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President’s Notes

President’s Notes – September-October, 2017
by Bob Phreaner

In July, I took over from Ken Wiersema as the new OPAS President. We recognize the difficult time that Ken worked through last year with the illness and passing of his beloved wife, Nancy. Through it all, he endeavored to provide the leadership needed by OPAS. Ken remains on our Board as Past-President and has volunteered to chair the Education Committee, a position previously held by Shirley Anderson. We appreciate the many years that Shirley contributed to the education programs provided by OPAS and the Dungeness River Audubon Center (DRAC). We also wish to recognize the outstanding contributions of our Treasurer for the past seven years, Nancy Bargar. OPAS is in her “debit”. Soon, she will turn over bookkeeping duties to Barb Johnson. Nancy remains on our Board and will also represent OPAS on the DRAC Board. We still need new folks, like Barb, to share their skills on the OPAS Board.

This is an appropriate time to state the OPAS goals for 2017-18. Of great importance is recruiting leaders and volunteers for an array of tasks. Most importantly, we are looking for an individual with an interest in preserving local habitat for birds to Chair or Co-Chair our Conservation Committee. After 6 years as Co-Chair of the Conservation Committee, Mary Porter-Solberg is now focusing her talents in communications by managing our website and co-managing our Facebook page. The Conservation Committee has a need for more volunteers to help with our citizen science projects, to learn more about birds while collecting valuable data.

OPAS, along with our regional partners and Audubon WA staff, will host the annual Audubon Council of Washington (ACOW) meeting on October 13-15 at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Red Cedar Hall. Hilary Franz, Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands, will be the keynote speaker. ACOW meetings are stimulating and fun events, and all OPAS members are welcome and encouraged to attend. You can view the agenda and register online at http://wa.audubon.org/events/audubon-council-washington-0. OPAS needs volunteers to greet Audubon members from around the state. We also need leaders for Sunday morning field trips, to show our guests why Clallam County is a great destination for birders!

OPAS will lead off the 2017-18 program year on Wednesday, September 20, at 6 PM with our traditional potluck supper followed by a virtual trip to Cuba led by Dr. Jim Karr. Come see the smallest hummingbird in the world and share birding stories with your friends.

The 17th Annual Dungeness River Festival will be reformatted into a one-day event held Friday, September 29. OPAS will host the event and provide bird displays in the main River Center building. We will need some of our skilled OPAS birders and guides to help the many schoolchildren who will attend. Please step forward and help with this fun-filled day.

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and to give back to our community. Please consider donating some of your time to one of the projects outlined above. Your help will make this year outstanding!


From Harlequin Happenings, September-October, 2017