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Check out these great volunteer opportunities

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

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.

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Pigeon Guillemot Survey

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Interested?

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

 

Birding festivals around the Northwest

Many Audubon chapters and other organizations sponsor birding festivals around our region. Typically they offer a number of birding trips led by knowledgeable guides, and are great opportunities to see species you might not find in your own area.

Here’s a listing of festivals coming up in 2020. We’ll add more as we learn about them, so check back from time to time.


 

Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, Othello, March 20-22, 2020. Now in its 23rd year, this annual festival celebrates the spring migration of the Sandhill Cranes. The festival offers a variety of events for the whole family to enjoy and learn.
Learn more » www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org/the-festival


Olympic BirdFest, April 17-19. Experience the magic of the North Olympic Peninsula…quiet bays and estuaries, sandy beaches, a five-mile-long sand spit, and a protected island bird sanctuary on the Strait of Juan de Fuca; wetlands, tide pools, rainforests, and lush river valleys. Enjoy guided birding trips, boat tour, and a gala banquet.  This year’s featured speaker is Scott Pearson, a researcher in Ecology, Marine Biology and Zoology at the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. Also offered is a pre-festival, three-day, two-night birding/sightseeing cruise of the San Juan Islands, April 14-16.
Learn more » olympicpeninsulabirdfest.com


Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival, April 24-26, Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, Hoquiam. Each spring, hundreds of thousands of shorebirds stop to rest and feed along the Washington coast and in the Grays Harbor estuary during their migration northward. This festival brings people together for this incredible natural phenomenon.
Learn more » www.shorebirdfestival.com


Yakima River Canyon Bird Fest, May 8-10, Ellensburg
Learn more »  www.ycic.org/yakima-river-canyon-bird-fest


Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest, May 14-17. Registration starts March 17.
Learn more » www.leavenworthspringbirdfest.org


Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds is an annual fall celebration of birds and nature found on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound. Watch for more information.
Learn more » pugetsoundbirdfest.org


2018-2019 Annual Report

Thanks to member support and participation, Vashon Audubon had notable accomplishments in 2018-2019:

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100% clean electricity by 2045! Audubon members and others, seen above with Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon, successfully advocated for legislation to reduce carbon emissions.

PGVolunteers surveyed Pigeon Guillemots at Point Robinson in collaboration with Vashon Nature Center, contributing to our region’s understanding of these birds.

We also conducted the annual Christmas Bird Count and our popular monthly birding field trips.

Paul Bannick wowed a standing-room-only crowd as he shared his amazing photos of owls at the Vashon Theatre. Three other programs this year focused on climate change and native plants for birds.

Our updated website, vashonaudubon.org, enabled users to join or renew membership online, submit comments and questions, and find an array of birding resources.

PurpleFinch-StephenDaly-ann-mtg-2Talented young photographers—along with seasoned shutterbugs—contributed to our 2019 Birds of Vashon calendar. Stephen Daly’s Purple Finch was our April bird.

 

4th-grade-drawings-breeze-way-croppedAudubon participated in Chautauqua Elementary School’s 4th grade birding program, as we have for nearly 25 years. We presented educational programs and led a field trip. Artist Bruce Morser led the students in creating bird paintings that livened up the VCA breezeway.

 


Financial and membership reporting for the year ending April 2, 2019

Finances
Income $10,684
Expenses $7,593
Savings $6,073

Membership
Households 179
Individuals 283


2018 Board members

Julie Burman, President
Scott Anderson, Vice President
Fran O’Reilly, Secretary
Lindsay Hofman, Treasurer
Sarah Driggs, Communications Chair
Randy Smith, Conservation Chair
Steve Macdonald, Membership Chair
Dana Hofman, At-Large
Carol Eggen, At-Large

Key volunteers

Michael Tracy and Michael Sperazza, Programs; Ezra Parker, Field Trips, CBC, and more; Harsi Parker, Education; Richard Rogers, Facebook

Vote for our 2019-2020 board of directors (only Vashon Audubon members may vote)