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Education Notes

by Ken Wiersema


March – April 2019

Hectic winter!   Several events for February were postponed and rescheduled due to weather and the eradication of the beetles at the Center. Always check our OPAS website or Facebook page for last minute rescheduling.  Jenna’s Raccoon program has been rescheduled twice… Join her for a “Focus on” program on Mar 16thSee poster and details on our website.  

Backyard birding programs offered at the Dungeness River Audubon Center at 10 a.m.

March 2nd The sixth in the 2018-2019 series will be Birds: The Inside Story – Bird Anatomy and Biology, presented by Shirley Anderson and Ken Wiersema. This seminar features the physical composition and biology of birds — how they eat, digest, breathe, sing, reproduce, and fly. You’ll learn from displays of bird skeletons, bones, feathers, and feet along with new graphic illustrations and recorded sounds. Join us to increase your understanding and enjoyment of our local feathered friends!

April 6thThe seventh in the series will be Migration presented by Tomás Setubal, aquatic ecologist for Olympic National Park. Tomás will lead a discussion on the incredible phenomenon of migration and the mechanisms that govern the mass movement of avian species worldwide. He will emphasize the bird species seen in Clallam County, which provides an important component of the Pacific Flyway’s migration route. He will discuss the arrivals and departures of key species, why our varied habitats are important, and why migration is inherent to the health and sustainability of bird populations.

Tomás was born on the bountiful tidelands of Puget Sound, and lived his early years in Brazil. He later returned to the United States, specifically Virginia, where he took up birding. At college in Wisconsin, he focused his undergraduate studies in the field of ornithology. During his professional career, he has worked as a field biologist on numerous ornithology projects in Ecuador, Brazil, California, and Washington State. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a local expert about the fascinating phenomenon of bird migration.

Jamestown S’Klallam Speaker Series (new for 2019)

All talks will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Dungeness River Audubon Center. Preregistration not required. No fee

Dungeness River Audubon Center and OPAS are proud partners with The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. Known as ‘the Strong People’ the S’Klallams created a rich culture of art, spirituality, traditional knowledge and self-reliance that continues today. In honor of Jamestown S’Klallam recognition day on February 11th, we dedicated the month of February to learning about the people who have lived and prospered on the Olympic Peninsula for more than 10,000 years.  S’Klallam’s rich culture is interdependent with the abundant natural resources of the Northwest Coast. A predominate resource being the Western Red Cedar tree. This series takes a deeper look at the Tribe’s deep connection with “The Tree of Life.” Note:  2 of these February programs were rescheduled into March due to the beetle eradication, and weather.

Friday, March 1st: “Western Red Cedar, Importance to Salmon” presented by Robert Knapp, Environmental Planning Program Manager (rescheduled from Feb 1st)

Friday, March 8th: Historical Relationships Between S’Klallam People and Cedar presented by David Brownell, Cultural Resources Specialist (rescheduled from Feb 15th)

Always popular spring events: Flowers of the Olympic Peninsula Join leader John Bridge on a search for wild treasures. Take a look at flowers from low elevation riparian forests, up into the alpine. Classes will meet at Dungeness River Audubon Center at 9 a.m. and strive to return by 3 p.m. Sign up for either the Tuesday or Wednesday class.  Email or call: Jenna Ziogas <> or phone (360) 681-   4076 for info and signups.

April 16th & 17th – Dungeness Forks and Graywolf River Outlook

May 14th & 15th – Fish Hatchery and Graywolf River Outlook

June 11th & 12th – Deer Park

July 9th & 10th – Eagle Point