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May 2018

MEETING
“Conservation Photography: Art for Education and Advocacy”

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382
Free

May 16, 2018 OPAS Program "Conservation Photography: Art for Education and Advocacy"  Presented by Lori Moilanen Dungeness River Audubon Center at 7 p.m. Prairie Warbler by Lori Moilanen Photography has been used for environmental advocacy and education since the invention of the camera, leading to a specialty known as "conservation photography." Lori's presentation will highlight some milestones in the history of conservation photography and provide personal examples showing how photographers can use their art to support local environmental education and…

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FIELD TRIP
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR

May 17 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
Free

Nisqually NWR Date & Time: May 17, 9am Leaders: Gary Bullock & Bob Iddins Meeting place: Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR Visitor Center Cost: No charge Features: This is a walk through the refuge's diverse habitats for all kinds of birds. Spring migration is well underway, 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…

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FIELD TRIP
Wild Currant Way

May 19 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Wild Currant Way
Free

Wild Currant Way Date & Time: May 19, 8:30am Leader: Judy Mullally Meeting place: Wild Currant Way is a short road off Old Olympic Highway near Lazy J tree farm/compost site where the road changes direction from mostly north to easterly. Old Olympic highway should be open all the way through by this date. Features: This is an easy walk among typical forested lands and is definitely a 'birding-by-ear' outing. Also, if you want, you may bring along your 'well-behaved'…

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CLASS
Focus On Series – Swallows

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
$5 - $10

Focus On Series - Swallows Saturday May 19, 2018 Dungeness River Audubon Center Family friendly Cost: $10  ($5 for DRAC, OPAS, and JST members)

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FIELD TRIP
Diamond Point and Environs

May 27 @ 8:00 am - 10:30 am
Gardiner Beach Boat Launch
Free

Diamond Point and Environs Date & Time: May 27, 8am Leader: John Gatchet Meeting place: Boat ramp parking area at Gardiner Beach Features: This is John's Local Patch and anything's possible. Open water towards Protection Island might yield Tufted Puffins; the woods will harbor flycatchers and vireos; open fields and meadows just might have bluebirds on territories; and, John's backyard feeders always yield up many passerines. Bring: Binocs, scopes, and personal items as desired Further Information: Contact: John Gatchet jfgatchet@gmail.com…

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CLASS
Leave No Trace Training

May 31 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382

Outdoor Skills & Ethics Workshop - "Leave No Trace" Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Dungeness River Audubon Center Amphitheater (weather permitting, otherwise indoors) Here is an opportunity to attend an informative and interactive class that teaches participants communication skills on how to protect the outdoors and enjoy it responsibly. Excellent class. Don't miss it!

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June 2018

BACKYARD BIRDER CLASS
Out of the Nest

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382
$5

‘Out of the Nest’ is the subject of the June class in the Backyard Birds series. Ken Wiersema and Nina Sarmiento will present a program that includes the adult bird’s role in feeding and caring for young birds, how young bird’s food needs change as they grow, vulnerabilities of young birds, and how to make your home and property less hazardous to young birds. Different species have differing roles in raising their young. Learn to recognize these and help them…

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FIELD TRIP
Dungeness Recreation Area

June 12 @ 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Voice of America Road
Free

Dungeness Recreation Area Date & Time: June 12, 8:30am Leader: Ken Wiersema Meeting place: Voice of American road - first parking area to left after passing through gates Cost: No charge Yellow Warbler                       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…

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MEETING
“The Seattle Cooper’s Hawk Project” (Potluck Dinner)

June 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382
Free

June 20, 2018 OPAS Program "The Seattle Cooper's Hawk Project" Presented by Ed Deal, Project Coordinator Dungeness River Audubon Center Potluck Dinner begins at 6 p.m., Membership Meeting begins at 7 p.m. Ed Deal with Cooper's Hawk Cooper's Hawks, once threatened by DDT poisoning just like Bald Eagles and Peregrine Falcons, have returned in such good numbers that they now nest in many urban areas, including Seattle. A dedicated group of researchers has tracked Seattle's Cooper Hawks since 2003, documenting…

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July 2018

BACKYARD BIRDER CLASS
Gulls and Shorebirds

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

The 'Backyard Birding' class topic on Sat July 7, 2018 at 10 a.m. is “Gulls and Shorebirds”. Bob Boekelheide will be the presenter. Meet at the Dungeness River Audubon Center. They're not just seagulls, and they're not just sandpipers.  Of the 19 species of gulls and 47 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…

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FIELD TRIP
Gulls and Shorebirds

July 7 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Dungeness Landing County Park (Oyster House) Sequim, 98382
Free

Note:  This trip will immediately follow the Backyard Birder Class at the River Center – Please Join us for both! Date & Time: Saturday, July 7, 12:30 p.m. Leader: Bob Boekelheide Cost: No charge Meeting place: Dungeness Landing County Park Features: What gull is that? And for that matter, what shorebirds are those? We will aid you to ID each species we find out on Dungeness Bay. We'll work Dungeness Landing then head over to 3 Crabs on an incoming…

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FIELD TRIP
Neah Bay Pelagic Outing No. 1

July 14 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Neah Bay Boat Dock
$160

Neah Bay Pelagic Outing No. 1 Date & Time: Saturday, July14, 8 a.m. Leaders: Denny Van Horn & Bob Boekelheide Meeting place: Neah Bay, Boat Dock, M/V Windsong Cost: $160; fee collected when boarding Features: This is a 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…

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August 2018

FIELD TRIP
Pitship Pocket to Port Williams

August 4 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
S parking lot at John Wayne Marina
Free

Pitship Pocket to Port Williams Date & Time: Saturday, August 4, 9 a.m. Leader: Gary Bullock Cost: No charge 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 it's a decent chance to happen-on something very special. Bring: Scopes, binocs and personal items…

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FIELD TRIP
Purple Martin Outing

August 10 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
3 Crabs, North end of Sequim-Dungeness Way
Free

Purple Martin Outing Date & Time: Friday, Aug 10, 8:30 a.m. Leader: Ken Wiersema Meeting place: 3 Crabs parking area Cost: No charge Features: Taking count! This outing focuses on our local Purple Martin colony out on the pilings off 3 Crabs. By now many Martin young have fledged and it's a sweet opportunity to watch adults and fledglings interact before they stage-up and head to South America. Bring: Binocs, scopes, wear calf level boots (as we will be walking…

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FIELD TRIP
Neah Bay Pelagic Outing No. 2

August 18 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Neah Bay Boat Dock
$160

Neah Bay Pelagic Outing No. 2 Date & Time: Saturday, August 18, 8 a.m. Leaders: Denny Van Horn & Bob Boekelheide Meeting place: Neah Bay, Boat Dock, M/V Windsong Cost: $160; fee collected when boarding Features: This is a 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…

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