Kitsap Audubon Society


President's Message

Kitsap Audubon's President - Janine Schutt

Normally this would be our final issue of the Kingfisher until fall, but this year we are also publishing a June newsletter. So keep sending Joan Carson your wildlife sightings for another month.

May 14th will be our final general meeting of the year and on June 13th we will be holding a potluck and poetry reading at Island Lake County Park at Noon (see details in this issue).

On Tuesday, May 5th, Kitsap Audubon Society will once again participate in the Kitsap Great Give, the annual 24-hour online giving event organized by the Kitsap Community Foundation. The purpose of the Kitsap Great Give is to support the work of local nonprofit organizations. Donations can be as small as $10 and will be processed online at: from midnight to midnight on May 5th. We were thrilled with the response last year, as we received $1735 in contributions, which increased to $1922.58 with the pro-rated matching funds. Kitsap Audubon was also one of the more popular nonprofits, ranking in the top 20% for the total number of donations received. Please consider participating to help Kitsap Audubon further its mission of conserving local habitat and promoting awareness of environmental issues. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Finally, I would like to say some words about our dear departed friend, John Finkbeiner. For well over a decade John and his wife Dee have been among Kitsap Audubonís most active members. John most recently served as field trip chair. I thoroughly enjoyed the trips I took with him. John was a wealth of information and was always willing to pass on his knowledge to the less experienced birders. In late 2011, I took a trip to Damon Point near Ocean Shores in search of snowy owls. I got some excellent photos of the owls as well as some other birds. I emailed my favorite images of the day to John. He was most impressed with my photo of a palm warbler and told me he had printed it. The thought of John Finkbeiner printing one of my photos is one of the greatest compliments my work has ever received. Kitsap Audubon will be forever grateful to John for his service and dedication to our chapter. Rest in peace, John and may your spirit soar. You will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

His family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, Johnís friends can donate in his memory to the Kitsap Audubon Scholarship Fund.

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 Audubonís 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 Societyís 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

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