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 November 13th
(Thurs.), 7pm. 

Presentation: 

"Birds and Climate Change:
Where Do We Go from Here?
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Our November program will be on Birds and Climate Change -- the effects of perhaps the greatest global challenge of our time on one specific class of creatures that fires our imagination:  birds.

Following up on the Report from National Audubon, we will focus on individual species of birds whose presence in our local area may change dramatically during this century. We will then divide into small groups to discuss what we can do both individually and as an Audubon chapter to help address these challenges.

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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:    Sept-Oct 2014 Echo   (PDF, 729 kb ).

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

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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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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)

Oct. 27 Flyway Issues Discussion Group - CANCELLED

What better way to educate ourselves about current environmental issues concerning birds and wildlife in our Pacific Flyway than reading materials and talking about all we read with others from various backgrounds?

The mission of this new discussion group will be to learn more about local/regional environmental issues affecting bird species. The discussions will also provide ideas for actions we can take individually and as an Audubon chapter to effect community attitudes and policies. Sharon Moore and Steven Curry put forth this idea a while ago; we believe it is a great venue to educate us more fully on various issues concerning our Pacific Flyway.

The group will be limited to 12 persons. Please Deb Nickerson to reserve a spot. She will provide the readings for this meeting’s topic, which is global climate change and its impact on the Northwest.
Contact Deb Nickerson at debranick@gmail.com for more information.

 

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.

Oct. 30 (Thurs.) Evergreen’s Willi Unsoeld Seminar Series:

Nationally Acclaimed Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Author,  Mark Bittner

“You go to nature for an experience of the sacred...to re-establish your contact with the core of things,… to enable you to come back to the world of people and operate more effectively.”
-Willi Unsoeld

Renowned for his book, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill: A Love Story, Mark Bittner is the first speaker in the 2014 Willi Unsoeld Seminar Series at The Evergreen State College, on October 30. The event, which takes place at 7pm in the campus Longhouse, follows the college’s 2014-15 academic theme of “Paying Attention.”

A sub-theme has emerged - wild birds in urban settings, as the entire campus read Lyanda Lynn Haupt's Crow Planet in September.

Bittner will discuss a period when, as a street person in San Francisco, he developed an affinity with a (still-vital) flock of wild parrots inhabiting Telegraph Hill. The book went on to become a documentary film and Bittner has gone on to write his forthcoming book Street Song, a memoir.

Willi Unsoeld is a household name among mountaineers, famed for his first ascent of Mt. Everest’s West Ridge in 1963. Unsoeld also had a deep intellectual life beyond the sport of climbing. As a philosopher and founding faculty member at The Evergreen State College, Unsoeld embodied the interdisciplinary spirit of the small liberal arts college in Olympia.

Location: The Evergreen State College, Longhouse

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. 8 (Sat)

7pm-9pm

Presentation sponsored by The Great Old Broads for Wilderness:

OWLS AND WOODPECKERS
An evening with wildlife photographer & author Paul Bannick
Sponsored by the Polly Dyer Cascadia Broadband

Join us for an informative presentation full of beautiful photographs of owls and woodpeckers. Paul will have copies of his book The Owl and the Woodpecker and the recently published Woodpeckers of North America: A Naturalist’s Guide.

When:  Saturday, November 8th, 7pm - 9pm
Where: Coach House at the State Capital Museum
            211 21st Avenue SW, Olympia, WA

Prior to Paul’s presentation, the Polly Dyer Cascadia Broadband will have an informal meeting and potluck of light appetizers. Join us from 6 to 6:45pm and learn about The Great Old Broads for Wilderness and our local Broadband’s activities.

Admission is free, donations are accepted!

Nov. 15 (Sat)

6:00 am until after dinner

BHAS Field Trip:  Kitsap and Jefferson Counties

Leader: Phil Kelley

Attention hardcore birders! This trip is for you. Those who participated last year had a great time. Crossing the Narrows Bridge with Port Townsend as the final destination, the day's emphasis will be to seek waterbirds arriving for the winter.

The first stop along the way will be Gorst; further stops will include Marrowstone Island and Fort Flagler. In addition to waterfowl and other birds, this trip offers lovely views of Hood Canal, Admiralty Inlet, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Dress for any kind of weather. Bring food and snacks.

Pre-registration required. This trip is limited to four cars. To register, contact Phil Kelley at 360-459-1499 or email him at Scrubjay323@aol.com.
Meet at the Martin Way Park & Ride in Olympia at 6:00 a.m. or the Sixth Avenue Park & Ride in Tacoma at 6:45 a.m.

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: 
    Deb Jaqua..................................360-701-6412

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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