Kitsap Audubon Society


President's Message

Kitsap Audubon's President - Sandy Bullock

Ten years ago, the Kitsap Audubon Society began a scholarship program to further our mission of preserving the natural world through education, environmental study, and habitat protection. The program was originally offered to graduating seniors from Kitsap County public high schools who plan to pursue a two- or four-year degree in related environmental studies. This year we added the Ann Sleight Memorial Scholarship, which is available to students who have completed at least one year, toward a four-year college degree in fields that support our mission.

By the end of June, 2016, Kitsap Audubon will have given 35 scholarships, ranging from $500 to $3,000, and totaling $27,000 in all. Our $1,000 scholarship awardees this year are from Central Kitsap, Olympic, and Bremerton high schools. The Ann Sleight Memorial Scholarship, for $3,000 went to a student at University of Washington who is finishing his second year toward a degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management. Pictures of the awardees and more information follow in this issue.

Thanks to everyone who donated to Kitsap Audubon during the Great Give. Even though the website experienced serious enough problems that the donation period was extended for another 24 hours, KAS received $1,225 in donations. It will take a while before we know what our match and final total will be.

Sharron Ham presented Janine Schutt with this year’s Kingfisher Award, and we all enjoyed Janine’s story about using her “authority” as President of KAS at the time, to chide the administration and maintenance crew of the women’s prison, where she served as a chaplain, for destroying a swallow nest in the eves.

Even though our May meeting is the last before we recess for the summer, don’t forget our family picnic on June 25th, from Noon to 4:00 p.m. at Island Lake County Park (directions on Page 4). We’ll be joined by West Sound Wildlife Shelter and some of their wonderful wild bird and animal ambassadors. You’re asked to bring a side dish, salad or dessert to share. KAS will provide a main dish, beverages, and all tableware. Please RSVP if you are coming, with the number of adults and children you’ll bring.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer, everyone!

Notes from the Board :
2016 recipient of the Kingfisher Award is:

Janine Schutt will be presented with the 2016 Kingfisher Award at the May meeting of Kitsap Audubon. The Kingfisher Award is Kitsap Audubon’s highest honor, and is awarded each year to an individual or couple for outstanding dedication and service to Kitsap Audubon and its mission for at least five years.

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.

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. 2015 winner was Sharron Ham
  2. 2014 winner was Milly Bellemere and Bob Schumacher
  3. 2013 winner was Judy and Don Willott
  4. 2012 winner was Vic Ulsh
  5. 2011 winner was Sara and Byron Kane
  6. 2010 winner was Jim Ullrich
  7. 2009 winner was Sandy and Gene Bullock
  8. 2008 winner was Dawn and Hans Hansen
  9. 2007 winner was Dee and John Finkbeiner
  10. 2006 winner was Glenn Anderson
  11. 2005 winner was Richard Anderson
  12. 2004 winner was Ernie and Fay Linger
  13. 2003 winner was Nancy Ladenberger
  14. 2002 winner was Morry Walsh
  15. 2001 winner was Morna Blessing.
  16. 2000 winner was John and Claudia McDonald
  17. 1999 winner was Ivan and Phyllis Summers
  18. 1998 winner was Paul and Joan Carson
  19. 1997 winner was Jack and Martina Hendry
  20. 1996 winner was Ken Short
  21. 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.




Our Mission is to preserve the natural world through education, enivronmental study, and habitat protection; and to promote awareness and enjoyment of local and regional natural areas. Check out our Brochure!

The Kingfisher Newsletter

Kitsap Audubon publishes a monthly on-line newsletter called the Kingfisher. The Kingfisher is published eight times a year, September to May (note: extending to June in 2016). 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.