John James Audubon / Courtesy Wikipedia Commons

The Audubon Society is named after John James Audubon, born Jean Rabin in 1785. An ornithologist, naturalist and painter, his book, The Birds of North America, is considered one of the finest on the subject, and one of the greatest examples of book art. He is known for depicting birds in their native habitat, engaging in natural behaviors. During his lifetime he identified 25 new species of birds and 12 subspecies.

Great-Footed Hawk, Audubon / Courtesy Wikipedia Commons

Around my home I have dozens and dozens of different kinds of birds, from the Great Blue Heron and Bald Eagle, to the tiny Rufus and Anna’s Hummingbirds, including a great many water and shore birds. Bird watching is a favorite activity. In my time here on the bay, I have observed changes in bird behavior resulting from changes in habitat.

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© 2017 RG Sherman / Rufus male hummingbird

As land owners chop down trees for money and more people build homes along the water, the bird populations have changed accordingly. No more do I see the Osprey, and there is a decline in the Heron population. With climate changes and humans providing feeders, Hummingbirds are wintering over.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird, Audubon / Courtesy Wikipedia Commons

The National Audubon Society was officially established in 1905 with waterbirds a priority on the conservation list. In 1886, Harriet Hemenway and Mina Hall founded the Massachusetts Audubon Society. By 1898 other state societies were founded, and in 1901 these state groups coalesced into a national organization, creating the first national wildlife refuge in the US, Pelican Island in Florida.

The Audubon Society is dedicated to the conservation and preservation of birds and their habitat. In Sequim, we have a local chapter, the Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park. This park combines the mission of the Audubon Society with a place of recreation for humans and their dogs. There is a visitor center where you can learn about the history of the region, and local flora and fauna.

Dogs welcome!

© 2017 RG Sherman / Sam

Dungeness river trails…

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Olympic Discovery trail, which crosses a rare wooden truss railroad bridge…

© 2017 RG Sherman

Bird watching with a local expert are among the many activities offered…

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Enjoy the serenity and beauty of nature…

© 2017 RG Sherman / Olympic mountains view

I plan on doing a non-profit documentary on this organization.