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 also work with the state Audubon office (Audubon Washington). 

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Next BHAS Monthly Program Meeting
is December 11th
(Thurs.), 7pm. 

Presentation: 

"Washington State Wolves"

Dave Ware, new Wolf Policy Coordinator for WDFW, will provide a presentation on the status of wolf recovery in Washington. The state adopteded the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan in December 2011.

Washington’s wolf population is growing and spreading. However, the jury is still out on whether Washington citizens are ready for wolves and the management challenges they present.

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

Meeting Location (except for the June picnic):

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 pm.

 

 

Current issue of the Echo newsletter:       New !!   January-February 2015 Echo (PDF, 374 kb)
The next deadline for submitting articles will be Feb 1, 2014 (for the Mar-Apr 2015 Echo)

 

 

The Great Washington State Birding Trail maps

Seven maps are now available from AudubonWashington,
including the newest and final map, Puget Loop.

 

 

 

 

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

Discover Pass logo-Click here to learn about the Discover Pass.Some field trips to public lands may require an entrance fee. 

See how to purchase the

Washington 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.

First Saturday of each month, Birding and Breakfast -
First Saturday of each month, different location each time within Lewis, Mason, or Thurston County.  Birding at 7:30 am and breakfast at 9:00 am.
For more information, contact Deb Nickerson at 360-754-5397.

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

Last Wednesday of each month at 5:00 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.

Third Thursday of each month, 8:00 a.m:   Field Trip:

Guided Birding at Eagle’s Pride Golf Course
at JBLM

Eagle’s Pride Golf Course, which most of us only glimpse as we speed by on I-5, has many acres of undeveloped ponds, meadow, and conifer and
deciduous forest, just one-half mile from the Nisqually River.
Over 72 species of birds have been documented so far on these Thursday field trips.

This trip will be from 1-3 miles long on relatively level ground, and 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.

For questions, contact David Wienecke at david.l.wienecke.naf@mail.mil or
(253) 964-0341 (office) or (760)828-8788 (cell).


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Dec. 31 (Wed.)

5:00 pm

BHAS Event:     Birds and Beer (Shelton) resumes January 28th
                
 
(Last Wednesday of each month at 5 pm)

Only This Birds and Beer in Shelton is Cancelled Because it is New Years Eve!

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. 

Please note time:  5 pm.

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

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January (2015)

Saturdays and Sundays
10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Event:    Upper Skagit Bald Eagle Festival
Location:  Concrete, Rockport, and Marymount, Washington

Bald eagles are thick on the Upper Skagit River from December through February, feeding on salmon carcasses. The Upper Skagit towns of Concrete, Marymount and Rockport invite you to come see the eagles and enjoy the towns’ hospitality.

The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center is open every Saturday and Sunday in January from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and will be open during the Christmas holiday break through January 2. Most every weekend in January, local experts will offer guided hikes along the wild and scenic Skagit River at 11:00 a.m. and informative presentations at 1:00 p.m. To obtain information about the Interpretive Center’s full schedule of activities, call 360-953-7626 or see www.skagiteagle.org.
 

Jan. 3
(Sat.)

7:30 am

9:00 am

BHAS Field Trip/Event:       Birding & Breakfast

Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast on the first Saturday of each month. Bird with us at 7:30 a.m., then enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant at 9:00 a.m.

Or, if you’re a late riser, just join us for breakfast and we’ll tell you what birds are in the area. Beginning birders are welcome. No expert guide.

           7:30 am:   Birding from Bayview Thriftway
                          516 4th Ave W, Olympia, WA

           9:00 am:   Breakfast at Bayview Thriftway
                           516 4th Ave W, Olympia, WA

For more information, contact Deb Nickerson at (360) 754-5397 (cell).

Jan. 8 (Thurs.)

7 pm

Event:  BHAS Monthly Program Meeting
Presention: 
         Washington State Wolves

Dave Ware, new Wolf Policy Coordinator for WDFW, will provide a presentation on the status of wolf recovery in Washington. The state adopteded the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan in December 2011. Washington’s wolf population is growing and spreading. However, the jury is still out on whether Washington citizens are ready for wolves and the management challenges they present.

 

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

Meeting Location (except for the June picnic):

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 pm.

Jan. 10, 17, 24,31,
Feb. 7
(Saturdays)

9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

BHAS Class:  Beginning Birding Class

Date: Five Saturday Mornings January 10, 17, 24, 31, and February 7,
         2015, plus two field trips (tentative dates for those: January 18 and 25.)

Time:    9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Instructor:  Scott Mills

Where: The Visitor’s Center Lecture Hall at Nisqually National Wildlife
            Refuge in Olympia

Cost: $60.00 includes two Sunday field trips on January 18th & 25th.
         Some Scholarships are available.

