The Kingfisher Award is Kitsap Audubon Society’s highest honor, and is awarded each year to an individual or couple for outstanding dedication and service to KAS and its mission for at least five years. The award is presented at our annual general membership dinner meeting in May. To be considered, the candidate should have demonstrated the following characteristics:

  1. Has actively participated in the chapter for at least 5 years.
  2. Has produced work of high quality.
  3. Has demonstrated the ability to complete tasks responsibly and in a timely fashion.
  4. Has advocated for wildlife and for the environment.
  5. Has shown a dedication to the KAS chapter.

If you have any nominations for the next Kingfisher Award please send them to Many people work very hard to make KAS the great chapter it is, and we want no one to be overlooked. Thanks! We appreciate your help.  See below for pat winners.

2017 Winner

Michael Szerlog

Michael has served as our
webmaster since 2003, working behind the scenes to maintain the virtual face of Kitsap Audubon. He has been involved with KAS since 1995 when he helped with the purple martin project
installing/cleaning nest boxes/
gourds. When the job of maintaining KAS’s website became available, he quickly jumped into that role working to purchase a domain name (; secured free hosting from a local
internet provider; and obtained website design software. Over the past fourteen years he has
maintained the site, adding photos from members; updating links to area birding locations; and providing online access to the Kingfisher newsletter. In 2016, when our internet rovider discontinued free hosting, he researched options and put forward a proposal to use Squarespace for our website hosting. While there was now a
cost to this service, it allowed for a more professional looking site with additional design features. Check it out!

Michael also has served as
the president of the Hansville
Greenway Association since
2015, working with a small
board of volunteers in charge of maintaining a corridor of county-owned natural areas, trail and conservation easements reaching from Puget Sound at Norwegian
Point Park to Hood Canal.

Michael currently works at
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 10 office in Seattle where he is the program manager for the Wetland Program. He lives in Hansville with his wife Jennifer and their dog Sara where they enjoy backyard birding, in addition to many hikes to Point-no-Point
and the Hansville Greenway.
He is the father of twins, Dylan and Mackenzie who are college students studying at Western Washington and Washington State Universities.


2016 Winner

janine Schutt

Janine has been an officer on the Board for five years, including two as President, two as Vice President, and one as Immediate Past President. She has also served for the last two years as Compiler for the annual Kitsap Audubon Christmas Bird Count. She has helped monitor and maintain the Seabeck Purple Martin colony, and has led bird walks for Girl Scout and Cub Scout groups, as well as given PowerPoint presentations on birds for local groups.

Janine has also served as a chapel volunteer at the Washington Corrections Center for Women in Gig Harbor and the Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women in Belfair, where she currently serves as Catholic Chaplain.

Janine is a skilled wildlife photographer who has won recognition for her bird photos in the Kitsap Sun. Her upbeat personality and enthusiasm never fail to buoy those around her.

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2015 Winner

 Sharron Ham

Sharron has served on the Board since 2009 and been our refreshments chair since September 2012. She organized our 40th Anniversary Dinner. She is often the first person to volunteer for booth duty at the annual Stillwaters EcoFest and the annual Water Festival, hosted by Kitsap city and County public health, public works and utility districts for more than a thousand 3rd and 4th graders. “Sharron is wonderful with kids,”
notes Sandy Bullock. 

Sharron has also been a volunteer at the Point-No-Point lighthouse for six years, as well as the Hansville Historical Society. “Sharron has been one of our most faithful supporters,” said Janine Schutt, President of Kitsap Audubon. “It is rare for her to miss a Board meeting or membership meeting, and she is often the
first to volunteer when there is work to be done.” “Sharron is a warm, giving person who is always ready to volunteer,” said Vic Ulsh. Vic was on the committee that chose Sharron for this year’s award. The
committee is made up of the last three recipients, and included Judy
and Don Willott.

Past Kingfisher Award Winners:

2014 - Milly (Renee) Bellemere and Bob (Robert) Schumacher

2013 – Judy & Don Willott
2012 – Vic Ulsh
2011 – Byron & Sara Kane
2010 – Jim Ullrich
2009 – Sandy & Gene Bullock
2008 – Dawn & Hans Hansen
2007 – Dee & John Finkbeiner
2006 – Glenn Anderson
2005 – Richard Anderson
2004 – Fay & Ernie Linger
2003 – Nancy Ladenberger
2002 – Morry Walsh
2001 – Morna Blessing
2000 – John & Claudia McDonald
1999 – Ivan & Phyllis Summers
1998 – Paul & Joan Carson
1997 – Jack & Martina Hendry
1996 – Ken Short
1995 – Frank Beyer