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Ongoing Conservation Projects at Black Hills Audubon

Preserving and enhancing wildlife habitats, especially habitats for birds, has long been a cardinal pillar of the Audubon mission at national, state, and chapter levels. Your Black Hills Audubon chapter continues to be very active in these efforts, ranging from protecting wildlife habitats to advocacy for climate-change solutions. Here are some of the actions that BHAS has taken through its [...]

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  • Lake Lawrence Cell Tower Proposal: The Bird Surveys

    In March 2016, Black Hills Audubon Society supported an appeal of a proposed cell-phone tower due to its location next to waterfowl-concentration areas and a high potential for bird collisions with the tower. The Thurston County Hearings Examiner remanded the proposal back to the County for further review. The proponent, Verizon Wireless, then hired a contractor to study bird movements [...]

  • Bird Banding: An Interview with BHAS Scholarship Recipient Michael Szetela

    Bird Banding: An Interview with BHAS Scholarship Recipient Michael Szetela by Anne Kilgannon What brings someone to study birds? And not just casually, but to apply for a scholarship from Black Hills Audubon to attend bird banding camp and aspire to become a fully-accredited ornithologist? Jim Wilson and I met with Michael Szetela, one of the two successful candidates for BHAS’s annual [...]


    Citizen scientists and partner biologists conduct shorebird surveys throughout the Pacific Flyway each year between November 15th and December 15th. Interested in Counting Shorebirds? Citizen science is at the heart of the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey. Our hope is to recruit volunteers who are excited about taking ownership of a route and survey each year in order to contribute to the conservation [...]

  • Birding by Shape Class

    Want to learn how to identify birds when you can’t see their coloration or hear their calls? A bird’s shape is almost always a useful—and sometimes the best—tool for identification, but it is underused by many birders. On November 15th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., retired ornithologist Dr. Scott Mills will again teach his popular “Birding by Shape” class at [...]

Birding and Breakfast – Mud Bay /Bob Wadsworth

December 2 @ 7:30 am-10:00 am

Meet at Mud Bay Park and Ride at 7:30 and breakfast at the Shipwreck Restaurant after birding. Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on the first...

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Birds of Borneo/ Jerry Broadus

December 14 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

In 2016 Jerry Broadus and Clarice Clark joined a birdbanding project in Borneo with long-time friend and (for several years) Morse Audubon Preserve bander, Suzanne Tomassi, who is running a 10-year st...

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR

November 22 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely

It is beautiful at Nisqually in the fall: golden grasses, russet leaves, sun sparkling on water. It is when migrating waterfowl are visiting or wintering over, as well, and one gets to practice identi...

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Shelton Birds & Brew

November 29 @ 5:00 pm-7:30 pm
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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...

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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.