Contact Person: Mary Russell at greenbird321@msn.com


This course, taught by retired professor of ornithology Scott Mills, will provide an introduction to birding with an emphasis on developing identification skills. Other topics will include a review of birding tools including binoculars and field guides, an introduction to birding terminology, and some discussion of basic bird biology as they relate to identification. The course is designed primarily for beginning birders but should be useful for many mid-level birders as well.

The class is comprised of five classes and two field trips. Field trip dates to be determined at the first class.

Pre-Registration Required.  Register by calling BHAS’s voicemail at 360.352.7299 or emailing Mary Russell at greenbird321@msn.com. Class is limited to 24 persons.

 

Jan. 10 (Sat)

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Field Trip:  Downtown Ducks at Capitol Lake
Leader: Burt Guttman

Join Burt Guttman on his annual quest for winter birds in downtown Olympia. There are all kinds of ducks, geese, grebes, and the occasional loon possible, as well as passerines in the trees and shrubs. The health of Capitol Lake has affected bird numbers and diversity in the last two to three years: in a sense, you will be acting as citizen scientist and observer, and your observations of the bird populations at the lake this year will add to our knowledge.

This trip begins at Marathon Park on Deschutes Parkway) at Capitol Lake and generally includes Tumwater Historical Park and Percival Cove. Sometimes visits to lower Budd Inlet are included. This trip is especially oriented toward beginner birders, but all interested folks are welcome.

Jan. 15 (Thurs)

7pm-8:30pm

(doors open at 6:30pm)

EventSouth Sound Estuary Association (SSEA)
                Discovery Speaker Series 


Presentation:
 Laura James, Underwater Videographer

Location:  LOTT’s WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia

January 15, Laura James, Underwater Videographer
Laura James from Beneath the Looking Glass, LLC, will teach us about stormwater pollution in Puget Sound. Laura is an amazing underwater videographer! She will teach us about why Puget Sound is in trouble, what makes it a wonderful and unique place, and what we can do to help protect and improve it!

Free and open to the public thanks in part to The Russell Family Foundation, Washington Foundation for the Environment, presenters donating their time, and the many members/supporters who join SSEA to help keep these programs going.

Jan. 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.

Jan. 24 (Sat)

9:00 a.m. - approximately noon

Field Trip:      Woodard Bay
Leader: Burt Guttman

Wood Bay was closed all summer and fall for replanting and renovation, a joint project by the Department of Natural Resources and The Nature Conservancy to restore Woodard Bay’s oyster beds and health. It is due to open to the public again at the end of December. Be one of the first to see the accomplished refurbishment, as well as the birds of all kinds (and seals) who call Woodard Bay their winter home.

Woodard Bay Conservation Area has a small parking lot which requires a Discover Pass. Up the hill to the south is a larger free parking area. Simply walk down the hill and over the bridge to meet up with the group.

Jan. 28 (Wed.)

5:00 pm

BHAS Event:     Birds and Beer (Shelton)
                
 
(Last Wednesday of each month at 5 pm)

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. 

Please note time:  5 pm.

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

Feb. 7
(Sat.)

7:30 am

9:00 am

BHAS Field Trip/Event:       Birding & Breakfast

Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast on the first Saturday of each month. Bird with us at 7:30 a.m., then enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant at 9:00 a.m.

Or, if you’re a late riser, just join us for breakfast and we’ll tell you what birds are in the area. Beginning birders are welcome. No expert guide.

          7:30 am:   Birding from Priest Point Park (Rose Garden Shelter)
                          East Bay Drive, Olympia

           9:00 am:   Breakfast at the Spar Café
                          114 4th Ave E, Olympia

For more information, contact Deb Nickerson at (360) 754-5397 (cell).

February, 2015 –
Exact dates to be announced
Event:    Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival
Location:  Port Susan, Washington

Every year, thousands of Snow Geese descend on the Stillasquamish and Skagit River deltas. The Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival attracts participants who come to see these large numbers of Snow Geese, Trumpeter and Tundra Swans, Bald Eagles, herons, ducks, and many other species, even including Snowy Owls and Gyrfalcons!

Sponsored by the Pilchuk Audubon Society, most events and tours are free. To see a calendar of events, check their website www.snowgoosefest.org in mid-January.
 

Feb. 12 (Thurs.)

7 pm

Event:  BHAS Monthly Program Meeting
Presention: 
         "Experience T and T"

Sit back and be transported to a place far removed from the gray winter days of the Pacific Northwest. Join Sheila McCartan and Tom Schooley as they share their experience visiting and birding The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago off the coast of Venezuela.

These tiny islands are home to over 420 species of birds. Learn about the important conservation work and education programs of the Asa Wright Nature Center. For a little added twist, there is a connection in this story to James Bond!

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

Meeting Location (except for the June picnic):

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 pm.

Feb. 12 – 15
(Thurs - Sun.)
Event:    Winter Wings Festival
Location:  Klamath Falls, Oregon

For a sojourn in a drier ecosystem, away from our rain rain rain, head south to Klamath Falls, Oregon for their annual Winter Wings Festival. Klamath Lake and its environs is one of the Pacific Northwest’s, if not the nation’s, birding hotspots, especially during this time of year. The keynote speaker this year will be Richard Crossley, internationally known birder, photographer, and author of The Crossley ID Guide.

