Return to Education

Education Notes

Education Notes

by Ken Wiersema


November – December 2018 & January 2019

Fall and winter are an opportune time to hone your birding skills to better enjoy watching and learning about our winter residents and our migrating visitors.  Please come out and join and share your knowledge and interest with others.  Come to our weekly Wednesday morning bird walks and re-tune your ears and eyes to the winter’s voices and muted colors of birds. 

Several programs which should be on your schedules:

Backyard birding programs – at the Dungeness River Audubon Center

Nov 3rd 10 a.m. — Denny Van Horn will discuss his special perspective on studying and learning about birds.  Denny has been our Field Trip Chair for numerous years and is considering moving to eastern WA. This may be your last chance to share a morning with Denny and delve into his devotion to monitoring observing, identifying, and recording the birds seen in Clallam County.  He’ll also cover field guides, binos, and scopes..

December 1st 10 a.m.  – Christie Lassen Co-owner of Wild Birds in Gardiner will present an annual favorite on winter feeding and caring for birds in your backyard.  Christie is a special friend of OPAS and a longtime sponsor of our annual BirdFest. She’ll share her knowledge and an array of new products that will make feeding and watering birds easier and more in tune to our habitat. From feeding Woodpeckers to Hummingbirds this is a excellent chance to get up to date.

Jan 5th 10 a.m. – Carolyn Wilcox is a skilled Olympic Peninsula wildlife guide, who lives in urbanized Port Angeles. She presents a backyard perspective on how to layout your landscaping and viewing opportunities from your home.  She is prepared to consult with folks on unique conditions in your yard.  Watch for the media announcements on this class which will be out before our next newsletter.

Focus On Series: Nov 10th  at 10 a.m. – Powell Jones, Director of our Audubon Center, will do an in-depth program on our local array of Herons and Kingfishers.  And on Dec 15th Jenna Ziogas,  Education Coordinator of the Center, will do a new program on the unique environmental niche occupied by Raccoons — Fun and useful programs. Please fit them into your winter schedule.  In January, Ill be bringing back an updated and revised program on Raptors. Watch websites, media and facebook for details.

In addition to our education programs please join us at our monthly meeting and mark your calendars for Nature Mart on 15 &16 Nov.  And at least do one CBC! Enjoy the upcoming holiday season, and plan to be part of these events.  

Backyard birder program schedule for OPAS years 2018-2019.

[Note: Programs start at 10 a.m. in the River Center.]

Date Subject Presenter(s)
Oct 6 Landscaping for Birds Joe Holtrop
Clallam Cons. Dist.
Nov 3 Being a Birder Denny Van Horn
OPAS Field Trip Chair
Dec 1 Winter Bird Feeding
and Watering
Christie Lassen
Co-Owner, Wild Birds
Unlimited, Gardiner
Jan 5, 2019 Birdscaping – Inviting
Birds to your Yard
Carolyn Wilcox
Feb 2 Bird Nesting & GBBC Ken Wiersema &
Nina Sarmiento
Mar 2 Birds: The Inside story
Bird anatomy & biology
Shirley Anderson &
Ken Wiersema
Apr 6 Migration Tomás Setubal
May 4 Spring Sounds Dow Lambert &
Ken Wiersema
Jun 1 Out of the Nest Ken Wiersema &
Nina Sarmiento
Jul 6 Gulls & Local Shorebirds Bob Boekelheide