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:

Shelton Birds and Brew

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:  Location changes from time to time. Please contact Norma at 426-1051 for the next location.

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  ---

May 23-25
(Sat. - Mon)
Event:       WENAS Campout
Location
: Wenas Creek Campground

Every Memorial Day weekend, members of Washington's Audubon chapters and their families and friends gather at the primitive, yet free!, Wenas Creek Campground in the Wenas Valley, on the east side of the Cascades between Ellensburg and Yakima, to enjoy the natural surroundings, abundant bird life, and each other's company. There are campfire programs every evening and guided field trips for birds and wildflowers everyday. Love of nature of all kinds means there may be insect hunts and bat hunts as well.

See www.wenasaudubon.org  for more information; the website will be updated soon.

May 27 (Mon.)

5 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 360-426-1051 for this evening's location.

May 29 (Fri.) BHAS Class:       "Birding by Ear" - An Introduction

Instructor: Paul Hicks

 

“Birding By Ear”
 Class

When:  May 29, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
            Plus choose between two
            separate field trips, June 6th
            or 12th.

Where
: Grace CommunityCovenant
            Church
            5501 Wiggins Rd. SE, Olympia

Instructor: Paul Hicks

Cost:    $10

To Register: Contact Mary Russell at
greenbird321@msn.com or 360-357-6863.

Please join us for our BIRDING BY EAR class on Friday, May 29th, from 6:30-8:30pm. This will be a lecture/discussion followed-up with an early morning field trip--a choice between either the 6th or 12th (or possibly 15th) of June. Our instructor is long-time birder Paul Hicks. Paul has been birding by ear since high school.

Many birders find birding by ear particularly challenging, yet it opens up a whole new dimension of identifying and enjoying our avian friends. Paul hopes to introduce BBE to beginning birders as well as enhance the skills of more advanced birders. The class will focus on song recognition--not highly technical but homework and practice will be assigned.

Participants are encouraged to bring field guides, gadgets, or apps that they have found helpful. The class is $10 and includes the lecture and one of the field trip dates. The lecture component will be held at Grace Community Covenant Church. Directions will be supplied with registration.

Lecture size is limited to 24 to allow for two comfortable sized field component groups. Preregistration is required. To register, please contact Education Chair, Mary Russell, at greenbird321@msn.com or call 360-357-6863.

As always, check our Black Hills Audubon website for the most up-to-date information about upcoming classes. We post if a class is full, as well as any classes scheduled after the ECHO publication deadline.

May 30 (Sat)

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. or noon

BHAS Field Trip:     

Woodard Bay for Beginning and Intermediate Birders

Leaders: Sam Merrill and Tracey Scalici

This walk is designed primarily for beginning and intermediate birders. We will look and listen for woodland birds such as Swainson's Thrushes, Pacific Wrens, Brown Creepers, Pacific-slope Flycatchers, and Pileated Woodpeckers as we walk through the deep forest of cedars and Douglas fir and approach Henderson Inlet, where we may see Cormorants, Purple Martins, Great Blue Herons, sea ducks, and seals and seal pups basking in the sun, among other birds and animals.

We will explore the approximately 2-mile loop, which includes an easy forest trail with boardwalk sections, returning by a pedestrian-only road. The Department of Fish and Wildlife and The Nature Conservancy have been hard at work restoring Woodard Bay's shoreline, tidal flats, and viewing areas this winter - it will be interesting to see their completed work. Bring water, snacks, and binoculars.

To reach the Woodard Bay Natural Resource Conservation Area from Olympia, take Boston Harbor Road north. Turn right on Woodard Bay Road, crossing Libby Road. There is a small parking area on the left just before crossing the bridge over Woodard Bay.  A Discover Pass is required for this parking lot. Or, drive over the bridge and up the hill. At the top of the hill is a county parking lot which does not require a Discover Pass. It's an easy walk back down to the lower parking lot.
(Attention bicyclists: The Chehalis-Western Bike Trail's northern span spits you out into the upper parking lot. Coast down the hill to the Woodard Bay parking lot. There is a bike rack a little ways up the pedestrian-only road as you enter the preserve where you can lock up your bicycle.)

Pre-registration required.  Limit 15 persons.  Call the BHAS line at 360-352-7299 to sign up.

June 6 (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

Birding & Breakfast will take the summer off and resume the first Saturday in September.

June 6 (Sat.)

