George Gerdts & Mary Anne Rossing, leaders. Two accomplished naturalists will lead a tour to a number of spots featuring wintering waterfowl and other birds, possibly venturing as far as Port Townsend. The group will assemble at 8 a.m. at the boat launch area of Salsbury County Park and form car pools for the day. Expect to finish at Fort Flagler or Fort Worden State Park and return by late afternoon. Pack a lunch and snacks for a FULL DAY EVENT. Due to constricted access at several locations, this group size must be limited to two carloads, so contact George ASAP to sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-842-8138 (leave a message) for a reserved spot. Also please notify George of any cancellations in order to make sure all spaces can be filled.
Al & Andrew Westphal, leaders, email@example.com, 206-780-7844 (e-mail preferred). Back by popular demand! We will look for the over-wintering flocks of Snow Geese and Trumpeter Swans along with a terrific array of other waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and others. This will be a long full-day event. Group size is limited. Contact Al Westphal to register and for details.
Contact Gene or Sandy Bullock to reserve a spot (360-394-5635; firstname.lastname@example.org). This morning field trip to Port Washington Narrows in Bremerton is a tradition started by Ivan Summers. The trip usually ends with lunch (optional) at the Boatshed Restaurant. We’ll meet at 9 a.m. at Lion’s Field Park on Lebo Lane. We’ll also visit Evergreen Park and stop at Lower Rota Vista Park. Kitsap Audubon has installed steps, a handrail and an interpretive sign at this charming little park at the end of Elizabeth Avenue, which offers exceptional views of a colony of Pelagic Cormorants and pair of Peregrine Falcons that nest on the underside of the Warren Avenue Bridge.
No advance registration required. Gene Bullock and other CBC group leaders will host this event. Novice birders and first time Christmas Bird Counters are encouraged to come out to one of the county’s premiere birding locations for some background and training on the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. This event will address CBC history, procedures, data collection, and bird counting techniques, and should be helpful in preparing for the CBC itself later in the month. (Of course we’ll look at some of Point No Point’s winter birds too!)