Skagit Audubon

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The Pribilof Islands:  Big Years, Big Listers and Fowl Obsessions
Presented by Ron Force
Tuesday, October 13, 7:00 PM

PribilofThe Pribilof Islands, a volcanic group in the Bering Sea off Alaska, have become famous among birders after being featured in the book The Big Year. Besides having a variety of Arctic and sub-arctic nesting species, the islands collect stray migrants from Asia making a visit a must for birders trying to build a large ABA bird list. In May of 2019, Ron Force and friend Mike Scott joined a tour to St. Paul Island. They found fellow birders and the birding culture almost as fascinating as the unique landscape and rare birds. The visit also made stark the challenges facing the Arctic, its wildlife, and inhabitants at a time of climate change.

Ron Force is Dean of Library Services Emeritus at the University of Idaho, and Past President of the Palouse Audubon Society. Before the pandemic, he enjoyed traveling nationally and internationally and birding along the way. He has shared his photos and experiences with regional Audubon chapters.

The October SAS member meeting will precede Ron Force’s presentation.

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Preregistration is required and is limited to 100 attendees. Please only one registrant per household. After you register, you will receive an email with the link to sign in at the time of the Zoom event. Questions? Contact


A recording of John S. Farnsworth’s September 8th SAS virtual presentation is now available for viewing at:

A recording of Neil O’Hara’s scope photography presentation is available at:


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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.

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