BLACK HILLS AUDUBON SOCIETY 
(BHAS) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society, representing Lewis, Mason, and Thurston counties in the state of Washington. It is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization whose 1,300+ members share interests in birds and other wildlife, their habitats, and natural history. Our goals are to promote environmental education and recreation and to maintain and protect our ecosystems for future generations. We work with the state Audubon office (Audubon Washington). 

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Next Monthly Program Meeting
is May
 8th
(Thurs.), 7 pm. 

Presentation:     Habitat Change
                      in Puget Sound

Speaker Ed Swan

Ed Swan, nature writer and guide, will talk about habitat change over time in Puget Sound. The region has experienced several waves of change that produced large alterations in avifauna (birds). Ed takes a step by step look at those changes to show how habitat is a key factor in changes to birds when big change occurs.

He will demonstrate the extent of changes and how wide-ranging their effects have been. Ed will use Vashon Island as an example to discuss how citizen science and action can have a big impact in favor of conservation.

BHAS Program meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month
(exceptions: no March, July, or August meetings). 

Meeting Location:

First Christian Church
701 Franklin Street SE
Olympia, WA 98507

Arrive at 7:00 pm to socialize – the program will begin promptly at 7:30

 

 

Current issue of the Echo newsletter: New!  March-April 2014  (929 kb PDF)

The next deadline for submitting articles will be April 1, 2014 (for the May-June 2014 Echo). 


The Great Washington State Birding Trail maps.  Seven maps are now available from Audubon Washington, including the newest and final map, Puget Loop.


Upcoming Field Trips and Events
 in 2013

(Everyone is welcome to participate with Field Trips and Events...
you don't have to be a member!)

Some field trips to public lands may require an entrance fee.  See how to purchase the Washington Discover Pass.

Discover Pass logo-Click here to learn about the Discover Pass.

Regular/Recurring
Field Trips:

  • Every Wednesday, 8:00 am 11:00 am, Field Trip: 
    Phil Kelley leads a
    Birding Walk at Nisqually NWR.  Meet at the Nisqually Visitor Center.
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  • First Saturday Birding and Breakfast -
    First Saturday of each month, different location each time within Lewis, Mason, or Thurston County.
    For more information, contact Leslie Lynam at 360- 402-9513 or Deb Nickerson at 360-754-5397.
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  • Third Monday of each month at 4:30 pm, Event:

    Birds and Beer (Olympia)

    Gather with birders at the Fish Tale Brewpub on the third Monday of each month. People will share their “best birding spots in our area.”

    Come ready to share where and why you go birding in a particular spot. People new to our area will benefit from your knowledge.  We will gather at the couches in the back.
    Location:  Fish Tale Brewpub,
                   515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia
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  • Last Wednesday of each month at 4:30 pm, Event:

    Birds and Beer (Shelton)

    Meet other birders from Mason County or those who happen to be in the area. Discuss good places to bird and the interesting birds you have sighted recently. Have a beverage and or a bite to eat with us.

    Come ready to share where and why you go birding in a particular spot. People new to our area will benefit from your knowledge. 
    Location:  Smoking Mo's Kitchen
                    203 W Railroad Ave, Shelton, WA.  See map.

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  • Third Thursday of each month: Field Trip:

    Birding at Eagle’s Pride Golf Course
    at JBLM

    This trip, at the Joint Base Lewis McChord golf course, will be from 1-3 miles long on relatively level ground. It will explore forest, water, and open area species.
    No security passes are required. Trip starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the golf course driving range parking lot. 

    Location: Exit 116 (Mounts Road), turn north, turn right into Eagle’s Pride Golf Course clubhouse parking area, go down ramp and make an immediate, hard left onto driving range access road (narrow road). Proceed to driving range parking area.

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April 25-27 Event:       Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival 2014

Location: Hoquiam, WA

Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival 2014Each Spring, hundreds of thousands of shorebirds stop to rest and feed in Grays Harbor estuary on their migration northward. Coming from as far south as Argentina, these Arctic-bound shorebirds are among the world’s greatest migrants, some traveling 15,000 miles round-trip.
This event is timed to match the annual migration of hundreds of thousands of shorebirds as they pause at the Grays Harbor estuary to feed and rest before departing for their nesting grounds in the Arctic. The concentration of birds in Grays Harbor allows birders an excellent chance to view many species and to see birds take flight in beautiful formations.

