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. 
Location:  Smoking Mo's Kitchen
                203 W Railroad Ave, Shelton, WA.  See map.

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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January (2015)

Saturdays and Sundays
10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Event:    Upper Skagit Bald Eagle Festival
Location:  Concrete, Rockport, and Marymount, Washington

Bald eagles are thick on the Upper Skagit River from December through February, feeding on salmon carcasses. The Upper Skagit towns of Concrete, Marymount and Rockport invite you to come see the eagles and enjoy the towns’ hospitality.

The Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center is open every Saturday and Sunday in January from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and will be open during the Christmas holiday break through January 2. Most every weekend in January, local experts will offer guided hikes along the wild and scenic Skagit River at 11:00 a.m. and informative presentations at 1:00 p.m. To obtain information about the Interpretive Center’s full schedule of activities, call 360-953-7626 or see www.skagiteagle.org.

Feb. 3 (Tues.)

1:30 pm

BHAS Action:  Are you available for the oil hearing on February 3rd?

This bill and actions fit right within Audubon’s climate initiative, and Audubon Washington intends to testify at the hearing on February 3rd. Please consider helping us achieve great turnouts, and get the legislative ball rolling in the right direction this session. Please RSVP to the Chapter Conservation Manager (Jen Syrowitz) at your early convenience!

*Public hearing to support Oil Transportation Safety Now HB 1449  [This is the governor's oil-transport safety bill]
Date
: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 (tentative)
Time: 1:30pm
Location: TBA
How: Sign in as SUPPORT and/or testify.

For more information, please contact Jen Syrowitz, Audubon Washington Chapter Associate at jsyrowitz@audubon.org

Feb. 7
(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. No expert guide.

          7:30 am:   Birding from Priest Point Park (Rose Garden Shelter)
                          East Bay Drive, Olympia

           9:00 am:   Breakfast at the Spar Café
                          114 4th Ave E, Olympia

For more information, contact Deb Nickerson at (360) 754-5397 (cell).

Feb. 12 (Thurs.)

7 pm

Event:  BHAS Monthly Program Meeting
Presention: 
         "Experience T and T"

Sit back and be transported to a place far removed from the gray winter days of the Pacific Northwest. Join Sheila McCartan and Tom Schooley as they share their experience visiting and birding The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago off the coast of Venezuela.

These tiny islands are home to over 420 species of birds. Learn about the important conservation work and education programs of the Asa Wright Nature Center. For a little added twist, there is a connection in this story to James Bond!

BHAS Program meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month (exceptions: no March, July, or August meetings). 

Meeting Location (except for the June picnic):

First Christian Church
701 Franklin Street SE
Olympia, WA 98507

Arrive at 7:00 pm to socialize – the program will begin promptly at 7:30 pm.

Feb. 12 – 15
(Thurs - Sun.)
Event:    Winter Wings Festival
Location:  Klamath Falls, Oregon

For a sojourn in a drier ecosystem, away from our rain rain rain, head south to Klamath Falls, Oregon for their annual Winter Wings Festival. Klamath Lake and its environs is one of the Pacific Northwest’s, if not the nation’s, birding hotspots, especially during this time of year. The keynote speaker this year will be Richard Crossley, internationally known birder, photographer, and author of The Crossley ID Guide.

Sure, it’s a long ways away, but there are 10 good reasons to attend this festival, festival organizers contend. To read their reasons, and for more information and registration details, go to www.winterwingsfest.org.

Feb. 13-16
(Fri. - Mon.)

Presidents’ Day Weekend

Event:      18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

Looking for a way to enjoy the great outdoors this February? Join millions of bird watchers across North America and the world to make your love of nature add up for science and for the future.  Participate in the 18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count during “Presidents’ Day” weekend.

Sponsored by Audubon and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, anyone—expert or novice, all ages—can count birds from wherever they are, at home, in schoolyards, at local parks, or wildlife refuges. Participants enter their tallies online, see the results of their observations within minutes, and compare to those of thousands of others. In 2014, participants sent in over 140,000 checklists worldwide.

These reports contribute valuable information for science and conservation. Bird populations are dynamic; they are constantly in flux, as they are affected by short-term weather and long-term climate change. And while they are gathering data, participants—families, teachers, children—enjoy nature and have fun!

Go to http://gbbc.birdcount.org/  for more information and to submit your observations during the Bird Count weekend.

Feb. 16 (Mon)

4:30  pm
BHAS Event:        Birds and Beer (Olympia)
 
                   (Third Monday of each month at 4:30 pm)

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

For questions, please contact Deb Nickerson at 360-754-5397 or debranick@gmail.com.

