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May 2017
Free

FIELD TRIP
Birdathon Warm Up

May 6 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm

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

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Birdathon

May 13

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

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$5

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Spring Sounds

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park, Railroad Bridge Park 2151 West Hendrickson Road Sequim, WA 98382
Sequim, 98382 United States
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Mark your calendars for May 13, 'Spring Sounds' the eighth session of Backyard Birding.  Meet at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park, 10 to noon. Olympic Peninsula Audubon leaders Ken Wiersema and Dow Lambert  will present a slide, video, and sound program about recognizing your neighborhood birds by their songs and their calls.  The program will feature recent recordings of our local birds. The series of classes, hosted by members of the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, is intended…

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Pigeon Guillemot Study Training

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Looking for volunteers to monitor seabirds this summer. If you like to watch seabirds along beaches, please consider being a volunteer this summer to monitor pigeon guillemots as an indicator species for nearshore health. It only requires one hour of your time (to be completed before 9am), one day a week from June thru August.  We realize people can’t always be available (vacations, etc.), so we try to train more citizen scientists to backfill for each other. This project was…

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MEETING
Birds: Wise and Wondrous, Mischievous and Mystical

May 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382
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OPAS Program for May Birds: Wise and Wondrous, Mischievous and Mystical Speaker: Ingrid Nixon, Storyteller May 17, 2017, 7 p.m. at the Dungeness River Audubon Center Ingrid Nixon Ingrid Nixon is a world-traveling storyteller who loves nothing more than to whisk listeners away on journeys of imagination. After living in Alaska for many years working in the wilds as a National Park Service ranger, she now lives in Sequim. Her program for OPAS features stories about…

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Dungeness Rec Area

May 20 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

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…

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June 2017
Free

BIRD COUNT
Western Bluebird Climate Watch

June 1 - June 15

Audubon Western Bluebird Climate Watch Survey When: Thursday, June 1 to Thursday, June 15 Join the OPAS Western Bluebird Watch Program and National Audubon Climate Watch as a volunteer in the upcoming Climate Watch Survey Detail:  Volunteers are needed to conduct 5-minute surveys in 4-5 select tracts of Clallam County where the National Audubon Climate Change Model predicts an increase in Western Bluebird nesting by year 2020. Highest areas of prediction are the Miller Peninsula, Sequim, and areas around Port…

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MEETING
OPAS Conservation Committee Meeting: Invasive European Green Crab

June 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Conservation Committee Meeting When: Monday, June 5, 2017 at  1:00 p.m. Where: Dungeness River Audubon Center Invited speaker, Lorenz Sollmann (Photo: European Green Crab found at Dungeness Spit, Sequim, April 2017. Photo by Allen Pleus, Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife)   OPAS members are invited to attend our Conservation Committee meeting and to hear Lorenz Sollmann, assistant manager at the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge speak about the invasive European Green Crab and its impacts on…

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$5

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Out of the Nest

June 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park, Railroad Bridge Park 2151 West Hendrickson Road Sequim, WA 98382
Sequim, 98382 United States
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Saturday, June 10, ‘Backyard Birding’ will meet at the Dungeness River Audubon Center/Railroad Bridge Park, 10 to noon. Ken Wiersema will discuss ‘Out of the Nest’.  Topics include adult bird roles in feeding and rearing young birds, changes in feeding needs, making your property less hazardous to young birds, and lifestyles of young birds at the most vulnerable time of their lives. Families and individuals are invited to attend any or all of these informal and fun sessions.  There is…

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MEETING
Gaining Global Perspective (OPAS potluck supper)

June 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382
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OPAS Program for June "Gaining Global Perspective" Speaker: Jenna Ziogas, Dungeness River Audubon Center Education Coordinator, June 21, 2017, 6 p.m. Potluck Supper at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 7 p.m. Membership Meeting begins. Jenna Ziogas and students Jenna Ziogas spent the past three summers traveling to Tanzania to lead conservation projects with high-school students from all over the world. Jenna will share stories of her adventures, including climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, animal sightings, meeting Jane Goodall,…

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Carrie Blake Park

June 25 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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…

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July 2017
$5

CLASS
Gulls & Shorebirds

July 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park, Railroad Bridge Park 2151 West Hendrickson Road Sequim, WA 98382
Sequim, 98382 United States
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For the ‘Backyard Birding’ topic on July 8, 2017, Bob Boekelheide will discuss ‘Gulls and Shorebirds.’ They’re not just seagulls, and they’re not just sandpipers.  Of the 20 species of gulls and 48 species of shorebirds that have been recorded in Clallam County, nearly all are migrants, nesting either in the Arctic or in the interior of North America.  Following nesting, they flock to the Salish Sea, where they fuel up in preparation for further flights to winter habitats.  Bob…

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Shorebirds & Gulls

July 8 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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…

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Pitship Pocket to Port Williams

July 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
John Wayne Marina, South Parking Lot,

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

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3 Crabs Purple Martin Nest Box Check

July 23 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
3 Crabs, North end of Sequim-Dungeness Way + Google Map

Date & Time: Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 8:30 am Leader: Ken Wiersema  Meeting place: 3 Crabs parking area, North end of Sequim-Dungeness Way Cost: Free Features: A walk out on the tide flats (rubber boots might be advisable although the minus tide should allow easy access) to view nesting Purple Martins Bring: Optics (including scopes if available), snacks, water, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing for all kinds of weather Optional: Need at least 3 workers that can stay the 2-hour…

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