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February 2018

BIRD COUNT
Great Backyard Bird Count

February 16 @ 8:00 am - February 19 @ 5:00 pm
Backyard
Free

Great Backyard Bird Count When: February 16-19, 2018 Features: The GBBC, created in 1995 by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, is an online citizen-science project which collects information on bird populations world-wide and displays these data in real-time. You are invited to participate on one or more days of the count from any location - for us here on the OlyPen, these data gives us a great look into species occurrence and population numbers in our local…

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CLASS
Focus On Series – Woodpeckers

February 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$5 - $10

Focus on Series - Woodpeckers Presented by Jenna Ziogas Join us in our brand new series where we will unlock the secrets of different bird families. Each class will explore the unique adaptations, habitats, and life-history of some of our favorite feathered friends. *This is a family friendly series! For more information call 360-681-4076 or rceducation@olympus.net Cost: $5 for members, $10 for non-members

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FIELD TRIP
Gardiner Beach & Diamond Point

February 18 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Gardiner Beach Boat Launch
Free

Gardiner Beach & Diamond Point Date: Sunday, February 18th / 8:30am Leader: John Gatchet Meeting Place: Gardiner Beach boat launch Features: Discovery Bay and the waters between the beach and Protection Island offer an incredible array of water-birds; as does the delightful variety of ecosystems across Diamond Point. Also, you'll have the chance to bird from John's backyard as an extra added attraction to this field-trip Bring: Binocs, scopes, and personal accoutrements as desired For further information: John Gatchet jfgatchet@gmail.com…

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MEETING
OPAS Members’ Photo Night 2018

February 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382
Free

OPAS Members’ Photo Night 2018 Moderated by Christina Heliker When: February 21, 2018 at 7 PM Where: Dungeness River Audubon Center Photo by Hal Everett   It’s time to choose your best bird photos to show our appreciative OPAS audience. This year please submit your bird photos to Christina Heliker, who has generously offered to be our technical advisor and assist us projecting the images. If you wish to offer your photos for the evening, please contact Christina so you…

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CLASS
Nest Box Building

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382
$15

Where: Dungeness River Audubon Center Date: February 24th Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost: $15 per person; $12.50 per person for 2 or more.                     Learn why we build boxes, how to build a box, and then build a box! You will be able to take your new box home to install in your yard. Materials, tools, and expert assistance provided To register for the class or for more information…

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FIELD TRIP
Skagit Flats & Samish Valley

February 26 @ 8:00 am - February 27 @ 4:00 pm
Free

Skagit Flats & Samish Valley Date: Monday & Tuesday, February 26 & 27, 2018  Leader: Bob Iddins Note: Preregistration is required - see below Costs: No charge for outing; however participants make their own lodging arrangements (Mt. Vernon, Burlington, Anacortes) and are responsible for their own meals both days. Meeting place: Take the 8:00 am ferry from Port Townsend to Coupeville (reservations are strongly recommended). Upon exiting the ferry we’ll meet at the parking area for the boat ramp adjacent to the ferry terminal.…

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March 2018

BACKYARD BIRDER CLASS
“Birdscaping – Inviting birds to your yard”

March 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382
$5

"Birdscaping - Inviting birds to your yard" Wilson's WarblerPhoto by John Gatchet March introduces a new program and presenter to our Backyard Birding Series. Carolyn Wilcox, owner and guide for Experience Olympic Tours on the Olympic Peninsula, will be the speaker. She owns a small urban/forest edge lot in Port Angeles.   Some of the 20+ species of wintering birds that have accepted an invitation to her yard include the Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Bewick’s Wren, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Varied Thrush, Townsend’s Warbler, and Fox Sparrow. New this winter,…

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FIELD TRIP
Pitship Pocket to Port Williams

March 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
S parking lot at John Wayne Marina
Free

Pitship Pocket to Port Williams Date & Time: Saturday, March 10, 9am Leader: Gary Bullock Meeting place: South parking lot at John Wayne Marina Features: Late Winter residents and early Spring migrants. One never knows what will be found on this outing - an easy onshore scoping of Sequim Bay and the open waters looking off towards Discovery Bay and Protection Island always brings a bit of feathered enlightenment. And we'll also checkout what might be lingering along Schmuck road.…

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CLASS
Focus On Series – Ducks

March 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382
$5 - $10

 Focus On Series - Ducks March 17th, 10 a.m. - Noon Presented by Jenna Ziogas Dungeness River Audubon Center $10 ($5 for Members) Join us in our brand new series where we will unlock the secrets of different bird families. Each class will explore the unique adaptations, habitats, and life-history of some of our favorite feathered friends. *This is a family friendly series!

