Conservation Events

July 26, 2018Black 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 salmon-bearing channelized stream — and can be managed for conservation of Oregon spotted frogs, a species of concern of the Maytown Conservation Fund, and will provide opportunities for bird surveys and field trips for BHAS.

In fact seven of us from BHAS met with Thom Woodruff, Interim Executive Director of CLT, on a warm and sunny July 12th for our first avian survey of Blooms Preserve, observing an amazing 57 species of birds, including Green Heron, Hutton’s, Cassin’s, and Warbling Vireos, and Western Tanager.  Thanks to all who participated from BHAS, including Whittier Johnson, Bob Wadsworth, Gary Wiles, Paul Hicks, Joe Zabransky, Anne Van Sweringen, and Sam Merrill.  We look forward to observing and enjoying the diversity of this land at other times of year, including during the Christmas bird count and spring migration.

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May 30, 2018Your Comments Needed about Impact on Birds by the Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project in Lewis and Thurston Counties

RES-Americas proposes to install 38 wind-energy turbines on ridge tops in northern Lewis County, with part of the infrastructure in Thurston County.  Like National Audubon Society, the Black Hills Audubon Society supports wind-energy projects as long as the direct damage to birds from the turbines is appropriately minimized and mitigated.

The public is invited to comment on the scope of Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) by both Lewis County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Your input is important to help these agencies better evaluate the potential impact of this wind-energy project on the environment, especially protected Marbled Murrelets, Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, and other species of concern.   Often, officials or staff members really want our comments because public input empowers them to address wildlife conservation issues.  You do not need to live in either Lewis or Thurston Ct. to submit Comments.

The deadlines for Comments are very soon:

For the Lewis County EIS: Send Comments by Thursday, May 31 (5 p.m.), via email to karen.witherspoon@nulllewiscountywa.gov or by postal mail to Lee Napier, Director, Lewis County Community Development Dept., 2025 NE Kresky Ave., Chehalis, WA 98532.

For the USFWS EIS: Send Comments By Monday, June 4 to USFWS via email to wfwocomments@nullfws.gov...

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