championship” at the city’s spectacular venue the Water Resources Education Center. While fire ravaged northern California forests and shut down lnterstate-5 and many Central Oregon forest fires somewhat dampened carver turnout this year most of our intrepid and faithful carvers managed to get here to compete in another great show.

Thanks again go to Judy Caldwell, our featured carver. for her stunning display of wildlife carvings. Judy took home Best of Show last year to earn that featured carver spot this year. Judy also received the Sunday People’s Choice Award and a Best of Division for her lifelike Jaguar. Jerry Simchuk deservedly bagged the Best of Show honors with his wonderful pair of hummingbirds that not only won the judges admiration but that of the people by winning the Saturday People’s Choice Award. Our Vancouver Mayor was impressed by Novice Carver Harold (Mac) Brown’s excellent Pintail Drake. The Audubon Award judging team chose Tom Jones’ accurately portrayed Lazuli Bunting, and The Duck’s Unlimited Award was bagged by Tom Newell’s charming Gadwall hen. The Chairman’s Award was deservedly earned by Intermediate carver Rick Pass’ fine Mallard hen, and the Water Resources Education Center Award team loved Gary Smoot’s flying full-size Osprey, a frequently visiting raptor that nests around the picturesque grounds at the Center. Our participating carvers voted novice carver Jennifer Wright’s exquisitely painted and carved Screech Owl to receive the coveted Carvers Choice Award. Jennifer’s owl also took first place in the Will Hayden Memorial Decorative Carver Award for Novice and Intermediate carvers. The newly established Helen Foster Memorial Award for the best amateur songbird was won by lb Musa for his well rendered Red-breasted Nuthatch. Our popular 6″ mini-floating Decoy Trade event on Sunday for the best Bufflehead Drake was grabbed by Tom Jones with second going to Jerry Harris and third to Ted Smrth. A Mini 6″ Hooded Merganser Drake will be next year’s subject for this fun event.

The Dr Lyon $1500 Best of NW, the $1000 Mid-Columbia Motor Sports, and the $500 Feather and Quill Purchase Awards were raked in by Jerry Poindexter’s winning Clark’s Nutcracker, Walter Gaskill’s perfectly rendered Red-breasted Merganser and Terry Avila’s winning Blue-winged Teal respectively.

The IWCA sponsored Young Guns and Shorebird Championships were hosted this year at the CFWS. Fifteen to seventeen-year-old Young Guns Jonas Kobalik and his brother Allan Kobalik were awarded first and second for Jonas’ Red Star and Allan’s Stellar Jay. First, second and third place Shorebird Championship ribbons were taken home by Gary DeCew’s stately first place Black-crowned Night Heron, Tom Jones’ second place Semi­palmated Plover, and Gary Jo Bryan’s third place Sanderling.

Dr Lyon’s Best of NW subjects for the next three years are: for 2019 – the Yellow­breasted Chat, for 2020 – a 1 /2 size Pileated Woodpecker, and for 2021- the Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

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Come enter Vancouver’s CFWS next year on Sept. 14 & 15, 2019.

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