Field Notes: Calendar of nature-related events

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Wed. May, 30 and Sun. June 3

Cliff-Bird Nesting Observation Training

Help Vashon Nature Center scientists document the use of beach cliffs by nesting birds, such as pigeon guillemots, northern rough-winged swallows and kingfishers. Survey season will run for approximately 10 weeks. You do not need to be able to do every weekend. No previous birding experience needed. Volunteers must provide their own binoculars or birding scope. Classroom training: 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 30 at Vashon Library

Field training: 8 a.m. Sunday, June 3, at Point Robinson Lighthouse.

Monday, June 4

VNC ED Talks

This year’s theme is “Making Room for Wildlife in a Growing Puget Sound.” The short film “Conservation Crossroads,” about the construction of a wildlife crossing on the I-90 corridor, will be followed by a panel discussion. Students and professional scientists will present their environmental research in a poster gallery on subjects, including invasive green crabs, forage fish, beach trash and more. Family friendly, free and open to all. Email mariametler.vnc@gmail.com with questions.

5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Vashon Center for the Arts

Thursday, June 7

Vashon Audubon Annual Meeting and Program

Vashon Audubon will host its brief annual membership meeting to thank volunteers, discuss highlights from last year, give a preview of coming attractions and introduce board candidates. Members will then vote for the 2018-2019 Audubon board. After the meeting, wildlife biologist David Drummond will talk about the mating and nesting habits of merlins, the smallest raptors found on Vashon. Drummond is the founder of the Bellingham-based Merlin Falcon Foundation. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting and the program.

7 p.m. at the Land Trust Building

Saturday, June 9

Vashon Audubon Field Trip

Join Master Birders Harsi and Ezra Parker for birding around Vashon-Maury Island. Drop in, no charge and no experience necessary. Bring binoculars and scopes, if you have them, and wear walking shoes or boots. Kids must be accompanied by a parent or other adult. Carpools encouraged and can be arranged at Ober Park.

8 to 10 a.m. Meet at Ober Park Park & Ride lot. Find more information at vashonaudubon.org

Wed. and Thurs. June 13 and 14

BeachNET Survey

Help Vashon Nature Center survey for forage fish eggs on local beaches. Contact Maria Metler for information on meeting locations or to sign up: mariametler.vnc@gmail.com

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 28

Land Trust Book Group

Islander Don Stuart’s new book, “Final Adjournment: A Washington Statehouse Mystery,” focuses on local natural resource issues and the public perceptions and politics that drive them. Join the group to discuss the real-world practicalities of implementing large-scale environmental protection in our state and beyond.

6:30 p.m. at Kneeshaw House, 11132 SW 204th St.

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