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April 2017

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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May 2017

BHAS Monthly Speaker Series – Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary/Elizabeth Rodrick

May 11 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
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Good environmental stewardship begins in our own backyards. A bald eagle soars over a high bluff surveying the waters below. A red-tailed hawk with outstretched wings drifts effortlessly over a forest and open field. Hummingbirds zip by your window on their way to the flower garden. The morning dew highlights fragile spider webs at the forest edge. This is Washington State -- a great place to live. A land we all love, yet one we may be smothering with our numbers. Over 35,000 acres of wildlife habitat is converted to housing and other development each year here in Washington. If we continue at this rate, many of our native wildlife species will have few places to live and visit. So the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife instituted the Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Program to help offset some of this habitat loss. While many of us may not realize it, a property owner is also a habitat manager. The things we do, or do not do, in the vicinity of our home have an effect on the quality of habitat for dozens of wildlife species. Come hear this about this program to help you understand and appreciate the wildlife around your home. You can make your property a better place for songbirds and other wildlife species that have lived in your area long before people began to settle.   Elizabeth Rodrick recently retired after 35 years with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. She worked on western gray squirrels, bald eagle nest protection, and snag management, and helped protect over 200,000 acres of wildlife habitat across the state. BHAS speaker series is held on the second Thursday of each month (except March, June, July, and August) at the Temple Beth Hatfiloh (corner of 8th and Washington in downtown Olympia, a block west of Timberland Library).…

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September 2017

Birds of Costa Rica/Sam Merrill

September 14 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
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Costa Rica, with an area less than that of West Virginia, has approximately the same number of bird species as the United States.  With forests that range from dry to very wet and elevations from sea level on both the Pacific and the Atlantic to a central spine that rises to over 12,000 feet, and much rugged terrain in between, the land supports many different habitats.  Costa Rica has had no army and a relatively stable government for over 60 years and has many national parks and eco-lodges.  Sam Merrill will illustrate his presentation of a two-week guided birding trip to Costa Rica with his photos of tropical specialties of this fascinating country, such as the Collared Aracari, the Montezuma Oropendola, and the Turquoise-browed Motmot. Sam Merrill has a lifelong interest in birds and has been active in Audubon for the past twenty years; he is currently Conservation Chair of the Black Hills chapter.  Retired from college teaching, he holds a Ph.D. in mathematics and does research in mathematics and political science.

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October 2017

Monthly Speaker Series – Wildlife of Brazil’s Cerrado and Pantanal/ Sally Vogel

October 12 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
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Sally Vogel who enjoys photography and art will talk about her trip to Brazil and share her bird and wildlife. More to come about her presentation as we get closer to October 12, 2017

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November 2017

BHAS Monthly Speaker Series – 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 including techniques, lighting, and  equipment.  Alan will show us example of bird photos, especially Washington State birds,  and tell us the story of what's worked for him and what hasn't.    Alan L. Bauer, a professional photographer,  has been a  co-author and photographer for much of the past twelve years for works published by The Mountaineers Books.

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December 2017

BHAS Monthly Speaker Series – Birds of Borneo/Jerry Broadus

December 14 @ 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
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Come listen to Jerry Broadus talk about his bird banding and birding in Borneo in 2016.  More details to come closer to date A birder for over 20 years, Jerry is an active volunteer, helping with shorebird and other birding related studies, and volunteering at Nisqually and Malheur National Wildlife Refuges.

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