Skagit Audubon

Watching birds, protecting habitat, connecting with nature

President's Message, Summer 2017

Irene By Irene Perry

Sunny Days of Summer in the Great Outdoors

June signals the end of the year for Skagit Audubon. The chapter takes a break from scheduled meetings and programs to enjoy the long, sunny days of summer in the great outdoors. There are opportunities to camp, hike and volunteer. The occasional field trip pops up too. Be sure your name is added to the email distribution list through Libby Mills, field trip coordinator,

The Annual Klipchuck Campout, June 16-18, is the perfect time to kickoff your summer birding. Join Skagit Audubon members and friends as they seek out and enjoy the many species of warblers, vireos, flycatchers, woodpeckers and wildflowers in the area. You may even see a few butterflies too. The hikes and adventure unfolds depending on the group. Find more details under field trips.

Summer is prime time for hikers. The hiking group continues their scheduled Wednesday outings. Joan Melcher organizes this hardy group throughout the year leading hikes in weather conditions resembling the postal workers motto. Finally, summer promises fair weather and dry trails. Many hikes offer different options in routes and difficulty. If you have questions about hikes, contact Joan at

There are several opportunities to volunteer with citizen science, education and conservation. Choose a Purple Martin Nesting Box site to observe and enjoy these amazing summer migrants. Purple Martins swoop in the sky gathering insects to bring back to hungry nestlings. Their chatter is an addictive summer chorus you will want to experience often. Recording your visits and observations will assist in our citizen science program. Skagit Audubon provides much needed habitat with nesting boxes installed at Ship Harbor, English Boom, Padilla Bay and Port Susan. Contact Irene Perry at to receive a monitoring form and additional information. The Education Committee has many programs and hikes scheduled for groups of all ages this summer. Our efforts to provide outreach, by connecting people with nature, continues to grow. If you would like to find out more, contact Sheila Pera at Staying on top of conservation issues never takes the summer off. There are always opportunities to assist in our efforts to advocate for birds, wildlife and the protection of natural ecosystems. Our conservation chair, Tim Manns, appreciates your willingness to help. Please contact him at

Enjoy your summer!



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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.

The board of directors meets at the same location at 7:00 pm on the first Tuesday of each month, except for the months of July and August.