The weekend is filled with activities, including field trips, a banquet with a keynote speaker, lectures, a birding marketplace, and more.

For more information, see www.shorebirdfestival.com .
Apr. 30  (Wed.)

4:30 pm

BHAS Event:  Last Wednesday of each month at 4:30 pm

Birds and Beer (Shelton)

Meet other birders from Mason County or those who happen to be in the area. Discuss good places to bird and the interesting birds you have sighted recently. Have a beverage and or a bite to eat with us.

Come ready to share where and why you go birding in a particular spot. People new to our area will benefit from your knowledge. 

Location:  Smoking Mo's Kitchen
                203 W Railroad Ave, Shelton, WA.  See map.

May 8 (Thurs)

7-9 pm
BHAS Monthly Program Meeting

Presentation:   
 Habitat Change in Puget Sound
 

SpeakerEd Swan


Ed Swan, nature writer and guide, will talk about habitat change over time in Puget Sound. The region has experienced several waves of change that produced large alterations in avifauna (birds). Ed takes a step by step look at those changes to show how habitat is a key factor in changes to birds when big change occurs.


He will demonstrate the extent of changes and how wide-ranging their effects have been. Ed will use Vashon Island as an example to discuss how citizen science and action can have a big impact in favor of conservation.

BHAS Program meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month (exceptions: no March, July, or August meetings).

Meeting Location

First Christian Church
701 Franklin Street SE
Olympia, WA 98507

Arrive at 7:00 pm to socialize – the program will begin promptly at 7:30.

May 10 (Sat)

7:30 am
BHAS Event:  First Annual Deschutes Estuary 
                          Spring Bird Walk -
 
                International Migratory Bird Day


Hear and see songbirds just returned from Mexico, Central America and South America as they nest in the Deschutes Estuary from Tumwater Falls and Historical Park to Marathon Park and Percival Cove. Listen for Yellow Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Western Tanager and Rufous Hummingbird. See American Dippers dipping for food in the Deschutes River and Belted Kingfishers fishing along the shore. Water birds like Ring-necked Duck and Wood Duck can be seen. Watch for Bald Eagle and Osprey.

Estuary restoration will enhance this important bird area, featured as a stop on the Audubon Great Washington State Birding Trail - Olympic Loop map.

Meet at 7:30 am at Tumwater Historical Park, 777 Simmons Rd, just off Deschutes Parkway.

Co-sponsored by Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team www.deschutesestuary.org  and Black Hills Audubon www.blackhills-audubon.org.

For more information contact Dani Madrone, Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team, at olydert@gmail.com or 360-485-6683, or Deb Nickerson, Black Hills Audubon, at debranick@gmail.com  360-754-5397.

May 15 -18
(Thurs - Sun)
Event:    Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest
Location: Leavenworth, WA

Birdfest posterThe Leavenworth area features spectacular habitats ranging from snow-capped mountains to sunny ponderosa pine forests, lush riparian zones to shrub-steppe. All our field trips are led by experts and professionals in their field. Learn about the wide variety of migratory birds that come here for a brief, but important part of their year the breeding season. Hear birdsongs sung only during the breeding season while you stroll, bike, boat, or van during the height of wildflower season.

While birding is the heart of the weekend, activities also include wildflower walks, arts events, and family activities to ensure fun and learning for birders of all ages and skill levels, with enough built-in "down time" to explore the friendly Bavarian village that we call home.

For more information and to register, please visit Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest.
May 19 (Mon)

4:30  pm
BHAS Event:     Birds and Beer (Olympia)
(Third Monday of each month at 4:30 pm)

Gather with birders at the Fish Tale Brewpub on the third Monday of each month. People will share their “best birding spots in our area.”

Come ready to share where and why you go birding in a particular spot. People new to our area will benefit from your knowledge. We will gather at the couches in the back.

Location:  Fish Tale Brewpub
               515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia

For questions, please contact Deb Nickerson at 360-754-5397 or debranick@gmail.com.

