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OPAS Field Trips: January – February 2019

By Judith White


Wednesday Bird Walks

Date: Every Wed. morning, 8:30 a.m.

Meeting Place: Outside the Dungeness River Audubon Center

Features: Easy guided bird walk through Railroad Bridge Park to see birds of the Dungeness River riparian area.


Three Crabs and Dungeness Landing

Date and Time: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Sunday January 13

Leader: John Gatchet

Cost: Free

Meeting Place: Three Crabs parking lot

Features: Shorebirds, Waterfowl, Gulls, Raptors and a range of other species. Beginning at Three Crabs, then moving to Dungeness Landing. Minimal walking, some uneven sand and gravel.

Bring: Scopes if you have them, dress for the weather.

Further Information: Contact John Gatchet <> / 503 781-5043


Ediz Hook 

Date & Time: 10 am – noon,  Saturday January 26

Leader: Judy Mullally

Cost: Free

Meeting place: In the area of the boat launch or restrooms at the end of Ediz Hook (just before the Coast Guard entrystation)

Features: Returning winter water and shorebirds of Port Angeles harbor and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This field trip is appropriate for those with limited mobility. 

Bring: Optics (scope if you have one), water, snacks, and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Further information: Judy Mullally 360 808-2736


Carrie Blake Park

Date and Time: 8:30-10:30 a.m., Sunday February 17

Leader: John Gatchet

Cost: Free

Meeting Place: Carrie Blake Park parking lot, near the Dog Park

Features: Resident and Wintering Waterfowl, and a range of other species. This is a walk around the park on varied level surfaces.

Bring: Binoculars, dress for the weather.

Further Information: Contact John Gatchet <> / 503 781-5043


Skagit and North Snohomish Counties

Date: Monday & Tuesday, February 25 & 26, 2019 

Cost: Free. Participants make own lodging arrangements (Mt. Vernon, Burlington, Anacortes) and are responsible for their own meals both days.

Leader: Bob Iddins

Features: A very popular trip to the Samish Valley & Skagit Flats starring a plethora of swans, snow geese, wintering raptors and occasional surprises. 

Meeting place: Take the 8:00 am ferry at Port Townsend for Coupeville (reservations are strongly recommended). Upon exiting we’ll meet at the parking area for the boat ramp adjacent to the ferry terminal. Turn right after exiting ferry. For those going early or coming from other areas, we’ll meet at the parking lot for the Farmhouse Restaurant at the intersection of HWY 20 and LaConnor Whitney Road (between Mount Vernon and Anacortes) at about 10 am.

Bring: Optics (scopes are helpful) and lunch for both days. Dress warmly and be prepared for inclement weather.   We will probably do some car pooling on site. Participating cars will require a Discover Pass for access to state lands. 

Further information: Preregistration required! (Please provide contact information in the event of late-breaking developments or severe weather conditions requiring a late cancellation.)  Appropriate for participants with limited mobility.      

Bob Iddins, home phone 360-681-2840, cell phone 360-775-5945,