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Our 2020 calendar is here!

The 2020 Birds of Vashon-Maury Island calendar, featuring beautiful photos taken on the Island by local photographers, is now available for $15 each.

The calendar can be purchased at the Vashon Bookshop or Vashon Thriftway. (At Thriftway, please purchase at the customer service counter, cash only. Vashon Bookshop accepts cash or checks payable to Vashon Audubon.) You can also purchase a calendar at the Saturday Farmers Market book table.

The calendars are almost sold out, so online orders are no longer available.

Vashon Audubon is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization. Proceeds from calendar sales support  our activities, such as free presentations by bird experts, participation in Chautauqua Elementary School’s fourth-grade bird program, Vashon High School scholarships, and programs that promote native plants for birds as well as climate solutions.

Nov. 14 program: Vashon Bird Count 2020

Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Vashon Land Trust building

Free and open to all

The annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is the largest and longest-running bird census in the world, with more than 75,000 participants spread out over more than 2,500 count circles across the Western Hemisphere.

Join Vashon CBC Coordinator Ezra Parker to learn more about our local count. Following a review of the history and past results of the Vashon CBC, find out how easy it is for anyone to participate in the 2020 survey and make an important contribution by conducting a count of the birds at their own home.

This program includes an instructive session with tips for successfully identifying winter backyard birds.

Dana Hofman memorial

Vashon Audubon has lost one of its stalwarts. Dana Hofman, husband of Lindsay Hofman, died November 1 of complications from heart disease.

Dana served on the Vashon Audubon Board for several years, and was a sturdy supporter of Lindsay and Audubon for many years before that. For those of us who served on the Vashon Audubon Board, “Dana and Lindsay” are almost one word, no spaces.

Join in remembering Dana at a memorial service at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1 PM. A high tea will follow the service.

Lindsay invites friends and family to drop by the house at 5 PM later that day. Lindsay says they will be “celebrating Dana’s life and enjoyment of wine.” The Hofman home is at 21107 Westside Highway SW.

If you would like to make a donation to Vashon Audubon in honor of Dana, please send it to Vashon Audubon, PO Box 838, Vashon, WA 98070.

Audubon urges delay in Marbled Murrelet decision

The Washington Board of Natural Resources is scheduled to vote on a Long-Term Conservation Strategy for the Marbled Murrelet on December 2. Scientists have warned that the proposed strategy will not help recover the population in our state.

Vashon Audubon has signed a joint letter from all 25 Audubon chapters in Washington, urging the board to delay the vote and carefully consider a more effective alternative strategy. We encourage our members to also write to the board individually.

Find more information about the issue and actions you can take on Seattle Audubon’s website. The Washington Environmental Council has an online comment tool

We’re looking for volunteers for Audubon programs, Low-tide Celebration

If you’d like to get involved with Vashon Audubon, consider these two positions:

Program Coordinator

Job description: Organizes community educational events such as speaking engagements and workshops.

Specific duties:

  • Identify and recruit speakers for Audubon programs (approximately 6 per year)
  • Secure venue for program (typically the Land Trust or Vashon Theatre)
  • Set up and tear down the venue on the night of the program
  • Work with Communication Committee to publicize events and produce posters
  • Work with Education Committee and the Audubon Board to determine topics and schedule
  • Coordinate with other Vashon organizations

Desirable skills and experiences:

  • A/V expertise for PowerPoint and videos
  • Good communication and coordination skills

Time commitment: About 6 hours per month

Reports to: Education Chair

Audubon Booth Organizer at Low Tide Celebration

Job description:
Low Tide Celebration (LTC) at Point Robinson is an annual 5-hour event where Audubon has traditionally hosted an educational booth. The organizer is primarily responsible for communicating with LTC coordinators, requesting and scheduling volunteers to staff the booth, and overseeing the set-up and tear-down of the booth.

The organizer should arrive 30-45 minutes before the event start time to set up the tent and tables, and to receive instructions from LTC coordinators. Tear-down at the end of the event typically takes 15-30 minutes. The number and length of volunteer shifts is at the discretion of the organizer, but, ideally, there should be a minimum of 2 volunteers present from the time of set-up until tear-down.

The focus of the booth has always been flexible and at the discretion of the organizer and/or Education Chair and other Board members. If the plan is to continue with what Harsi and Ezra Parker have been doing for the past several years in presenting educational bird specimens (AKA skins) to engage and teach the public, then the organizer will need to also be responsible for interfacing with Dr. Gary Shugart of the Slater Museum. This involves contacting him to reserve the skins for the intended date, arranging for pickup prior to the event, and returning them to his home near town. If any other additional teaching displays, informational handouts or membership forms are desired, these should also be arranged for and provided by the organizer before the start of the event.

Interested in these positions?

Please contact Jody Pritchard, Audubon Volunteer Coordinator, 206-920-7833, volunteers@vashonaudubon.org

 

Audubon climate study details increasing risks to 389 bird species

National Audubon’s new climate study, Survival by Degrees: 389 Species on the Brink, reports that two-thirds of North American birds are at increasing risk of extinction from global temperature rise.

The report also tells us that actions we can take will improve the chances of survival for three-quarters of the species at risk.

The Audubon report comes on the heels of an earlier study that found North America has lost more than one in four birds in the past 50 years.

Learn more:

Visit climate.audubon.org

Projected impacts on birds in Washington

Decline of the North American avifauna report

 

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