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Breaking News is where you can view OPAS news, important conservation items, volunteer opportunities, and information about any scheduling changes with our field trips and events. 


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OPAS Swan Study Needs Volunteers

Trumpeter Swans in Sequim Field
Photo by Dow Lambert

Each winter, birders look forward to the return of swans to the Dungeness Valley.

However, did you know that along with simply enjoying their presence, Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society (OPAS) members are also counting Trumpeter and Tundra Swans as part of an ongoing citizen science project? We are doing it again this year, but we need more volunteers in order to continue the study. Please consider volunteering. You wouldn’t be required to count swans more than once a month. Training is scheduled for October 24. Call Mary at 360-683-8072 for more information.


Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS) Recruiting Volunteers

Go birding and make a difference!

Barrows Goldeneye by Doug Schurman

Are seabirds in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca increasing or declining in numbers? Which species are changing their range? Help us find out.

The Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS) is a citizen-science project managed by Seattle Audubon that empowers volunteer birdwatchers to gather valuable data on wintering seabird populations across Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Together, our team creates a snapshot of seabird density and abundance on more than 2,400 acres of nearshore saltwater habitat.

You can contribute to vital seabird science by joining the eleventh season of Seattle Audubon’s Puget Sound Seabird Survey. We are now recruiting enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help us monitor the status of our local wintering seabirds. Read details.


Mountain Goat Draft Management Plan Released

Comments Accepted Through September 26, 2017

Read more on our Conservation Action Alerts page.


U.S. Forest Service Approves a Special Use Permit for the U.S. Navy in Support of Electronic Warfare Training on Olympic National Forest Roads (July 31, 2017)

Read more on our Conservation News page.


Read OPAS Comments about Salmon Net Pen Permit

OPAS sent comments on July 24, 2017 to the Clallam County Director of Community Development regarding the permit to allow Cooke Aquaculture (formerly American Gold Seafoods) to move its existing Atlantic Salmon net pens from within Port Angeles Harbor (Ediz Hook) to an open water area in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Read more and view our comment letter on the Conservation News page.


2017 Western Bluebird Climate Watch Program Update

The OPAS 2017 Western Bluebird Climate Watch Program results are available . 

Click here to read the detailed June 2017 report on our Conservation News page.

A pair of Western Bluebirds checking out this nestbox built by OPAS volunteers and placed with permission east of Sequim on DNR land. Photos by Cindy Fullwiler.

Western Bluebird checking out nestbox. Photo by Cindy Fullwiler.

Western Bluebird pair. Photo by Cindy Fullwiler


Drawing Meaning from Death, One Seabird at a Time

Article taken from Hakai Magazine (Coastal Science and Societies)

COASST volunteers Bob Phreaner, Sue Nattinger, and Coleman Byrnes patrol Shi Shi Beach in Washington State for dead seabirds, including this Laysan albatross. In the background is Point of Arches, a National Natural Landmark. Photo by Larry Pynn

Three dedicated OPAS members, Bob Phreaner, Coleman Byrnes, and Sue Nattinger walk the beaches in search of beached birds as volunteers of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) citizen science program. The volunteers help researchers track long-term trends influenced by human or natural causes, and the results are critical for comparison against the number of birds by species associated with, say, a natural die-off, an El Niño climate event, or an oil spill. Click on the article to see photos of the volunteers and read more about this valuable program. OPAS extends a big thank you for their dedication to science and seabirds on our North Olympic coasts. Read more.





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