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February 2017

Birding 101 Course

February 18 @ 9:00 am-March 18 @ 11:00 am
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Weekly on the same day until March 18, 2017

Please join us for the popular BIRDING 101 class taught by Scott Mills. This course emphasizes improving bird-identification skills. Major topics covered in the class include a discussion of all the factors that can be used to identify birds; a review of birding tools, including binoculars and field guides; an introduction to birding terminology; some discussion of basic bird biology; and the basics of taxonomy and bird classification as they relate to identification. Some birding experience is recommended but not required. Dr. Mills is a professional biologist with over fifty-five years of birding experience throughout the United States and in several other countries. He has previously taught a number of beginning and specialty birding classes, most recently for Black Hills and Seattle Audubon Societies. Since moving to Washington from Tucson, Arizona, in 1999, he has done a number of bird surveys at sea on NOAA ships and has been a trip leader for Westport Seabirds. $60.00 includes two field trips. Some scholarships are available. To register, or for more information, contact Mary Russell, at greenbird321@msn.com or call 357-6863. Class is limited to 24 persons.

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Birding 101 Course

February 25 @ 9:00 am-March 25 @ 10:00 am
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Weekly on the same day until March 18, 2017

Please join us for the popular BIRDING 101 class taught by Scott Mills. This course emphasizes improving bird-identification skills. Major topics covered in the class include a discussion of all the factors that can be used to identify birds; a review of birding tools, including binoculars and field guides; an introduction to birding terminology; some discussion of basic bird biology; and the basics of taxonomy and bird classification as they relate to identification. Some birding experience is recommended but not required. Dr. Mills is a professional biologist with over fifty-five years of birding experience throughout the United States and in several other countries. He has previously taught a number of beginning and specialty birding classes, most recently for Black Hills and Seattle Audubon Societies. Since moving to Washington from Tucson, Arizona, in 1999, he has done a number of bird surveys at sea on NOAA ships and has been a trip leader for Westport Seabirds. $60.00 includes two field trips. Some scholarships are available. To register, or for more information, contact Mary Russell, at greenbird321@msn.com or call 357-6863. Class is limited to 24 persons.

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March 2017

Birding and Breakfast – Woodard Bay/ Bob Wadsworth

March 4 @ 7:30 am-10:00 am
Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area, 7000 Whitham Rd Ne
Olympia, WA 98506 United States
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Meet at Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area at 7:30.  Discover Pass required. Bring your own breakfast. 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.  Share what you know, connect, enjoy.  For more information, contact Black Hills Audubon Society at 360-352-7299  

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Birding 101 Course

March 4 @ 9:00 am-April 1 @ 10:00 am
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Weekly on the same day until March 18, 2017

Please join us for the popular BIRDING 101 class taught by Scott Mills. This course emphasizes improving bird-identification skills. Major topics covered in the class include a discussion of all the factors that can be used to identify birds; a review of birding tools, including binoculars and field guides; an introduction to birding terminology; some discussion of basic bird biology; and the basics of taxonomy and bird classification as they relate to identification. Some birding experience is recommended but not required. Dr. Mills is a professional biologist with over fifty-five years of birding experience throughout the United States and in several other countries. He has previously taught a number of beginning and specialty birding classes, most recently for Black Hills and Seattle Audubon Societies. Since moving to Washington from Tucson, Arizona, in 1999, he has done a number of bird surveys at sea on NOAA ships and has been a trip leader for Westport Seabirds. $60.00 includes two field trips. Some scholarships are available. To register, or for more information, contact Mary Russell, at greenbird321@msn.com or call 357-6863. Class is limited to 24 persons.

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Annual Dinner and Sale

March 4 @ 4:30 pm-9:00 pm
SPSCC, 2011 Mottman Road SW
Olympia, WA 98502 United States
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2017 Annual Black Hills Audubon Society Dinner and Sale Saturday, March 4, 4:30 to 9:00 pm  South Puget Sound Community College, Student Union Bldg. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 4:30.  Come and peruse the items for sale.  It is not an auction this year, so all items have a fixed "buy it now" price.  The earlier you arrive, the better the selection.   Our featured speaker will be Julia K Parrish, Executive Director of COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team)>  COASST is a University of Washington citizen science program that trains volunteer teams (including ones from Black Hills Audubon ) to survey and report on birds along Washington's coast and Puget Sound.  Come hear this inspiring speaker!! Do you have an item for the sale?  Would you like to lead a kayaking trip along Budd Inlet?  Or sponsor a birdwatching trip to Tokeland to watch shorebirds?   Or maybe donate an item you created:  a drawing, painting, a piece of jewelry or other art work.  If so, contact us.  

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Wings Over Water

March 10-March 12
Blaine, Washington, WA United States + Google Map

This annual birding festival celebrates the incredible variety of migratory birds that visit Blaine, Semiahmoo, Birch Bay, and Drayton Harbor, located on the Pacific Flyway in the Northwest corner of Washington State, with field trips, nature cruises, wildlife demonstrations, arts & crafts, kid's activities, expert wildlife speakers and more. For full details, including places and times, see www.wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com.  This year's keynote speaker is Paul Bannick, who will talk about A Year in the Lives of Northwest Owls.

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Birding 101 Course

March 11 @ 9:00 am-April 8 @ 10:00 am
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Weekly on the same day until March 18, 2017

Please join us for the popular BIRDING 101 class taught by Scott Mills. This course emphasizes improving bird-identification skills. Major topics covered in the class include a discussion of all the factors that can be used to identify birds; a review of birding tools, including binoculars and field guides; an introduction to birding terminology; some discussion of basic bird biology; and the basics of taxonomy and bird classification as they relate to identification. Some birding experience is recommended but not required. Dr. Mills is a professional biologist with over fifty-five years of birding experience throughout the United States and in several other countries. He has previously taught a number of beginning and specialty birding classes, most recently for Black Hills and Seattle Audubon Societies. Since moving to Washington from Tucson, Arizona, in 1999, he has done a number of bird surveys at sea on NOAA ships and has been a trip leader for Westport Seabirds. $60.00 includes two field trips. Some scholarships are available. To register, or for more information, contact Mary Russell, at greenbird321@msn.com or call 357-6863. Class is limited to 24 persons.

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Birding Eagle’s Pride Golf Course – JBLM

March 16 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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Eagle’s Pride Golf Course, Exit 116 (Mounts Road) WA United States + Google Map

Only one-half mile from Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Eagle's Pride Golf Course's diverse landscapes attract a wide variety of birds. If you have never visited this birding site, you will be surprised by its accessibility and richness of habitat. As always, dress for the weather and bring water and snacks as needed. Meet at the driving range parking spaces. Take exit 116 off I-5N. Go west off the ramp and then right into the golf course. The driving range access road, a narrow gravel road, is an immediate left, or you can park in the main lot and easily walk up to the driving range. If you have questions, contact David Wienecke at david.l.wienecke.naf@mail.mil or call his office phone 253-964-0341.

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Port Angeles and the Strait of Juan de Fuca

March 18-March 19
Mud Bay Park and Ride, Madrona Beach Rd
Olympia, WA 98502 United States
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This is an overnight trip leaving Olympia Saturday, March 18 and returning Sunday, March 19, with Saturday night in Port Angeles. The focus is on seabirds at several locations on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The trip is especially suitable for beginning and intermediate birders, but is open to birders of all skill levels who would enjoy seeing birds, beaches, and the rocky shores of the Olympic Peninsula in the early spring in the company of others. Our current plans are to make an initial stop on Hood Canal -- perhaps near Brinnon -- then head for points on Sequim Bay, the Three Crabs area, the Dungeness NWR on Dungeness Spit, and then on to Port Angeles for dinner together and to stay overnight. Sunday morning we plan to bird from Ediz Hook next to Port Angeles, followed by Salt Creek County Park (about 15 miles west of Port Angeles), where we will look for Harlequin Ducks, Black Turnstones, and Black Oystercatchers among the waves crashing onto rocky headlands. If time permits and there is interest, we can inspect the location of the dismantled Upper Elwha Dam in the beautiful Elwha Valley before returning to Olympia by 5 p.m. or before. There will be short walks up to half a mile or a mile during the trip. If possible, please register by March 6. E-mail Sam Merrill at sammerrill3@comcast.net or call 360-352-7299 to register. There is a limit of 12 people for this trip. Carpooling may be arranged. We will meet at the Fire Station at 125 Delphi Rd just north of its intersection with Mud Bay Rd at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 18. Bring binoculars, a scope to share if you have one, and warm clothes as shore locations can be windy. Bring any other supplies or…

