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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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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 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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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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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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Birding Pioneer Park for Beginners and Families

April 22 @ 8:30 am-11:00 pm
Pioneer Park, 5801 Henderson Road S.E.
Tumwater, WA 98501 United States
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Pioneer Park on Henderson Road in Tumwater is an under-appreciated birding site gem. Driving past it, one thinks the park consists solely of baseball and soccer fields. Less easily seen is the Deschutes River flowing through the park, the wide wetlands behind the baseball fields, and the mown paths that meander through riparian woods and meadows. The park provides habitat for a surprising diversity of birds and is certainly worth a first visit if you aren't already familiar with it.  Meet in the parking lot at 8:30 a.m. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. E-mail bwood2800@gmail.com if you have questions or need driving (or bicycling or walking) directions to Pioneer Park.

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May 2017

Birding and Breakfast – McLane Nature Trail / Bob Wadsworth

May 6
McLane Creek Nature Trail, 5043 Delphi Road Southwest
Olympia, WA 98512 United States
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Meet at McLane Nature Trail on May 6th, the first Saturday of May, at 7:30 a.m.  Discover Pass required.  Breakfast at Shipwreck Restaurant in Mud Bay 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.  Share what you know, connect, enjoy.  For more information, contact Black Hills Audubon Society at 360-352-7299    

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June 2017

Birding and Breakfast/Nisqually Wildlife Refuge / Hank Henry

June 3 @ 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 Hank Henry at 7:30 at  Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for birding with 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 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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