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Save the Date! Annual Dinner and Fundraiser is March 3rd, 2018 at South Sound Community College

Your Black Hills Annual Dinner committee is already busy meeting and planning our next delectable dinner and ways to raise funds to support our chapter programs. It’s not too late to join them, share your ideas, and help create a wonderful evening for our members. Please contact Sally Nole at sksnole@nullhotmail.com if you would like to get involved in preparations. [...]

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  • Lobby Day to address Climate Change – Monday, January 22

    Audubon Washington is sponsoring a Lobby Day to address Climate Change next Monday, January 22, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Olympia.   Called 100% for Climate Lobby Day, it is co-sponsored by Climate Solutions and several other environmental organizations.  Appointments are being made for you to meet with your state legislators.  Principal issues include: (1) Carbon pricing (such as SB [...]

  • e-Echo or Print Echo?

    About 1 ½ years ago, an article appeared in the Echo titled Echo Format Change. In that article it was announced that the Echo would be transitioning to an electronic format. There were a few reasons the BHAS chapter considered making that change. Moving to an electronic newsletter was seen as environmentally supportive; “going green” would reduce print costs.  Providing [...]

  • 2018 Year of the Bird: Partnership with National Geographic

    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 [...]

  • BHAS Seeking Nominations for Two Annual Awards

    Dave McNett Environmental Educator Award Nominating Criteria (Deadline Jan 20, 2018) Black Hills Audubon is proud to continue recognizing environmental education efforts by area residents. We would like to receive nominations of individuals who have carried on Dave McNett’s tradition of educational excellence. These individuals are making a positive difference in the lives of living beings through their work as educators. [...]

  • 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 [...]

Birding and Breakfast – Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge / Suzanne Wilson

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

Meet at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot (100 Brown Farm  Road NE, Olympia, WA 98516) at 8:00 a.m.  ( $3.00 fee for 4 adults or Federal Park Pass required; children under 1...

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Wildlife Photographer / Bonnie Block

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

Come join us for an evening with Bonnie Block.  Bonnie is a self taught wildlife photographer residing in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle, Wa.  Since retiring in 2009 Bonnie has been able to devo...

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR

January 24 @ 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 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 ...

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Shelton Birds & Brew

January 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).


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.


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