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

Presentation: 

"Wildlife on the Tibetan Plateau"

Rich Harris has spent considerable time over the past 25 years helping local governments in China assess and conserve their unique large mammal fauna. Many in North America are unaware of the surprising diversity of species that live in this high-elevation environment.

Surprisingly, some continue to thrive while many others face severe threats. Rich will present an overview of the area and species, and answer questions on natural history and conservation issues.

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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

 

 

Current issue of the Echo newsletter:   New!!  Sept-Oct 2014 Echo   (PDF, 729 kb ).

The next deadline for submitting articles will be October 1, 2014 (for the Nov-Dec 2014 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!)

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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.  Birding at 7:30 am and breakfast at 9:00 am.
    For more information, contact 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 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.

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  • 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.
     

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

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Sept. 13 (Sat)

8 a.m. - 3:00 p.m

Event: Chelan Ridge Hawk Migration Festival

Location:  Memorial Park, Pateros, Washington

This free family event combines activities in Pateros with a field trip to the Wells Wildlife Area and trips to the Chelan Ridge HawkWatch site to learn about and celebrate raptors as they journey to winter territories. Free shuttles will run from Pateros to Chelan Ridge where visitors can see raptors up close when they are banded and released.

This is an amazing experience with environmental education and interpretation conducted by on-site educators, Forest Service personnel, and volunteers.

Note: Since forest fires this summer have ravaged the town of Pateros and areas around it, make sure that the festival will still be held before you go. See http://www.ncwaudubon.org/.

Sept. 15 (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.

Sept. 20 (Sat)

7:30 am until early afternoon

Field Trip: Theler Wetlands, Belfair State Park

Mason County Leaders: Gary Wiles and Jan Sharkey

This trip will visit two sites at the far southeast end of Hood Canal in Mason County, Theler Wetlands Nature Preserve and Belfair State Park. Both locations should be good for a mix of water birds, songbirds, and shorebirds. Short stops will also be made at several other sites along the way outside of Shelton and in Allyn.

Beginning birders are welcome.

Pre-registration required. Group size is limited to 12 people and three cars. A Discover Pass is necessary for all vehicles. Call Gary at (360) 943-8786 to reserve a spot.

Meet at the Mud Bay Park and Ride, off Route 101 at 7:30 a.m. Bring lunch and drinks. Dress for the weather and expect to walk about 1.5 miles at Theler Wetlands.

Sept. 19–21, Friday - Sunday Event:   WSACC/ACOW meetings Ocean Shores, Washington

The Audubon Council of Washington (ACOW) is an annual state-wide meeting where members from all Audubon Chapters in Washington gather together for a day of information sharing, knowledge gathering, and fellowship.

Come Friday evening to join other WSACC participants to make important decisions regarding state-wide conservation priorities and discuss issues and actions we can collectively support and engage with our membership.

Register online at http://acow2014.brownpapertickets.com/.

Sept. 24 (Wed.)

5:00 pm Note time

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 new time:  5 pm.

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

Oct. 4 (Sat)

7:30 and 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.

Oct. 4:  7:30 am:  Tumwater Historical Park
                          777 Simmons Rd SW
                          Tumwater, WA 98501

            9:00 am:  Breakfast at River’s Edge Restaurant
                          4611 Tumwater Valley Dr SE
                          Tumwater, WA 98501

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

Oct. 4 (Sat) Citizen Science Opportunity:  Puget Sound Seabird Survey

this Citizen Science project engages volunteer birdwatchers to gather critical data on wintering seabird populations throughout the Puget Sound. Seabird point counts are conducted once a month throughout the winter at 102 survey sites across Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Due to the project’s geographic range, it is probably the largest multi-month, land-based seabird survey in the country.

There are currently 8 survey sites within Black Hills Audubon’s territory and many more north along the coast. View a map with all of the survey sites.

The first survey is scheduled to take place on Oct 4th, 2014. More information can be found at www.seabirdsurvey.org

Please contact Seattle Audubon Society Science Manager, Toby Ross, 206-523-8243 ext. 21, tobyr@seattleaudubon.org, for more information or to sign up.

