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NO PROGRAM MEETING IN AUGUST

Join us for the September Program Meeting at Puget Sound Bird Fest:

Understanding Shorebirds, the Miracle of Migration

with Tim Boyer, Professional Photographer and Keynote Speaker

Sanderling; photo credit: National Audubon Society

Friday, September 13, 2019
7:30 ‐ 9:00 PM
Edmonds Plaza Room
650 Main Street, Edmonds (map)

Understanding Shorebirds, the Miracle of Migration is a presentation about the epic migrations of shorebirds.

Six of the thirty-eight common shorebirds found in Washington are discussed as we explore the trans-ocean migration of Bar-tailed Godwits, Pacific Golden-Plovers, Sanderling, and other birds that cross the majority of the Pacific Ocean. We'll look at where they migrate, why they migrate, and how they are able to travel so far.

These global migrants require global conservation and climate change solutions. In a effort to understand their remarkable journeys we need to look beyond the North American borders and see where shorebirds spend most of their lives.

Tickets for the presentation go on sale at 6:00 AM on August 1.

DOORS OPEN AT 7:00 p.m. UNCLAIMED SEATS WILL BE RELEASED 10 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE START OF THE PROGRAM.

Tim Boyer is an award-winning nature photographer. His images have been published in many bird and nature magazines. He is a full-time photographer and a graduate of Seattle Audubon's Master Birder Program. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of photography and birds through workshops and presentations. Shorebirds are his favorite family group of birds, and he spends a lot of weekends on the Washington Coast.


 

Pilchuck Audubon Society is Hiring — Now accepting applications for Executive Director

Pilchuck Audubon Society (PAS) is seeking an Executive Director (ED) who will help provide vision and voice for the organization. Candidates must have a high level of development and management skills to lead both the day to day operations of the organization and to work with the Board of Directors on long-term strategic planning. The Executive Director (ED) is expected to be a leader for the organization and to be chiefly responsible for its operations, staffing, and financial stability.

PAS offers a number of programs with the goal to protect and enhance shorelines, wetlands, and vegetated habitats across working lands, urban environments and forested landscapes for birds and wildlife. We strive to engage the communities we serve with the birds and environment around them through education, advocacy and community science opportunities. We support a Smart Growth program that works on local land use issues to help prevent habitat degradation due to sprawl and development. Pilchuck Audubon is striving to ignite a spirit of conservation in our youth and to reach out to underserved communities.

Pilchuck Audubon Society is embarking on an exciting time of growth as it builds on a current strong foundation of financial and community support. This is a full-time exempt position, hired and supervised by the Pilchuck Audubon Society Board of Directors.

For a full job description and information on how to apply click here


 

Commentary: Clean electricity bill defends nature and nation

by Rick Taylor

A January 2019 report from the U.S. Department of Defense states, "the effects of a changing climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to (department) missions, operational plans and installations." It goes on to report that more than two-thirds of the military's operationally critical installations are threatened by climate change, citing recurrent flooding, drought and wildfires as primary concerns at the 79 installations included in the analysis.

As a retired military officer, grandfather and longtime member of the Pilchuck Audubon Society, I believe it is our civic duty to act now to prevent the rapidly accelerating impacts of climate change. One of the best ways we can make effective change is to pass statewide policies that eliminate the use of fossil fuels, the underlying cause of global warming.

Read the full article at HeraldNet.com



Pilchuck Audubon Society's 2019 Birdathon Photography Contest Winners Announced!

Marbled Godwit
First Place—Washington Big Month: Marbled Godwit by Rex Guichard

See all the winning photographs...



 Upcoming Birding Trips

Checked Checkbox
(Photo: Cee Rose, Flickr Creative Commons)

 


 

David Yarnold, Audubon CEO
(Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
A message from Audubon CEO David Yarnold:

Audubon started with a dream and with determination. Americans across the eastern U.S., mostly women, believed they could raise public awareness about the slaughter of birds for the feathers that were used to decorate hats.

Those women prevailed and, today, it's our turn to represent Audubon's values of compassion, care and respect. When Chief Network Officer David Ringer sent out a note after the Charlottesville tragedy, he received some pushback about why a bird conservation NGO would weigh in on issues like tolerance, justice and community standards.

It's because we've always belonged in that conversation. Many of Audubon's 463 chapters and 41 nature centers are community hubs and we cherish that role. From creating community gardens in Birmingham, Alabama, to creating a nature center where 50,000 Texans experience Dallas' Trinity Forest every year, we stand for values that leave us with clear consciences and pride in our communities. We don't just talk community building and inclusion: we practice it. We also know that, with a centrist base, Audubon is uniquely positioned to find common ground when so many would choose to build fences.

We're also committed to building a conservation movement for years to come and our commitment to equity and diversity is clear and unequivocal. We see a bright future for an Audubon that embraces America's rich and diverse communities.

So, to the DREAMers among us: you are family and we have your back. The same goes for our colleagues who face intimidation or the loss of liberties -- anywhere -- because of any form of discrimination. Birds don't stop at borders and neither does Audubon's network of partnerships across the hemisphere. We will do everything we can to support you during this uncertain and confusing time.

As an employer, Audubon adheres to the best HR practices. We will monitor the news about DACA and advocate for the innocent 850,000 potential environmentalists, scientists, policy experts and bird-lovers who have stepped forward to declare themselves DREAMers.

At Audubon, we're all dreamers. We dream of a world where climate change doesn't threaten birds and people; where water will sustain biodiversity; where coastlines create nurseries and safe passage for birds; and of bird-friendly cities where people and birds thrive together.

If you have any questions or just want to talk, here are some folks with whom you can talk. Feel free to reach out to me, too.

Here is Audubon's statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion (along with a video), which you may want to review yourselves and share with others today and in the days ahead: http://www.audubon.org/about/equity-diversity-and-inclusion-audubon

David Yarnold
President & CEO
National Audubon Society


 

Threats to Public Lands

Our friends at Washington Wild are tracking legislative threats to public lands. Please see their website for more information on these threats and what you can do to help keep our public lands intact and available for people and birds to enjoy.

Legislative Threats to Public Lands
Legislative Threats to Public Lands


Rain Garden Opportunity

Rain Garden

 

Have you been thinking about having a rain garden in your yard? Do you live in the Swamp Creek drainage near the I-5 corridor? This may be the opportunity you have been looking for! Find out more about this free-of-charge program.


 Get Your Property Certified!

The Everett Backyard Habitat Program is now actively engaging community groups, government agencies, schools and businesses to encourage people to improve their properties to benefit wildlife and achieve certification as a Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary with the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife.

If you have not yet gotten your backyard certified, your can download the application form here or read more about our program here.

Special incentives are available to residents of Everett. FFor more information,
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all or write to the program coordinator Jed Holmes: 
360 421 8423; habitat@pilchuckaudubon.org.



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New website features:

The results of the 2015 Christmas Bird Counts are in!

Feeding Hummingbirds in the Winter--Wally Davis

People of PAS -- Paula Parsons

Photo Gallery -- David Richman, Edmonds

(The gallery will feature a Pilchuck photographer every few months.  If you would like to submit photos, please contact webmaster@pilchuckaudubon.org.)

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind -- Ken Longley

(This page features writings about birds.  If you have had a magical birding moment, consider writing it up and submitting it to webmaster@pilchuckaudubon.org)



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