Kitsap Audubon's President - Janine Schutt
Congratulations and thank you to all who worked so hard to secure the 1.5 miles of shoreline and 535 acres of forestland along the Port Gamble Bay for permanent conservation. Several members of Kitsap Audubon Society were directly involved with this effort to preserve vital habitat for local wildlife, as well as enhancing the quality of life for Kitsap County residents. Nicely done!
Over the past few months, Kitsap Audubonís Board of Directors has been hard at work planning the management of the Ann Sleight bequest. On February 1st, we held a retreat to share ideas for possible projects in the coming years, including ways to potentially use the bequest dollars. A special thank you to Sandy Bullock and Judy Willott for planning the retreat agenda, which led to a day of productive discussions. Ideas shared include expanding the scholarships program, starting new citizen science surveys, partnering with local organizations to preserve habitat, and enhancing educational outreach. We are in the preliminary stages of working these ideas into bona fide endeavors and welcome additional ideas from other Kitsap Audubon members. While nothing has been finalized yet, it is safe to say that in the coming years volunteer opportunities will abound for members of all ages and abilities. At the February board meeting, a motion was passed to begin the process of investing a portion of the bequest with the Kitsap Community Foundation. More details will be shared as things develop in the coming months.
Kitsap Audubon thanks Don Willott for answering the call to be our new Conservation Chair. Don is full of ideas and has proved his commitment to preserving local habitat with countless hours of work with the Kitsap Forest and Bay Project. Thank you also to Connie Bickerton for building our exciting new Facebook page. Check it out at www.facebook. com/kitsapaudubonsociety.
Let the countdown to spring begin! That means itís time to clean out your bird houses. If youíre using a mild bleach solution to clean the box, use no more than 1 part bleach to 9 parts water. Rinse thoroughly and air dry before making the house available to birds. Line the bottom of the box with a couple inches of pine shavings to simulate the soft floor of a natural tree cavity. Pine shavings work well as they do not mat when wet, as sawdust does. And if you want to make the returning hummingbirds happy, consider adding a red-flowering currant bush to your yard. Currants are native, provide early spring color, and are hummingbird magnets!
Remembering Ann Sleight
June 2, 1925 to November 12, 2012
As Kitsap Audubon lost one its most devoted friends and members just a year ago when Ann Sleight died at the age of 87. Ann demonstrated her deep love for nature, wildlife and environmental education by leaving Kitsap Audubon an extraordinarily generous bequest. Kitsap Audubon has already received $270,000 from the estate, and may receive additional funds once the estate is settled. Ann split her estate between Kitsap Audubon and The Nature Conservancy of Washington State.
Ann was one of Kitsap Audubonís founding members 40 years ago, and served as its very first field trip chair. She seldom missed a meeting until her health began to fail. She was an avid hiker and was passionate about nature and wildlife. She was also an accomplished outdoor photographer. She and her partner, JG Archibald, (also deceased) hosted an advanced photography club at their home. Archibald served as a photographer to the U.S. military high command during World War II, and taught photography and darkroom techniques for many years.
Ann was born in Minneapolis, MN, on June 2, 1925, and received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Michigan. She came to Bremerton in 1964 to accept a position as anthropology instructor at Olympic College, and taught there for 30 years, until her retirement in 1994. Ann engaged in research projects in Washington, New Mexico, and Alaska. Her studies focused on Native-American prehistory, ethnohistory and education.
Although Ann left no instructions, we can be sure she wanted to ensure the survival of Kitsap Audubon. But there is little doubt that she also strongly supported its mission of preserving the natural world through education, environmental study and habitat protection
The board of Kitsap Audubon is profoundly moved by the faith Ann placed in us. The possibilities she has opened to us will challenge our imagination and test our care in planning. We invite members and friends to join the conversation and take part in our visioning process.
Notes from the Board :
2013 recipient of the Kingfisher Award is:
The 2013 Kingfisher Award will be presented to Judy and Don Willott at the May meeting of the Kitsap Audubon Society (KAS). This is Kitsap Audubonís highest award, given for outstanding service over a period of five or more years. Judy served as KAS President for two years (2009, 2010), and now represents all three regional chapters, Kitsap Audubon, Olympic Peninsula Audubon and Admiralty Audubon, on the Board of Audubon Washington.
Judy and Don have helped lead efforts by the Kitsap Forest and Bay Project (KF&BP) to preserve some 7,000 acres of shoreline and forestland around Port Gamble Bay. Judy represents Kitsap Audubon on the Kitsap Forest and Bay Coalition and chairs the outreach committee to raise public awareness of its mission. Donís photography has documented the land and habitat. the KFBP seeks to preserve.
Don has been a strong and vocal advocate for trails and environmentally sustainable transportation (walking, cycling, and taking the bus) which allow people to be physically active for health, while also preserving habitat. Don is the Vice- President of the North Kitsap Trails Association and chairs itís Sound to Olympics (regional) Trail Committee.
Judy has been a member of the KAS board
since 2008, and both she and Don have had an influential role in its decisions
ever since. Donís wildlife photos appear often in the Kingfisher, and
Donís computer knowledge has been valuable to those using our digital
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.
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:
Please submit any suggestions for the Kingfisher Award to the firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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