Some field trips to public lands may require an entrance fee.  See how to purchase the Washington Discover Pass.

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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • Last Wednesday of each month at 4:30 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.

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  • Third Thursday of each month: Field Trip:

    Birding at Eagle’s Pride Golf Course
    at JBLM

    This trip, at the Joint Base Lewis McChord golf course, 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. 

    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.

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April 21 (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.

April 25-27 Event:       Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival 2014

Location: Hoquiam, WA

Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival 2014Each 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 traveling 15,000 miles round-trip.
This event is timed to match the annual migration of hundreds of thousands of shorebirds as they pause at the Grays Harbor estuary to feed and rest before departing for their nesting grounds in the Arctic. The concentration of birds in Grays Harbor allows birders an excellent chance to view many species and to see birds take flight in beautiful formations.

The weekend is filled with activities, including field trips, a banquet with a keynote speaker, lectures, a birding marketplace, and more.

For more information, see www.shorebirdfestival.com .
Aug. 30  (Wed.)

4:30 pm

BHAS Event:  Last Wednesday of each month at 4:30 pm

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.

May 8 (Thurs)

7-9 pm
BHAS Monthly Program Meeting

Presentation:   
 Habitat Change in Puget Sound
 

SpeakerEd Swan


Ed Swan, nature writer and guide, will talk about habitat change over time in Puget Sound. The region has experienced several waves of change that produced large alterations in avifauna (birds). Ed takes a step by step look at those changes to show how habitat is a key factor in changes to birds when big change occurs.


He will demonstrate the extent of changes and how wide-ranging their effects have been. Ed will use Vashon Island as an example to discuss how citizen science and action can have a big impact in favor of conservation.

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

Meeting Location

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.

May 10 (Sat)

7:30 am
BHAS Event:  First Annual Deschutes Estuary 
                          Spring Bird Walk -
 
                International Migratory Bird Day


Hear and see songbirds just returned from Mexico, Central America and South America as they nest in the Deschutes Estuary from Tumwater Falls and Historical Park to Marathon Park and Percival Cove. Listen for Yellow Warbler, Warbling Vireo, Western Tanager and Rufous Hummingbird. See American Dippers dipping for food in the Deschutes River and Belted Kingfishers fishing along the shore. Water birds like Ring-necked Duck and Wood Duck can be seen. Watch for Bald Eagle and Osprey.

Estuary restoration will enhance this important bird area, featured as a stop on the Audubon Great Washington State Birding Trail - Olympic Loop map.

Meet at 7:30 am at Tumwater Historical Park, 777 Simmons Rd, just off Deschutes Parkway.

Co-sponsored by Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team www.deschutesestuary.org  and Black Hills Audubon www.blackhills-audubon.org.

For more information contact Dani Madrone, Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team, at olydert@gmail.com or 360-485-6683, or Deb Nickerson, Black Hills Audubon, at debranick@gmail.com  360-754-5397.

May 15 -18
(Thurs - Sun)
Event:    Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest
Location: Leavenworth, WA

Birdfest posterThe Leavenworth area features spectacular habitats ranging from snow-capped mountains to sunny ponderosa pine forests, lush riparian zones to shrub-steppe. All our field trips are led by experts and professionals in their field. Learn about the wide variety of migratory birds that come here for a brief, but important part of their year the breeding season. Hear birdsongs sung only during the breeding season while you stroll, bike, boat, or van during the height of wildflower season.

While birding is the heart of the weekend, activities also include wildflower walks, arts events, and family activities to ensure fun and learning for birders of all ages and skill levels, with enough built-in "down time" to explore the friendly Bavarian village that we call home.

For more information and to register, please visit Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest.