Regular/Recurring
Field Trips
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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  ---

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.