   

 

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How to Contact Us:


Mailing Address
:                                         
BHAS By-laws (Sept. 2007)
Black Hills Audubon Society                              Proposed changes to by-laws
PO Box 2524
Olympia, WA 98507

Phone: (360) 352-7299
Messages are welcome!

Contact information and BHAS Board Members for fiscal year June 1, 2012 - May 31, 2013: 

General BHAS Information

Elected Officers:

BHAS President,

    Deb Nickerson............................ 360-754-5397
                                        pres@blackhills-audubon

Vice-President::
    Whittier Johnson......................... 360-866-8156
                          vice-pres@blackhills-audubon.org

Treasurer:
    Susan Markey..............................360-438-5663
                           treasurer@blackhills-audubon.org
Secretary:
    Tracey Scalici....secretary@blackhills-audubon.org

 

Members at Large:

Deb Jaqua, Craig Merkel, Sam Merrill, Elizabeth Rodrick, Kristin Stewart, Meagan Thorn, and Anne Van Sweringen

Committee Chairs (may be on the board):

Conservation Chair:
    Sam Merrill.................................360-866-8839
                                    sammerrill3@comcast.net

Education Chair:
    Shelley Horn................... shelleysmail@me.com

Echo Newsletter Editor
    Anne Van Sweringen.................. 360-534-9953
                                          avs55@comcast.net
                                                 
Field Trips Chair:
    Bonnie Wood................ bwood2800@g.mail.com

Membership Chair:

    Margery Beeler............................360-352-5437
                                         mswampcat@aol.com

Hospitality/Outreach Chair:
    Leslie Lynam...............................360-402-9513

Programs Chair:
    Kris Schoyen.............................. 360-754-1710
                                        krisschoyen@gmail.com

Publications Chair & Webmaster:
    Deb Jaqua ................................ 360-491-3325
                                                       Webmaster

 

Sign up for BHAS Alerts by sending an email to the Webmaster. We will then send you an invitation that you will need to confirm (so that someone else doesn't "accidentally" sign you up!)

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Conservation

Local Conservation efforts in Lewis, Mason, or Thurston counties.  (See also the Jack Davis Conservationist of the Year Award.)  This includes efforts to protect Marbled Murrelets.

State Conservation efforts.  Read about issues involving birds, other wildlife, and their habitats at the state level. 

National Action Alerts.  The National Audubon Society has set up this special Web site to give you an easy and convenient way to communicate with your lawmakers and newspapers on national conservation issues that impact birds, wildlife and our shared environment. Remember, your letters will make a difference -- so take action today!

Jack Davis Conservationist of the Year Award.  The Jack Davis Conservationist of the Year Award is normally presented yearly.

 

Education Programs

The Education Committee has been busy creating well-attendedAnimated crane picture birding classes, helping schools get students out into nature with the Board the Bus grant, and promoting Audubon Adventures.

In 2009, BHAS awarded its first Dave McNett Environmental Educator of the Year Award., honoring long-time volunteer Dave McNett.

Learn more....

 

Book Store

Black Hills Audubon Society receives 4% of every purchase from this page to support our conservation program and other goals. Our prices are exactly the same as Amazon.com! All purchases are managed by Amazon.com. Use the search link below to make all of your Amazon.com purchases, or go to our book store page for selected items.

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 Wildlife Checklists

Butterflies in Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties (30Kb Word file).

Wildlife and Habitat info for Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, including:

  • Bird species list - link temporarily not working.

  • Reptile species list - link temporarily not working.

  • Mammal species list - link temporarily not working.

  • Fish species list - link temporarily not working.

 

COASST  


Ever see a dead bird on a beach and wonder why it succumbed?  Would you like to help scientists find out why?

COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team) is a citizen science project based at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences in partnership with local community and environmental organizations, and state and federal agencies. COASST volunteers collect data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds on a monthly basis to establish the baseline, or 'normal' pattern of beached bird mortality on North Pacific beaches. Baselines are crucial for assessing the impacts of oil spills, fisheries, and climate change. Data collection by COASST volunteers helps address important marine conservation issues and protects marine resources.

Lists of COASST trainings and more information about COASST are posted on their website at http://www.coasst.org.  From the main page, click on What's New. Then click on the Training Sessions tab.

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Olympia, WA 98507
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