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Conservation Challenges in Thurston County

Black Hills Audubon faces several conservation challenges in Thurston County this fall, for which member participation is invited. Mineral Lands Policy Thurston County is considering radical changes in the code of the Mineral Lands chapter of the Comprehensive Plan.  BHAS seeks your help in sending emails to the Planning Commissioners and/or County Commissioners.  By coordinating with other environmental organizations, we hope to [...]

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  • Update on Marbled Murrelet Conservation Strategy

    September 2018: The 60-day public comment period on the revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement (dEIS) for the Marbled Murrelet Long-Term Conservation Strategy is open September 7 to November 6th. Back in March 2017, Black Hills Audubon and many Audubon chapters submitted comments on the original DEIS. Thanks to the quantity and quality of comments from Audubon and other organizations, the Department of [...]

  • Replacing Fossil Fuels with Renewable Energy in Washington State – Black Hills Audubon Supports I-1631

    Pervasive wildfires, along with heat and drought, contaminate the air we breathe, and endanger both humans and wildlife.  In a word, global warming is already here in Washington state.  National Audubon scientists have determined that climate change is the greatest threat to birds.  Climate change is rapidly occurring — too rapid for birds and other wildlife to adapt, not to [...]

  • BHAS Endorses Tumwater’s Ballot Measure on Parks and Recreation

    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 Surveys Birds on Wildlife-Rich Tract Acquired by Capitol Land Trust with Help from BHAS

    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 [...]

  • Puget Sound Seabird Survey

    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 [...]

Birding and Breakfast – Millersylvania State Park/Carla Miller

November 3 @ 8:00 am-10:00 am

Meet at Millersylvania State Park  at 8:00 a.m..  Park in first lot on the left when you enter at the main gate.  Discover Pass required.  Breakfast at the River’s Edge Restaurant at ...

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The Canning River – Arctic National Wildlife Refuge / Dan Streiffert

November 8 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Come join us for an evening of enjoyment with Dan Streiffert, avid wildlife photographer and birder. He is also an active member of the Sierra Club and current chair of the Rainier Audubon Society Con...

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Birding Eagle’s Pride Golf Course

October 18 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00am on day Third of the month, repeating until December 12, 2019

During the summer, Eagle Pride Golf Course’s ponds, thick, diverse habitat, and location only one-half mile from Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge make it a great place to spot many bird species, e...

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Shelton Birds & Brew

October 31 @ 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).


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