Field Trips

OPAS Field Trips: January – February 2020

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 trips. The form will not be necessary for the Wednesday Bird Walks. You can review, download, and print the form in advance by clicking here.

 

Wednesday Bird Walks

Date and Time:   Every Wednesday morning at 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 and adjacent fields and open areas.

Bring:  Binoculars, scope, water, snack, and appropriate clothing for the weather.

Cost: Free

 

Carrie Blake Park and Marlyn Nelson County Park

Date and Time:  Thursday, January 16, 2020 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Leader:  John Gatchet

Meeting Place:  Carrie Blake South Parking Lot in the Dog Park Area

Cost: Free

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 to Marlyn Nelson County Park and view seabirds from Port Williams. Marbled Murrelet and Long-tailed Duck can be seen from this location.

Bring:  Binoculars, spotting scope, water and snacks as well as appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather.

Further Information:  Contact John Gatchet, jfgatchet@gmail.com, (503) 781-5043

 

Skagit and North Snohomish Counties Field Trip

Date: Tuesday & Wednesday, February 4 & 5, 2020

Cost: Free. Participants make their 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 a.m. 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 a.m.

Bring: Optics (scopes are helpful) and lunch for both days. Dress warmly and be prepared for inclement weather. We may 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. Contact Bob Iddins, home phone 360-681-2840, cell phone 360-775-5945, rriddins@olypen.com

 

John Wayne Marina and Pitship Pocket Estuary

Date and TimeSunday, February 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Cost:  Free

Leader:  John Gatchet

Meeting Place:  John Wayne Marina South Parking Lot Area

Features:  Salt water, shoreline and adjacent forest bird species will be the focus of this field trip.  This is a good spot to see Marbled Murrelet and Long-tailed Duck.  There will be walking in the area to locate woodland birds.  This is a good location for Varied Thrush and wintering warblers. 

Bring:  Binoculars, spotting scope, water and snacks as well as appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather.

Further Information:  Contact John Gatchet, jfgatchet@gmail.com, (503) 781-5043