Kitsap Audubon Society


President's Message

Kitsap Audubon's President - Janine Schutt

Welcome to a new year of exciting programs and opportunities to appreciate wildlife with Kitsap Audubon Society. I hope everyone has taken advantage of the beautiful weather to enjoy some memorable summer birding. I was blessed with some fabulous birding trips from Forks to Othello to Mt. St. Helens. Some of the highlights were excellent views of western gulls, harlequin ducks, sooty grouse, Lewis’s woodpeckers, American dippers and Clark’s nutcrackers.

Now that summer is coming to an end, a myriad of migratory birds are making the journey south for the winter. Some of those migrants include our local ospreys. You may have seen the news stories during the summer months in the Kitsap Sun and on KOMO 4 News regarding the osprey nest on a light pole at Strawberry Field by Poulsbo Elementary School. Gene Bullock has spent his summer working tirelessly with osprey expert Jim Kaiser, the North Kitsap School District, Puget Sound Energy, and local community leaders in an effort to relocate the nest to a safer spot for the birds, as well as for the people using the field below. Thank you Gene for your outstanding work on this project! Stay tuned for more news on this exciting endeavor. (See Gene’s update on the Osprey project in this issue)

A huge thank you to all who donated so generously to the Kitsap Community Foundation’s Kitsap Great Give last May. Kitsap Audubon received $1,735 in donations and, with pro-rated matching funds, received a total of $1,922.58. Kitsap Audubon was also one of the more popular nonprofits, ranking in the top 20% for the total number of donations received.

Please read the proposed Kitsap Audubon Society Bequest Spending Policy, included in this issue, and be prepared to vote on it at the general meeting on Thursday, September 11. Once the policy is in place we will be able to begin the process of putting Ann Sleight’s bequest to use in supporting our mission to preserve the natural world through education, environmental study and habitat protection.

Mark your calendars for this year’s ACOW (Audubon Council of Washington) meeting at Ocean Shores on Saturday, Sept. 20th. Meeting objectives include strengthening connections within the Audubon Washington Chapter Network, understanding National Audubon Society’s Climate Initiative and Washington’s role in its implementation, and defining collective conservation priorities that are supported by chapter commitment. To register, visit acow2014.brownpapertickets. com

Notes from the Board :
2014 recipient of the Kingfisher Award is:

Milly (Renee) Bellemere and Bob (Robert) Schumacher for the recognition of their more than 13 years of service to Kitsap Audubon. This is Kitsap Audubon’s highest honor, awarded for outstanding service over a period of five or more years. Milly was Secretary to the Board for two years (2001-2002) and Bob served as 2nd Vice President in 2002. For the past eight years, Milly and Bob have been our official greeters, the friendly couple who welcome you and sign you in when you first come through the door at our monthly meetings. Milly and Bob have also been Kitsap Christmas Bird Count volunteers for ten years. They led the Seabeck area CBC in 2008, and Milly has led the backyard count for the past five years. The two have also given presentations for Kitsap Audubon based on their travels.

The KINGFISHER AWARD is Kitsap Audubon Society’s annual recognition of the member or members who gave extraordinary effort to the KAS mission throughout the year. This award is given to a KAS member who has been an active supporter of KAS for at least five years and has been an advocate for the environment and wildlife.

  1. 2013 winner was Judy and Don Willott
  2. 2012 winner was Vic Ulsh
  3. 2011 winner was Sara and Byron Kane
  4. 2010 winner was Jim Ullrich
  5. 2009 winner was Sandy and Gene Bullock
  6. 2008 winner was Dawn and Hans Hansen
  7. 2007 winner was Dee and John Finkbeiner
  8. 2006 winner was Glenn Anderson
  9. 2005 winner was Richard Anderson
  10. 2004 winner was Ernie and Fay Linger
  11. 2003 winner was Nancy Ladenberger
  12. 2002 winner was Morry Walsh
  13. 2001 winner was Morna Blessing.
  14. 2000 winner was John and Claudia McDonald
  15. 1999 winner was Ivan and Phyllis Summers
  16. 1998 winner was Paul and Joan Carson
  17. 1997 winner was Jack and Martina Hendry
  18. 1996 winner was Ken Short
  19. 1995 winner was Frank Beyer

Put on those thinking caps! The KINGFISHER Award Committee welcomes your suggestions for next year's recipient of KAS's highest honor. This award, to be presented at our annual general membership dinner meeting in May, honors a KAS member who has a history of volunteer excellence with our organization. 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.

Please submit any suggestions for the Kingfisher Award to the 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.




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The Kingfisher Newsletter

Kitsap Audubon publishes a monthly newsletter called the Kingfisher. The Kingfisher is published eight times a year, September to May. Click here to see Archive of past issues.

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Submissions from readers are welcome. Email text or photographs to or mail them to Gene Bullock, Kingfisher Editor, 1968 NE Lind Ct., Poulsbo WA 98370. Our deadline is the 15th of the preceding month.