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2018 Purple Martin Report

Purple Martin Report By Ken Wiersema Evidence supports that our work to establish a sustainable Purple Martin colony in proximity to the 3 Crabs restoration site is succeeding. This year we repaired and re-marked eighteen nest boxes to install on the 3 Crabs pilings, and another six boxes for the sites on Protection Island NWR. …

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Barred Owl Management

Barred Owl Management – For the past several decades the focus on enhancing Northern Spotted Owl (NSO) populations in the West has been on preserving suitable habitat, primarily old growth forests.

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Get Nest Boxes Ready for New Occupants — Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Report

Get Nest Boxes Ready for New Occupants — Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Report Spring may officially be several weeks off, but now is the time to get your bird nest boxes cleaned out and ready for new, incoming occupants. If you don’t already have nest boxes up, this is the time to either …

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Navy Electronic Warfare Range

On September 13, 2014, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) released their Pacific Northwest Environmental Assessment (EA) on the Navy Electronic Warfare (EW) Range proposal along with a draft decision notice finding No Significant Impact to the environment. Naval Airs The proposal includes installation of communication equipment on an existing tower in the Olympic Military Operations …

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North Olympic Library System Nature Talks

Click to see graphic information about the Nature Talks Series Click to Enlarge graphic information about the first in the series of the talks titled:  Corvids in the Fall, presented by OPAS member Ken Wiersema    

Olympic Fisher Reintroduction Project

The Olympic Fisher Reintroduction Project released 90 fishers within Olympic National Park from 2008 to 2010. Three reintroduction areas within ONP were identified according to available habitat and habitat connectivity: Elwha-Sol Duc, Hoh-Bogachiel, and Queets-Quinault areas in ONP. Fishers were released in the late fall-early winter to allow them to acclimatize before winter, to establish …

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OPAS Swan Study Update (March 2019)

OPAS Swan Study Update (March 2019) by Laura Davis and Liam Antrim By the end of March, the Dungeness Delta will be bidding farewell to the last of our winter-resident Trumpeter Swans, and so we reflect here on the study year in progress. Drawn by the swans’ magnificence and grace, in the context of beautiful …

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Pit to Pier Project (Resolved)

Pit to Pier Project – The Thorndyke Resource Project, nicknamed “pit-to-pier,” is a proposal that would move gravel from an extraction area near the former Fred Hill Materials Shine gravel pit along a 4-mile-long conveyor belt to a 1,000-foot pier at Hood Canal where it would be loaded on barges for shipping.

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Providing a Safer Yard for Birds

Providing a Safer Yard for Birds Hanging birdfeeders, providing birdbaths, and growing native plants are among the best ways to provide food, water, and shelter to birds as they migrate across an increasingly developed continent. If homeowners want to attract and provide refuge for birds, they must also safeguard their yards against threats such as windows, toxins, and …

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Puget Sound Partnership

Puget Sound Partnership – Carved by glaciers, Puget Sound is a place where thousands of freshwater rivers and streams meet the ocean saltwater. These freshwater/saltwater mixing zones create estuaries – among the most productive and diverse habitats on earth. The Puget Sound ecosystem supports a tremendous array of plants and animals – 200 species of …

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Puget Sound Seabird Survey

Would you like to participate in the largest citizen science-driven seabird census in the Pacific Northwest?!   The new season of Seattle Audubon’s landmark Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS) kicks off on October 1st, 2016, and we are currently recruiting enthusiastic, skilled, and dedicated volunteers to help us monitor the status of our local wintering seabirds. This …

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WDFW seeks help to test wild birds for flu

WDFW NEWS RELEASE Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091 http://wdfw.wa.gov/ December 23, 2014 Contacts: Don Kraege, (360) 902-2522 Kristin Mansfield, (509) 892-1001 ext. 326 WDFW seeks public’s help in testing wild birds for flu OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking the public’s …

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    Bird Walk every Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Meet at the Dungeness River Audubon Center Read more.   Wild Birds Unlimited Holiday Flock Party  Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from noon until 2:00 p.m. Where: Wild Birds Unlimited, 275953 Highway 101, Gardiner, WA Learn more.   CBC Warm-up Sequim-Dungeness Saturday, December 7, 8:30 a.m. (River …

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Click a link below to view the current or a previous issue of the Harlequin Happenings Newsletter, or to read OPAS Press Releases.

About Us

“Volunteers, educators and stewards for birds and habitat conservation”   The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society promotes birding and habitat conservation through science-based education, advocacy, and stewardship. We are a volunteer chapter of the National Audubon Society and founding partner and supporter of the Dungeness River Audubon Center We live in a unique area. Bounded by …

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The North Olympic Peninsula is part of the Olympic Loop of the Great Washington State Birding Trail. It is known for its wide variety of birds often having the highest number of bird species in the state during the Christmas Bird Count and our May Birdathon. The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society conducts regular local field …

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Book Group

Please join us on Tuesday, November 19 (note: third Tuesday) for our last book discussion of 2019.  Bruce Fryxell will lead discussion of The Wonder of Birds: What They Tell Us About Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future by Jim Robbins. This engaging book highlights qualities unique to birds that demonstrate how invaluable they …

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The OPAS Conservation Committee stays informed about local, state and national conservation issues and helps to educate our members and the public about these issues. To learn more about the committee and our efforts to preserve and protect bird and wildlife habitat, please view on one of the following pages.


OPAS provides educational programs in the form of Classes & Workshops for the community and School Programs in partnership with the Sequim School District. Sequim School District programs enable volunteers to interact with children during classroom visits in grades K through Four, as well as assist with school field trips at the Dungeness River Audubon …

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Ken and Mary Campbell


OPAS hosts many events throughout the year, including weekly Bird Walks, Field Trips (both Bird and Conservation oriented), the Olympic BirdFest, and general and special Meetings. Upcoming Events are listed on the left side of every page of this web site. Details of each event can be viewed on the Events Calendar. Many of our …

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Field Trips

OPAS Field Trips: November – December 2019 By John Gatchet and Marie Grad   Please Note: Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society is instituting a new policy for field trips.  We are asking for field trip participants to sign a liability release form the day of the trip.  This signed form will be good for future field …

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The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society is a local chapter of the National Audubon Society. We promote an appreciation of birding, conservation of habitat and biological diversity on the Olympic Peninsula. Birding field trips are conducted throughout the year led by volunteer, local birding experts. Our members are engaged in targeted conservation and bird monitoring projects. …

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Birding Resources:   All About Birds (Cornell Lab of Ornithology https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/search Bird Note https://www.birdnote.org/ BirdWeb (Seattle Audubon) www.birdweb.org/birdweb eBird (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) https://ebird.org/content/ebird/ Great Backyard Bird Count www.birdsource.org/gbbc Great Washington State Birding Trail wa.audubon.org/birds_GreatWABirdingTrail.html Historical Christmas Bird Count Results web4.audubon.org/bird/cbc/hr/index.html Tweeters Listserv www.scn.org/tweeters WA Ornithological Society www.wos.org   Organizational Resources:   Audubon Washington wa.audubon.org …

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