WOSNews Issue 185

June – July 2020

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Annual Conference Postponed

By Eric Dudley and Nagi Aboulenein

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 in Astoria, Ore., will likely be rescheduled for early to mid-September 2021 at the same location…..

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WOS 2019 Financial Statement

By Grace Oliver

The WOS Financial Statement for Year Ended December 31, 2019 shows that expenses exceeded income by $2,224 in 2019, but WOS has accumulated funds of more than $92,000 to draw upon….
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It’s a Hotspot But Not So Hot to Some

By Dave Kreft

Dave Kreft’s wife did not know exactly what she was in for when she agreed to join him on a birding outing. Destination: the local Sewage Treatment Plant. But Dave thinks it was a fine choice. STPs offer abundant water and often shallow water, cattails and bulrushes, and mud flats. These are especially attractive to migrating shorebirds and waterfowl…..
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Remembrance of Master Birder Paul Webster

By Penny Koyama

Paul Webster, professor of German Language and Western Civilization at Pacific Lutheran University, is fondly remembered by fellow Master Birder Penny Koyama. Paul, who passed away earlier this year, was a newsletter writer for Audubon societies in both Tacoma and Seattle, led field trips and participated in numerous bird counts…..
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Oregon Vesper Sparrow Said to Be Endangered in Washington

By Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

With just an estimated 300 individuals left in Washington, the Oregon Vesper Sparrow is struggling to maintain its foothold in Washington and the Pacific Northwest coast. The wildlife department is seeking public comment on its report. The sparrow is found primarily in Thurston and Pierce counties with a smattering found elsewhere. Large-scale loss of native prairie habitat likely played a major role in the decades-long decline of the population…..

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