Chapter Chirps

February 2018

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Welcome to the first "Chapter Chirps", a monthly email briefing of Upcoming Events and News. Members will still receive the bi-monthly Echo Newsletter, either as paper or now offered in an eco-friendly e-Echo edition (email
February Events: (Click event for more Information)
8..........Event: Monthly speaker series
15........Field Trip: Eagle's Pride Golf Course, JBLM (in Echo, page 8)
16-19...Event: Winter Wings Festival
17........Bayshore Preserve, Oakland Bay
17........Field Trip: Downtown Ducks
19........Event: Olympia Birds and Beer
24-25...Event: Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival
28........Event: Shelton Birds and Brew
Monthly Speaker Series
Wildlife Photographer / Bonnie Block
February 8 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

18X30 Birdfest
Bonnie is very proud to have had her image of the eagles and herons of Seabeck, Wa. selected as the 2016 Audubon Photography Awards grand prize winner. Read More
Save the Date! Annual Dinner and Fundraiser is March 3rd, 2018 at South Sound Community College
This year we will welcome Dr. John Marzluff as our keynote speaker. Discover his remarkable and award-winning work with crows and other birds in his books. Again, we will hold a sale of wildlife and bird themed items in addition to our raffle. If you have an item to donate, please contact Deb Nickerson at See you there! Read More
Olympia Youth Audubon Society

The Black Hills Audubon Society of Olympia is now sponsoring the Olympia Youth Audubon Society (OYAS) for students, ages 12 to 18, interested in wildlife, the environment and conservation. This fledgling organization normally meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at 3:00 p.m. in Room 5 at the Nova School (corner of Wilson and 22nd, SE, Olympia). In addition to field trips, participation in citizen science events and tutelage under the guidance of skilled naturalists are possible. Come join us at our next meeting. For more information contact us at or

Family Birding Backpacks Now At Timberland Regional Libraries
The Black Hills Audubon Society is partnering with the Timberland Regional Libraries to provide birding opportunities for individuals and families who otherwise lack the resources to go birding. We have given 3 Family Birding Backpacks to TRL: one was originally housed in Lacy, one in Olympia, and one in Yelm. (However, as with any library item, they can be reserved and sent to any of the library’s branches.) Each pack contains 2 pair of binoculars, 2 field guides to birds, laminated sheets describing local wildflowers and trees, Great Birding Trail maps for Thurston, Mason, and Lewis counties, instruction on how to bird and how to use binoculars, and lists of less well-known local birding sites. Please help us spread the word that these are now available, and feel free to check one out yourself!