BLACK HILLS AUDUBON SOCIETY 
(BHAS) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society, representing Lewis, Mason, and Thurston counties in the state of Washington. It is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization whose 1,300+ members share interests in birds and other wildlife, their habitats, and natural history. Our goals are to promote environmental education and recreation and to maintain and protect our ecosystems for future generations.
We also work with the state Audubon office (Audubon Washington). 

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Next BHAS Monthly Program Meeting
is December 11th
(Thurs.), 7pm. 

Presentation: 

"The Charismatic, Endangered California Condor"

Join us as Carol Langford presents an overview of the biology and recovery of the California Condor.

From 22 birds in 1987, when the last wild bird was captured and brought into a captive breeding facility, until now with over half of the more than 400 birds alive flying free in the wild, the California Condor Recovery program has been an unqualified success story.

 

Carol will share this story of success and of the
continued threats to the Condors’ survival as a
free-flying species.



 

 

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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.

 

 

Current issue of the Echo newsletter:    New!  November-December 2014 Echo   (PDF, 1.2 MB ).

The next deadline for submitting articles will be Dec 1, 2014 (for the Jan-Dec 2015 Echo)


The Great Washington State Birding Trail maps

Seven maps are now available from AudubonWashington,
including the newest and final map, Puget Loop.

 


Upcoming Field Trips and Events
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(Everyone is welcome to participate with Field Trips and Events...
you don't have to be a BHAS member!)

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

Discover Pass logo-Click here to learn about the Discover Pass.

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.  Birding at 7:30 am and breakfast at 9:00 am.
    For more information, contact 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 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.

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  • 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.
     

    Contact David Wienecke at david.l.wienecke.naf@mail.mil  or
    (253) 964-0341 (office) or (760)828-8788 (cell).

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Nov. 26 (Wed.)

5:00 pm Note time

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.

Dec. 6,
(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.

Dec 6:  7:30 am:   Birding from Mud Bay Park & Ride
                          (Madrona Beach Road, near SR101, west of
                          The Evergreen State College)

           9:00 am:   Breakfast at the Shipwreck Café
                          244 Madrona Beach Road NW
                          Olympia, WA

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

Dec. 11 (Thurs.)

7pm

BHAS Monthly Program, Presentation:

 "The Charismatic, Endangered California Condor"

Join us as Carol Langford presents an overview of the biology and recovery of the California Condor.

From 22 birds in 1987, when the last wild bird was captured and brought into a captive breeding facility, until now with over half of the more than 400 birds alive flying free in the wild, the California Condor Recovery program has been an unqualified success story.

 

Carol will share this story of success and of the continued threats to the Condors’ survival as a free-flying species.

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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

Dec. 14 (Sun)

All day, or part of the day.

Chili feed at
5 pm
, at First Christian Church

 

BHAS Event:  Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

The Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is held each year around the Christmas holiday. This is the 115th CBC!  Read more....

This count is part of a larger citizen science effort led by Audubon chapters throughout the nation. CBC data are then sent to National Audubon for analysis.

The mission of the Bird Count is to identify, count, and record as many different bird species as you see in a particular area. You don't have to stay in one area all day, nor participate all day long. 

Beginners to Experts are welcome!  We realize that people have busy lives....come for a few hours if that is all you have time for.

Chili Feed, at 5 pm, will be at the same location as BHAS monthly                program meetings:

First Christian Church
701 Franklin Street SE
Olympia, WA 98507

If you would like to participate, (either as a counter or a leader), please contact Bill Shelmerdine:  cbc@blackhills-audubon.org, or call 360-866-9106.

Dec. 15 (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.

 

Dec. 31 (Wed.)

5:00 pm

Cancelled Because it is New Years Eve!

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.

 

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Jan. 15 (Thurs)

7pm-8:30pm

(doors open at 6:30pm)

EventSouth Sound Estuary Association (SSEA)
                Discovery Speaker Series 

Presentation:
 Laura James, Underwater Videographer

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

January 15, Laura James, Underwater Videographer
Laura James from Beneath the Looking Glass, LLC, will teach us about stormwater pollution in Puget Sound. Laura is an amazing underwater videographer! She will teach us about why Puget Sound is in trouble, what makes it a wonderful and unique place, and what we can do to help protect and improve it!

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. 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.

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.

 

How to Contact Us:


Mailing Address
:                                         
BHAS By-laws (Nov. 2013)
Black Hills Audubon Society                             
PO Box 2524
Olympia, WA 98507

Phone: (360) 352-7299
Messages are welcome!

Contact information and BHAS Board Members for fiscal year June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015: 

General BHAS Information

Elected Officers:

BHAS President:
    Deb Nickerson............................ 360-754-5397
                                      pres@blackhills-audubon

Vice-President:
    Elizabeth Rodrick .........................360-866-9797
                          vice-pres@blackhills-audubon.org

Treasurer:
    Susan Markey..............................360-438-5663
                           treasurer@blackhills-audubon.org
Secretary:
    Tracey Scalici....secretary@blackhills-audubon.orgg

 

Members at Large:

Margery Beeler, Deb Jaqua, Leslie Lynam, Craig Merkel, Sam Merrill, Paul Moody, Mary Russell, Kris Schoyen, Anne Van Sweringen, and Bob Wadsworth.

Committee Chairs (may be on the Board):

Conservation Chair:
    Sam Merrill.................................360-866-8839
                                    sammerrill3@comcast.net

Echo Newsletter Editor: 
    Deb Jaqua..................................360-701-6412

Education Chair:
    Mary Russell.................... greenbird321@msn.com                                            
                                                 
Field Trips Chair:
    Bonnie Wood................ bwood2800@g.mail.com

Hospitality/Outreach Chair:
    Leslie Lynam......................please leave message
                                           (360) 352-7299

Membership Chair:
    Margery Beeler............................360-352-5437
                                         mswampcat@aol.com

Programs Chair:
    Kris Schoyen.............................. 360-754-1710
                                        krisschoyen@gmail.com

Publications Chair & Webmaster:
    Deb Jaqua ................................ 360-491-3325
                                                       Webmaster

 

Sign up for BHAS Alerts by sending an email to the Webmaster. We will then send you an invitation that you will need to confirm (so that someone else doesn't "accidentally" sign you up!)

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Conservation

Local Conservation efforts in Lewis, Mason, or Thurston counties.  (See also the Jack Davis Conservationist of the Year Award.)  This includes efforts to protect Marbled Murrelets.

State Conservation efforts.  Read about issues involving birds, other wildlife, and their habitats at the state level. 

National Action Alerts.  The National Audubon Society has set up this special Web site to give you an easy and convenient way to communicate with your lawmakers and newspapers on national conservation issues that impact birds, wildlife and our shared environment. Remember, your letters will make a difference -- so take action today!

Jack Davis Conservationist of the Year Award.  The Jack Davis Conservationist of the Year Award is normally presented yearly.

 

Education Programs

The Education Committee has been busy creating well-attendedAnimated crane picture birding classes, helping schools get students out into nature with the Board the Bus grant, and promoting Audubon Adventures.

In 2009, BHAS awarded its first Dave McNett Environmental Educator of the Year Award, honoring long-time volunteer Dave McNett.

Learn more....

 

Book Store

Black Hills Audubon Society receives 4% of every purchase from this page to support our conservation program and other goals. Our prices are exactly the same as Amazon.com! All purchases are managed by Amazon.com. Use the search link below to make all of your Amazon.com purchases, or go to our book store page for selected items.

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 Wildlife Checklists

Butterflies in Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties (30Kb Word file).

Wildlife and Habitat info for Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, including:

 

COASST  


Ever see a dead bird on a beach and wonder why it succumbed?  Would you like to help scientists find out why?

COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team) is a citizen science project based at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences in partnership with local community and environmental organizations, and state and federal agencies. COASST volunteers collect data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds on a monthly basis to establish the baseline, or 'normal' pattern of beached bird mortality on North Pacific beaches. Baselines are crucial for assessing the impacts of oil spills, fisheries, and climate change. Data collection by COASST volunteers helps address important marine conservation issues and protects marine resources.

Lists of COASST trainings and more information about COASST are posted on their website at http://www.coasst.org.  From the main page, click on What's New. Then click on the Training Sessions tab.

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