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Upcoming 2017/2018 Field Trips

OPAS Field Trips: May – June, 2017
by Denny AFMJ Van Horn

Spring! It’s been a long time coming. A few of our migrants who dwell here for a few months to raise broods are back. The rest are on their way. Swallows are squabbling over nest boxes. Dunlins are ready to head north as are the Brant, American Wigeons, and Black-bellied Plovers. Robins have nestlings, as do Song Sparrows. Bullock’s Orioles will soon be building their swinging nest sacks in cottonwoods. And amid all of this wonder, we’ve put together a few Out-and-Abouts for the upcoming months. But watch the OPAS website, as several more will be added in the next week or so as we firm up additional outings. Hope to see you out there!

Note: There is no cost to attend OPAS field trips. Bring binoculars, scopes, and personal accoutrements, as desired.

Wednesday Bird Walks
Date: Every Wed. morning; Time: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Meet at the River Center for a lovely walk to see and hear the birds of the Dungeness riparian forest.  Information from walks helps us understand the annual cycle of birds in RR Bridge Park.

Birdathon Warm Up
Date & Time: May 6, 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Leader: Bob Boekelheide
Meeting place: Dungeness Landing
Features: This is a warm-up for Birdathon. We will be searching for everything and anything out there on the bay to the sandbars; and then back into the fields around the old Dungeness School House, and down along the dikes.
Further Information: Bob Boekelheide bboek@olympus.net / 360 808-0196

Birdathon (Click here for Birdathon tally sheets)
Date & Time: May 13, All Day Please read the accompanying article on the Birdathon in the May – June issue of Harlequin Happenings for further information on how to participate and contribute to this International event.
Contact: Bob Boekelheide bboek@olympus.net / 360 808-0196

Dungeness Rec Area
Date & Time: May 20, 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Leader: Cindy Fullwiler
Meeting place: 1st parking lot to left after entering rec area.
Features: This is a walk-about for local land birds that are setting up to nest in this unique ecosystem. Sparrows, chickadees, and towhees have already started to nest; but warblers, vireos, and flycatchers are just arriving and beginning to establish nesting territories for that purpose. This will be a listening, looking, and searching outing for these new arrivals.
Further Information: Cindy Fullwiler cfullwiler@hotmail.com / 951 501-9257

Carrie Blake Park
Date & Time: June 25, 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Leader: Cindy Fullwiler
Meeting place: Parking lot near Doggie Play Ground
Features: Cindy Fullwiler will be leading this OPAS outing. Besides doing a walk-about for birds, Cindy will be toting along her photo arsenal, so you will have a chance to watch, look-see, and ask questions from a local Birder, who is also an outstanding photographer. This is an easy outing. Level ground with a chance to find some good Spring migrants moving through the area.
Further Information: Cindy Fullwiler cfullwiler@hotmail.com / 951 501-9257

 

 

 

Field trips are also posted in the Events Calendar.

For more information about OPAS Field Trips, please email the Field Trip Coordinator, Denny Van Horn, at dennyvanhorn@gmail.com  or call (360) 406-1584

Visit the Dungeness River Audubon Center web site or call the Center at 360-681-4076 to find out more about River Center trips.