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Invitation to Audubon WA Conference in Bellevue

All Eastside Audubon members are eligible to register for this year's Audubon Council of Washington, a weekend of learning and birding. A free, public talk about the challenges confronting the Marbled Murrelet kicks off the event.

This year’s Audubon Council of Washington (ACOW) will be held at Bellevue College on Saturday, October 5. ACOW is a one-day conference where members of Audubon chapters throughout Washington get together to share information and ideas.

Marbled Murrelet, by R. Lowe (USFWS)All Eastside Audubon members are invited to attend and contribute to planning for work on the Pacific Flyway component of National Audubon’s conservation strategy; to build bridges among the King County chapters; and to lay the groundwork for cooperation among the 26 Washington chapters and with National Audubon’s Seward Park Nature Center.

Keynote: Citizen Science and the Future

EAS President Andy McCormick and Conservation Chair Pete Marshall will welcome ACOW participants with opening remarks and will officially represent EAS at the meeting. Seattle Audubon, Rainier Audubon, and Vashon-Maury Island Audubon are co-hosting the meeting with EAS.

The keynote speaker will be National Audubon’s Kathy Dale, Director of Citizen Science. She will discuss the value of citizen science and introduce the Climate Modeling Project to be released soon by National Audubon.

Saturday Workshops for Chapter Members

Guest experts will lead six Saturday-afternoon workshops, from which each ACOW registrant can choose two:

  • Chapter Capacity Building (emphasizing membership)
  • Grassroots Advocacy (shared conservation priorities)
  • Mapping With Esri (with an interactive exercise)
  • 21st Century Communications (social media)
  • Education (engaging schools and new audiences)
  • Fundraising (on the local level)

Also during the day on Saturday, chapters will meet with other chapters in their region to explore cooperation and shared work on issues of mutual interest.

Following the Saturday meeting, Audubon Washington will host a happy hour at the Silver Cloud Inn for registered participants.

Special Events Before and After

Marbled Murrelet Talk
Free to all Audubon members, conference registration not required
Presenters: Maria Ruth, author of Rare Bird, and Paul Kampmeier, attorney, Washington Forest Law Center
Friday, October 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Lewis Creek Park Visitor’s Center
5808 Lakemont Boulevard SE, Bellevue


Birding Lake Sammamish State Park
Sunday, October 6, 8 a.m.
Andy McCormick, a master birder, will lead this trip field trip exclusively for registered ACOW participants. Details will be announced on Saturday afternoon at the ACOW meeting.

Washington State Audubon Conservation Committee (WSACC)
Friday, October 4, 5 p.m. at the Lewis Creek Park Visitor’s Center
5808 Lakemont Boulevard SE, Bellevue


For more about the conference, visit Audubon Washington.

Registration is $40, which includes lunch and snacks. Register through Brown Paper Tickets.


Photo: Marbled Murrelet, by R. Lowe (USFWS)

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