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

BHAS Field Trip:       LOTT Hawks Prairie Reclamation Ponds
Leaders:
  Bonnie Wood and Janet Wheeler

This trip to a surprisingly rich, if humble, local birding site is appropriate for all levels of birders, including children. We will walk the easy level gravel paths among the ponds, parcels of woods, and marshes. We will expect diverse species, because the ponds here attract ducks, raptors, wading birds, passerines, and others. For the last few years, a pair of Bald Eagles has nested in a Douglas Fir above the ponds.

Meet at the ponds' parking lot at 9:00 a.m. The ponds are located at 3001 Hogum Bay Road, west of I-5 off the Hawks Prairie exit. See a map at www.lottcleanwater.org/pdf/hpFact/pdf.
Dress appropriately for the weather and bring binoculars.

To sign up, contact Bonnie Wood at bwood2800@gmail.com  or 360-943-4612.

June 7 (Sun.)

8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Field Trip:     McLane Creek Nature Trail
Leader:
   Mary Russell

The McLane Creek Nature Trail consists of an easy 1.4-mile loop trail winding through a variety of habitats. This is a perfect area for birders of all abilities to spot and hear large numbers of our local birds courting, nesting, feeding, and protecting territory. The heart of the area is a large beaver pond which is home to birds such as Tree Swallow, Violet-green Swallow, Red-winged Blackbird, Song Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat, Belted Kingfisher, Pied-billed Grebe, and Wood Duck. The surrounding coniferous and deciduous woodlands provide habitat for Black-capped Chickadee, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, White-crowned Sparrow, Spotted Towhee, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Brown Creeper, Bewick's Wren, Pacific Wren, Marsh Wren, Swainson's Thrush, Black-headed Grosbeak, Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, Warbling Vireo, Anna's Hummingbird, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, and possibly more. There may be beaver activity in the pond, and the Rough-Skinned Newts are always fun to spot. It's rich habitat.

To get to McLane from Olympia, head west on US 101 for 2 miles. Take the Black Lake Boulevard exit. Proceed south (left off the ramp) on Black Lake Boulevard. In 3.5 miles the road turns west and becomes 62nd Avenue. Continue 0.7 mile to a stop sign and turn right onto Delphi Road. In 0.5 mile turn left into the McLane Creek Demonstration Forest. Reach the trailhead in 0.4 mile. There are two parking lots, an upper and lower. Meet at the covered picnic area by the lower parking lot. Restrooms are available.
Please dress for the weather. Bring water, snacks and/or lunch as needed.

To sign up, e-mail Mary Russell at greenbird321@msn.com, or call the BHAS message line at 352-7299.
June 11 (Thurs),

5 p.m. - Birding

5:30 pm - Potluck Picnic

BHAS Monthly Program Meeting:    BHAS Annual Picnic

Location:  Priest Point Park, Picnic Shelter #2 (Rose Garden)

 

Join like-minded friends and meet new ones at the annual celebration at Picnic Shelter #2 in Priest Point Park.

 

We generally start at 5 p.m. with some casual birding, then break for the potluck picnic that begins at 5:30.

 

We supply paper plates, serving utensils, soft drinks, and hot dogs. Please bring a side dish to share with the group such as salad, hors d’oeuvre, dessert, or bread. Bring your own place setting if you can.

We look forward to seeing you!

This month, for the picnic, we are meeting at Priest Point Park, Shelter #2 (the Rose Garden).

Remember, this picnic begins early at 5 p.m.!

 

Also, BHAS monthly programs will NOT meet in July or August. 
See you again in September!

June 13 (Sat.)

7:30 a.m. - about noon

Field Trip:   Scatter Creek and Mima Mounds
Leaders:
Craig Merkl and Bob Wadsworth

This field trip has a little bit of everything: birds, botany, butterflies, as well as two knowledgeable and energetic leaders. Explore the birds and plants at two choice South Sound prairie sites near Olympia: Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve and Scatter Creek Wildlife Area.

At Mima Mounds, prairie flowers, prairie birds, and some butterflies will probably offer us opportunities to see and inspect them. Our last stop will be the south section of Scatter Creek Wildlife Area (180th Ave. and Guava) for additional opportunities to see prairie birds and plants.

