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February 2019

Olympia Birds & Brew

February 18 @ 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until November 18, 2019

Fish Tale Brewpub, 515 Jefferson St. SE
Olympia, WA United States
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Gather with birders at the Fish Tale Brewpub on the third Monday of each month. Get to know other birders from our chapter while sipping and snacking on the couches at back of the Fish Tail Pub. Come with questions, stories or concerns about our beloved birds. All are welcome. No experience necessary.  

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

February 20 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Wednesday, repeating until October 30, 2019

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
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Join Phil Kelley to see the birds and other wildlife who inhabit the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  When winter settles in at the Refuge, waterfowl of all kinds come to spend the season, visit, feed, and rest.  All too soon another spring will roll around and many of these overwintering waterfowl will head north again.  In many ways, winter is the richest season at the Refuge, and few know the Refuge as intimately as Phil Kelley. The Refuge charges at $3.00 entrance fee, which is waived if you have a Golden Eagle Pass, federal interagency pass, or other applicable pass.

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Birding Eagle’s Pride Golf Course

February 21 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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Eagle’s Pride Golf Course, Exit 116 (Mounts Road) WA United States + Google Map

During the summer, Eagle Pride Golf Course’s ponds, thick, diverse habitat, and location only one-half mile from Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge make it a great place to spot many bird species, especially in these busiest months of the birding year. Five swallow species abound and nest at the course, for example, and over 70 species of birds have been documented in the last couple of years. Meet at the driving range parking spaces. Take exit 116 off I-5N. Turn north off the ramp and then right into the golf course. The driving range access road, a narrow gravel road, is an immediate left, or you can park in the main lot and easily walk up to the driving range. As always, dress for the weather and bring water and snacks as needed. If you have questions, contact David Wienecke at david.l.wienecke.naf@nullmail.mil or call his office phone 253-964-0341.

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Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival

February 23-February 24
Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center, 27130 102nd Avenue N.W.
Stanwood, WA United States
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The North Puget Sound is a wonderful place to watch birds of all kinds and the Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival facilitates your exploration. The festival typically offers several classes about wildlife and tours of favorite places to watch the birds that winter here. Winter residents include Great Blue Heron, Eagles, Hawks, and countless shorebirds. Many different species of duck can be seen from a single vantage point on Camano Island. Use www.snowgoosefest.org periodically to link to the festival's schedule of events as it is finalized.

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

February 27 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Wednesday, repeating until October 30, 2019

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
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Join Phil Kelley to see the birds and other wildlife who inhabit the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  When winter settles in at the Refuge, waterfowl of all kinds come to spend the season, visit, feed, and rest.  All too soon another spring will roll around and many of these overwintering waterfowl will head north again.  In many ways, winter is the richest season at the Refuge, and few know the Refuge as intimately as Phil Kelley. The Refuge charges at $3.00 entrance fee, which is waived if you have a Golden Eagle Pass, federal interagency pass, or other applicable pass.

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Shelton Birds & Brew

February 27 @ 5:00 pm-7:30 pm
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El Sarape Cantina, 318 W Railroad Avenue
Shelton, 98584 United States
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NEW VENUE!!  El Sarape Cantina.  Meet other birders from Mason County or those who happen to be in the area. Discuss good places to bird and the interesting birds you have sighted recently. Have a beverage and or a bite to eat with us. Come ready to share where and why you go birding in a particular spot. People new to our area will benefit from your knowledge. Last Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm.

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March 2019

Birding and Breakfast – Woodard Bay

March 2 @ 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 on the first Saturday of each month. 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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Identifying Shorebirds Class with Black Hills Audubon Society’s Scott Mills, Ph.D

March 2 @ 9:00 am-11:00 am
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
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This course is taught by retired professor of ornithology Scott Mills. Five Saturday Mornings: March 2 - March 30 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Where: Visitor Center Hall at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Cost: $75.00 Register by contacting Ken Brown at kenbrownpls@nullcomcast.net Black Hills Audubon Society, PO Box 2524, Olympia, WA 98507-2524

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2019 Annual Fundraising Dinner

March 2 @ 4:30 pm-9:00 pm
SPSCC, 2011 Mottman Road SW
Olympia, WA 98502 United States
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$45

Come to Dinner! An Invitation to Gather with guest speakers Diane Yorgason-Quinn and Rachel Hudson at the South Puget Sound Community College Student Union Building 4:30 PM: Social time, cash bar and sale/raffle perusal* 5:30 Catered dinner begins *All proceeds from raffle ticket sales and experience sign-ups help support BHAS education and conservation programs. Dinner Each dinner is $45 per person and includes salad, rolls, dessert, tea or coffee, and ice water. Wine and beer can be purchased for $5 per drink. Soft drinks and water are available for free. The College’s culinary class caterers, who served us so well last year, will again create dinner choices for most tastes and dietary needs. This year you can choose from 3 dishes: Smoked Chicken Lasagna Grilled Salmon, lemon-dill sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables Delicata squash with roasted red peppers, rice, lentils, mushrooms, brussel sprouts Registration for the dinner closes February 23. Raffle As has become a winning tradition, we will again feature several attractive raffle “packages” for bidding to add suspense to the evening. Sale items will focus on “events and experiences,” such as boat, kayak or bicycle trips, guided birding adventures, dinners for you and friends, stays at mountain cabins, and the like. If you have an idea for something to offer, please contact Deb Nickerson at debranick@nullgmail.com. And thank you! This gala night is the major fundraiser for Black Hills, to support our library backpack project and conservation advocacy work. With your help we can make a difference in our communities. There will be an opportunity to contribute directly to these worthy programs at the dinner. Recognizing Achievements The evening affords the perfect opportunity to hear about our accomplishments and plans for upcoming activities and initiatives. It is also the time we formally acknowledge extraordinary work and achievements of dedicated…

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

March 6 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Wednesday, repeating until October 30, 2019

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
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Join Phil Kelley to see the birds and other wildlife who inhabit the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  When winter settles in at the Refuge, waterfowl of all kinds come to spend the season, visit, feed, and rest.  All too soon another spring will roll around and many of these overwintering waterfowl will head north again.  In many ways, winter is the richest season at the Refuge, and few know the Refuge as intimately as Phil Kelley. The Refuge charges at $3.00 entrance fee, which is waived if you have a Golden Eagle Pass, federal interagency pass, or other applicable pass.

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Taylor Wetlands

March 9 @ 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Taylor Wetlands, 1325 Fones Road S.E.
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
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Taylor Wetlands is an unassuming bit of property on the Olympia-Lacy border, a bit south of the I-5 freeway, owned by the City of Olympia. Easily accessible and just off the Olympia Woodland Trail at mile 3 1/2, it has a varied habitat, including swamps, brush, mature trees (Douglas Fir, Cedar and Big Leaf Maple), riparian area and some good sized ponds. Over the past two years several friends and I have recorded 86 species of birds there - nothing unusual but all birds are good in my book. In early March there might be Wood Ducks, Gadwall and other ducks; several types of wren, sparrows and woodpeckers; an assortment of kinglets, creepers, bushtits and chickadees; and a few early warblers and swallows. Kingfishers, Black Birds, Great Blue Heron and Red Tailed Hawks are also a good bet. Lots of these nest there or nearby, and I especially like to look for nests and breeding activity, as I keep watch over the course of the year. The path is a bit less than a mile, and we should easily cover it in two hours or less. We will meet at the far north-east corner of the Home Depot parking lot at 1325 Fones Road, SE, Olympia WA. There may be an inch or more water and mud on the path, and although the city has done a lot of work on the blackberries, I would suggest sturdy pants and waterproof boots.

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

March 13 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Wednesday, repeating until October 30, 2019

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
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Join Phil Kelley to see the birds and other wildlife who inhabit the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  When winter settles in at the Refuge, waterfowl of all kinds come to spend the season, visit, feed, and rest.  All too soon another spring will roll around and many of these overwintering waterfowl will head north again.  In many ways, winter is the richest season at the Refuge, and few know the Refuge as intimately as Phil Kelley. The Refuge charges at $3.00 entrance fee, which is waived if you have a Golden Eagle Pass, federal interagency pass, or other applicable pass.

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Wings Over Water Birding Festival

March 15-March 17
Blaine, Washington WA United States + Google Map

This annual birding festival celebrates the incredible variety of migratory birds that visit Blaine, Semiahmoo, Birch Bay, and Drayton Harbor, located on the Pacific Flyway in the Northwest corner of Washington State, with field trips, nature cruises, wildlife demonstrations, arts & crafts, kid's activities, expert wildlife speakers and more. For full details, including places and times, see www.wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com.

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Port Angeles and the Strait of Juan de Fuca

March 16-March 17
McLane Fire Station, 125 Delphi Road
Olympia, WA United States
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This is an overnight trip leaving Olympia Saturday, March 16 and returning Sunday, March 17, 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. We may 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 on 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 stop by 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 4. E-mail Sam Merrill at sammerrill3@nullcomcast.net 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 16. Bring binoculars, a scope to share if you have one, and warm clothes as shore locations can be windy. Bring any other supplies or accessories you need to be comfortable. Please make your own lodging plans in Port Angeles. There are many…

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OYAS Field Trip – Harmony Farm

March 17 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
South Bay Elementary School Parking Lot, 3845 Sleater Kinney Rd NE, Lacey, WA
Lacey, Wa 98506 United States
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Join us on this trip! Please register to join us and fill in necessary permission forms below. Permission Form Notes: Field Trip Parent or Guardian Permission Form: You may download and print this Permission Form, or fill in the RSVP questions below when you register. Photo Release Form: There will be times on OYAS field trips or at meetings when one or more photographs may be taken of members.  If appropriate, some of these photographs may be deemed useful to include on the Black Hills Audubon/OYAS website which is accessed publicly. Please indicate, by signing below, whether you AND your parent/guardian agree or not to possibly having your photo publicly shown on the OYAS website. Note: No names or personal information will be divulged without the expressed written consent of both the student and parent/guardian. *A private communication site will be established for uploading and previewing photographs. Want to be a driver for the Field trip? If you want to be a driver for this or any upcoming field trip, please fill out this form and submit prior to the field trip.

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Olympia Birds & Brew

March 18 @ 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until November 18, 2019

Fish Tale Brewpub, 515 Jefferson St. SE
Olympia, WA United States
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Gather with birders at the Fish Tale Brewpub on the third Monday of each month. Get to know other birders from our chapter while sipping and snacking on the couches at back of the Fish Tail Pub. Come with questions, stories or concerns about our beloved birds. All are welcome. No experience necessary.  

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

March 20 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Wednesday, repeating until October 30, 2019

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
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Join Phil Kelley to see the birds and other wildlife who inhabit the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  When winter settles in at the Refuge, waterfowl of all kinds come to spend the season, visit, feed, and rest.  All too soon another spring will roll around and many of these overwintering waterfowl will head north again.  In many ways, winter is the richest season at the Refuge, and few know the Refuge as intimately as Phil Kelley. The Refuge charges at $3.00 entrance fee, which is waived if you have a Golden Eagle Pass, federal interagency pass, or other applicable pass.

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Birding Eagle’s Pride Golf Course

March 21 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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Eagle’s Pride Golf Course, Exit 116 (Mounts Road) WA United States + Google Map

During the summer, Eagle Pride Golf Course’s ponds, thick, diverse habitat, and location only one-half mile from Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge make it a great place to spot many bird species, especially in these busiest months of the birding year. Five swallow species abound and nest at the course, for example, and over 70 species of birds have been documented in the last couple of years. Meet at the driving range parking spaces. Take exit 116 off I-5N. Turn north off the ramp and then right into the golf course. The driving range access road, a narrow gravel road, is an immediate left, or you can park in the main lot and easily walk up to the driving range. As always, dress for the weather and bring water and snacks as needed. If you have questions, contact David Wienecke at david.l.wienecke.naf@nullmail.mil or call his office phone 253-964-0341.

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Othello Sandhill Crane Festival

March 22-March 24
Othello, Washington Othello, WA United States + Google Map

The 2019 theme of the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival is “Elegant Travelers on a Journey.” Kurt Braunwart, co-chair of the festival, says, “I have been involved with the festival for almost 20 years and it always amazes me how every year there is something fresh and new about nature and the local area. Even as locals, we are often surprised to see what interesting blends there are between wildlife and farming in the Columbia Basin,” In addition to a full slate of outstanding speakers focusing on area geology, ice age floods, a variety of cranes, and various animal migrations, the festival is also excited to have Wolf Haven International present for the first time ever. Based out of Tenino, WA, outreach coordinator Chris Montero will feature skull replicas, prey antlers, and a couple of life sized wolf cutouts at their table. Mr. Montero is an experienced naturalist guide, environmental interpreter, field technician, scientific illustrator and for the last eight years has been teaching wildlife and conservation for National Geographic Student Expeditions in Ecuador, Brazil, Australia, Belize and more recently in the Canadian Arctic. Visit the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival website in February for more information on festival events at othellosandhillcranefestival.org.

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Still Waters Farm

March 23 @ 9:00 am-11:00 am
Still Waters Farm, Webb Hill Road
Shelton, WA United States
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Still Waters Farm is a 48-acre tree farm certified sustainable by the American Tree Farm System (ATFS) and the Forest Stewardship Council( FSC). The farm has a 20-acre peat wetland system that has been disturbed at least twice in its history; much work has been done to restore this wetland and to enhance the wetland habitat. Projects have been completed with USFWS, WDFW, NRCS, WA DNR, and Mason Conservation District. We have a very successful nest box program and host large numbers of Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers, swallows, and others. As always, dress for the weather. Contact Mark Biser at 360-427-8603 if you need more information. To reach Still Waters Farm from Olympia or Highway 101 Northbound ( GPS address = Webb Hill Rd, Shelton , WA): 1. Go past all three Shelton exits. Go past Sanderson Airport about 3 miles. 2. Turn right onto Brockdale Road. Go one mile to stop sign. 3. Turn left onto McReavy Road and follow McReavy north for 1 mile. 4. Turn left onto Webb Hill Road; go approximately 1/3 mile. 5. Turn left into driveway at 311 Webb Hill Road (Green gate / Tree Farm sign); continue down gravel driveway to parking.

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