Settlement Agreement: A Settlement Agreement was completed with Quality Rock Products in March of 2018. Under this agreement, the Eucon Corporation signed a Covenant on their mining property near the Black River National Wildlife Refuge that ensures that neither a concrete plant nor an asphalt plant can be built on that property. This covenant applies in perpetuity and runs with [...]Read More
Land Preservation: The Maytown Conservation Fund Group contributed funds to help Capitol Land Trust purchase 60 acres of land on the Holm ranch on 113th Ave., north of Littlerock in the Black River watershed. This flooded woodland including Bloom’s Ditch — a salmon-bearing channelized stream — can be managed for conservation of Oregon Spotted Frogs, a species of concern of [...]
The Proposal: 38 wind turbines and associated infrastructure are planned by RES-Americas for a site on both sides of the border between Thurston and Lewis counties (the turbines themselves would be within Lewis County). The turbines would be on a prominent ridge in the vicinity of the Skookumchuck Reservoir and in immediate proximity to occupied marbled murrelet sites, expected to [...]
January 1, 2018 (from David J. Ringer, National Audubon Society) Today marks the beginning of an exciting partnership between National Geographic, Audubon, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, BirdLife International, and dozens of other partners to make 2018 the “Year of the Bird.” Let’s use this year to bring tens of thousands of new people to the cause of bird conservation! To [...]
(by Kim Adelson) – Since many of us are now welcoming the opportunity to work in our gardens, this month I’m focusing on an important strategy to make your outdoor space more of a haven for birds. You can make your yard more wildlife-friendly by providing food, water, and shelter; diminishing the chances of window strikes and the threat of predation; [...]
(by Anne Kilgannon) – Sometimes things really do come in threes, if you just look for the connections. This winter I gaped in awe as we tramped an emerald green—and every other color of green imaginable—feathery-cushioned landscape of moss covering every surface of tree and rock on the wooded acres we had just purchased. The local conservancy biologist exploring with us [...]
An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely
Join Phil Kelley to see native birds and early migrants at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. Spring 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