↑ Return to About Us

President’s Notes

President’s Notes – September – October, 2018
by Bob Phreaner

Fall is upon us bringing the promise of lots of OPAS activities. Our OPAS Board met for their annual retreat in July, generating plans for new activities and ways to enhance tried and true favorites!

OPAS is sponsoring a book club which will meet monthly beginning in late September. We are also busy planning an upcoming Birds and Brews night! OPAS is lucky to have new members Lori Moilanen and Judi White step up to coordinate these new activities. Judi has also joined the OPAS Board and will be helping Denny Van Horn organize field trips this year. OPAS has a treasure of institutional knowledge in former field trip chair Bob Iddins, who recently co-led an Ocean Shores Shorebird trip with Judi. We are also thrilled to have Rhonda Coats helping Ken Wiersema organize the OPAS Backyard Birding programs. OPAS’ “Beginners and Newcomers” bird walks will resume this fall under the guidance of Marie Grad. OPAS is mentoring two Sequim High School students in Board participation. We need volunteers for web page design, conservation committee chair and leading field trips.

Our community science projects have been very successful this year. Most recently, Ken Wiersema and Dow Lambert’s Purple Martin Nest Box team has reported record numbers of Purple Martins. OPAS supported the Pigeon Guillemot breeding survey with funding for a data coordinator and by providing a cadre of volunteer observers, who are gaining knowledge of the behavior of these charismatic birds and the nearshore habitat that sustains the PIGU. Joyce Volmut reported that there were three sites that had multiple broods of Western Bluebirds using OPAS provided nest boxes.

The Dungeness River Audubon Center Capital Campaign Committee for enlarging the Center has raised 40% of its funding goal. OPAS committee representatives Kendra Donelson and Enid Phreaner are anxious to speak with you about supporting our expansion to ‘Inspire Wonder’.

OPAS congratulates the Dungeness River Management Team for thirty years of cooperative stewardship of water resources that set the standard for Washington.

The Audubon Council of Washington will be held October 13 at Brightwater Community Center in Woodinville, WA. The theme is “Through a Local Lens”. The agenda will include Audubon WA support for the November ballot Initiative 1631 that will propose a carbon fee while supporting clean air and clean energy.

For more information about these and all upcoming events, please follow the OPAS website (olybird.org) or OPAS Facebook page which Mary Porter-Solberg does a wonderful job of updating regularly.

From Harlequin Happenings, Sept-Oct, 2018