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President’s Notes

President’s Notes – May – June, 2017
by Ken Wiersema


[Editor’s Note: I am providing these notes as a courtesy to our President, Ken Wiersema, who is spending time with his wife Nancy during her illness.]

OPAS just completed a successful 14th Annual Olympic Birdfest from April 7-9, 2017. Participants enjoyed guided birding trips, boat tours, auction & raffle, a gala banquet, and more. Our featured speaker was noted nature photographer Bonnie Block. Prior to the festival, some folks went on a three-day, two-night birding/sightseeing cruise of the San Juan Islands. Others extended their festival with our Neah Bay post-trip: two days exploring northwest coastal Washington. See the Birdfest wrap-up article for more details. Thanks to all the volunteers and staff who made this festival such a success!

Many opportunities for citizen science are available through OPAS and other organizations. Here is your chance to help gather needed scientific data and enjoy the outdoors at the same time. Check out the opportunities in the Conservation Matters article in this issue.

The Backyard Birding series of classes, hosted by members of the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, continues at the River Center in May and June with Sounds of Spring’, with Dow Lambert and Ken Wiersema, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 13, 2017; and Out of the Nest’, with Ken Wiersema, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The final class of the series will be on July 8, ‘Gulls and Shorebirds’, with Bob Boekelheide.

Saturday, May 13th, is the 2017 OPAS Clallam County Birdathon and International Migratory Bird Count. This is a day for everyone to have a fun time birding in Clallam County, keeping track of all the birds we see. It also raises money for important OPAS projects on the north Olympic Peninsula. A Tally sheet and instructions can be found later in this issue, Please call Bob Boekelheide at 360-808-0196 to sign up. And come to the post-count get-together to celebrate the Birdathon at the Dungeness River Audubon Center on Wednesday, May 17, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Details can be found later in this issue.

OPAS programs in May and June take us to faraway places. Ingrid Nixon will entertain us with stories about birds in legend and folklore on May 17, 2017, 7 p.m. at the Dungeness River Audubon Center. Finally, be sure to join us for the final meeting of the season, June 21, 2017, when Jenna Ziogas, Dungeness River Audubon Center Education Coordinator, will share stories of her adventures in Tanzania. Also, come early at 6 p.m. with a dish to share at our end-of-season potluck supper.

May your lenses always be dust-free.

Rob Hutchison
Editor HH


From Harlequin Happenings, May – June, 2017