Sure, it’s a long ways away, but there are 10 good reasons to attend this festival, festival organizers contend. To read their reasons, and for more information and registration details, go to www.winterwingsfest.org.
Feb. 19 (Thurs)

7pm-8:30pm

(doors open at 6:30pm)

EventSouth Sound Estuary Association (SSEA)
                Discovery Speaker Series 

Presentation:
 Results from the Ruckelshaus Center’s
                 Capital Lake Assessment

Location:  LOTT’s WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia

Chris Page from the Ruckelshaus Center will teach us about their approach to collaborative problem solving, how they applied the process for the Olympia’s Capital Lake assessment and a summary of the results.

Free and open to the public thanks in part to The Russell Family Foundation, Washington Foundation for the Environment, presenters donating their time, and the many members/supporters who join SSEA to help keep these programs going.

Mar. 7
(Sat.)

7:30 am

9:00 am

BHAS Field Trip/Event:       Birding & Breakfast

Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast on the first Saturday of each month. Bird with us at 7:30 a.m., then enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant at 9:00 a.m.

Or, if you’re a late riser, just join us for breakfast and we’ll tell you what birds are in the area. Beginning birders are welcome. No expert guide.

           7:30 am:   Birding at Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area Trail
                          7000 Whitham Rd NE, Olympia, WA

           9:00 am:   Breakfast at Woodard Bay NRCA (bring your own)

Discovery Pass Required.  For more information, contact Deb Nickerson at (360) 754-5397 (cell). 

Mar. 7

 

Event:  BHAS 28th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction
Location:  South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Student Union

Black Hills Audubon Society will hold its 28th Annual Dinner and Auction the evening of Saturday, March 7, 2015.

This year’s event will be held at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC), in the Student Union Building, on Olympia’s west side. Invitations to the event will be mailed in late January. A catered buffet dinner will be offered again this year. Tickets to the evening’s activities will cost $30 and must be purchased in advance. Information about the entrée choices and ticket purchasing will be in the invitation and on our website.

The dinner is our major social activity of the year, giving members and friends of BHAS a chance to come together to celebrate the chapter’s achievements of the past year.

More information coming...

Mar. 19 (Thurs)

7pm-8:30pm

(doors open at 6:30pm)

EventSouth Sound Estuary Association (SSEA)
                Discovery Speaker Series 

Presentation:
 Shorebirds of Puget Sound
                 Joe Evenson PhD, WDFW

Location:  LOTT’s WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia

Joe Evenson PhD, will teach us about shorebird populations in Puget Sound. Joe will talk about the science used to count shorebirds, the changing trends, and the relationship with forage fish populations.

Free and open to the public thanks in part to The Russell Family Foundation, Washington Foundation for the Environment, presenters donating their time, and the many members/supporters who join SSEA to help keep these programs going.

Apr. 4
(Sat.)

7:30 am

9:00 am

BHAS Field Trip/Event:       Birding & Breakfast

Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast on the first Saturday of each month. Bird with us at 7:30 a.m., then enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant at 9:00 a.m.

Or, if you’re a late riser, just join us for breakfast and we’ll tell you what birds are in the area. Beginning birders are welcome. No expert guide.

             7:30 am:   Tenino’s Mull Street Marsh

             9:00 am:   Breakfast at Huntamer Foundation site

For more information, contact Deb Nickerson at (360) 754-5397 (cell).

How to Contact Us:


Mailing Address
:                                         
BHAS By-laws (Nov. 2013)
Black Hills Audubon Society                             
PO Box 2524
Olympia, WA 98507

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

Contact information and BHAS Board Members for fiscal year June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015: 

General BHAS Information

Elected Officers:

BHAS President:
    Deb Nickerson............................ 360-754-5397
                                      pres@blackhills-audubon

Vice-President:
    Elizabeth Rodrick .........................360-866-9797
                          vice-pres@blackhills-audubon.org

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

 

Members at Large:

Margery Beeler, Deb Jaqua, Leslie Lynam, Craig Merkel, Sam Merrill, Paul Moody, Mary Russell, Kris Schoyen, Anne Van Sweringen, and Bob Wadsworth.

Committee Chairs (may be on the Board):

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

Echo Newsletter Co-Editors: 
    Deb Jaqua..................................360-701-6412
    Burt Guttman ............. guttmanb@evergreen.edu 

Education Chair:
    Mary Russell.................... greenbird321@msn.com                                             
                                                 
Field Trips Chair:
    Bonnie Wood................ bwood2800@g.mail.com

Hospitality/Outreach Chair:
    Leslie Lynam......................please leave message
                                           (360) 352-7299

Membership Chair:
    Margery Beeler............................360-352-5437
                                         mswampcat@aol.com

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

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

 

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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:

 

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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