By Irene Perry
Welcome Fall Migrants!
October brings the bounty of Fall Harvest to Skagit County. Farmers Markets are overflowing with apples, pears, pumpkins and potatoes. The skies are flowing with the movement of birds. We've said goodbye to our summer residents like the swallows, swifts, vireos, flycatchers and ospreys. Now is the time to view fall migrants as they pass through including many sea and shore birds. Visit your favorite birding sites or explore new ones and be the first to welcome the return of winter residents such as ducks, geese, swans and harriers. Sign-up for the annual state-wide meeting of the Audubon Council of Washington, ACOW, and stay up to date on climate change issues affecting our state.
Skagit Audubon Society will be hosting ACOW at the Best Western Plus, Skagit Valley Inn in Mount Vernon on October 24. This meeting will give you an opportunity to meet other Audubon members from across our State and learn about climate studies and carbon reduction policy options in Washington. Speakers include Chris Davis, Senior Advisor on Energy and Carbon Markets from the Office of Governor Inslee and Dr. Josh Lawler, professor of Sustainable Resource Sciences from the University of Washington. View the full agenda and register on the website, wa.audubon.org/chapter-meetings. Field trips are available on October 25 for participants.
The “lazy days” of summer are over so be active this fall and invite a friend, relative or back-to-school student to join us at our October program, on a field trip or hike and to register for ACOW. Remember our mission is watching birds, protecting habitat and connecting with nature. Spread the word and share this mission with others. Stay involved and together we'll make a difference.