<div dir="ltr"><p style="border-width:0px;border-style:none;border-color:-moz-use-text-color;font-style:normal;font-variant-ligatures:normal;font-variant-caps:normal;font-variant-numeric:inherit;font-weight:normal;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:14px;line-height:1.7;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(85,85,85);letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)"><b style="border-width:0px;border-style:none;border-color:-moz-use-text-color;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:700;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit;font-family:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline">General Membership Meeting with Belinda Rotton and Richard Kessler</b></p><p style="border-width:0px;border-style:none;border-color:-moz-use-text-color;font-style:normal;font-variant-ligatures:normal;font-variant-caps:normal;font-variant-numeric:inherit;font-weight:normal;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:14px;line-height:1.7;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(85,85,85);letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)">Birding on the Skagit and Whatcom Wildlife Areas</p><p style="border-width:0px;border-style:none;border-color:-moz-use-text-color;font-style:normal;font-variant-ligatures:normal;font-variant-caps:normal;font-variant-numeric:inherit;font-weight:normal;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:14px;line-height:1.7;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(85,85,85);letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)">The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW’s) Skagit Wildlife and Whatcom Wildlife Areas are popular public access sites for birding in the Pacific Northwest.  Wildlife Area Managers Belinda Rotton and Richard Kessler will provide an overview of site history, current management practices and initiatives, and new project developments at these sites. Information will also be provided on the planning process and opportunities for public involvement at the wildlife areas.</p><p style="border-width:0px;border-style:none;border-color:-moz-use-text-color;font-style:normal;font-variant-ligatures:normal;font-variant-caps:normal;font-variant-numeric:inherit;font-weight:normal;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:14px;line-height:1.7;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(85,85,85);letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)">Belinda is the Wildlife Area Manager on the Skagit Wildlife Area focused on waterfowl, wetland management, and salmon recovery. She has worked for WDFW on the Skagit Wildlife Area since 2005.  She received her BS in Biology from the University of Arkansas, worked as a biologist for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and received a MS in Wetland Ecology and Management from the University of Missouri.</p><p style="border-width:0px;border-style:none;border-color:-moz-use-text-color;font-style:normal;font-variant-ligatures:normal;font-variant-caps:normal;font-variant-numeric:inherit;font-weight:normal;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:14px;line-height:1.7;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(85,85,85);letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)">Richard is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and has worked for WDFW since 1991, starting in the Upland Wildlife Restoration program in Eastern Washington.  In 1993 he became Wildlife Area Manager for the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area, Scatter Creek Wildlife Area, McNeil Island, and West Rocky Prairie. Richard worked restoring native prairie, managing the first release site for endangered western pond turtles, and managing hunting dog field trials and a wildlife nest box program using prisoners of McNeil Island. In 2009 Richard started managing the Whatcom Wildlife Area which includes the Lake Terrell, Tennant Lake, Nooksack, BP and Intalco Units. He manages these units for wildlife breeding, winter feeding of waterfowl, pheasant release, waterfowl hunting, fishing and boating.</p><p style="border-width:0px;border-style:none;border-color:-moz-use-text-color;font-style:normal;font-variant-ligatures:normal;font-variant-caps:normal;font-variant-numeric:inherit;font-weight:normal;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:14px;line-height:1.7;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(85,85,85);letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)"><i style="border-width:0px;border-style:none;border-color:-moz-use-text-color;font-style:italic;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit;font-family:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline">      Always on the 4th Tuesday of the month:</i></p><p style="border-width:0px;border-style:none;border-color:-moz-use-text-color;font-style:normal;font-variant-ligatures:normal;font-variant-caps:normal;font-variant-numeric:inherit;font-weight:normal;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:14px;line-height:1.7;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(85,85,85);letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)"><b style="border-width:0px;border-style:none;border-color:-moz-use-text-color;font-style:inherit;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:700;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit;font-family:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline">January 24th, 7pm</b></p><p style="border-width:0px;border-style:none;border-color:-moz-use-text-color;font-style:normal;font-variant-ligatures:normal;font-variant-caps:normal;font-variant-numeric:inherit;font-weight:normal;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:14px;line-height:1.7;font-family:arial,helvetica,sans-serif;margin:0px 0px 10px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;color:rgb(85,85,85);letter-spacing:normal;text-align:start;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255)">Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room<i style="border-width:0px;border-style:none;border-color:-moz-use-text-color;font-style:italic;font-variant:inherit;font-weight:inherit;font-stretch:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit;font-family:inherit;margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline">      free & open to the public!</i></p><br clear="all"><br>-- <br><div class="gmail_signature"><div>happy birding</div><div>Twink</div><div><a href="mailto:wilber4818@gmail.com" target="_blank">wilber4818@gmail.com</a></div><div>Ferndale, WA </div><div>in Whatcom County</div><div>out on the beach</div></div>
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