Whidbey Audubon to host naturalist, shorebird expert

  • Fri Mar 27th, 2015 10:27pm
  • Life

Shorebird and dragonfly expert Dennis Paulson will speak to the Whidbey Audubon Society next month about great blue herons.

A former natural history museum director and shorebird expert will shed light on the mysteries and importance of great blue herons during a presentation to the Whidbey Audubon Society next month. 

The meeting is Thursday, April 9, at the Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 N.W. Alexander St. Doors open at 7 p.m. for socializing and refreshments, the program begins at 7:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

The evening’s featured speaker is Dennis Paulson, a professional biologist and naturalist who retired a decade ago as director of the Slater Museum of Natural History at the University of Puget Sound, according to a recent Audubon new release.

He is also a world expert on dragonflies and shorebirds, penning nine books, including “Shorebirds of North America” and “Dragonflies and Damselflies of the West,” and 90 scientific papers on birds and dragonflies. He currently serves as the primary instructor for the Master Birders program run by Seattle Audubon Society.

According to the news release, great blue herons are important symbols of the natural world that need protection, not only on Whidbey Island but across all of North America. They nest, colonially, in trees and an intact woodland is an essential part of their lives.

For details about the event, call Whidbey Audubon Society program chairwoman Robin Llewellyn at 360-678-5403 or email soaringridge@broadstripe.net.