President’s Notes – May June, 2019
by Bob Phreaner
The 16th Annual Olympic BirdFest was a resounding success. It was our biggest and best by just about every measure. We had nearly 300 registrants and early estimates suggest approximately $30000 raised to support the Dungeness River Audubon Center. Thank you to the BirdFest Committee (Chris Perry, Bob Boekelheide, Audrey Gift, Ken Wiersema, Shirley Anderson, Sara Ellen Peterson, Stacey Fradkin, Gretha Davis, Liz Bumgarner, Enid Phreaner, Diane Luoma, Lori Moilanen, and co-chairman Marion Rutledge) and all the trip leaders, raffle donors, and volunteers, whose hard work made this event possible. Vanessa Fuller deserves special recognition for her professional organizational skills. Outstanding.
Birdathon is May 11th. This is your annual opportunity to support your Audubon chapter and enjoy a day of birding while gathering data on birds in Clallam County. Birdathon is the sole fundraiser supporting OPAS’ operating budget, which includes insurance, printing, mailing, etc. Please consider making a flat donation or pledging to contribute a per species amount and then get out there counting birds! (See Bob Boekelheide’s article in this issue.)
May 11th is also the Celebration of Science and Technology at Feiro Marine Life Center on Port Angeles City Pier from 10-4. Once again OPAS members will share a booth with the Dungeness River Audubon Center.
May 9 at 6:30 p.m. will be your opportunity to receive orientation or refresher training in the Pigeon Guillemot Breeding Survey at DRAC. Please see our website for more information.
We need you to participate in Audubon advocacy by following Conservation news posted on our website. While you may think globally, you can act locally by responding to alerts and informing elected officials and agencies of your concerns
You can also participate in community science projects throughout the year, and be a steward for the habitat and birds you love by attending the OPAS Conservation Committee meetings.
Due to the concern for insect damage to the specimens in the Dungeness River Audubon Center, Powell has instituted a “no food” policy in the building. Therefore the June 19 meeting will not be a potluck this year but we will still vote on officers and have an interesting speaker.