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Upcoming 2017 Field Trips

OPAS Field Trips: July – August, 2017
by Denny AFMJ Van Horn

Well, with six months of 2017 gone and six to go, Clallam County is doing great for species documented so far – currently we’re up to 253! For me, the most exciting time for birding is just coming on: mid to late summer. This is when shorebirds and gulls return, passerines start moving around, and rarities begin showing up. And we’ve a few outings planned that may give you the opportunity to ‘tick’ or ‘check-off’ some great birds, or just get out and spend some time with our local fauna, while wandering through and enjoying what you find. See you out there!

Note: Except where noted, 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.

Shorebirds & Gulls Date & Time: Saturday, July 8, Noon Leader: Bob Boekelheide Meeting place: Dungeness Landing Park Features: What gull is that? And for that matter, what shorebirds are those? We will attempt to facilitate ID’ing each and every species you find out there on Dungeness Bay – just for you. We’ll work Dungeness Landing; then head over to 3 Crabs on an incoming tide – so the viewing should be excellent! Come join us.

Further information: Contact: Bob Boekelheide, <bboek@olympus.net> / 360 808-0196

Pitship Pocket to Port Williams Date & Time: Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m. Leader: Gary Bullock Meeting place: South parking lot at John Wayne Marina Features: A mid-summer scoping of the bay and environs for anything and everything. By this time of year, most nesting species have fledged their young and are returning to waters where they normally hang-out all year; and there’s a decent chance to find something very special. Further Information: Contact Gary Bullock, <gbullockak@hotmail.com> / 360 797-4556

Neah Bay Pelagic Trip Date & Time: Saturday, August 5, 8 a.m. Leaders: Denny Van Horn & Bob Boekelheide Meeting place: Neah Bay, Boat Dock, M/V Windsong Cost: $160 per person Features: This is an RSVP trip, so PLEASE contact Denny for reservations. Aboard the M/V Windsong, we will venture out into open ocean; first north into the Strait; then NW into Swiftsure Bank; then turn S towards Juan de Fuca Canyon, with a final leg back towards Neah Bay around Tatoosh Island. Last year’s trip was unbelievable – thousands of shearwaters, gulls, and auklets; Humpback Whales were so numerous we couldn’t count them all; and, oh yes – those two Brown Boobies – amazing! Also, if interested – request a flyer from Denny. Further Information: Contact Denny Van Horn, <dennyvanhorn@gmail.com> / 360 406-1584; or Bob Boekelheide, <bboek@olympus.net> / 360 808-0196

Dungeness Rec Area Date & Time: Thursday, August 17, 8 a.m. Leaders: Stacey Fradkin & Michael Barry Meeting place: 1st parking lot to left after you drive through gate. Features: This is a walk-about for local land birds. Sparrows, chickadees, thrushes, warblers, vireos, and flycatchers all nest in this unique ecosystem; and with fledging done, many species are wandering about. This will be a listening, looking, and searching out mid-summer resident adults and fledglings outing. Further Information: Contact Stacey Fradkin, <fstacey3@msn.com> / 505-670-3153

Carrie Blake Park Date & Time: Sunday, September 3, 10 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 might be toting along her photo arsenal, so you will have a chance to watch, 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 mid-summer species frequenting the area. Further Information: Contact Cindy Fullwiler, < cfullwiler@hotmail.com> / 951 501-9257

Neah Bay Pelagic Trip Date & Time: Saturday, September 9, 8 a.m. Leaders: Denny Van Horn & Bob Boekelheide Meeting place: Neah Bay, Boat Dock, M/V Windsong Cost: $160 per person Features: This is an RSVP trip, so PLEASE contact Denny for reservations. Aboard the M/V Windsong, we will venture out into open ocean; first north into the Strait, then NW into Swiftsure Bank; then turn S towards Juan de Fuca Canyon, with a final leg back towards Neah Bay around Tatoosh Island. Shearwaters, storm-petrels, auklets, jaegers, gulls, and – just possibly – we’ll finally get into those elusive albatrosses! Mammals: Humpback Whale, Steller and California Sea Lion, Harbor Seal, and Sea Otter are all possible. Also, if interested, request a flyer from Denny. Further Information: Contact Denny Van Horn, <dennyvanhorn@gmail.com> / 360 406-1584; or Bob Boekelheide, <bboek@olympus.net> / 360 808-0196

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.