Bird-watching trail opening ceremony Oct. 6

POULSBO — After 10 years, the new Puget Sound Loop of the Great Washington Birding Trail will officially be opened. Poulsbo Mayor Becky Erickson and Christie Norman, director of the Audubon Bird Trail mapping program, will cut the ribbon at the start of the Washington Audubon annual meeting, hosted by Kitsap Audubon, Oct. 6 at 9:30 a.m., in Poulsbo City Hall.

The Puget Sound Loop is the seventh and final map in a series of Audubon Bird Trail Maps, completing the 3,000-mile Great Washington State Birding Trail, showing where to find the best bird-watching locations in Washington state.

Following the ribbon cutting, leaders from the 26 Audubon chapters in Washington will gather for workshops and presentations.

David Yarnold, president and CEO of National Audubon, will deliver the keynote address at 10 a.m. Other speakers include National Audubon’s new Pacific Flyways director, Michael Sutton.

Other events are scheduled for those who arrive on Friday or stay through Sunday, including a Friday evening presentation on the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project and field trips to local birding hotspots featured in the new Puget Sound Loop Bird Trail map.

To register online for the meeting, go to (password is audubon). Registration is $30 and includes morning and afternoon snacks and a box lunch.

The Kitsap Audubon Society will hold its regular meeting Oct. 11 in the Poulsbo Library, 7 p.m. Guest speaker Dr. Peter Hodum will discuss conservation practices on remote islands in Chile. You can find more information at


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