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MEETING
Swallows – “Acrobats of our spring and summer skies”

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382
Free

Swallows – “Acrobats of our spring and summer skies” Speaker  Ken Wiersema Wednesday, March 21 OPAS Program - 7 pm Each year’s first sighting of Swallows means the renewal of spring, warmth and growth brought by summer are on their way.  Swallows can devour flying insects, nest in our yards, and be fun to observe. Come and enjoy an illustrated program concentrated on our local Swallow species, their identification, and how we can conserve and help protect the environment they…

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FIELD TRIP
RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 31! Neah Bay Bahokus Peak Hawk Watch

March 24 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Washburn General Store, 1450 Bayview Avenue
Neah Bay, WA 98357
Free

THIS FIELD TRIP HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO MARCH 31 Neah Bay Bahokus Peak Hawk Watch Date & Time: Saturday, March 24; 8:30am Leader: Denny AFMJ Van Horn Meeting place: Washburn's Market Parking Lot Features: This outing is totally weather dependent. If no fog, low clouds, or nasty winds we'll head up Bahokus Peak to spend the day watching and waiting for raptors, Sandhill cranes, and other Spring migrants. This is a stand-around, sit-down, sky-watch waiting for birds to come flying…

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FIELD TRIP
Neah Bay Bahokus Peak Hawk Watch

March 31 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Washburn General Store, 1450 Bayview Avenue
Neah Bay, WA 98357
Free

Neah Bay Bahokus Peak Hawk Watch Date & Time: Saturday, March 31; 8:30am Leader: Denny AFMJ Van Horn Meeting place: Washburn's Market Parking Lot Features: This outing is totally weather dependent. If no fog, low clouds, or nasty winds we'll head up Bahokus Peak to spend the day watching and waiting for raptors, Sandhill cranes, and other Spring migrants. This is a stand-around, sit-down, sky-watch waiting for birds to come flying by as they stage to cross the Strait of…

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April 2018

CANCELED! FIELD TRIP
Carrie Blake Park

April 7 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Carrie Blake Park, 202 N Blake Avenue
Sequim, WA 98382
Free

Field trip has been canceled due to inclement weather. Carrie Blake Park Date & Time: Saturday, April 7; 8-10am Leader: Cindy Fullwiler Meeting place: South parking lot near the dog pen Features: A walk around and through Carrie Blake Park. This outing will be about early spring migrants and lingering wintering residents. Bring: Binocs, scopes, and personal items as desired. Contact: Cindy Fullwiler  cfullwiler@hotmail.com / 951 501-9257  

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BACKYARD BIRDER CLASS
Spring Sounds

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382
$5

Spring Sounds   10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 7th Our April class in the Backyard Birding series brings ‘Sounds of Spring’ to you a month earlier than last year, and will help tune up your ear for BirdFest.  Dow Lambert and Ken Wiersema will present one of the most popular and well-attended programs at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park. Their presentation includes new and re-edited slides, videos, and sound recordings of our local birds. Each year,…

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MEETING
“Birds of the Southern Oceans and Antarctica”

April 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free

April 18, 2018 OPAS Program "Birds of the Southern Oceans and Antarctica"   Presented by Bruce Fryxell Dungeness River Audubon Center at 7 p.m. The southern oceans are home to albatrosses and petrels, some of the most spectacular flying birds on Earth. These birds are renowned for their skillful flights riding the winds over turbulent oceans, well adapted to spend their entire lives at sea and only coming ashore for nesting. At the April OPAS meeting, we are excited that…

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