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New Bird Graphic at Dungeness Landing Installed on June 7, 2019

Come visit the Dungenss Landing and see the new sign installed by OPAS volunteers Ken Wiersema, Dow Lambert, and Chris Perry. The original painting, commissioned by OPAS in 2006 was done on plywood by artist Tim Quinn. Tim also did the murals in the Dungeness River Audubon Center.  Its surface was fading in the sunlight and paint was cracking and starting to peel.  Chris Perry via some software juju and reference to photos of the original mural restored the color and repaired most of the damage. Click here to view the digital graphic.

Ken Wiersema holding tools after installation of sign.


Helen Engle 1926-2019

by Ken Wiersema

Helen Engle

It is with great respect and sadness that we note the passing of Helen Engle. She has been since our inception, an ardent supporter of OPAS and the River Center. She championed our visions and achievements as a member of the National Audubon Board and of the Washington State Board, and saw to it that our resource needs were met during some fragile periods.  She earned respect as an environmentalist who built coalitions and consensus among elected leaders, governmental agencies, environmental NGOs, and Tribal communities.  Her accomplishments remain numerous and long-lasting.  I had the privilege of serving with her on the State Board and on a study team to reestablish the Audubon Washington State office. She will long be remembered with fondness and admiration for her determination and commitment to protecting our natural world.


Watch this wonderful video by filmmaker John Gussman.

Restoring the Dungeness Estuary

3 Crabs, 5 Salmon, 30 Partners


Dungeness River Audubon Center—An Invitation to help “Inspire Wonder”

The Dungeness River Audubon Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a capital campaign to expand the building and create better access to the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s Railroad Bridge Park near Sequim. Thanks to the partnership between the Center, Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe; we’re more than halfway to our fundraising goal of $3M.

We were recently awarded a “last-in” $300K grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust – which means we won’t get the money if we can’t complete the rest of the campaign. If you’ve been one of the thousands of people who have visited the Center and Park, for BirdFest or otherwise, we hope you’ll consider making a gift to help us meet this challenge.

View a video to see the Center and Park and how they interact with visitors…and contribute through the website at For more specific questions, please contact Center Director Powell Jones at 360-681-4076.


Welcome to Sound Escapes, a new podcast production from BirdNote.

Gordon Hempton, known as an acoustic ecologist, and BirdNote have teamed up to bring you a unique audio experience called Sound Escapes. Start listening by clicking on this link.