Meet to park at the new McLane Fire Station at 125 Delphi Road. This new fire station is at the intersection of Delphi with Mud Bay Road, and there is a stoplight there. We'll carpool from there. Please dress appropriately for the weather, and bring water and lunch. Please also bring a Discover Pass if you have one, as the sites require it. We'll eat around the pond at Scatter Creek and should return to the cars no later than early afternoon.
June 16
(Tues)

12 p.m. -
2:00 p.m.

BHAS Field Trip: 

Mazama Gophers and Streaked Horned Larks at the Olympia Airport

Leader:    Michelle Tirhi, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Michelle's has offered BHAS members the chance to visit restricted areas at the Olympia Airport (South Sound prairie habitat) to see endangered Mazama Gophers (in fact we may only see their mounds) and Streaked Horned Larks.  Michelle says there is a chance also to see Oregon Vesper Sparrows.

Meet at the airport's office parking lot. The field trip will include time for brief overviews of larks and gophers as well as viewing.

June 18-21
(Thurs.-Sun)
Event:      Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival
Location:
    Sisters, Oregon

Organized by the East Cascades Audubon Society, the Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival sees 11 species of woodpeckers and over 200 species of birds in total every year. Led by experienced birders, the festival is timed to see young woodpeckers leaving their nests. For full information and details, go to www.ecaudubon.org.
Aug. 6 (Thurs.)

6:30 a.m. - late afternoon

Field Trip:   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. Please note: 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 and to 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 6:15 a.m. to leave by 6:30. Call Jan Sharkey at 360-943-8786 or Kristin Stewart at 360-456-5098 to sign up.
Sept. 10 (Thurs.)

7 pm

BHAS Monthly Program Meeting 

Presentation:   "Birds of Cuba and Other Travels"

Jerry Broadus will talk about his trip to Cuba highlighting the birds he saw, including Cuban Trogon, Cuban Tody, woodpeckers, Bee Hummingbird, and others.

He will also spotlight his work in Mexico on the Military Macaw, a critically endangered cavity dweller.

A birder for over 20 years, Jerry is an active volunteer, helping with shorebird and other birding related studies, and volunteering at Nisqually and Malheur National Wildlife Refuges.

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Monthly program meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month (with the exception of March, June, July, and August) at:

Note new location:  Temple Beth Hatfiloh
                             201 8th Avenue SE
                             (corner of 8th and Washington in downtown Olympia, a
                             block west of Timberland Library)
                             Olympia, WA 98501

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

Oct. 8, (Thurs.)

7 p.m.

 

BHAS Monthly Program Meeting 

Presentation:     "Washington Birds and Climate Change"

Trina Bayard, Ph.D. will make a presentation related to Washington birds and climate change.  She is the Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Washington. Her responsibilities include leading Audubon Washington’s science and conservation programs and ensuring that program work effectively impacts the Pacific Flyway network at multiple levels, including chapters and other states in the flyway.  

Audubon Washington is a state field office of the National Audubon Society.  It works with the 26 local Audubon chapters in Washington State to conserve birds, wildlife, and their habitats.

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Monthly program meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the following location (with the exception of March, June, July, and August):

Temple Beth Hatfiloh
201 8th Avenue SE (corner of 8th and Washington in downtown Olympia, a block west of  Timberland Library)
Olympia, WA 98501

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

Nov. 12   (Thurs.)

7 p.m.

 

BHAS Monthly Program Meeting 

Presentation:     "The Western Bluebird"

Join us as Gary Slater, Avian Ecologist for CNLM, provides an update on the reintroduction of the Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana), discusses the progress and setbacks to this conservation program, and describes the important role that South Puget Sound and private landowners play in the recovery of this iconic species.

The Western Bluebird was a common inhabitant in oak-prairie and other open habitats in western Washington and southwestern British Columbia until the early-1900’s when habitat loss and fragmentation and competition for nest cavities from exotic species triggered a wave of extirpations across the region. Since 2007, the Western Bluebird has been the subject of a large-scale reintroduction project.

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Monthly program meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the following location (with the exception of March, June, July, and August):

Temple Beth Hatfiloh
201 8th Avenue SE (corner of 8th and Washington in downtown Olympia, a block west of Timberland Library)
Olympia, WA 98501

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

Dec. 10,  (Thurs.)

7 p.m.

 

BHAS Monthly Program Meeting  Presentation:  

   "Bumble Bees & other Native Pollinators in Washington"

David Jennings, avid birder, wildlife watcher, and scuba diver, will provide a program on bumble bees in Washington State. 