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Birding 101 Course

March 18 @ 8:00 am-April 15 @ 9:00 am
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Weekly on the same day until March 18, 2017

Please join us for the popular BIRDING 101 class taught by Scott Mills. This course emphasizes improving bird-identification skills. Major topics covered in the class include a discussion of all the factors that can be used to identify birds; a review of birding tools, including binoculars and field guides; an introduction to birding terminology; some discussion of basic bird biology; and the basics of taxonomy and bird classification as they relate to identification. Some birding experience is recommended but not required. Dr. Mills is a professional biologist with over fifty-five years of birding experience throughout the United States and in several other countries. He has previously taught a number of beginning and specialty birding classes, most recently for Black Hills and Seattle Audubon Societies. Since moving to Washington from Tucson, Arizona, in 1999, he has done a number of bird surveys at sea on NOAA ships and has been a trip leader for Westport Seabirds. $60.00 includes two field trips. Some scholarships are available. To register, or for more information, contact Mary Russell, at greenbird321@msn.com or call 357-6863. Class is limited to 24 persons.

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Olympia Birds & Brew

March 20 @ 4:30 pm-6:30 pm
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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.

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Othello Crane Festival

March 24-March 26
Othello, WA United States + Google Map

The thousands of Sandhill Cranes that congregate in Othello in the early spring are heart-stirring, yet there is much more at this annual, well-organized festival to see, do, and learn. The festival helps you explore the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge and Potholes Reservoir region, very different ecosystems from Western Washington, full of flora, fauna, and birds which we seldom see on our side of the Cascades. The town of Othello opens its doors and hearts to visitors during the festival. For more information, see www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org.

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Birding Cranberry Lake

March 25 @ 9:00 am-11:00 am
Cranberry Lake, 10 East Tintagel Place
Shelton, WA 98594 United States
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  Cranberry Lake Tree Farm is 440+ acres of working multi-age forest surrounding a pristine 200+ acre lake. This is a working tree farm and has a new boardwalk, shelter, and toilet facilities. These hundreds of acres of wood and water are home to eagles, loons, bears, trumpeter swans, osprey, heron, beavers, cougars, and more! Expect to see spring migrants, waterfowl, and woodpeckers. Meet on the north side of Cranberry Lake at the parking lot to bird with the group for a couple of hours, and then you should feel free to explore the south side of the property by yourself or in the company of others. Or explore the north side again! As always, dress for the weather and bring water and snacks as needed. If you have any questions, contact Mark Biser at mbiser@hctc.com or call 360-427-8603. The address for the Frank Foundation’s Cranberry Lake Tree Farm is 10 East Tintagel Place, Shelton WA 98594. From the main entrance of the Lake Limerick development off of Mason Lake Road , go past the golf clubhouse on St Andrews Drive. After  the crossing Cranberry Creek , turn left on Tintagel Place. Go to the end of Tintagel Place, through the gate and continue on the dirt road following  signs to the shelter.

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Shelton Birds and Brew

March 29 @ 5:00 pm-7:00 pm
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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 5:00 pm

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April 2017

Birding and Breakfast – Nisqually Wildlife Refuge – Merrill/Lynam

April 1 @ 7:30 am-10:00 am
Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
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Meet us at  Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center at 7:30 a.m. for birding followed by breakfast at a restaurant to be determined by the group. 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.  Share what you know, connect, enjoy. For more information, contact Black Hills Audubon Society at 360-352-7299 unless otherwise specified

