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Upcoming 2017/2018 Field Trips

OPAS Field Trips: March / April, 2017
by Denny AFMJ Van Horn

Winter! I guess we’re finally having one? Nothing like other parts of the country, but for the OlyPen it’s been a good one: freezing temps, snow, sleet, rain, thunder, wind, and just plain crappy weather all-round! But, as always, we try to offer a few out-and-abouts chasing birds no matter what. This round is special because we toss in BirdFest with it’s myriad offerings. So, hope to see you out there with us as we begin to watch for early spring arrivals.

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.

A Walk along Morse Creek
Date & Time: Saturday, March 11, 9 a.m. – Noon
Leader: Judy Mullally
Meeting place: Parking area on Strait View Dr. (at bottom of horseshoe-bend off Hwy 101 heading W into PA)
Features: This is a Walk, Look-See, & Listen outing. Besides being an excellent birder, Judy Mullally has an excellent ear for identifying bird songs and calls. This is a chance to take a leisurely walk learning about the birds that inhabit ground vegetation, brambles, hedges, shrubs, and trees along this stretch of Morse Creek down to PA Harbor.
Further Information: Contact Judy Mullally judyemull@yahoo.com / 360 452-5797

Late Winter Shorebirds, Gulls, and Waterfowl
Date & Time: Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.
Leader: Bob Boekelheide
Meeting place: Dungeness Landing parking area
Features: Water birds! Loons, alcids, ducks, geese, shorebirds, gulls, and the “dicky-birds” that will be hanging back in the grasslands and brambles. Also, Bob will present an experiential lesson on just what are Olympic gulls and why – bring your stale bread!
Further Information: Contact Bob Boekelheide bboek@olympus.net / 360 808-0196

Gardiner Beach – Diamond Point
Date & Time: Sunday, April 2, 9 a.m. – Noon
Leader: John Gatchet
Meeting place: Gardiner Beach Boat Launch area
Features: This is John’s local patch, and he knows the birds here. The possibilities are anything and everything. Open saltwater, the lagoon, pastured fields, woodlands, ponds, and shoreline.
Further Information: Contact John Gatchet  jfgatchet@gmail.com / 503 781 5043

Two Eastside Bays for Winter Seabirds & Gulls
Date & Time: Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m. – Noon
Leader: Jackie OneTree
Meeting place: Parking lot at Port Williams
Features: Seabirds! Grassland birds! And whatever else we can find from alcids to meadowlarks.
Further Information: Contact Denny Van Horn dennyvanhorn@gmail.com / 360 406-1584

BIRDFEST – April 7 – 9 (Visit Olympic Birdfest website)

An Early Spring Trip to Nisqually NWR
Date & Time: Thursday, April 20, 9 a.m.
Leaders: Gary Bullock & Bob Iddins
Meeting place: Nisqually NWR Visitor Center @ 9 a.m.
Features: This is a walk through the refuge’s diverse habitats for all kinds of birds. Migration will have started, so the possibilities are immense. It’s possible on a good day to tally 70 or more species.
Also: If interested, connect with Gary, as he could possibly help with arranging carpooling with you and others who are wanting to travel. Drive time to Nisqually is about 2.5 hours over 115 miles.
Further Information: Contact Gary Bullock gbullockak@hotmail.com / 360 797-4556

Carrie Blake Park – Early Spring Birds
Date & Time: April 30, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Leader: Cindy Fullwiler
Meeting place: Parking lot near Doggie Play Ground
Features: This outing should be a good one for several reasons. First, Cindy’s a good birder and really enjoys sharing knowledge. Second, she’ll have her camera with its mega-long lens, so it’s a chance to watch, look-see, and ask questions from someone who is an outstanding photographer. And third, it’s an easy walk around this area on good ground with lots of habitat, where a worthy number species can easily be found and approached. Scopes will work well if you want to bring yours.
Further Information: Contact 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.