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Counting and listing bird species is an integral part of bird watching, and I think it serves an important purpose. The Whidbey Audubon Society recently conducted two Christmas bird counts, one centered near Oak Harbor and the other on South Whidbey.
Community Events, January 2015
Members of the Northwest Language Academy and Cultural Center are inviting South Whidbey residents to ring in the new year with reflection and rejuvenation. The center is hosting its fourth annual Zen New Year’s Celebration, a collaboration with the Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery in Freeland, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Langley academy.
Queen Kristina Madrid and King Bryce Auburn assembled their warriors, readied their weapons and prepared to charge into battle. Cries of friendly provocation and excitement rang out as a group of nine South Whidbey High School students rushed towards one another from opposite sides of the field at Castle Park, swords raised, axes — and one comically large fake lobster claw — wielded.
The Christmas count is the longest running citizen science survey in the world and provides important data on avian population trends.
Elizabeth Austen jokes that her mid-life crisis came a little early. Nearly 20 years ago, the Shakespearean trained actor and former thespian put down her stage makeup and picked up a pen, trading her acting and dance theater career for the life of a poet.