The Washington Ornithological Society was chartered in 1988 to increase knowledge of the birds of Washington and to enhance communication among all persons interested in those birds.

 The August-September WOSNews has been published!
Ed Pullen discusses how to become a better birding ambassador. Eric Dudley announces the virtual keynote speaker in place of the canceled Annual Conference. J. Drew Lanham will speak via a Zoom session. Cinny Burrell comments on ways in which WOS can become more welcoming and inclusive. Andy McCormick writes an informative piece on the molting strategy of the Indigo Bunting. Ron Post reviews David Allen Sibley’s latest book: What It’s Like to Be a Bird. Tom Bancroft discusses how a birding experience helped him overcome pandemic despair. Finally, you’ll also find WOS election news.
WOSNews Issue 186 is available at: WOSNews 186

 J. Drew Lanham the Keynote Speaker for Virtual Joint WOS/OBA Annual Meeting in September
WOS and the Oregon Birding Association (OBA) are thrilled to announce the keynote speaker for our joint virtual annual meeting in September. We are fortunate to have engaged master teacher, birder and writer Dr. J. Drew Lanham, Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University. His research focuses on songbird ecology, as well as the African-American role in natural resources conservation.

This keynote talk will take place virtually on the evening of September 12, 2020. There will be no charge. Information on time and how to join the meeting will be sent to OBA and WOS members. Now is the time to join or to renew your membership, so you will not miss the chance to hear J. Drew Lanham speak!

 WOS Board Announces Slate of Candidates for Officers and Board — and a Proposed Bylaws Change
The annual WOS election is approaching. WOS members will be asked to vote on officers and board member candidates as well as a Bylaws change pertaining to the Washington Bird Records Committee(WBRC). The voting period opens on September 1 and closes on September 20. Information about the candidates and bylaws change is available at: WOS Election Information
WOS/OBA Annual Conference Postponed for a Year
The annual conference jointly organized by the Washington Ornithological Society and Oregon Birding Association will be postponed because of Coronavirus pandemic, the WOS/OBA planning group has announced. The conference, originally scheduled for September 10-14, 2020, will likely be rescheduled for early to mid-September 2021 at the same location, said OBA President Nagi Aboulenein and WOS President Eric Dudley in a joint statement. A “virtual conference” with keynote speaker is tentatively planned for Sept. 12, 2020. See their full statement at: Current Year Conference.
Results of the Washington Bird Records Committee’s Spring Interim Voting
The WBRC’s main meeting is held annually in October. But the committee circulates material in the spring among members for sightings on which it is relatively easy to reach a consensus without an in-person meeting. This produces an “interim packet” of decisions. Here are the decisions to accept, not accept or table reports of sightings of review species in the state. The official Washington State Checklist remains at 518 species.
Attend WOS monthly meetings from afar!

Go to WOS’s Monthly Meetings page for information on our fabulous monthly meeting programs. WOS members who live outside the Seattle area (or are on the road) can still attend using a computer, tablet or phone. It’s easy!

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