The remand hearing on the Lake Lawrence cell tower construction will be held Sep. 11, 10 am, at the Thurston County Courthouse. BHAS opposes locating the proposed tower so close to several water features where waterfowl concentrate. The water features include a Priority 2 pond, the Deschutes River, the Smith Ranch wetlands, and the nearby Lake Lawrence, all southwest of [...]Read More
Dear Auduboners willing to help protect our shorelines, Can you comment on the proposed revisions in the Thurston County Shoreline Master Program (SMP)? We want to strengthen, not loosen, protections for our shorelines. Here are examples of a short template letter and a long template letter to the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners that you can modify, especially if you can [...]
Black Hills Audubon Supports I-1631 Reduce Burning of Fossil Fuels and Increase Renewable Energy in Washington State The frequent wildfires throughout Washington State have become impossible to overlook, while we breathe and smell the pervasive smoke, and view our iconic mountains if at all through dense haze. Climate change is rapidly occurring — too rapid for birds and other wildlife to adapt, [...]
Black Hills Audubon has endorsed Tumwater’s proposed MPD (Metropolitan Parks District), which would provide funds for parks and recreation facilities by levying a higher property tax. The principle of this tax is similar to that of the recent Olympia Parks measure that was instrumental in the preservation of LBA Woods and which was also endorsed by BHAS. The Tumwater proposal [...]
Black Hills Audubon is now a partner in the acquisition of Blooms Preserve in the Black River watershed, north of Littlerock. Formerly part of the Holm ranch, this 60-acre conservation land is now owned by Capitol Land Trust (CLT), with help from the Maytown Conservation Fund, managed by BHAS. This tract of prairie and woodland includes Blooms Ditch — a [...]
Are seabirds in the southern Salish Sea increasing or decreasing in numbers? Which species are changing their range? Help us find out. The Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS) is a community and citizen science project managed by Seattle Audubon that empowers volunteer birdwatchers to gather valuable data on wintering seabird populations across the southern Salish Sea. There are about 7 [...]
An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely
Join Phil Kelley to see native birds and annual migrants at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Summer is a rich time to see diverse waterfowl, raptors, songbirds, and others. Be prepared for any kind...Find out more »
An event every month that begins at 5:00pm on day Last of the month, repeating until March 27, 2019
NEW VENUE!! El Sarape Cantina. 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 b...Find out more »
(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.JOIN