Welcome to the 12th annual Olympic Peninsula BirdFest!
This festival provides participants the opportunity to view a wide variety of birds normally seen on the Olympic Peninsula. Field trips are planned for Sequim Bay, Port Angeles Harbor, Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, the Elwha River, Salt Creek and at Neah Bay, as well as trips through wooded areas to view songbirds and see owls in the evening. Boat trips to Protection Island are also planned. The North Olympic Peninsula is widely known as a great place for bird watching. The day of the Olympic BirdFest is timed to overlap wintering birds and the beginning of spring migration.
In addition to the field trips, birders may participate in presentations, workshops and a banquet. A tour explaining the Jamestown S’Klallam tribal totem poles at the Tribal Center and the Seven Cedars Casino will be offered, as well as photography workshops. Attendees may participate in the Sequim First Friday Art Walk.
Guest Speaker: Lynsy Smithson-Stanley
She will speak at the Banquet on Saturday, April 11, 2015. (Topic to be announced).
Lynsy Smithson-Stanley joined the National Audubon Society as deputy director for climate and strategic initiatives in June 2014. She comes to Audubon after three years with Climate Nexus, a nonprofit focused on climate change communication, where she directed media strategy and help execute strategic messaging about climate impacts. Her work included working with national and regional media on reports such as the IPCC’s AR5 Assessment and the National Climate Assessment, consulting on strategy and content for peer organizations, and keeping tabs on emerging social science around communicating environmental problems. Her current responsibilities include:
• Lead strategic communications around Audubon’s climate-related science and new climate initiative
• Assist state offices, centers and chapter leaders design and execute local climate plans and accompanying climate-specific communication strategies.
• Work with content, grassroots and policy teams to maximize visibility and applicability of Audubon’s new science.
Director of media strategy, director of special projects, Climate Nexus (2011-2014); research assistant, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2009-2011); features reporter, Kansas City Star (2008-2009); editor, niche publications, Jackson Citizen Patriot (2007-2008)
B.A., B.J., University of Missouri-Columbia M.A., Mass Communication Research, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill