January 2017 Newsletter is Online
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January Events and Field Trips Are Online
Visit our website to see what’s coming up this month. (Upcoming events are listed on the home page as well as on the Calendar.)
General Membership Meeting with Belinda Rotton and Richard Kessler
This month’s exciting membership meeting! Mark your calendar. See below for date, time, and location.
Birding on the Skagit and Whatcom Wildlife Areas. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW’s) Skagit Wildlife and Whatcom Wildlife Areas are popular public access sites for birding in the Pacific Northwest. Wildlife Area Managers Belinda Rotton and Richard Kessler will provide an overview of site history, current management practices and initiatives, and new project developments at these sites. Information will also be provided on the planning process and opportunities for public involvement at the wildlife areas.
Belinda is the Wildlife Area Manager on the Skagit Wildlife Area focused on waterfowl, wetland management, and salmon recovery. She has worked for WDFW on the Skagit Wildlife Area since 2005. She received her BS in Biology from the University of Arkansas, worked as a biologist for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and received a MS in Wetland Ecology and Management from the University of Missouri.
Richard is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and has worked for WDFW since 1991, starting in the Upland Wildlife Restoration program in Eastern Washington. In 1993 he became Wildlife Area Manager for the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area, Scatter Creek Wildlife Area, McNeil Island, and West Rocky Prairie. Richard worked restoring native prairie, managing the first release site for endangered western pond turtles, and managing hunting dog field trials and a wildlife nest box program using prisoners of McNeil Island. In 2009 Richard started managing the Whatcom Wildlife Area which includes the Lake Terrell, Tennant Lake, Nooksack, BP and Intalco Units. He manages these units for wildlife breeding, winter feeding of waterfowl, pheasant release, waterfowl hunting, fishing and boating.
Always on the 4th Tuesday of the month:
January 24th, 7pm at the Whatcom Museum,** free & open to the public!
**in the Rotunda Room of the Old City Hall building
NCAS Climate Change Group
Volunteer with your local chapter.
The NCAS climate change group is planning to put an information table at the Bellingham Farmers Market one Saturday per month, starting next April. Before moving forward we need to know how many volunteers would commit to taking one or more 2-hour shifts at the table, to explain the issues to members of the public, and to hand out literature describing what they can do to help offset the effects of climate change on birds.