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Watching birds, protecting habitat, connecting with nature

President's Message, October 2016

Irene By Irene Perry

Your Skagit Audubon membership is a pathway to learning, caring and sharing. Our monthly newsletters, programs, field trips, and hikes give you an opportunity to connect with like-minded people who care about the natural world focusing on birds and other wildlife.

Our newsletter has current information on chapter events and conservation concerns. A favorite monthly feature is Skagit Audubon Field Notes. These notes are bird sightings and the locations submitted by members. You can see where birds are showing up and the Skagit members who are actively looking and sharing their sightings. Pam Pritzl continues to collect this information and provide it to the newsletter. Please submit your sightings to birdsightings@skagitaudubon.org.

Our programs are educational and informative, with topics including restoration, travel, photography, geology, climate change, mammals, insects, and of course birds to name just a few. Catherine Carter, program chair, seeks programs connected to the natural world which brings our membership together each month September through June. Please submit program ideas to programs@skagitaudubon.org. A favorite annual program is the December Membership Social featuring a photo slide show. This year's show will be produced by Ronan Ellis. Each member may submit up to 8 photos and/or videos. Photos should be .jpeg format with a photo size of at least 1 to 3 megabytes (smaller pictures don't show well). Videos, no longer than 1 minute in .mov, .mp4 or .avi format will be accepted. Also, please include a short introduction with the “who, what, where and when”. Send to ronaniellis@gmail.com by December 1.

This fall take advantage of your Skagit Audubon membership and attend a program, field trip and/or hike. Take time to share your bird sightings and photos with our membership. Our active chapter gives you the opportunity to connect as we learn, care and share our love of the natural world together.

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Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center(Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

The board of directors meets at the same location at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, except for the months of July and August.