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Education Notes

by Ken Wiersema

January – February 2020


Happy New Year 2020 – We start off the New Year with a series of your favorite programs and classes. Take some time from your winter chores and plan to attend one or more of these offerings:

BACKYARD BIRDING PROGRAMS hosted at Dungeness River Audubon Center
Backyard Birding can be taken either as individual classes or in a series. The cost of each session is $5. Admission is free for anyone under 18. For participants attending five sessions in the annual series, OPAS offers a complementary one-year membership.

  • Saturday Jan 4th at 10 a.m.—Birdscaping
    Backyard Birding welcomes the new year by revisiting a program we introduced last year – Birdscaping. It will again be presented by Carolyn Wilcox, who operates Experience Olympic LLC and lives in Port Angeles. She will share her well tested projects and recommendations on designing and adjusting modest urban habitats to attract birds and provide them safe and attractive feeding and nesting spaces. She will discuss an array of topics including feeder types and locations, nest boxes, invasive plants and bird species, rodent control, window strikes, and the value of snags.
  • Saturday February 1st at 10 a.m. — Bird Nesting and GBBC – eBird primer
    Bob Boekelheide and Ken Wiersema will present a 3-part program on bird nests, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), and a tutorial on eBird as a tool for recording and distributing bird sightings. We encourage attendees to bring their phones or other mobile electronics (iPads, tablets, and laptops) and we’ll provide hands-on instruction on how to use and enter bird sightings on eBird. It’s easy and fun!


FOCUS ON SERIES – hosted at Dungeness River Audubon Center
Cost: $5 for members/ $10 non-members

  • Saturday Jan 18th at 10 a.m. — Focus On Alcids (Puffins, Murres, Auklets, Guillemots, and Murrelets)
    Presented by Ken Wiersema, they live off our coasts and nest on our shores; deep divers, fish eaters (mostly), agile swimmers. Learn their lifestyles, their threats, and what makes them unique in our ecosystem.
  • Saturday Feb 15th at 10 a.m. Focus On Wildflowers
    Jenna Ziogas, Education Coordinator at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, will offer a new program on wildflowers native to our Olympic Peninsula. She will share with you this richly illustrated program on native flowering plants and the locations at which they can be found.


Cost: $15 per person; $12.50 per person for 2 or more

  • Saturday Feb 29th from 10 a.m. to noon Nest Boxes ’20
    Learn why we build nest boxes. Watch a box being assembled, and then build one yourself! Take your new box home and install it! Materials, tools, and “expert” assistance provided! This year we’ll offer the opportunity to build a “roost box” or an experimental combination nest and roost box. This class requires preregistration so that we have adequate materials on hand. Call the Dungeness River Audubon Center at (360) 681-4076, or sign up at our January or February membership meetings. If you would like to assist with our class this year please contact Ken Wiersema at for information.