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Education Notes

Education Notes
by Ken Wiersema

Well, we’re well into our summer season of field trips and conservation projects, with the Purple Martins at 3, Crabs and on Protection Island NWR, and the Pigeon Guillemot nest monitoring. On Jul 7th , Bob Boekelheide led an excellent class and field trip on gulls and local shorebirds. It’s important for us who wish to study and enjoy birds to take full advantage of the excellent field trips and outings that Denny Van Horn has scheduled for the remainder of the summer. Classroom programs are one way to improve your birding skills, but there’s never a substitute for getting out to observe and study birds in their natural habitat. We won’t be offering Backyard Birding programs in August or September, but we’ll restart this popular series in October.

A BIG thanks to Jane Stewart for her many years of acting as host for our Backyard Birding programs. She kept us presenters and organizers on task, edited media releases, collected class fees, got notices in the media, made coffee, and always had a welcoming smile for every participant. Well done Jane! And my thanks to Rhonda Coats for graciously agreeing to step in and replace Jane this fall.

Backyard Birding is a volunteer run program; our presenters volunteer their time and talents. If any member wants to “pitch in” and help, either as a class or field trip leader, or in hosting or administering the program please contact me. And, if you have new subjects you’d want us to present, let me know to.

Focus On series starts again on August 18th when Powell Jones will lead a program on Bears. Watch the River Center web site for more information. And join many of us on the night of each full moon through October in the River Center amphitheater, the “River Stage”, for these special programs:

July 27th – Kim Sager-Fradkin (Wildlife Biologist, Lower Elwha Tribe)

“By the light of the Buck Moon: Research on Columbian black-tailed deer, mountain lions, and other furry or feathered wildlife”

August 26th – Robert Steelquist (author, advocate)

“Deep Connection: Experiencing Nature and Finding the Explorer in Each of Us”