Black Hills Audubon Field Trips

Black Hills Audubon Fieldtrips

Bayshore Preserve, Oakland Bay

February 17 @ 8:30 am-10:30 am
Bayshore Preserve
SR 3
Shelton, WA United States
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Conserved in 2014 by Capitol Land Trust, Bayshore Preserve on Oakland Bay is a diverse tract of land with a diverse history, boasting salt-water frontage, 27 acres of salt marsh, extensive meadow, Johns Creek and riparian zone, and some big mature Douglas Firs and Oregon White Oak trees, unusual in this area. Consequently, the area attracts many different kinds of birds. At this time of year, shor...

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Downtown Ducks

February 17 @ 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Marathon Park
Deschutes Parkway
Olympia, WA United States
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The ducks and other water birds that decorate Capitol Lake so beautifully in winter will still be there in February, and we can all brighten the season by enjoying them on a walk around the lake and nearby areas.  And who knows what rarities might appear?  As usual, this walk is oriented toward helping less experienced birders, with an emphasis on learning to place an unknown bird in a category ...

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Hood Canal Aboard the Lady Alderbrook

March 3 @ 12:00 pm-2:00 pm
Alderbrook Resort
10 East Alderbrook Drive
Union, WA 98592 United States

The success of our Lady Alderbrook birding cruises spread, and this time Tahoma Audubon will partner with us to offer a birding cruise aboard the Lady Alderbrook. We will board the Lady Alderbrook at the Alderbrook Resort at noon and seek birds upon and above the waters of Hood Canal. The Lady Alderbrook has two decks, and if the weather happens to be rainy and cold, one can go inside and look out...

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LBA Woods

March 17 @ 9:00 am-10:30 am
LBA Woods
one-half mile east of the Boulevard and Morse-Merriman intersection
Olympia, WA United States

Doubtless you remember and, perhaps, were active in, the grassroots campaign to save the LBA Woods. A last remaining sizeable stand of woodland in southeast Olympia, it is habitat for native plants and myriad birds, both natives and migrants.  On this trip, in partnership with Stream Team, expect to hear luxurious spring birdsong and catch glimpses of migrating warblers, wrens, Anna’s Hummi...

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Cranberry Lake in Mason County

March 31 @ 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 no...

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Birding and Breakfast – Black Lake Meadows/Sam Merrill

April 7 @ 7:30 am-10:00 am
Black Lake Meadows Reserve
Black Lake Meadows Reserve
Olympia, WA 98512 United States
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Meet Sam Merrill for early spring migrants at Black Lake Meadows in SW Olympia.  Meet in the small parking lot just before the railroad tracks going south on RW Johnson Blvd. SW between 21st Ave. and Mottman Rd.  Breakfast afterward at a location to be determined. 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...

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Birding by Ear at Priest Point Park

April 17 @ 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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Pioneer Park for Beginners of all Ages

April 21 @ 8:30 am-11:00 am
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 diversit...

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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 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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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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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 Fieldtrips

Birding and Breakfast – Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge / Suzanne Wilson

February 3 @ 8:00 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 at Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center parking lot (100 Brown Farm  Road NE, Olympia, WA 98516) at 8:00 a.m.  ( $3.00 fee for 4 adults or Federal Park Pass required; children under 16 free).  Breakfast at Panera Bread at Hawks Prairie after birding.  Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. (Jan. and Feb. at 8:00 a.m.) on the f...

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Birding and Breakfast – Woodard Bay/ Bob Wadsworth

March 3 @ 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, enj...

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Birding and Breakfast – Black Lake Meadows/Sam Merrill

April 7 @ 7:30 am-10:00 am
Black Lake Meadows Reserve
Black Lake Meadows Reserve
Olympia, WA 98512 United States
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Meet Sam Merrill for early spring migrants at Black Lake Meadows in SW Olympia.  Meet in the small parking lot just before the railroad tracks going south on RW Johnson Blvd. SW between 21st Ave. and Mottman Rd.  Breakfast afterward at a location to be determined. 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...

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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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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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