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December 2019

OPAS/DRAC Lecture & Discussion
“The Ascent of Birds”

December 3, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382 United States
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The Ascent of Birds An Invitation to the Spectacular Diversity of Birds. This is a repeat of the October 8, 2019 discussion, for those who may have missed the first of the series of lectures. Join us to hear about the Tinamou's Story: Death of a Paradigm. (The story of large flightless birds.)   Join Jim Karr, University of Washington Professor Emeritus, for a lecture and discussion series stimulated by a pioneering new book by John Reilly - The Ascent…

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OPAS/DRAC SPECIAL EVENT
Holiday Flock Party

December 4, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Wild Birds Unlimited, 275953 US-101
Gardiner, WA 98382 United States
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Wild Birds Unlimited Holiday Flock Party When: Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from noon until 2:00 p.m. Where: Wild Birds Unlimited, 275953 Highway 101, Gardiner, WA 98382 Wild Birds Unlimited is offering 20% OFF your entire purchase (excluding sale items) on Wednesday, December 4th from noon to 2pm for Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society & Dungeness River Audubon Center Members. Shop for gifts suitable for beginners or seasoned bird enthusiasts – as well as gifts for nature lovers of all ages. They…

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OPAS BIRD COUNT
CBC Warm-up Sequim-Dungeness

December 7, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382 United States
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CBC Warm-up Sequim-Dungeness Date and Times: Saturday, December 7, 8:30 a.m. (River Center); 11 a.m. (Dungeness Landing Park) Leader: Bob Boekelheide Cost: Free Meeting place: 8:30 a.m. at Dungeness River Audubon Center and 11 a.m. at Dungeness Landing Features:The CBC warmup field trip occurs Saturday Dec 7, starting at the Dungeness River Audubon Center at 8:30 a.m. for landbirds, then meeting at Dungeness Landing Park at 11 a.m. for waterbirds. Bring: Binoculars, spotting scope, water, snacks, as well as appropriate…

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OPAS BACKYARD BIRDING CLASS
“Winter Care and Feeding of Birds in the Garden”

December 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382 United States
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"Winter Care and Feeding of Birds in the Garden" When: December 7, 2019 from 10 a.m.  – Noon Where: Dungeness River Audubon Center Presenter: Christie Lassen Cost: $5 Hummer-Hearth heater Christie Lassen, Co-owner of Wild Birds in Gardiner, will present an annual favorite on winter feeding and caring for birds in your backyard by providing examples of feeders for humming birds - to seeds for wintering song birds - to suet for woodpeckers.  Christie will offer recommendations on what to…

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OPAS FIELD TRIP
Dungeness Landing/Three Crabs

December 8, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Dungeness Landing County Park (Oyster House), 298 Oyster House Rd
Sequim, WA 98382 United States
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Dungeness Landing/Three Crabs Date and Time:  Sunday December 8, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: Free Leader:  John Gatchet Meeting Place:  Dungeness Landing Parking Lot Features:  Salt water, shoreline, and marsh bird species will be the focus of this field trip.  A few shorebirds and many waterfowl are expected.  There will be some walking on the beach and in the parking lot area.  These two locations are two of the most productive in the Sequim area.       Bring:  Binoculars, spotting scope, water,…

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OPAS/DRAC Lecture & Discussion
“The Ascent of Birds”

December 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382 United States
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The Ascent of Birds An Invitation to the Spectacular Diversity of Birds. Join Jim Karr, University of Washington Professor Emeritus, for a lecture and discussion series stimulated by a pioneering new book by John Reilly - The Ascent of Birds: How Modern Science Is Revealing Their Story (2018). Each session will explore key concepts in the evolution of a bird species or group. All discussions richly illustrated with photos, maps, and other visual material. Read one or two average ten-page…

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OPAS SPECIAL EVENT
“Birds and Beverages”

December 11, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St
Sequim, 98382 United States
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Birds and Beverages When: December 11, 2019 at 4 p.m. Where: Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington St., Sequim, WA An informal gathering of birders of all abilities. If you want to meet new OPAS members and interested area residents, you’re invited to share your favorite spots, share bird photography tips, discuss research you may be working on - the sky’s the limit. Birds and Beverages is low key and it’s fun. Gather at Wind Rose Cellars, 143 W. Washington…

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OPAS BIRD COUNT
Sequim-Dungeness Christmas Bird Count

December 16, 2019
Free

CBC Sequim-Dungeness Date: Monday  December 16, 2019 Cost: Free Leader: Bob Boekelheide Meeting place: Your meeting place is your specific count area of the CBC.  Features: Find birds, count birds, tally birds throughout the day, and then come to the Sequim Prairie Grange (290 MacLeay Rd, northwest of Sequim off Old Olympic Hwy) at dusk and share the post-count jubilation, as well as good food and good company as tales are told, species accounts are tallied, and laughter abounds. Further…

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OPAS FIELD TRIP
Winter Birding for Beginners and Newcomers

December 21, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382 United States
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Winter Birding for Beginners and Newcomers Date and Time: 8:30 am., Saturday, December 21st Cost: Free Leader: Marie Grad Meeting Place: Outside the Dungeness River Audubon Center Features: Winter has arrived.  Are you interested in the birds that you see at your feeders or in your yard? Seen something you want to identify? Join local birders for a walk in the Park. All levels welcome. Bring: Bring binoculars if you have them, some loaners maybe available. We will be walking…

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DRAC FOCUS ON SERIES
Coyotes

December 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382 United States
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Focus On Coyotes Saturday, December 21, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - noon Presented by Powell Jones Presentation at the Dungeness River Audubon Center $10 ($5 for members) Revered for their boisterous howls, intelligence, and ability to adapt to human encroachment coyotes have found themselves in the middle of an image crisis.  Come learn about their image transformation and explore their place in ecosystems and our changing world.

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January 2020

OPAS BACKYARD BIRDING CLASS
Birdscaping – Inviting Birds to your Yard

January 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382 United States
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$5

Birdscaping – Inviting Birds to your Yard Presented by Carolyn Wilcox When: Saturday, January 4, 2020, 10 a.m. Where: Dungeness River Audubon Center Cost $5. Carolyn Wilcox 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 touring service and lives in Port Angeles.  She will share her well-tested projects and recommendations on designing and adjusting modest urban habitats to attract…

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CANCELLED! OPAS/DRAC LECTURE & DISCUSSION
“The Ascent of Birds”

January 14 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382 United States
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CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS The Ascent of Birds An Invitation to the Spectacular Diversity of Birds When: January 14, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Where: Dungeness River Audubon Center Cost: Free Join Jim Karr, University of Washington Professor Emeritus, for a lecture and discussion series stimulated by a pioneering new book by John Reilly – The Ascent of Birds: How Modern Science Is Revealing Their Story (2018). The January 14 discussion and lecture will include: The Storm…

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OPAS BIRD COUNT
Volunteer for Climate Watch

January 15 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Free

Volunteer for Climate Watch Join the OPAS Western Bluebird/Climate Watch Survey Count from January 15 to February 15 2020. Want to use your birding skills to advance our understanding of climate change's impact on birds? Then Climate Watch is for you. Learn how birds are responding to climate change. Be a citizen scientist and survey target species in your area. To learn more contact Joyce Volmut at joyce.volmut@gmail.com. Western BluebirdPhoto by Cindy Fullwiler

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RESCHEDULED! OPAS PROGRAM
“OPAS Members Photo Night 2020” and PIGU Survey

January 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dungeness River Audubon Center, Railroad Bridge Park
Sequim, WA 98382 United States
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  DUE TO PREDICTED WEATHER CONDITIONS, RESCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 22, 2020! "OPAS Members Photo Night 2020"  and  Pigeon Guillemot Breeding Survey Meet at  Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 Hendrickson Road, Sequim, WA Free.   Pigeon Guillemot Breeding Survey Speaker: Ed Bowlby Pigeon Guillemot flying to nest. Photo by Chris Perry First, we will brief our membership on the Pigeon Guillemot breeding survey presented by Ed Bowlby of the Clallam Marine Resources Committee. Ed has been observing Pigeon Guillemot (PIGU) activity…

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CANCELLED! OPAS FIELD TRIP
Carrie Blake Park and Marlyn Nelson County Park

January 16 @ 8:30 am - 12:15 pm
Carrie Blake Park, 202 N Blake Avenue
Sequim, WA 98382
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CANCELLED DUE TO PREDICTED WEATHER CONDITIONS! Carrie Blake Park and Marlyn Nelson County Park Date and Time:  Thursday, January 16, 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Leader:  John Gatchet Meeting Place:  Carrie Blake South Parking Lot in the Dog Park Area Features:  A walk around and through Carrie Blake Park will include winter resident birds. There are usually Eurasian Wigeon among other duck species in the park. This is a good location for wintering warblers.  After our tour we will drive…

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