WOS Meetings are free and open to all. They are held the first Monday of each month, October through June, at the Center for Urban Horticulture on the University of Washington campus, 3501 NE 41st St. in Seattle.
For directions, click here.
Doors open at 7:00 PM and the program begins at 7:30 PM.
Monday, March 3
Ed Swan Presents:
Citizen Science and Habitat Change
Ed Swan's presentation will cover habitat change on Vashon Island since settlement in the late 1800's and the resulting alterations in bird populations.
growth coniferous forest originally almost covered the Island, only to be
completely cut over the space of about 30 years. Farmland replaced the
forest, bringing many new species, especially when farmers created ponds and
introduced game birds.
In the 1990's, citizen science efforts began tracking these changes and
identifying the various habitats. A database of over 7,000 records from local observers
plus 15 years of Christmas Bird Counts
and 14 years of Breeding Bird Surveys gives a particularly robust
baseline for protecting habitat and wildlife and for guiding discussion
around land use issues.
Ed Swan is a nature writer and avid birder living on Vashon Island. As a child, he learned to enjoy birds from his
grandmother and continued growing his passion as an adult.
He is an accomplished Master Birder, adept at locating the most
sought-after species by sight or by ear. He has led field trips for Audubon
Society chapters for over 20 years and currently guides private birding
tours on Vashon Island and other destinations throughout the Puget Sound.
Swan has authored more than 100 articles and two books about the natural
history of birds in the Puget Sound. His photography, meticulous
observations, and appreciation for the natural history of birds combine in a
manner appealing to beginner and accomplished birders alike.