Regular/Recurring
Field Trips
:
 

Every Wednesday, 8:00 am — 11:00 am, Field Trip: 
Phil Kelley leads a
Birding Walk at Nisqually NWR.  Meet at the Nisqually Visitor Center.

First Saturday of each month, Birding and Breakfast -
First Saturday of each month, different location each time within Lewis, Mason, or Thurston County.  Birding at 7:30 am and breakfast at 9:00 am.
For more information, contact Deb Nickerson at 360-754-5397.

Third Monday of each month at 4:30 pm, Event:

Birds and Beer (Olympia)

Gather with birders at the Fish Tale Brewpub on the third Monday of each month. People will share their “best birding spots in our area.”

Come ready to share where and why you go birding in a particular spot. People new to our area will benefit from your knowledge.  We will gather at the couches in the back.
Location:  Fish Tale Brewpub,
               515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia

Last Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm , Event:

Birds and Beer (Shelton)

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.
 
NEW Location for March 2015
      
        Osaka Sushi & Asian Bistro
               507 W Railroad Ave
               Shelton WA 98584
                 

Third Thursday of each month, 8:00 a.m:   Field Trip:

Guided Birding at Eagle’s Pride Golf Course
at JBLM

Eagle’s Pride Golf Course, which most of us only glimpse as we speed by on I-5, has many acres of undeveloped ponds, meadow, and conifer and
deciduous forest, just one-half mile from the Nisqually River.
Over 72 species of birds have been documented so far on these Thursday field trips.

This trip will be from 1-3 miles long on relatively level ground, and 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. 

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 questions, contact David Wienecke at david.l.wienecke.naf@mail.mil or
(253) 964-0341 (office) or (760)828-8788 (cell).


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---  2015  Field Trips and Events  ---

Mar. 27 – 29 (Fri-Sun) Event:    Othello Sandhill Crane Festival
Location: Othello, Washington

Long one of Washington State's most popular birding festivals, the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival is timed to offer visitors the chance to see the tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes that stop in Othello's fallow grain fields and wetlands to fuel up on their migration north.

The Festival has many tours for crane-viewing along with specialty tours to see landscape and birds very different from ours on the west side of the Cascades. Specialty tours have included Columbia National Wildlife Refuge/Potholes area wildlife tour, Missoula Floods and the Channeled Scablands geology tour, Lower Grand Coulee birding tour, and Wahluke Slope/Shrub Steppe birding tour.

Pre-registration is suggested to reserve your seat, as some fill up quickly. For more information and to register, go to www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org .

Deadline to apply: 
 April 1.

Bird-banding Training 2015

Scholarships offered

BHAS is excited to offer two scholarships for a bird-banding training this coming spring. Taught by the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM), the six days of training will occur on May 22-25, and May 30-June1.

 

Deadline to apply:  April 1.
One scholarship will be for an adult and the other one for a teenager/student. The cost for training each person is $450. BHAS will provide $400 of the fee for each scholarship recipient, and each participant will have to provide the remaining $50. After the training, each recipient will be expected to make a short presentation at a BHAS program meeting and participate in volunteer bird-banding using her/his new skills.

 

The training, taught by Dan Froehlich and Glenn Johnson, will cover all the aspects of setting up and running a MAPS station and will produce, as a goal, banders who can extract birds captured, record data, and perform most aging and sexing of the common species. The focus of the course will be on aging by wing feather patterns, sexing, and skulling with the goal of separating adults from juveniles. The course will also cover net placement, MAPS concept, bird handling, and data recording.

 

If you are interested in attending this camp and applying for one of the scholarships, please provide a statement by April 1, 2015, explaining:

  1. Why you would best be suited to receive the training, and

  2. How this training will be applied to your professional work, personal pursuits, and/or interests.

Please send your statement by April 1st to Sam Merrill, Conservation Committee Chair, BHAS, at sammerrill3@comcast.net.

Apr. 4
(Sat.)

7:30 am

9:00 am

BHAS Field Trip/Event:       Birding & Breakfast

Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast 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 tell you what birds are in the area. Beginning birders are welcome.

             7:30 am:   Tenino's Mull Street marsh and Heernet Foundation woods.
                             Paul Hicks will lead. Meet at Scotty B's Diner (500 Sussex Avenue
                             East, Tenino), on the corner of the shopping center at the
                             intersection of Route 507 and Old Highway 99.
                             We'll carpool from there.

             9:00 am:   Breakfast at Scotty B's Diner (500 Sussex Avenue East, Tenino)

Contact Bonnie Wood at 360-943-4612 with questions.

Apr. 9
(Thurs)
 
BHAS Field Trip to Olympic Peninsula

Black Hills Audubon is organizing a group to go to the Olympic Peninsula to synchronize with the Olympic Birdfest, April 10-12, 2015.

The Olympic Peninsula is home to many birding hotspots on the Great Washington State Birding Trail and many Important Bird Areas (IBAs). The northeast Olympia Peninsula is also an easy jumping-off point to Olympic National Park, the San Juans, and Vancouver Island and Victoria.

Our (tentative) plan is to caravan up to the Peninsula on Thursday, April 9, stopping to bird at sites along the Hood Canal on the way. BHAS will host a reception on Thursday night for BHAS members and their friends. On Friday, the festival's field trips begin: there are a plethora of field trips to choose from, led by local birding experts. See www.olympicbirdfest.org for the full schedule of events and to register. Many of the field trips do have a fee; these proceeds go to support the education programs at the Dungeness River Audubon Center.

Choose and arrange your own lodging plans—Port Townsend, Sequim, and Port Angeles have myriad lodging options. Good detailed information about lodging, the festival's field trips, and other offerings is on the Internet and the Olympic Birdfest website, www.olympicbirdfest.org .

If you are interested in this trip, please contact Bonnie Wood at 360-943-4612 or bwood2800@gmail.com , so we can get a sense of numbers. If you leave a message, please leave your phone number and e-mail address. I will get back to you promptly with details about where and when to meet and other information. (Plans are not yet concrete.) Thanks!

Apr. 9 (Thurs.)

7 pm

BHAS Monthly Program Meeting: 

Presentation: 
                  The South of the Sound Community Farm Land
                  Trust (SSCFLT)

South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust is a local organization working to promote sustainable, productive farmland.

Addie Candib, Philanthropy and Outreach Coordinator for SSCFLT, will speak about the organization and provide information about its vision for the future and the organization’s efforts not just to protect farmland, but to provide a model for successful collaboration between advocates for farm land and advocates for the environment.


Monthly program meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at:

First Christian Church meeting hall
701 Franklin St. SE

downtown Olympia.

 

Arrive at 7 p.m. to socialize; programs begin promptly at 7:30 pm

Apr. 10 -12
(Fri-Sun)
 
Event:   Olympic Peninsula Birdfest
Location: Sequim, Washington

This festival provides opportunities to see birds normally seen on the Olympic Peninsula, which includes many locations on the Great Washington State Birding Trail and IBAs (Important Bird Areas). Field trips are planned to Sequim Bay, Port Angeles Harbor, Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, the Elwa River, Salt Creek, and Neah Bay. Boat trips to Protection Island are also planned. For full information about the festival, go to www.olympicbirdfest.org.

Black Hills Audubon hopes to organize a group to go up to the Peninsula on Thursday, stopping to bird along the way. Black Hills Audubon will host a reception on Thursday night. See previous listing on this page about the BHAS Field Trip to Birdfest.

Apr. 17 (Fri.)

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Black Hills Book Discussion Group

The discussion of the first book (The Sixth Extinction) went so well, we are continuing to read and discuss books of note to our members.

In April, we will discuss The Human Age by Diane Ackerman. Read it by April 17th so you can come discuss it with us.

We will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Deb Nickerson’s house. Contact her at debranick@gmail.com  if you have questions.

Apr. 25 (Sat)

8:30 a.m. to about Noon
 

BHAS Field Trip:   Twin Rivers Ranch
Leaders: Whittier Johnson and Capitol Land Trust's Mike Leigh

Black Hills Audubon and Capitol Land Trust are pleased to offer their members a joint field trip to one of Capitol Land Trust's properties, Twin Rivers Ranch. This property in Shelton, on Oakland Bay, provides open saltwater, wetland, estuarine, riparian, forested, and open field habitat for an incredible variety of birds: waterfowl, shorebirds, and over 83 species of land-birds.

Expect to be at Twin Rivers Ranch for the morning. Expect the drive to Twin Rivers Ranch to take a good 45 minutes from Olympia. Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks as needed.

To reach Twin Rivers Ranch, take US 101 towards Shelton and then the exit for Highway 3 (S.E. Olympic Highway South) toward Shelton/Bremerton. Continue on Highway 3 through downtown Shelton and along Oakland Bay for about six miles. Twin Rivers ranch will be on your right just after Ecler Road. Look for a white CLT EVENT sign on the road. (Google map directions are at http://goo.gl/maps/DWZUO .)
Follow the driveway over the bridge, past the house, and park by the barn.

Apr. 29 (Wed.)

5:00 pm

BHAS Event:     Shelton Birds & Brew (formerly called Birds & Beer-Shelton)
                  
(Last Wednesday of each month at 5 pm)

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. 

Please note time:  5 pm.

Location:  Location changes from time to time. Please contact Norma at 426-1051 for this evening's location.

Apr. 30 (Thur.)

6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

BHAS Audubon Outreach Committee Meeting

Audubon Outreach welcomes new members, creates opportunities to bird and socialize together, assists with chapter projects and events, and organizes educational experiences for Thurston, Lewis, and Mason counties.

By volunteering alongside others we get to know each other better.

  1. Help with Annual Dinner in March of each year
  2. Come to First Saturday Birding and Breakfast and answer questions about Black Hills Audubon
  3. Greet or bring refreshments at a Program meeting on the 2nd Thursday of the month
  4. Staff a table with Audubon materials and answer questions about Black Hills Audubon at local events
  5. Post birding events on website event calendars of local radio stations, newspapers, Chamber of Commerce and others.
  6. Post Birding and Breakfast and Birding and Beer posters at local libraries and businesses.

Location: Deb Nickerson's home.  Please email debranick@gmail for directions.

Newcomers are welcome!

Audubon Outreach meets the last Thursday of September, January, and April.
Contact Black Hills Audubon Society at 360-352-7299 for location of future meetings.

May 1-3 
(Fri Sun)
 
Event:   Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival 2015
Location: Hoquiam, Washington

Each spring, hundreds of thousands of shorebirds stop to rest and feed in Grays Harbor estuary on their migration northward. Coming from as far south as Argentina, these Arctic-bound shorebirds are among the world's greatest migrants. Some birds travel over 15,000 miles round trip! Tens of thousands of shorebirds feed on the open mudflats in the estuary. This concentration of birds offers people a great chance to view a number of shorebird species, and with luck, to see the birds fly together in beautiful formations while trying to escape the fastest creature on earth, the Peregrine Falcon. For full information about festival events, see www.shorebirdfestival.com.

At Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge (GHNWR), shorebirds can be viewed best during the period about two hours before high tide to two hours after. During high tide, birds are closer and more concentrated for better viewing. The peak in migration typically occurs the last week in April. Best viewing times at GHNWR during the 2015 festival are:
High tide Best viewing
Friday, May 1 12:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 1:20 p.m. 11:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Sunday, May 3 2:00 p.m. 12 noon - 4 p.m.

NOTE: Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge is open from sunrise to sunset.

May 2 (Sat.)

7:30 am, and

9:00 am

 

BHAS Field Trip/Event:       Birding & Breakfast

Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast 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 tell you what birds are in the area. Beginning birders are welcome.

             7:30 am:   Priest Point Park (Rose Garden), 2600 East Bay Dr. NE, Olympia

             9:00 am:   Breakfast at Dancing Goats (across from Farmer’s Market,
                            111 Market St. NE, Olympia)

May 2 (Sat.)

7:30 am, and

9:00 am

BHAS Field Trip/Event:       Birding & Breakfast

Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast 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 tell you what birds are in the area. Beginning birders are welcome.

             7:30 am:   Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge (Visitor Center Observation Deck)
                            100 Brown Farm Rd NE, Olympia

             9:00 am:   Breakfast at Norma’s Burger at I-5, 10322 Martin Way East, Olympia