Field Trips and Events
(Everyone is welcome to participate
with Field Trips and Events...
you don't have to be a member!)
8:00 am -
Phil Kelley leads a bird-watching walk at
Nisqually NWR. Meet at the Nisqually Visitor
Center. (The Discover Pass does not include
entrance to the Nisqually NWR)
First Saturday Birding and Breakfast - First
Saturday of each month, different location each time within
Lewis, Mason, or Thurston County.
For more information, contact Leslie Lynam at 360- 402-9513
or Deb Nickerson at 360-754-5397.
Third Thursday of each month: Field Trip:
Eagle’s Pride Golf
We’re planning on making
this a monthly nature/bird watching trip on the 3rd Thursday
of each month throughout the year. This trip will be from
1-3 miles long on relatively level ground. It will explore
forest, water, and open area species.
No security passes are required. Trip starts promptly
at 8:00 a.m. at the golf course driving range parking lot.
See details, below
Some field trips to public lands may
require an entrance fee. See how to purchase the
Washington Discover Pass.
Wenas Audubon Campout,
Location: Hazel Wolf Bird
Sanctuary, Wenas Creek Campground, SW of Ellensburg
This year marks the 50th
anniversary of the Wenas Audubon Campout in eastern Washington.
The sanctuary is located between Ellensburg and Yakima, on the east
slope of the Cascades. The campout will take place on Memorial Day
Weekend (May 24-27) at the Wenas Creek Campground. Activities
include birding field trips, flower walks, and more.
Pre-registration is not required.
All are welcome. The campout is free and open to all ages; however,
donations are encouraged. All vehicles must display a Washington
State Discover Pass (http://www.discoverpass.wa.govv
Visit the Wenas Audubon website (www.wenasaudubon.org)
for directions and more information.
Contact: Doris Johnson at
June 1 (Sat)
6:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
West Rocky Prairie
Leader: Gary Wiles
This trip will visit a relatively
new unit of the South Puget Sound Wildlife Area Complex known as
West Rocky Prairie. The area, managed by Washington State Dept. of
Fish and Wildlife, is located near Millersylvania State Park and is
one of the largest parcels of high quality native prairie remaining
in Thurston County. Adjoining habitats include oak woodlands and
mixed alder/fir forest. Last year’s trip, our first for BHAS,
produced a good variety of open-country and forest birds, including
Chipping Sparrows, House Wrens, five warbler species, and even a
brood of Virginia Rails.
Parking is limited, so we’ll
carpool to the site; meet at the L & I parking lot in Tumwater at
6:30 a.m. A Discover Pass is needed for vehicles
that will be carpooling. Please note that the area is
undeveloped and does not have bathroom facilities. Dress for the
weather and bring water, snacks, and sunscreen.
Pre-registration is required.
Group size is limited to 12.
Call Gary at (360) 943-8786 for reservations.
June 1 (Sat.)
7:30 a.m. and
Birding & Breakfast
Location for this month:
Tumwater Falls Park at 7:30 A.M.
Address: 777 Simmons LN SW, Tumwater, WA 98501
Breakfast at River’s Edge
Restaurant (at The Valley Golf Course) at 9:00 a.m.
Address: 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive Southeast)
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.
Bird with us at 7:30 a.m., then
enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant at 9:00 a.m. Or, if you’re a
late riser, just join us for breakfast and we’ll give you the run
down on what birds are in the area. Beginning birders are welcome.
June 8 (Sat.)
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Oakland Bay Park
Leader(s): Guy Maguire (CLT) and
Bonnie Wood (BHAS)
Capitol Land Trust (CLT) will be
our partner for this field trip to a nearby gem, Oakland Bay Park,
about eight miles north of Shelton. Although the park is
county-owned, CLT has a conservation easement on it. This is a
perfect opportunity to explore the park. Trails can be found
throughout the property, along with bathrooms and plenty of parking.
Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks.
Conserved in 2005, this 85-acre property contains 2000 feet of
intact, functional marine shoreline, nearshore and estaurine habitat
on upper Oakland Bay, and approximately 3/4 mile of Melany Creek
riparian habitat from estuary to uplands. A rich, diverse native
vegetation buffer lines the property's marine shorelines and
associated uplands, providing important habitat for salmonids,
including chum, Chinook, cutthroat, steelhead and coho, and numerous
species of birds and other wildlife.
Directions from Olympia: Take Highway 101 North towards Shelton.
Take the first Shelton exit and continue through downtown Shelton on
Olympic Highway/Highway #3, following signs for Highway #3 East.
Take a right to continue on Highway #3 and go about 6.5 miles. Take
a right on Agate Road, just past the Deer Creek gas station. Go
about 2 miles. Take a right onto the property. There will be a white
sandwich board saying "Capitol Land Trust Event" with an arrow at
Call the BHAS message line, (360) 352-7299,
to reserve a spot.
13-16, (Thurs. -Sun.)
The Dean Hale Woodpecker
Cascades Audubon Society invites you to central Oregon for its
annual Woodpecker Festival. Last year, 11 woodpecker species and 200
other birds were seen. The $30/person fee is used to fund their
education programs. Two local guides accompany every tour. For more
information and details, see www.ecaudubon.org . Click first on
"Projects" and then "Woodpecker Weekend."
Birds and Beer
- 4:30 pm
on the Third Monday of the
Month at Fish Tale Brew Pub in Olympia
Gather with other birders and discuss recent findings and topics of
interest at the Fish Tale Brew Pub at 4:30pm on the third Monday of
each month. This is a new offering so ideas are welcome and will be
discussed at the May and June gatherings. If enough interest is
garnered, the meetings will continue in the fall.
On June 17th, we will
again share favorite birding spots and adventures and also discuss
what we can offer during this time frame and develop some
presentations appropriate for the venue, group size, and time
Location: The Fish
Tale Brew Pub
515 Jefferson St SE
Olympia, WA 98501
We will have a sign directing you to
the couches in the back where we will gather. Hope to see you there.
June 20 (Thurs.)
Thursday of each month.
8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Third
Eagle’s Pride Golf
Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Leaders: David Wienecke,
Denis DeSilvis, and/or Valerie Elliott
Join us for a field trip to a new site. We’re planning on making
this a monthly nature/bird watching trip on the 3rd Thursday of each
month throughout the year. This trip will be from 1-3 miles long on
relatively level ground. It will explore forest, water and open area
No security passes are required.
Trip starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the golf course driving range
Location: Exit 116 (Mounts
Road), turn north, turn right into Eagle’s Pride Golf Course
clubhouse parking area, go down ramp and make an immediate, hard
left onto driving range access road (narrow road). Proceed to
driving range parking area.
For more information contact David
firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 964-0341 (office) or
(760) 828-8788 (mobile).
(Fri. - Tues)
“Taking Flight Together”
Location: Skamania Lodge, 45
minutes east of Portland, Oregon, near Stevenson, Washington in the
spectacular Columbia River Gorge.
Come celebrate the Audubon network
and share your energy and passion for conserving birds throughout
the flyways with leaders from across the country!
For more information, and to
August 1 (Thurs.)
6:30 a.m. - late afternoon
Mt. Rainier: Wildflowers
and Casual Birding
Leaders: Jan Sharkey and Kristin Stewart
Join us for a Mt. Rainier wildflowers trip - on a Thursday, so we
can avoid the weekend crowds. However, the date for this trip may
change depending on snow and flower conditions at Paradise. We will
go for a relatively easy and slow hike and enjoy the views, the
flowers, and any birds we happen upon. We plan to hike a fair
distance, but at a leisurely pace. Be aware, we will start our walk
at Paradise at 5100 ' and climb up to 6000'. Folks who do not want
to hike too far are welcome to join us for as long as they wish;
they may stop along the way. As is usual on the mountain, be
prepared for all weather conditions. Bring food and water. If you
have FRS radios, they might also be useful.
Meet at the Martin Way Park and Ride at about 6:15 a.m., to
6:30 a.m. Call Jan Sharkey at (360) 943-8786 or Kristin Stewart at
(360) 456-5098 to sign up.
Event: WFO-WOS Joint
Save the date! From August 22 to 25, Black Hills
Audubon Society (BHAS) will host the first joint conference of the
Western Field Ornithologists (WFO) and the Washington Ornithology
Society (WOS) at the Red Lion Inn in Olympia. The conference will
feature over 20 field trips in addition to workshops, science
sessions, and panels. See
Plan to attend, even if just for part of the
conference. Some of the panel discussions and presentations will be
delightful and informative as world experts form teams to take on
quiz show type challenges. The bird vocalization and bird photo
identification challenges have become sessions of legend. Seating
for these events will be at a premium. Other presentations, offered
by researchers, authors, and experts in their field, provide insight
into little known species or aspects of bird life.
All-day field trips will be held Thursday, August 22 and Sunday,
August 25. Half-day (early morning until about noon) field trips
will be on Friday and Saturday, August 23 and 24. Friday and
Saturday afternoons will feature workshops, presentations, and a
dinner with keynote speaker.
WFO is an organization promoting the study,
appreciation, and protection of birds in western North America.
Amateur and professional field ornithologists are invited to join.
Members include many of the foremost birders, authors, professional
ornithologists, nature photographers, artists, and guides.
To learn more about WFO and register for the
WOS provides a place for birders to meet and share
information on bird identification, biology, populations, and
birding sites. Many of Washington’s most skilled and avid birders
are active in WOS. Learn more at:
For further information or to volunteer at the conference, contact:
Whittier Johnson at 360-866-8156.
How to Contact Us:
Black Hills Audubon Society
PO Box 2524
Olympia, WA 98507
Phone: (360) 352-7299
Messages are welcome!
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