All Upcoming Black Hills Audubon Events

Darlin Creek

April 22 @ 8:30 am-11:00 am
Darlin Creek Preserve
8910 Lake Lucinda Drive S.W.
Lacey, WA 98512 United States
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This beautiful property was conserved by Capitol Land Trust in 2016 and is comprised of 312 acres, protecting hundreds of acres of healthy forest, 70 acres of diverse wetland habitat, Lake Lucinda, and two miles of streams. Expect to spend at least a couple of hours at the preserve. As always, dress for the weather; bring your favorite spotting equipment; and please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes a...

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Birding and Blues Festival – Pacific City, Oregon

April 20-April 22
Pacific City
Pacific City, OR 97135 United States + Google Map

Check the 14th annual Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival website at www.birdingandblues.org to see schedule updates, or e-mail birdingandblues@nullgmail.com. Oregon’s Tillamook Coast has much to offer, not least free cheese and ice cream samples at the Tillamook C...

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Birding by Ear at Priest Point Park

April 24 @ 6:00 am-7:00 am
Priest Point Park
2600 East Bay Drive S.W.
Olympia, WA 98506 United States
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Sure, this field trip requires you to get up early, but bear in mind that spring early mornings can be magical. Meet at the Flora Vista entrance to Priest Point Park bright and early to hear birdsongs at their freshest. Learn the songs of common natives as well as listen for migrants who have come in overnight. Please e-mail Kevin Head if you wish to attend at khead@n...

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually NWR

April 25 @ 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 of weather and for walking. Bring water and snacks as needed. The Refuge has a $3.00 entrance fee which is waived if you have a Golden Eagle Pass, federal interagency pass or other applicable pass. RE...

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Shelton Birds & Brew

April 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

El Sarape Cantina
318 W Railroad Avenue
Shelton, 98584 United States
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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 beverage and or a bite to eat with us. Come ready to share where and why you go birding in a particular spot. People new to our area will benefit from your knowledge. Last Wednesday of each month at 5:...

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Protection Island Spring Bird Migration Cruise

April 28

Protection Island is an amazing National Wildlife Refuge located just outside Port Townsend. Nearly 70 percent of the nesting seabird population of Puget Sound and the Straits nest on the island. This includes one of the largest colonies of Rhinoceros Auklets in the USA. Although the refuge is closed to the public, visitors can view the inhabitants from a distance on this boat tour. Naturalists fr...

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Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival

April 27-April 29
Hoquiam Middle School
200 North Spencer Street
Hoquiam, WA United States
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Each spring, hundreds of thousands of shorebirds stop to rest and feed in Grays Harbor estuary on their migration northward. Coming from as far south as Argentina, these Arctic-bound shorebirds are among the world’s greatest migrants. Some birds travel over 15,000 miles round trip! Tens of thousands of shorebirds feed on the open mudflats in the estuary. This concentration of birds offers pe...

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Birding by Ear at Priest Point Park

May 1 @ 6:00 am-7:00 am
Priest Point Park
2600 East Bay Drive S.W.
Olympia, WA 98506 United States
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Sure, this field trip requires you to get up early, but bear in mind that spring early mornings can be magical. Meet at the Flora Vista entrance to Priest Point Park bright and early to hear birdsongs at their freshest. Learn the songs of common natives as well as listen for migrants who have come in overnight. Please e-mail Kevin Head if you wish to attend at khead@n...

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Birding and Breakfast – McLane Nature Trail/Jennifer DeSelle

May 5 @ 7:30 am-10:00 am
McLane Creek Nature Trail
5043 Delphi Road Southwest
Olympia, WA 98512 United States
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Meet at McLane Nature Trail on May 5th, the first Saturday of May, at 7:30 a.m.  Discover Pass required.  Breakfast at Blue Heron Bakery after birding. Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month, except July and August.  Bird with us, then enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant.  Beginning birders are welcome...

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Powell Creek Preserve with Nisqually Land Trust

May 6 @ 8:30 am-10:30 am
Powell Creek Preserve
22417 Hobson Road S.E.
Yelm, WA 98597 United States
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This property is adjacent to a dynamic stretch of the Nisqually River and is part of Nisqually Land Trust’s Powell Creek Complex, a 460-acre block, which includes mature forest as well as riparian area. The site is home to abundant wildlife, including cougar, elk, and diverse waterfowl. With leaders Sam Merrill, Kevin Head, and Bonnie Wood, we will be mostly out on replanted pastures. Expect...

