Saturday Night Keynote Speaker & Silent Auction


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Saturday Night Keynote Speaker and Silent Auction

This presentation has limited space and additional costs, so you MUST preregister for it here. You MUST also pay for your general admission to complete your preregistration; if you do not already have a general admission for every person attending this presentation, you can add it to your cart here at this link.

We will be featuring a very special keynote speaker this year, along with a substantial selection of hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction featuring artwork, birding supplies and more! The festivities will be at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco, WA. We will have a happy hour starting at 5pm with wine and North Jetty beer served (first 2 drinks free with price of admission as well as a souvenir beer or wine glass).  “Heavy hors d’oeuvres” served by local caterer John Vale will follow.  There will be a silent auction and a keynote speaker, and we’ll wrap up around 9pm. 

Our keynote speaker is Joan Walsh! Joan is Mass Audubon’s Gerard A. Bertrand Chair of Natural History and Field Ornithology. She has been watching—and learning from—birds for 35 years and was the Director of Bird Monitoring at Mass Audubon from 2006-2017. During her career she has focused on research that has direct implications for bird conservation. This interest led to enlisting hundreds of citizen scientists for the creation of the highly regarded Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas 2 and two State of the Birds of Massachusetts reports.

She was a Farallon Island biologist where she studied Elephant Seals, Tufted Puffins, Brandt’s Cormorants, Western Gulls, and even did a little Great White Shark work. She went to graduate school in Georgia, where she studied Wood Storks, and was the former Director of Research at Cape May Bird Observatory in NJ. Her formative years as an ornithologist were spent on Great Gull Island, NY, home to the largest colonies of Common and Roseate Terns in the North Atlantic.