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Olympic Peninsula Birdfest

April 7-April 9
Sequim, WA United States + Google Map

This festival provides participants the opportunity to view a wide variety of birds normally seen on the Olympic Peninsula. Field trips are planned for Sequim Bay, Port Angeles Harbor, Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, the Elwha River, Salt Creek and at Neah Bay, as well as trips through wooded areas to view songbirds and locate owls in the evening. Boat trips to Protection Island are also planned. The North Olympic Peninsula is widely known as a great place for bird watching. The weekend of the Olympic BirdFest is timed to overlap wintering birds and the beginning of spring migration. In addition to the field trips, birders may participate in presentations, workshops and a banquet. A tour explaining the Jamestown S'Klallam tribal totem poles at the Tribal Center and the Seven Cedars Casino will also be offered. The featured banquet speaker on Saturday, April 8 will be Bonnie Block, a celebrated Pacific Northwest photographer and winner of the 2016 Audubon Photography Award Grand Prize. See www.olympicbirdfest.org for a full schedule, costs, lodging recommendations, and other information.

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Native Bees of the South Sound/ Joe Dlugo

April 13 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
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Emerging from the nooks and crannies of your yard this spring are thousands of six-legged furry beasts. They can be the size of a flea or as big as a peanut.  They can range in color from cardinal red to rich metallic green.  They will make sure you have cucumbers to eat and there are berries for the birds in fall.  They are bees, but maybe not the kind you’re used to. Everyone has heard of the honeybee or the bumblebee, but what about the resin, mason, or leafcutter bee?  The sweat bee, the nomad bee, or the coelixys cuckoo bee?   It turns out that wherever you are in the South Sound, if there are flowers to be found there’s the opportunity to discover these species and more. You’ll see images and gain insights on how to observe, identify and manage this dazzling area of local bee diversity. Joe Dlugo is a lifelong naturalist who owns a lot of field guides.  He also frequently finds himself carrying a camera. One day not long after the birth of his daughter he realized that he couldn’t walk out of the 50’ range of the baby monitor. This severely limited his ability to photograph birds, so he honed his lenses on the garden flowers out his front stoop.  What he found was astounding – countless species of bees!    Joe Dlugo’s work can be found on the web, on Facebook: "Bee Safari;"  and Instagram: "bee_safari."      

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Birding Hood Canal Aboard the Lady Alderbrook

April 15 @ 8:30 am-12:00 pm
Alderbrook Resort, 10 East Alderbrook Drive
Union, WA 98592 United States
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So popular was this past November's field trip aboard the Lady Alderbrook on Hood Canal, we are doing it again. We will again board the Lady Alderbrook at the Alderbrook Resort and seek birds upon and above the waters of Hood Canal. Bill Tweit and Whittier Johnson have again agreed to be our expert birders to help identify Hood Canal's avian denizens. The Lady Alderbrook has two decks, and if the weather happens to be rainy and cold, one can go inside and look out through picture windows. (However, this time, I've put in a special request for perfect weather and seas.) For a fuller sense of the Lady Alderbrook herself, see www.alderbrookresort.com; go to “Area&Activities”; select “Lady Alderbrook” on the left-hand side of the page. Please dress for the weather and, then, extra warmly, to counter breeze on the water. Bring food and water as needed. Bring binoculars, of course. The trip will cost $20 per person, payable at the dock. Please contact Bonnie Wood to sign up for the trip at bwood2800@gmail.com, or 360-943-4612. Limit: 50 people.

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Olympia Birds & Brew

April 17 @ 4:30 pm-6:30 pm
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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.

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Birding Eagle’s Pride Golf Course – JBLM

April 20 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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Eagle’s Pride Golf Course, Exit 116 (Mounts Road) WA United States + Google Map

Only one-half mile from Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, Eagle's Pride Golf Course's diverse landscapes attract a wide variety of birds. If you have never visited this birding site, you will be surprised by its accessibility and richness of habitat. As always, dress for the weather and bring water and snacks as needed. Meet at the driving range parking spaces. Take exit 116 off I-5N. Go west off the ramp and then right into the golf course. The driving range access road, a narrow gravel road, is an immediate left, or you can park in the main lot and easily walk up to the driving range. If you have questions, contact David Wienecke at david.l.wienecke.naf@mail.mil or call his office phone 253-964-0341.

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