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Western Bluebird Climate Watch Program Update

The OPAS Western Bluebird Climate Watch Program is underway. A pair of Western Bluebirds were recently checking out this nestbox built by 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.


Western Bluebird Watch Program for 2017 (June 1 – 15)

western-bluebirdThe Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society’s Western Bluebird Watch Program is seeking volunteers to participate in the second phase of National Audubon’s Climate Watch Program that focuses on bluebirds.

Audubon’s Climate Watch was developed as a followup to the 2014 Audubon Birds and Climate Change report that highlighted the risks climate change poses to birds across North America

The program focuses on areas of predicted change for bluebirds within each chapter’s territory and highlights areas of expected range expansion and contraction.  Maps of the chapter’s territory overlaid with a grid of 10-kilometer squares that show predictions for change based on the climate models have been provided to the coordinator of each participating chapter.

Volunteers will conduct 5 minute surveys in assigned points within each square. Though the focus is bluebirds, the volunteer is asked to record all bird species viewed within the 5 minute period.

For more information about the OPAS Western Bluebird Watch Program and National Audubon Climate Watch please contact Joyce Volmut at joyce.volmut@gmail.com or call 785-554-6379.


Support Legislative Action on Climate Change

Decision makers need to hear from you! Let them know that you are concerned about our changing climate, its impact on birds, on our communities, and our planet.

Click here to voice your concerns. You will be redirected to the Audubon Washington action center website.






Dungeness River Audubon Center