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Update on Marbled Murrelet Conservation Strategy

August 2018: On September 4, 2018, Washington’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is expected to release a Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement (RDEIS) on eight alternatives for the Long-Term Conservation Strategy for the Marbled Murrelet. As you may recall, the DNR released a draft EIS in December 2016 on six alternatives. Many conservation groups submitted comments during the public-comment period supporting a [...]

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  • 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 [...]

  • Quality Rock Products (QRP)/Eucon Corporation

    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 [...]

  • Maytown Conservation Fund

    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 [...]

  • Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project Update

    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 [...]

Biking and Birding: Sauvie and Swifts in Portland

September 22

This is a trip in which you can participate for part or all of it. Car pool assistance provided. Each September Vaux’s Swifts return south, stopping to roost, rest and rejuvenate in chimneys or snag...

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Bruce Sanford / Professional Wildlife Photographer

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

Come join us for an evening of enjoyment with Bruce Sanford, professional bird and wildlife photographer from Olympia. In addition to extensive work in the Northwest, Bruce has led photography tours t...

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR

August 15 @ 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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Olympia Birds & Brew

August 20 @ 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).


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