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Status of the Marbled Murrelet conservation strategy

Thanks to everyone who submitted public comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS) for the Marbled Murrelet Long-Term Conservation Strategy. As of the March 9 deadline, an estimated 5,000 comments were received. Over the next several months, staff at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) will evaluate and summarize all the [...]

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Field Trip Report: Birding Sequim, Port Angeles, and more

Weather predictions promised that rain, cold, and wind would abate for Saturday, March 25, so, hoping for the best, 12 of us caravanned up Route 101 to bird-rich sites on the Olympic Peninsula. Sam Merrill and Bob Wadsworth graciously and efficiently organized and led our trip, while Bob kept records of our sightings. At Potlatch State Park we noted Western and [...]

Annual Audubon Dinner Gala

The Thirtieth Annual BHAS Dinner gala once again brought together members and friends to celebrate birds and our shared enthusiasm for them. Gathered in the attractive high-ceilinged room at the Community College, we filled the tables, crowded the sale room, and chatted in the wine and beer line. Old friends reconnected and new friends made birding dates. The sale, an [...]

Birding Pioneer Park for Beginners and Families

April 29 @ 8:30 am-11:00 am

This is a repeat of April 22’s trip to Pioneer Park in Tumwater, an under-appreciated birding spot. This week, members of the National Wildlife Federation will join us. Driving past Pioneer Park...

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Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary/Elizabeth Rodrick

May 11 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Good environmental stewardship begins in our own backyards. A bald eagle soars over a high bluff surveying the waters below. A red-tailed hawk with outstretched wings drifts effortlessly over a forest...

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR

May 3 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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An event every 1 week(s) on Wednesday that lasts 0 day(s) and 4 hour(s) with no end date

Phil Kelley leads a bird walk every Wednesday at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  The walk begins at the Visitor Center at 8 a.m.  The public is welcome.  Bring rain gear, walk...

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Olympia Birds & Brew

May 15 @ 4:30 pm-6:30 pm
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An event every 1 month(s) on that lasts 0 day(s) and 2 hour(s), the last of which will begin on March 20, 2019

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 part...

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(BHAS) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society (see NAS’ newly redesigned website). BHAS represents Lewis, Mason, and Thurston counties in the state of Washington. It is an all-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).


When you become a Black Hills Audubon member, your membership dollars will be used at a local level and you will also receive the ECHO newsletter. Or if you chose your primary membership to be with National Audubon Society, you will automatically also be a member of Black Hills Audubon Society.