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The Scott Mills Bird Classes

  Birding 101 This course emphasizes improving bird identification skills.  Major topics covered in the class include a discussion of all the factors that can be used to identify birds, a review of birding tools including binoculars and field guides, an introduction to birding terminology, some discussion of basic bird biology, and the basics of taxonomy and bird classification as they relate [...]

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  • Open House for Restoration Plans at Scattercreek Wildlife Area

          What:   Open House on restoration plans and public input following the Scattercreek fire Host:    Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) When:  Wednesday, Dec. 13, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Where: Swede Hall, 18543 Albany St. SW, Rochester The wildfire began Aug. 22 in a residential area near Rochester and scorched 345 acres of Scatter Creek. The fire destroyed several houses in the neighborhood and [...]

  • Ongoing Conservation Projects at Black Hills Audubon

    Preserving and enhancing wildlife habitats, especially habitats for birds, has long been a cardinal pillar of the Audubon mission at national, state, and chapter levels. Your Black Hills Audubon chapter continues to be very active in these efforts, ranging from protecting wildlife habitats to advocacy for climate-change solutions. Here are some of the actions that BHAS has taken through its [...]

  • Lake Lawrence Cell Tower Proposal: The Bird Surveys

    In March 2016, Black Hills Audubon Society supported an appeal of a proposed cell-phone tower due to its location next to waterfowl-concentration areas and a high potential for bird collisions with the tower. The Thurston County Hearings Examiner remanded the proposal back to the County for further review. The proponent, Verizon Wireless, then hired a contractor to study bird movements [...]

  • Bird Banding: An Interview with BHAS Scholarship Recipient Michael Szetela

    Bird Banding: An Interview with BHAS Scholarship Recipient Michael Szetela by Anne Kilgannon What brings someone to study birds? And not just casually, but to apply for a scholarship from Black Hills Audubon to attend bird banding camp and aspire to become a fully-accredited ornithologist? Jim Wilson and I met with Michael Szetela, one of the two successful candidates for BHAS’s annual [...]

Downtown Ducks

December 16 @ 9:00 am-12:00 pm

In winter, Capitol Lake and its surroundings are always rich in waterfowl, especially a wide variety of ducks, often with some unusual species to make the experience special.  This walk is oriented t...

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Birds of Borneo/ Jerry Broadus

December 14 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

In 2016 Jerry Broadus and Clarice Clark joined a birdbanding project in Borneo with long-time friend and (for several years) Morse Audubon Preserve bander, Suzanne Tomassi, who is running a 10-year st...

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR

December 20 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Wednesday, repeating indefinitely

It is beautiful at Nisqually in the fall: golden grasses, russet leaves, sun sparkling on water. It is when migrating waterfowl are visiting or wintering over, as well, and one gets to practice identi...

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Olympia Birds & Brew

December 18 @ 4:30 pm-6:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until March 20, 2019

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 part...

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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).


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.