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Vashon-Maury Island 2017 Bird Calendar
This gorgeous calendar features stunning photos contributed by Island photographers and birders.

Join Vashon’s Christmas Bird Count
January 2, 2017
Vashon-Maury Island Audubon’s next Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will take place on Monday, Jan. 2 2017 from dawn to dusk, followed by a potluck gathering at the Land Trust building at 5 p.m.

The annual Christmas Bird Count is the longest-running citizen science project in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the largest in the world.


Island Audubon Field Trip
January 14, 2017 from 9-11 am
Meet at Ober Park

You don't have to be a member or an experienced birder to participate and no reservations are necessary -- just come down to Ober Park and join us for a fun visit to birding spots around the Island. 
Each bird walk is led by highly experienced birders. 


Diamond-back tritonia
~ Photo by Rayna Holtz
Sunday, December 11, 2016,
7:30 – 9:30pm

North End Ferry Beach

FREE!  ~ Led by Vashon Beach Naturalists~ FREE!
Bring flashlights, extra batteries, wading boots, warm hat, jacket, &
dry gloves. Join circles of flashlight beams to see crabs, sea stars, chitons, anemones, dogwinkles, & other beach critters happily cold & wet in the dark.

Lowest tide will be -1.4’ at 8:46pm
Park in the lot up on the hill. Meet at the lantern-lit booth on the beach
northwest of the dock. Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate.
For more info call Rayna, 463-3153

Co-sponsored by the Vashon Beach Naturalists and the Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society.


Alan Huggins
Alan Roy Huggins passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on Saturday, August 13, 2016.  Since 2012, Alan suffered from rapid cognitive losses due to Alzheimer’s disease.

Alan was a Master Birder, teaching his “Enjoyment of Birds” classes for Seattle and Vashon Audubon.  He also wrote a Nature column for the Beachcomber for seven years. He is remembered fondly by one student, who shared about Alan teaching the Spotted Towhee shuffle, a quick back and forth dance.
Alan had a quick wit, loved music, gardening and hiking Vashon’s nature trails.  His favorite activities were riding his electric bike and birding.
Alan is survived by his wife Amy, daughter Leigh, brother Larry, and sister Barbara.

Alan was such a critical member of the Vashon birding and nature community, that it's hard to imagine our world without him. Alan was a wonderful person and a real gift to the community, most especially to those of us involved with Audubon and birds. Alan was a key supporter of our chapter, teaching classes, leading field trips, manning the Strawberry Festival Booth, participating in the Christmas Bird Count and the list goes on. What a loss for his family, and for all of us.
If you would like to celebrate Alan, his family has asked that you please send a donation in his name to Vashon Audubon  and/or Vashon Land Trust.

Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society
PO Box 838 Vashon, WA 98070