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Elkhorn Slough / Roger Bessey

May 10 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Temple Beth Hatfiloh
201 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
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Come join us for an evening of enjoyment with Roger Bessey as he shares his photos of birds at Elkhorn Slough. Roger is a retired high school horticulture teacher who lives here in Olympia.  More to come as we get closer to the event.   READ MORE...

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Bird Glacial Heritage Preserve on Prairie Appreciation Day

May 12 @ 9:00 am-10:30 am
Glacial Heritage Preserve
Rochester, WA United States + Google Map

Normally closed, once a year the Glacial Heritage Preserve opens its restored South Sound prairies, streams, and oak woodlands to the public. The timing is grand: camas is in bloom; the hills’ slopes are blue. Other rare prairie wildflowers are also in bloom, and prairie birds are busy. The day will start with an early birdwalk led by Black Hills Audubon. The birdwalk, led by Bob Wadsworth, ...

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Twin Rivers Ranch with Capitol Land Trust

May 12 @ 8:30 am-12:00 pm
Twin Rivers Ranch
off Highway 3
Shelton, WA United States
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Our annual joint field trip with Capitol Land Trust will return this year to 133-acre Twin Rivers Ranch, located at the northern terminus of Oakland Bay, five miles north of Shelton in Mason County. Twin Rivers Ranch is unlike any other place in the southern Puget Sound ecosystem. Salmon-bearing Deer and Cranberry Creeks flow through the property and into Oakland Bay, twin estuaries that provide c...

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Backyard Wildlife Festival

May 12
Tukwila Community Center
See driving directions on weibsite
Tukwila, WA United States
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The intention of this free all-day event is to encourage and inspire people to welcome wildlife, including birds and butterflies, into their backyards, gardens, and communities. There will be educational exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, and native plant sales. Don’t leave the kids at home! There will be plenty to keep the entire family entertained. For more information, see www.backyardwil...

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Yakima River Canyon Birdfest

May 11-May 13
Helen McCabe State Park
23942-24398 Canyon Road
Ellensburg, WA 98926 United States
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Come bird with the Kittitas Environmental Education Network, or KEEN, for three days during the second weekend of May and discover the natural beauty of Central Washington. Kittitas County features diverse and spectacular habitats ranging from snow-capped mountains, thousands of acres of public forest, lush riparian corridors and endangered shrub-steppe open space. The Yakima River Canyon is an Au...

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Birding Eagle’s Pride Golf Course

May 17 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00am on day Third of the month, repeating until December 12, 2019

Eagle’s Pride Golf Course
Exit 116 (Mounts Road) WA United States + Google Map

During the spring and summer, and Eagle Pride Golf Course’s ponds, thick, diverse habitat, and location only one-half mile from Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge make it a great place to spot many bird species, especially in these busiest months of the birding year. Each spring five swallow species abound and nest at the course, for example, and over 70 species of birds have been documented...

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Woodard Bay for Beginning and Intermediate Birders

May 19 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area
7000 Whitham Rd Ne
Olympia, WA 98506 United States
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This walk is designed primarily for beginning and intermediate birders. Sam Merrill and Tracey Scalici will help you look and listen for woodland birds such as Swainson’s Thrushes, Pacific Wrens, Brown Creepers, Wilson Warblers, and Pileated Woodpeckers as we walk through the deep forest of cedars and Douglas fir and reach Henderson Inlet where we may see Cormorants, Purple Martins, and seals am...

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South County Bird Binge

May 19 @ 6:30 am-2:00 pm

This trip is for hard-core birders with ambition and stamina. Southern Thurston County has several marvelous birding hotspots, a variety of habitats, which Paul Hicks knows intimately. The trip will visit a variety of  locations in South County in a quest to find 70+ species. Expect plenty of “action,” as migration will be in full swing and birds in full song. Tireless, hardcore birders who l...

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Morse Preserve

May 20 @ 7:00 am-12:00 pm
Morse Wildlife Preserve
Graham, WA United States + Google Map

Organized with the assistance of the Tahoma Audubon and resident caretaker, BHAS is returning to the Morse Preserve. The Morse Wildlife Preserve (Graham, WA) was established by a donation of land from Lloyd and Maxine Morse in 1995. It is situated at the headwaters of the north fork of Muck Creek and consists of various habitats on 98 acres including conifer forest, wetlands, oak savanna and prair...

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Leavenworth Spring Birdfest

May 17-May 20
Bird Fest Central-Wenatchee River Institute at Barn Beach Reserve
Leavenworth, WA United States + Google Map

The Leavenworth area features spectacular habitats ranging from snow-capped mountains to sunny ponderosa pine forests, lush riparian zones to shrub-steppe. All field trips during this festival are led by experts and professionals in their field. Learn about the wide variety of migratory birds that come to the Leavenworth area for the breeding season. The one and only David Allen Sibley will be the...