Feb. 18 (Wed)

7:30 AM

Field Trip:    Lobby Day Lift-Off Bird Walk - Tumwater Historical Park

Leader:    Craig Merkel

Location: Tumwater Historical Park (down the hill from the Crosby House)
               777 Simmons Road SW, Tumwater, WA

Join us for a bird walk before Audubon Lobby Day activities begin. Meet at Tumwater Historical Park by the large play area at 7:30 am and walk the Deschutes River and Capitol Lake listening and looking for waterfowl, shorebirds, passerines, and raptors.

Some may want to carpool or be dropped off so they can walk directly to the Women's Club for the 9:30am start of Audubon Lobby Day. All are welcome; you do not need to be attending Lobby Day to join in this field trip.

Feb. 18 (Wed)

9:30 am

Legislative Event:    Return of Advocacy -Audubon Lobby Day

Location:

Woman's Club of Olympia
1002 Washington St Se
Olympia, WA

Here is our chance to collectively meet and talk with our legislators on issues of importance to our state, nation, and world. Audubon members from all over the state will be coming to Olympia on February 18th for this chance to have their voices heard in small group meetings with legislators and other governmental officials.

Our Black Hills Chapter, along with Audubon Washington, will be organizing and hosting this one-day event. More volunteers are needed to prepare for the dozens of members we expect. For more information, please contact Deb Nickerson at debranick@gmail.

Feb. 19 (Thurs)

7pm-8:30pm

(doors open at 6:30pm)

EventSouth Sound Estuary Association (SSEA)
                Discovery Speaker Series 

Presentation:
 Results from the Ruckelshaus Center’s
                  Capital Lake Assessment

Location:  LOTT’s WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia

Chris Page from the Ruckelshaus Center will teach us about their approach to collaborative problem solving, how they applied the process for the Olympia’s Capital Lake assessment and a summary of the results.

Free and open to the public thanks in part to The Russell Family Foundation, Washington Foundation for the Environment, presenters donating their time, and the many members/supporters who join SSEA to help keep these programs going.

Feb. 25 (Wed.)

5:00 pm

BHAS Event:     Birds and 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:  Smoking Mo's Kitchen
                  203 W Railroad Ave, Shelton, WA.  See map.

Feb. 28 - Mar. 1
(Sat. - Sun.)

 

Event:   Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival
Location:  Port Susan, Washington

Every year, thousands of Snow Geese descend on the Stillasquamish and Skagit River deltas. The Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival attracts participants who come to see these large numbers of Snow Geese, Trumpeter and Tundra Swans, Bald Eagles, herons, ducks, and many other species, even including Snowy Owls and Gyrfalcons!

Sponsored by the Pilchuk Audubon Society, most events and tours are free. To see a calendar of events, check their website www.snowgoosefest.org .

Mar. 7
(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. No expert guide.

           7:30 am:   Birding at Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area Trail
                          7000 Whitham Rd NE, Olympia, WA

           9:00 am:   Breakfast at Woodard Bay NRCA (bring your own)

Discovery Pass Required.  For more information, contact Deb Nickerson at (360) 754-5397 (cell). 

Mar. 7

5 pm

Event:  BHAS 28th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction
Location:  South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Student Union

Black Hills Audubon Society will hold its 28th Annual Dinner and Auction the evening of Saturday, March 7, 2015.

This year’s event will be held at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC), in the Student Union Building, on Olympia’s west side. Invitations to the event will be mailed in late January. A catered buffet dinner will be offered again this year. Tickets to the evening’s activities will cost $30 and must be purchased in advance. Information about the entrée choices and ticket purchasing will be in the invitation and on our website.

The dinner is our major social activity of the year, giving members and friends of BHAS a chance to come together to celebrate the chapter’s achievements of the past year.

More information on the Annual Dinner web page

Mar. 19 (Thurs)

7pm-8:30pm

(doors open at 6:30pm)

EventSouth Sound Estuary Association (SSEA)
                Discovery Speaker Series 

Presentation:
 Shorebirds of Puget Sound
                 Joe Evenson PhD, WDFW

Location:  LOTT’s WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia

Joe Evenson PhD, will teach us about shorebird populations in Puget Sound. Joe will talk about the science used to count shorebirds, the changing trends, and the relationship with forage fish populations.

Free and open to the public thanks in part to The Russell Family Foundation, Washington Foundation for the Environment, presenters donating their time, and the many members/supporters who join SSEA to help keep these programs going.

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. No expert guide.

             7:30 am:   Tenino’s Mull Street Marsh

             9:00 am:   Breakfast at Huntamer Foundation site

For more information, contact Deb Nickerson at (360) 754-5397 (cell).

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, 3013 Azalea Court SE, Olympia, WA.

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.