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April 2017

FIELD TRIP
Gardiner Beach – Diamond Point

April 2 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

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

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SPECIAL EVENT
BIRDFEST

April 7 @ 8:00 am - April 9 @ 5:00 pm

Click on graphic for details. April 7 - 9 Too many field trips and events to list! Go to the BirdFest Website.

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FIELD TRIP
Two Eastside Bays for Winter Seabirds & Gulls

April 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

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

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CLASS
Migration

April 15 @ 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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$5

''Bird Migration":  Why, Where, When and How Birds Migrate will be the topic Saturday, April 15, the seventh in a series of ten classes for Backyard Birders.  From 10 am until noon. Ken Leuthold will lead an exploration of the astonishing world of long-distance flying, without any stopovers to rest or refuel!  Imagine an 8 day, 7000 mile, non-stop flight every autumn to New Zealand for the Alaska Bar-tailed Godwits, compared to the three and a half day record of…

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MEETING
Search for the Holy Grail: Investigating the Evolution of Birds using DNA

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382
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Free

“Search for the Holy Grail: Investigating the Evolution of Birds using DNA”, presented by John Comstock.  7 p.m. April 19, at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Rd. "They just want to sell more field guides," is the usual comment you hear about frequent changes in bird taxonomy. But there is a lot more involved in the systematics of birds than just "lumping and splitting." Behind it all is one of the greatest scientific advances of the last…

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FIELD TRIP
An Early Spring Trip to Nisqually NWR

April 20
Free

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…

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SPECIAL EVENT
Celebration of Science

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free

Celebrate Earth Day by Celebrating Science! Visit the OPAS booth from noon until 4 PM, Saturday, April 22. Other events begin at 10 AM. Port Angeles City Pier & Feiro Marine Life Center Click on poster to enlarge.

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FIELD TRIP
Carrie Blake Park – Early Spring Birds

April 30 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

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…

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May 2017

FIELD TRIP
Birdathon Warm Up

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

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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FIELD TRIP
Birdathon

May 13
Free

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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CLASS
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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$5

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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CLASS
Pigeon Guillemot Study Training

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

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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Free

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 birds in legend and…

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CANCELLED! FIELD TRIP
Dungeness Rec Area

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

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

BIRD COUNT
Western Bluebird Climate Watch

June 1 - June 15
Free

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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