Date: 10/10/18 11:02 am From: Kathleen Krall <krallfamily...> Subject: [obol] Report: OBA 2018 annual meeting in Garibaldi
Happy voices filled the Old Mill in Garibaldi Oregon as more than 100 attendees from as far away as Northumberland, England shared birding stories. Meals by Parkside catering included vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Field trips, led by some of Oregon leading birders, ranged from Sitka Sedge in the south to Sunset Point in far south Clatsop County. Sold-out pelagic trips by Oregon Pelagic Tours on both Saturday and Sunday were a success. Highlights included a five shearwater species day on Saturday and “skua” grand slams on both days. Other wildlife included Humpback whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins at the bow, and a huge ocean sunfish.
144 species were reported at Saturday night’s countdown. A Clay- colored Sparrow wa found Sunday morning by Jeff Harding’s group at Tillamook wetlands. A booby sp. was spotted by Colby Neuman during a seawatch at Cape Meares. He and his field trip participants were unable to ID to species. This bird was seen later a bit closer, and reported as a Blue-footed Booby by Paul Sullivan.
Friday night, the Old Mill’s historic atmosphere was a great setting for Kendrick Moholt’s photographs of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and the Pantanal.
Saturday night, President James Billstine reported on the year’s accomplishments, including the new website, oregonbirding.org. A slate of nominations included Nagi Aboulenein for president-elect.
Following the business meeting, Dr. Pepper Trail talked about his truly fascinating work as a forensic ornithologist.
25% of this year’s attendees were new OBA members; there was a nice mix of age groups, reflecting the current board’s efforts to attract younger members. One of the three young scholarship recipients reported that he “enjoyed meeting a lot of Oregon's birders, many of which we hadn't met before. The speakers were very enjoyable, and the field trips were really fun.”
Dawn Villaescusa received a well-deserved volunteer of the year award. We can thank Dawn for the well-organized registration system!
We hope to see you at next year’s meeting!
“...and gathering swallows twitter in the skies” To Autumn, John Keats