Kitsap Audubon's President - Janine Schutt
First of all, many thanks to Judy and Don Willott, Diane Bachen, and Connie Bickerton for representing Kitsap Audubon at this year’s Audubon Council of Washington (ACOW) meeting.
Mark your calendars for the 115th annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on Saturday, December 20th. You may sign up to join one of our nine field teams or count birds in your own backyard. To participate in the backyard count you must live within the 15-mile diameter count circle that extends from Poulsbo to Manchester. The CBC is the world’s longest running citizen science survey. The data collected from the thousands of volunteers provides scientists with crucial data on population trends. It is also a lot of fun! See the article within this issue for more details.
The midway point of fall is upon us. Our summer songbirds are but a distant memory. The Anna’s hummingbirds are happy to have our feeders all to themselves without the competition of the fiery rufous hummers. Fox sparrows and varied thrushes have reclaimed our backyards and numerous waterfowl have moved into our lakes and bays for the winter. As we endure the rainy season, it is important to keep our feeding stations clean and dry to prevent disease-causing mold from forming within our feeders.
Here are some tips:
• Hang your feeders in a protected location such as under house eaves or a porch overhang.
• If you hang a feeder from a pole or a tree branch, place it under a weather guard.
• Feeder Fresh is a non-toxic product that can be mixed with the seed and absorbs moisture. It can be purchased from any of our local wild bird stores.
• When it is rainy and windy and fewer birds are visiting, diminish the number of feeders you hang up and fill them with just a day’s worth of seed.
• When the weather is really nasty, bring your feeders in at night to keep them dry.
• Use white proso millet seed to feed native ground-feeding birds instead of cracked corn which spoils quickly when it becomes wet.
• And don’t forget to refill bird baths daily with fresh water. Even when it is rainy, birds still frequently visit bird baths and sometimes leave their droppings behind which contaminates the water.
Attracting birds to our yards during the dreary wet months can lift our spirits. Just remember that the health of the birds should be our top priority and is always worth the extra effort.
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.
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:
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