Oct. 4-5
(Sat-Sun)
Event:    Birdfest and Bluegrass Ridgefield, Washington

Entitled “Birdfest and Bluegrass” this year, the annual Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge birdfest offers numerous activities at three locations around the Refuge and in the town of Ridgefield. Over 200 species of birds frequent Ridgefield, one of the jewels of the refuge system in the Pacific Northwest. It’s just a little more than an hour away, south on I-5.

In addition to its abundant natural treasures, Ridgefield includes the site of the Chinookan village of Cathlapotle, visited by Lewis and Clark, two Lewis and Clark campsites, and Cathlapotle Plankhouse.

For a full schedule of events at this year’s Birdfest, see www.ridgefieldfriends.org .

Oct. 9 (Thurs)

7 pm

BHAS Monthly Program meeting and presentation:

"Wildlife on the Tibetan Plateau"

Rich Harris has spent considerable time over the past 25 years helping local governments in China assess and conserve their unique large mammal fauna. Many in North America are unaware of the surprising diversity of species that live in this high-elevation environment.

Surprisingly, some continue to thrive while many others face severe threats. Rich will present an overview of the area and species, and answer
questions on natural history and conservation issues.



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

Oct. 18 (Sat)

9:00 a.m. – early after-noon

Field Trip:    Millersylvania Mushroom Foray

Leader: Jim Pruske

(Note: The date for this trip is tentative and may be sooner or later, depending on the season’s wetness and auspicious conditions for mushrooms.)

Long one of the most popular trips BHAS offers, this quest for the rainy season’s first mushrooms is a must. Leader Jim Pruske will help you identify many of the more common mushroom species associated with Pacific Northwest conifer and deciduous forests. With luck, chanterelles, boletes, and other edible species will be found. Come learn about the ecological value of fungi in the overall health of a forest.

Meet at Millersylvania State Park’s main entrance parking lot at 9:00 a.m. A Discover Pass is necessary at Millersylvania. Be prepared to walk through damp undergrowth and kneel on wet ground. Bring snacks, lunch, and water, and a basket if you plan to take specimens home. Plan to look for forest birds and amphibians, too.

Contact Jim Pruske at 360-459-3655 or the BHAS office line at 360-352-7299 to sign up.

Oct. 20 (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.

Oct. 25-26
(Sat-Sun)

 

Event: 

Harvest Dinner with Robert Michael Pyle:
Reflections on 50 Years of Deep Engagement
with the Natural World
See flyer.

Naturalist, author and teacher Pyle has been a mentor to the Institute since we began our work in 1986. In this special evening, he’ll reflect back on his half-century of work as a conservationist, writer and lepidopterist, as well as his tireless efforts to get people outside, paying attention and engaging with the world. Bob will share readings from his seminal books — including Wintergreen, Thunder Tree and his latest offering Evolution of the Genus Iris — and share his vision of how we may partake of the world’s grand offerings as we work to counteract the “Extinction of Experience.”

Each Sourdough Speaker Series engagement begins around sunset with wine and hors d'œuvres in our historic lakeside dining hall followed by an informal gourmet dinner of local and organic foods prepared by our kitchen staff. A presentation by our guest speaker will follow, with ample time for questions and discussion. Following the next morning's continental breakfast, we'll offer a naturalist-led activity to get you outdoors exploring the wild and scenic neighborhood of Diablo Lake.

The cost for each event is $150 per person based on double-occupancy. All proceeds from these gatherings benefit summer youth activities in the North Cascades, so eat, drink and be merry for a good cause!

Register online at http://ncascades.org/speakerseries or call (360) 854-2599.

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North Cascades Institute
810 State Route 20, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
360-854-2594 (NCI office) / 360-739-2862 (cell)

October 29 (Wed.)

5:00 pm Note time

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 new time:  5 pm.

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

Nov. 1,
(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.

Nov. 1:  7:30 am:  Marathon Park
                          1011 Deschutes Pkwy SW
                          Olympia, WA 98502

            9:00 am:  Breakfast at Traditions Café
                          300 5th Avenue SW
                          Olympia, WA 98501

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

Nov. 17 (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.

Nov. 26 (Wed.)

5:00 pm Note time

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.

 

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 Editor: 
    Lee Miller...................................360-753-0942

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

 

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:

 

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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