Whidbey Audubon Society has been active on the Island for nearly 30 years. With a focus on conservation and education, the group presents Camp Casey guests with an exceptional opportunity for hands-on outdoor education at minimal cost.
Whidbey Audubon works with schools and conservation groups to inform, educate and inspire the public to conserve the natural habitat of island birds. Each month the Society presents field trips and other programming for the community.
“We can do indoor classes, but we like to take them out in the habitat. We hide wooden birds so kids can see what kind of birds they would see, and what kind of trees they would sit in,” Katherine Stella, Whidbey Island Audubon Society Education Chair said. “It’s been a lot of fun, we get kids out on the beach or in the forest. We make it fun, sort of like a scavenger hunt.”
Stella calls Whidbey Audubon “a mixed bag of fun and being a conservationist.” Whidbey Island is unique in that it offers forest, prairie and shoreline habitats for birds, and therefore attracts a vast variety of species. It is also a small island and habitat destruction has depleted some bird populations, she explained.
The group has presented programming for everyone from school children and garden clubs to senior citizens and birding clubs. They also provide local students with scholarships and opportunities to become involved in Whidbey Island habitat conservation efforts.
Whidbey Audubon publishes a newsletter to keep the public notified of events and classes. Classes and field trips are offered every couple of weeks. Beginners are welcome at all Whidbey Audubon events and almost all are open to the public. More information can be found at www.whidbeyaudubon.com .
“We’re doing the best we can to be sure Whidbey Island is a great place for people and birds alike,” Stella said. “There’s a place for everyone in Whidbey Audubon.”