President’s Notes – January – February, 2019
by Bob Phreaner
It’s a New Year so I’m taking this opportunity to highlight some “New” activities in OPAS.
First, OPAS has reached a membership of 370! We have achieved this largely through efforts of our membership chair Audrey Gift, as well as on-going activities like the Backyard Birder series, the Wednesday Morning Bird Walks, and some 2018 innovations.
Several of our newer members deserve recognition and special thanks for their accomplishments and for assuming responsibility for OPAS activities. Lori Moilanen and Judi White started a new and popular Birds and Beverages get together 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at Wind Rose Cellars. Lori facilitates the new Book Discussion Group that meets at 4 p.m. the last Tuesday of the month at the Dungeness River Audubon Center. Judi stepped up to be the OPAS Field Trip Chair, organizing regular bird walks to familiar as well as novel birding sites, and tirelessly exploring Clallam County seeking new field trip opportunities. Judi has worked with OPAS Co-VP Marie Grad to offer a new quarterly Beginning and Newcomers Bird Walk in Railroad Bridge Park. OPAS Past-President Ken Wiersema was recently selected to reprise his role as the Regional representative to WA Audubon.
While the OPAS Trumpeter Swan Study is not new, the coordinators are. For years Mary Porter-Solberg effectively organized these weekly surveys. This fall, Laura Davis and Liam Antrim began coordinating this Community Science Project and have done a great job keeping the Swan Study running smoothly. The last survey of the year conducted December 26 revealed 150 swans in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley. Our 2019 challenge is to learn where these magnificent birds roost.
OPAS members are busy preparing for the Olympic BirdFest. When you go to the OlympicBirdFest.org website to register you will find a number of new bird walks and activities here too!
I greatly appreciate all the OPAS members who help keep our chapter strong and growing. If you would like to be part of this vibrant group, we are constantly on the lookout for new ideas and leaders, I would appreciate hearing from you. Specifically, our Conservation Committee needs a chairperson to organize the agenda for their monthly meetings. This is a vital role enabling OPAS members to be informed stewards of our environment. Together we can better promote birding and protect birds and their habitat in Clallam County.