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Board Report

By Jan McGruder

Much has been going on with the Board over the last couple of months. After the summer break we always jump into high gear so we can present great programs, lead quality field trips, and meet with school children during the fall, winter, and spring months. 

As most of you know, we hired Tereza Marks as our new Executive Director, we are so please that Tereza has come aboard. She has filled the EAS calendar with lots of events for our members, and brought great energy to the Chapter. The focus of her work is to expand our reach around the Bird Friendly Eastside program. If you haven’t met her, stop by the office to say “hi”. 

We’re looking ahead to our Volunteer Dinner scheduled for January 25. Make sure to send your 2017 hours to Margaret Snell ( so you’ll get on the dinner invitation list. This is always a fun event and I look forward to seeing you there.


On October 7, members of EAS attended the Audubon Council of Washington annual meeting in Sequim. I’m proud to say that there were more Eastside Auduboners in attendence than from any other chapter. We take what we do seriously. It was a day filled with talks on what National Audubon is working on to combat climate change and the Bird Friendly Communities resources we can use here at home. During the afternoon there were breakout sessions on topics such as, Publicity, Membership, and Diversity. We all came away with great ideas and renewed enthusiasm. 

Later that week, the National Audubon Board held their regular meeting in Seattle, and chose to visit Marymoor on Sunday to check out the BirdLoop and enjoy a bird walk. Michael Hobbs gave an overview of birding at the Park and the different habitat types found there. Tim McGruder spoke about the work we’ve done on the BirdLoop and our plans for the future. Everyone seemed impressed and I enjoyed meeting Auduboners from around the country.

Our chapter’s Board elections were held at the November Program Night, and the slate was approved by unanimous vote. There are some board positions that remain unfilled: Community Outreach Chair, Education Chair, Financial Development Chair, and Membership Chair. Interested in learning more about joining the Board, or what the responsibilities are for each chair? Contact Jan McGruder at 425-822-8580 or

Want to learn more about what we do in general? All are welcome to our Board meetings. The next is set for Monday, December 11th at 6:30 p.m. at our offices.

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The mission of Eastside Audubon is to protect, preserve and enhance natural ecosystems and our communities for the benefit of birds, other wildlife and people.