Monthly program meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the following location (with the exception of March, June, July, and August):

Temple Beth Hatfiloh
201 8th Avenue SE (corner of 8th and Washington in downtown Olympia, a block west of Timberland Library)
Olympia, WA 98501

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

---  2016  Field Trips and Events  ---

Jan 14, 2016 (Thurs.)

7 p.m
 

BHAS Monthly Program Meeting 

Presentation:  "The Birds of New Zealand: Past and Present"

Kim Adelson, an avid birder who lived in New Zealand for three years, will describe some of New Zealand’s most interesting birds, both living and extinct, discuss the role they play in the island’s ecology, and outline current conservation efforts. Until about 700 years ago, the island nation of New Zealand was mammal-free. Because there were no mammalian competitors or predators – and because of New Zealand’s extreme physical isolation – its birds evolved to fill ecological niches often not available in other locations.

Kim Adelson has a master’s degree in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Pennsylvania. She also has a Ph.D. in psychology, and was a college professor for over 30 years

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Monthly program meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the following location (with the exception of March, June, July, and August):

Temple Beth Hatfiloh
201 8th Avenue SE (corner of 8th and Washington in downtown Olympia, a block west of Timberland Library)
Olympia, WA 98501

Arrive at 7 p.m. to socialize; programs begin promptly at 7:30 pm.
Feb. 11,  (Thurs.)
7 p.m.

BHAS Monthly Program Meeting 

Presentation:  " Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary "

Elizabeth Rodrick will talk about how you can make your property a better place for songbirds and other wildlife species that have lived in your area long before people began to settle.  Good environmental stewardship begins in our own backyards. A bald eagle soars over a high bluff surveying the waters below. A red-tailed hawk with outstretched wings drifts effortlessly over a forest and open field. Hummingbirds zip by your window on their way to the flower garden. The morning dew highlights fragile spider webs at the forest edge.

This is Washington State -- a great place to live.  A land we all love, yet one we may be smothering with our numbers. Over 35,000 acres of wildlife habitat is converted to housing and other development each year here in Washington. While many of us may not realize it, a property owner is also a habitat manager. The things we do, or do not do, in the vicinity of our home have an effect on the quality of habitat for dozens of wildlife species. You can make your property a better place for songbirds and other wildlife species that have lived in your area long before people began to settle.

Elizabeth Rodrick recently retired after 35 years with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. She worked on western gray squirrels, bald eagle nest protection, and snag management, and helped protect over 200,000 acres of wildlife habitat across the state.

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Monthly program meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the following location (with the exception of March, June, July, and August):

Temple Beth Hatfiloh
201 8th Avenue SE
(corner of 8th and Washington in downtown Olympia, a block west of Timberland Library)
Olympia, WA 98501

Arrive at 7 p.m. to socialize; programs begin promptly at 7:30 pm.
Mar. 5, (Sat.)

5 pm: Social Time and Auction

5:30 pm:
Dinner Begins

29th Annual Black Hills Audubon Society
 Annual Dinner and Silent Auction

Featured Speaker:                   Paul Bannick,
                          Author of “ The Owl And the Woodpecker

Paul Bannick’s website describes his work as “…Coupling his love of the outdoors with his skill as a photographer…” and notes that he “ ….creates images that foster the intimacy between viewer and subject, inspiring education and conservation.  He was awarded the Canon prize in the International Conservation Photography, and his work can be found in bird guides from Audubon, The Smithsonian, Stokes, The National Wildlife Federation, and in the Handbook of the Birds of the World. …”

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Monthly program meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the following location (with the exception of March, June, July, and August):

Temple Beth Hatfiloh
201 8th Avenue SE (corner of 8th and Washington in downtown Olympia, a block west of Timberland Library)
Olympia, WA 98501

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

Apr. 14 (Thurs.)

7 p.m.
 

BHAS Monthly Program Meeting 

Presentation:  "The Red Knot"

Joseph Buchanan will talk about Red Knots, shorebirds that migrate along the Pacific Coast each year from Mexico to breeding areas in Alaska. He will include latest results of a radio telemetry project and other aspects of Red Knot migration

He is a wildlife biologist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He has also studied and monitored shorebirds on his own time for many years.

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Monthly program meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at the following location (with the exception of March, June, July, and August):

Temple Beth Hatfiloh
201 8th Avenue SE
(corner of 8th and Washington in downtown Olympia, a block west of Timberland Library)
Olympia, WA 98501

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