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Lake Lawrence Cell Tower Hearing (Remand) Set For Sept. 11

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 [...]

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  • Call for comments on the Thurston County Shoreline Master Program (SMP)

    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

    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, [...]

  • 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 [...]

Brady Loop

September 29 @ 7:00 am-3:00 pm

This destination is a seven-mile driveable loop through farmlands and adjoining woodlots and wetlands in the Chehalis River valley in eastern Grays Harbor County. We’ll search for migrating shor...

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Susan Piper / Mountain Goat Removal Program

October 11 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Come join us for an evening of enjoyment with Susan Piper, wildlife biologist at the Olympic National Forest HQ. She will talk about the mountain goat removal program developed cooperatively by the Fo...

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR

September 26 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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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...

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Shelton Birds & Brew

September 26 @ 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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