Kitsap Audubon Society


President's Message

Kitsap Audubon's President - Janine Schutt

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year from Kitsap Audubon Society! It is the season of giving. The Mitten Tree (see below) is our annual tradition at the Kitsap Audubon December general meeting. Thank you Sara and Byron Kane for organizing this effort. Please also consider the gift of a Kitsap Audubon membership to family or friends this holiday season.

If you donate $50 or more above the membership fee, you will receive a $25 gift certificate for Wild Birds Unlimited of Gig Harbor.

Just a reminder that this yearís Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, Dec. 20th. Please contact a team leader to sign up. No experience is necessary and all skill levels are welcome. A special thank you to all the team leaders! We couldnít participate in the CBC without you! Please see the information in this issue regarding the Endowment Spending Committee. We are looking for an additional volunteer to fill a one-year position. The committee will review requests for financial support from the Ann Sleight Fund and provide recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Please contact me by December 30th if you are interested in serving on this committee. Be sure to mark e-mails for Kitsap Audubon so they wonít be mistaken for spam.

Finally, when the temperatures drop into the 20s, take extra care to keep your sugar water feeders thawed for the hummingbirds. If you bring your feeders in at night, make sure they are back outside before first light, as the hummers are looking for their nectar first thing in the morning. If your feeder freezes during the day, duct tape a single-use hand warmer to it to keep its contents liquefied. The hummingbirds will appreciate your effort.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Note: Our annual Mitten Tree at the December meeting will be ready for your donations of warm clothing to be distributed to agencies around the county. We have already received items made this year with our donated yarn by the prison crafters. This includes many hats, so donations of mittens, gloves and scarves would be especially appreciated. Donations of nonperishable food items are welcome, too. Yarn collection is a year-round project, so yarn donations are always welcome. Please bring your yarn to the meetings or call Sara (360) 297-2716 for a pick-up. Thank you!

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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