Black Hills Audubon Field Trips

Black Hills Audubon Fieldtrips

Birding by Ear at Priest Point Park

May 2 @ 6:00 am-7:00 pm
Priest Point Park
2600 East Bay Drive S.W.
Olympia, WA 98506 United States
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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@nullekit.com or call 360-943-3752. There is a limit of 10 people. READ MO...

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Birding Darlin Creek Preserve with Capitol Land Trust

May 6 @ 8:30 am-11:30 pm
Darlin Creek Preserve
8910 Lake Lucinda Drive S.W.
Lacey, WA 98512 United States

  Our annual joint field trip with Capitol Land Trust takes us to Darlin Creek Preserve this year. 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. The preserve...

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Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day: Birding at Tumwater Historical Park

May 13 @ 8:00 am-10:00 am
Tumwater Historical Park
802 Deschutes Way S.W.
Tumwater, WA 98501 United States
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Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on this morning field trip to Tumwater Historical Park, where proximity to water and verges between open space and copses encourage plenty of bird activity. Expect to see the usual (yet always charming) native species, waterfowl, and perhaps more exciting this time of year, migrating species such as warblers. Paths at the park are paved, but we may walk o...

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Prairie Appreciation Day: Birding Glacial Heritage Preserve

May 13 @ 7:30 am-9:30 pm
Glacial Heritage Preserve
Rochester, WA United States + Google Map

Normally closed, once a year the Glacial Heritage Preserve opens its restored South Sound prairies, streams, and oak woodlands to the public. The timing is grand: camas is in bloom; the hills’ slopes are blue. Other rare prairie wildflowers are also in bloom, and prairie birds are busy. The day will start with an early birdwalk led by Black Hills Audubon. The birdwalk will cover the open pra...

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Birding Morse Preserve with Joe Zabransky

May 20 @ 7:00 am-12:00 pm
Morse Wildlife Preserve
Graham, WA United States + Google Map

Organized with the assistance of the Tahoma Audubon and resident caretaker, BHAS is returning this year to the Morse Preserve. The Morse Wildlife Preserve (Graham, WA) was established by a donation of land from Lloyd and Maxine Morse in 1995. It is situated at the headwaters of the north fork of Muck Creek and consists of various habitats on 98 acres including conifer forest, wetlands, oak savanna...

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Birding Nisqually Land Trust’s Powell Creek Preserve with Joe Zabransky and Kim Adelson

May 27 @ 8:00 am-11:00 am
Powell Creek Preserve
22417 Hobson Road S.E.
Yelm, WA 98597 United States

This property is adjacent to the Nisqually River and is part of Nisqually Land Trust’s Powell Creek Complex, a 460-acre block, which includes mature forest as well as riparian area. The site is home to abundant wildlife, including cougar, elk, and diverse waterfowl. We will be mostly out on replanted pastures, which are still quite open at this time. Expect the ground to be rough and uneven....

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Birding Klamath Basin with Hank and Helen Henry

May 26-May 29
Klamath Falls
Klamath Falls, OR 97601 United States + Google Map

This is an overnight trip during Memorial Day weekend to one of the Northwest’s birding hotspots – the Klamath Falls, Oregon area, including Upper Klamath Lake environs and Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge on the Oregon/California state line. The trip is open to birders of all skill levels who would enjoy seeing waterfowl and woodland birds. We will drive to Klamath Lake viewing spots and...

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Woodard Bay for Beginning and Intermediate Birders

June 10 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area
7000 Whitham Rd Ne
Olympia, WA 98506 United States
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This walk is designed primarily for beginning and intermediate birders. We will look and listen for woodland birds such as Swainson’s Thrushes, Pacific Wrens, Brown Creepers, Wilson Warblers, and Pileated Woodpeckers as we walk through the deep forest of cedars and Douglas fir and reach Henderson Inlet where we may see Cormorants, Purple Martins, and seals among others. The approximately 2-mile ...

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McLane Creek

June 17 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
McLane Creek Nature Trail
5043 Delphi Road Southwest
Olympia, WA 98512 United States
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The McLane Creek Nature Trail consists of an easy 1.4-mile loop trail winding through a variety of habitats. This is a perfect area for birders of all abilities to spot and hear large numbers of our local birds courting, nesting, feeding, and protecting territory. The heart of the area is a large beaver pond which is home to swallows, blackbirds, Song Sparrows, Common Yellowthroats, Belted Kingfis...

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Birding Mima Mounds and Scatter Creek

June 24 @ 7:30 am-2:00 pm
Mima Mounds and Scatter Creek Preserves
South Thurston County, WA United States + Google Map

This field trip has a little bit of everything: birds, botany, butterflies, as well as two knowledgeable and energetic leaders. Explore the birds and plants at two choice South Sound prairie sites near Olympia: Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve and Scatter Creek Wildlife Area. At both sites we should see prairie flowers, prairie birds, and some butterflies. Meet to park and carpool at the newer Mc...

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Birding and Breakfast Fieldtrips

Birding and Breakfast – McLane Nature Trail

May 6 @ 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 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 bird...

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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...

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