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Citizen scientists and partner biologists conduct shorebird surveys throughout the Pacific Flyway each year between November 15th and December 15th. Interested in Counting Shorebirds? Citizen science is at the heart of the Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey. Our hope is to recruit volunteers who are excited about taking ownership of a route and survey each year in order to contribute to the conservation [...]

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  • Birding by Shape Class

    Want to learn how to identify birds when you can’t see their coloration or hear their calls? A bird’s shape is almost always a useful—and sometimes the best—tool for identification, but it is underused by many birders. On November 15th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., retired ornithologist Dr. Scott Mills will again teach his popular “Birding by Shape” class at [...]

  • The Effects of Climate Change

    Although Black Hills Audubon members are nearly unanimous in believing that global warming is real, and are deeply concerned about it, not all our friends and neighbors agree. Data gathered by researchers at Yale University indicated that in 2016 only 73%, 68%, and 62% of Thurston, Mason, and Lewis County residents, respectively, accepted the truth of climate change; somewhat more [...]

  • Burt’s Birds (Sept 2017) – Barn Owl

    Owls sometimes seem like birds of paradox, as some of the most common denizens of our woods yet some of the least seen. The paradox arises because they are primarily birds of the night, when we humans are generally not out and about observing. Of course, many species can be seen by day, but the Barn Owl is one of [...]

  • Armchair Birding: The Incidental Steward: Reflections on Citizen Science, by Akiko Busch

    While I was not quite ready to walk ocean beaches in search of dead birds for Dr. Julia Parrish and the COASST team, our Annual Dinner speaker inspired me to learn more about citizen science projects and what ordinary people can do to help our increasingly imperiled world survive. Instead of just worrying about climate change and habitat loss, what [...]

Birding and Breakfast – Millersylvania State Park/Carla Miller

November 4 @ 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 ...

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Photography and Birds / Alan Bauer

November 9 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Alan Bauer will talk about photography, especially how to take better bird photos.   We’ll learn more about what makes a good photo, what doesn’t and how to make it happen with birds inc...

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR

October 25 @ 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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Shelton Birds & Brew

October 25 @ 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.