Note: Tilth’s ‘Prescott’ asked that I run this announcement regarding Deer Lagoon and its importance as an Important Birding Area.
“Between the Tides: Whidbey’s Birding Gem — Deer Lagoon Preserve” will be presented by the Whidbey Audubon Society (WAS) at its general meeting on Thursday, Nov. 9. Carlos Andersen will share images and stories to illustrate his love and passion for birds and the natural environment.
American White Pelicans fly over Deer Lagon. Photo by Carlos Andersen

Deer Lagoon is a state recognized Important Bird Area (IBA) with at least 211 different bird species having been documented at the lagoon. Washington State Fish and Wildlife reports that Deer Lagoon is the single most important site on Whidbey Island for use by waterfowl year around. The lagoon is a critical resting and feeding site for migrating shorebirds in the spring and fall. It has been labeled the most important wetlands in Island County and for this reason alone deserves the highest levels of protection.

The meeting is hybrid, free and open to the public and held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation meeting house, 20103 State Route 525 in Freeland. Doors open at 7 p.m. for socializing and refreshments. A brief meeting starts at 7:15, and the program begins at 7:30. To register and attend virtually, visit the WAS website: Whidbey Audubon Society.
Carlos Andersen, Whidbey Audubon Society. Photo shared by WAS

Carlos Andersen is a Whidbey Audubon Society member, field trip leader and former Conservation Committee member. He has dedicated his life to environmental protection and preservation. You can often find him down at Deer Lagoon, looking through his scope or binoculars at the incredible diversity of life that lives at or passes through.

Join Carlos for a field trip to Deer Lagoon, Friday, Nov. 10, at 9 AM. Group size is limited to 12. Please register here. 
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