By Irene Perry
Welcome back after summer break to a fall full of Audubon activities. These include monthly programs, field trips, hikes and volunteer opportunities from bird surveys to committees.
Conservation does not take the summer off. Our conservation chair Tim Manns continues to prioritize the many environmental issues keeping our chapter involved in both local and state concerns. Thank you for your support and attendance in June at the meeting on Skagit County's Comprehensive Plan Update. In July, Audubon members Jack Middleton and Scott Petersen volunteered their time and expertise to assist on the comment letter to the Washington Department of Ecology regarding the March Point Landfill cleanup.
Education had a busy summer with programs at area State Parks and Boys and Girls Clubs. Special thanks to Sheilia Pera, our Education Committee chair, for leading weekly bird activities for park visitors. Jean Ashby coordinated four owl programs at Deception Pass State Park with help from Sheilia Pera, Jane Brandt and Mark Perry. We receive many requests for education outreach and need more volunteers to meet demand. Assisting is easy and fun. Training will be provided for you.
Our Purple Martin monitors volunteered, June through mid-September, at several nesting sites. This breeding season's data is still being collected. Many of the new nesting boxes are already being used this year! Thanks to all of our members who built boxes, installed boxes and monitored sites this season. The project is making a difference for Purple Martins.
During August, Skagit Audubon continues to be active planning for the upcoming season. Libby Mills schedules field trips for the year with the assistance of the field trip committee. Joan Melcher plans hikes for fall. Phil Wright works on our annual budget with the help of the finance committee. Our newsletter and website updates are provided with the leadership of Jackie Boss and Ron Pera.
Hope this September you will plan to attend our monthly program, a field trip or hike.