chicadeeAt its meeting in June, the Black Hills Audubon Board voted to support initiative I-732, which would establish a carbon tax in Washington state and will be on the ballot in next November’s general election.  The intention is that the price of fossil fuels should reflect their true cost to the environment so that market decisions by both industry and consumers would lead them to develop and use alternatives.  At the same time the Board recognizes that some in our chapter have reservations that lead them to oppose the initiative and some want more information.

In July Audubon Washington — following polling of its statewide membership and extensive discussions with chapters — also endorsed I-732.

To read more and to access a link  to the Washington Audubon information click here.

Upcoming Chapter
Field Trips

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    Birding and Breakfast – Port Peninsula /Deb Nickerson

    September 3 @ 7:30 am-10:00 am

    Meet at East Side of Port of Olympia Property (Northpoint Parking lot by Anthony’s Hearthfire Restaurant,  1675 Marine Dr. NE, Olympia, 98501).  Breakfast at McMenamin’s Spar Cafe 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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    Swifts at The Chapman School in Portland

    September 10

    Join BHAS in Portland to view the spectacular evening roosting of Vaux’s Swifts at their well known stopover, The Chapman School, in Portland, Oregon. We will meet in the school yard at 5:00 p.m. Look for a BHAS sign on the west side of the school. It will be crowded but I will have a cell phone f...

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    Birding and Breakfast – Capitol Lake / Leslie Lynam

    October 1 @ 7:30 am-10:00 am

    Meet at Bayview Grocery parking lot (516 4th Ave W, Olympia, WA 98502 ) at 7:30 and breakfast at Bayview Grocery 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 Saturday of each month, except July and August.  Bird with us, then...

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    Big Birds of Clark County

    October 15 @ 6:15 am-8:00 pm

    Sandhill Cranes will be our “target” species, along with Great Egrets and herons, geese and other waterfowl. These “big birds” should be plentiful at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Woodland bottoms, and Vancouver lowlands. Other interesting but long-shot specialties include Red-Shoulde...

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    Birding and Breakfast – Millersylvania State Park/Carla Miller

    November 5 @ 7:30 am-10:00 am

    Meet at Millersylvania State Park  at 7:30 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 the Tumwater Valley Golf Club (4611 Tumwater Valley Dr SE, Olympia, WA 98501) .   Want to get a...

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Upcoming Events

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    Monroe Bird Festival – Swift Night Out

    September 1

    A September date has not yet been scheduled for the Monroe Swift Night Out. Check the website regularly for updates: Monroe Swift Night Out celebrates the arrival of one of the largest congregations of Vaux’s Swifts in North America. Thousands of these small birds squeeze...

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    Vaux Swifts / Larry Schwitters – BHAS Speaker Series

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

    After tracking down and evaluating all the Washington State waterfalls that could be safely approached, Larry Schwitters turned his attention to the smaller, more urban Vaux’s Swift, and their communal migratory roost sites. Vaux’s Swift was a little studied species, for which there was,...

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    Audubon Outreach

    September 29 @ 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

    Audubon Outreach welcomes new members, creates opportunities to bird and socialize together, assists with chapter projects and events, and organizes educational experiences for Thurston, Lewis, and Mason counties. By volunteering alongside others we get to know each other better. 1) Come to First Sa...

  • Audubon Council of Washington

    October 8

    Come prepared for a weekend of activity in apple harvest country! The Audubon Washington state board will meet in Wenatchee the afternoon of October 7th. WSACC will meet October 7th in the evening, and we are working on an education workshop that may take place just before or concurrent to the WSACC...

  • Capitol Lake and the Deschutes River / Dave Peeler

    October 13 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

    Dave Peeler will talk about Capitol Lake and the Deschutes River.  Dave is the President of DERT, The Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization.  DERT advocates restoring the Deschutes estuary by removing Olympia’s 5th Avenue dam and reconnecting the Deschutes rive...

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Upcoming Recurring Bird Walks & Social Gatherings

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    Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

    August 24 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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    Weekly on the same day until November 11, 2016

    Phil Kelley leads birdwalks at Nisqually every Wednesday.  Every season promises many different species of birds in the Refuge, and you never know what you may see.  A visiting migrant bird?  A blooming native wildflower?  A raptor?  Great Horned Owlets?  Be prepared for any kind of weather an...

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    Birding Eagle’s Pride Golf Course – JBLM

    September 15 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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    An event every 1 month(s) on that lasts 0 day(s) and 4 hour(s) with no end date

    Only one-half mile from Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Eagle’s Pride Golf Course’s diverse landscapes attract a wide variety of birds. If you have never visited this birding site, you will be surprised by its accessibility and richness of habitat. As always, dress for the weather an...

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    Bird Walk at Theler Wetlands

    August 25 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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    An event every 1 month(s) on that lasts 0 day(s) and 4 hour(s), the last of which will begin on September 30, 2016

    Guided bird walk every second and fourth Thursday from 8 a.m. to noon with Faye Hands and John Riegsecker  of ABC Bird Club,  Tahoma Audubon Society.  Public is welcome. READ MORE......

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    August 31 @ 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
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    An event every 1 month(s) on that lasts 0 day(s) and 2 hour(s), the last of which will begin on August 31, 2017

    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 beverage and or a bite to eat with us. Come ready to share where and why you go birding in a particul...

Black Hills Audubon Society

(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).