By Irene Perry
I would like to thank volunteers who donate their time, talents and energy to Skagit Audubon. As a volunteer organization, every contribution from bringing refreshments for meetings to serving as a board member is appreciated.
Our active chapter offers monthly programs, weekly hiking trips, scheduled field trips and camping events with information provided through our monthly newsletter, website and email updates. All this is made possible by volunteers. Additionally, our mission includes conservation and education. We are advocates for conservation on a city, county, state and national level. Our strong conservation efforts include letter writing, attending public hearings, and citizen science data collecting to support the protection of habitats for birds and other wildlife. The education committee designs programs for all ages in a variety of venues, including schools, clubs, festivals, parks and field trips. Also, there are ongoing administrative tasks and record keeping performed by the not so visible volunteers who keep our chapter running smoothly.
There are outdoor activities and opportunities through citizen science that our chapter schedules and supports. We appreciate the scheduled field trip and hiking leaders who volunteer their time and share knowledge of local birds, plants and trails with our members and others. Many of these leaders volunteer for multiple field trips and hikes throughout the year. The scheduled outdoor events keep us directly connected to wildlife and natural areas. Citizen science efforts include the annual Christmas Bird Count, shorebird, swan and swift surveys, and the monitoring of Purple Martin nesting sites. There are many photographers in our chapter who share their outdoor experience through photographs of nature and wildlife for our newsletter, website and education programs.
Please join me in thanking all these volunteers who make Skagit Audubon a strong and growing chapter connecting people with nature in our communities. Take the time to personally thank a board member, field trip/hiking leader, photographer or administrative volunteer. Consider offering your time to make a difference. There are lots of ways you can contribute.