OPAS Conservation Award for 2017-18
This year our OPAS Conservation Committee recognized Bob Boekelheide for his many years of stellar dedication to the science of birds and bird study within our community. He was presented with a certificate which describes his salient contributions toward supporting the protection and conservation of wildlife habitat and biodiversity on the North Olympic Peninsula.
Specifically noted were his enduring and significant accomplishments in preparing and leading us toward the use and development of accurate and documented bird population data. Bob’s science leadership as a high school teacher, Director of the Dungeness River Audubon Center, and service on regional science advisory councils for both the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and the Protection Island Aquatic Reserve are unsurpassed. Since 1995, he has compiled our Chapter’s Christmas Bird Counts and Bird-a-thon. He has done breeding bird surveys, seabird studies, analyzed Trumpeter Swan counts, monitored bird population changes resulting from the 3 Crabs restoration, and established the Railroad Bridge Park Wednesday bird walk data base. We rely on his bird data and analysis to support our policy and advocacy correspondence on regional conservation actions. Bob generously shares his data, analysis, and knowledge toward enriching the birding enjoyment of our Chapter members and our community. He personifies being a teacher, conservationist, researcher, and scientist – but for us, he’s our gull guy! — Well done and well deserved.