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Dec. 7 (Sat)
7:30 am, and
Field Trip and Event:
First Saturday Birding and Breakfast
Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast
at 7:30 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month. Bird with us, and then enjoy
breakfast at 9:00 a.m. at a local restaurant. Or,
For Dec. 7:
For more information, contact Leslie Lynam at 360- 402-9513 or Deb Nickerson at 360-754-5397.
Dec. 12 (Thurs.)
Event: BHAS Monthly Program Meeting
Christmas Bird Count - From There to Here
This year, for the 114th time, 93% of all Audubon chapters across the country will brave snow, wind or rain to conduct their Christmas Bird Count (CBC).
Recently at the Fall Audubon Council meeting, we learned just how valuable data from counts is to agencies. Each participant makes an enormous contribution to conservation through this longest-running wildlife census. These citizen scientists help assess the health of bird populations, predict trends, and guide conservation action.
Come join us in hearing a bit of the history of this great citizen science success, and get inspired to participate in our own local event on December 15 (Sunday)!
BHAS Program meetings are usually held on the second Thursday of the
month (exceptions: no March, July, or
First Christian Church
Arrive at 7:00 pm to socialize – the program will begin promptly at 7:30 pm.
Dec. 14 (Sat.)
9:00 A.M – 12:00 noon
Downtown Ducks at Capital Lake
Leader: Burt Guttman
This trip is a reprise of the November Downtown Ducks quest; the birds downtown are always changing and different.
Burt's Downtown Ducks quests are a
beloved tradition in Olympia. Many different ducks, geese, grebes,
and the occasional loon or swan, as well as passerines in the trees
and shrubs, are possible at Capital Lake in late fall and winter.
Dec. 15 (Sun.)
From dawn to dusk, and anywhere in between!
Field Trip and Event:
Bird Count (CBC)
This year’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC)
will be on
Sunday, December 15. During this event, sponsored
by BHAS, volunteers spend the day (or part of the
day) in the field counting birds in their group’s assigned
count area. Folks new to birding, or those
who prefer working with a more
This is a serious commitment,
as well as a
whole lot of fun, and
it’s also a great way for
amateurs to become
familiar with our local
Our count is part of the National Audubon Society’s 114th Annual CBC. These events are important on an international scale, because the results are used as tools to monitor the status and distribution of bird populations across the western hemisphere. The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world, the CBC provides critical data on population trends. Tens of thousands of participants gather to cooperatively count birds in over 2000 count circles nation-wide. Incidentally, almost every year the Olympia Count Circle has the national high count for Golden-crowned Kinglet and, in some years, Pacific Wren.
The day will conclude with the traditional post-count chili dinner at 5 p.m. at Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Ave SE, Olympia, the corner of 8th and Washington in downtown Olympia. After a wintery day spent counting birds, this is a wonderful and welcome opportunity to sit down, warm up, and share your group’s count numbers. The cookies and cornbread are also always excellent and plentiful.
To join in,
contact Count Coordinator
Bill Shelmerdine at
-- 2014 ---
|Feb. 13 – 17, 2014||
Winter Wings Festival
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Save these dates in the new year! The annual Winter Wings Festival in Klamath Falls, Oregon, the oldest birding festival in the USA, is considered one of the premier birding hotspots on the West Coast. Organizers will release a full schedule in November, and open registration will begin in December. See www.winterwingsfest.org for more details and information.