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Olympia Birds & Brew

May 21 @ 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

Fish Tale Brewpub
515 Jefferson St. SE
Olympia, WA United States
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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 particular spot. People new to our area will benefit from your knowledge.  We will gather at the couches in the back. READ MORE...

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Meadowlark Nature Festival

May 17-May 21

The Meadowlark Nature Festival has evolved into one of Canada’s premier outdoor nature celebrations offering over 90 environmental tours and events held under the open sky, which take people from Canada’s unique desert to the alpine meadows high above the Okanagan Lake. People from across North America and as far away as Europe now come and enjoy the activities led by prominent naturalists, ed...

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Ladd Marsh Bird Festival

May 19-May 21
Ladd Marsh
La Grande, OR United States + Google Map

The Ladd Marsh Bird Festival is an uncrowded, non-competitive birding opportunity for the whole family. The Ladd Marsh Bird Festival is held at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area located about 7 miles south of La Grande, Oregon. The event is scheduled at the height of spring migration and nesting in the Grande Ronde Valley and to commemorate International Migra...

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WENAS Campout

May 26-May 28
Wenas Creek Campground
See website for directions WA United States + Google Map

Every Memorial Day weekend, members of Washington’s Audubon chapters and their families and friends gather at the primitive, yet free!, Wenas Creek Campground in the Wenas Valley, on the east side of the Cascades between Ellensburg and Yakima, to enjoy the natural surroundings, abundant bird life, and each other’s company. There are campfire programs every evening and guided field trip...

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Birding and Breakfast/Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge / Hank Henry

June 2 @ 7:30 am-10:00 am
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
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Meet Hank Henry at 7:30 at  Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for birding.  Breakfast afterwards at Norma’s Restaurant at  the freeway interchange just outside the entrance to the Refuge. Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month, except July and August.  Bird with us, then enjoy b...

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Scatter Creek North Unit

June 3 @ 8:30 am-11:30 am
Scatter Creek North Unit

While the South Unit at Scatter Creek, near Grand Mound, recovers from last summer’s wildfire, the North Unit is untouched and has the same wildflowers and birds. The creek along the North Unit runs dry in summer, but there are still oak/ash riparian woodlands to bird, and conifer forest adjacent. Expect to see Savannah Sparrows, Northern Harriers, ravens, swallows, Common Yellowthroats, Cal...

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Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival

May 31-June 3
Sisters, Oregon
Sisters, OR United States + Google Map

Organized by the East Cascades Audubon Society, the Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival sees 11 species of woodpeckers and over 200 species of birds in total every year. Led by experienced birders, the festival is timed to see young woodpeckers leaving their nests. For full information and details, go to www.ecaudubon.org. As long as you are in the Sisters and Bend area, explore the myriad diverse birdi...

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Black Hills Audubon Society Annual Picnic / Birding by Ear

June 14 @ 5:00 pm
Priest Point Park
2600 East Bay Drive Northeast
Olympia, WA 98506 United States
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Come join us for Black Hills Audubon Society’s (BHAS) Annual Picnic.  Meet us at Priest Point Park at the Rose Garden Shelter at 5 p.m.  Instead of a presentation, BHAS will offer one or more “birding by ear” walks. Since people usually arrive gradually at the picnic rather than all at once, the leaders (led by Sam Merrill), will decide together how to arrange the walk(s).  It...

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McLane Creek Especially for Beginners

June 16 @ 8:00 am-11:00 am
McLane Creek Nature Trail
5043 Delphi Road Southwest
Olympia, WA 98512 United States
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The McLane Creek Nature Trail consists of an easy 1.4-mile loop trail winding through a variety of habitats. This is a perfect area for birders of all abilities to spot and hear large numbers of our local birds courting, nesting, feeding, and protecting territory. The heart of the area is a large beaver pond which is home to swallows, blackbirds, Song Sparrows, Common Yellowthroats, Belted Kingfis...

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West Rocky Prairie

June 23 @ 6:30 am-12:30 pm
West Rocky Prairie Wildlife Area
143rd Avenue Southeast
Tenino, WA United States
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Located near Millersylvania State Park, West Rocky Prairie is a large, high-quality, native prairie with oak, ash, and fir woodlands managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. This trip includes a good variety of open country and forest birds such as Chipping Sparrows, House Wrens, and six warbler species. Dress for the weather and expect to walk about 1.5 miles. Some of the walkin...

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