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ATTENTION: NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO BECOME A HABITAT STEWARD™!

ATTENTION: NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO BECOME A HABITAT STEWARD™!

National Wildlife Federation and Veteran Conservation Corps are offering a specialized 24-hour training to teach you how help others to create and restore wildlife habitat in backyards, schoolyards, and other private and public areas. This program is engaging, fun and highly informative and you get to meet and interact with local conservation professionals and other similarly interested folks! Expert speakers will present on topics such as: rain gardens, gardening for wildlife, native plants, invasive species removal, habitat restoration, pollinators, Pacific Northwest ecology, and much more! Benefits include: an NWF volunteer t-shirt, 24 hours of hands-on training, engaging field trips, a comprehensive training manual with local resources, instruction from local professionals, and continued support from NWF and VCC staff.

WHEN: Four 3-hour classroom sessions every Tuesday in April from 6:00-9:00pm. Two Saturday field trips (8th, 29th), plan on a full day!
WHERE: Lacey Veterans Services Hub (4232 6th Ave. SE, Ste. 202, Lacey, WA).
COST: $30, includes classroom materials; scholarships are available!
RSVP: Register here by April 3rd. Questions or concerns? Contact Sarah at WAHabitatCoordinator@nullnwf.org or (206) 577-7809.

*Prospective Habitat Stewards must commit to providing 30-hours of volunteer service on local conservation projects within a year after the training.

Nominations for the 2017 BHAS Board

Our chapter elects new Board members each year at our May program meeting. The Nomination Committee (Elizabeth Rodrick, Bruce Jacobs, and Bob Wadsworth) is working to present a slate of officers and at-large board members to you before then. Duties of Board members include attending the following meetings: Board meetings at 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month, September through June; the Annual Dinner on the first Saturday in March; Board Retreat, one day in mid August; BHAS Program meetings on the second Thursday of each month, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. from September through May (optional); and serving on at least one committee (see list in each issue of the Echo). If you would like to serve on the Board or wish to nominate someone, please send a brief paragraph explaining your desires to Elizabeth Rodrick, vice-pres@nullblackhills-audubon.org, by March 30.

Volunteers Wanted to Help Monitor Birds

We are looking for a few birders interested in leading other volunteers to record bird species at several Olympia-area city parks. The Olympia Stream Team is undertaking a project to gain a better understanding of the bird species found there and their changes over time. The idea is to start with three or four parks this year and expand in the future. The four parks chosen for a start are Grass Lake off Kaiser Rd. in West Olympia, Taylor Wetlands in Lacey, Black Lake Meadows off R.W. Johnson near the Community College, and LBA Woods near Boulevard and Morse Merriman in southeast Olympia.

Black Hills Audubon would provide leaders who know the birds and who would lead volunteers interested in learning the birds and participating in citizen science. We plan to have three visits to each park—one a month in March, April, and May—to record the winter birds before they leave and the summer migrants as they arrive. Ideally you would be quite familiar with the park you chose so that you could easily lead the way, and could lead all three walks at your chosen park; but if that’s not possible we can arrange for more than one leader at your park. I have volunteered to lead at LBA Woods, but a second leader would be very helpful.

Stream Team has arranged for an E-bird class to be taught by Bill Tweit, a long-time WDFW. biologist who is well known as an expert birder. E-bird is an ideal repository for the collected data. The class will be on March 23, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Olympia City Hall, 601 E. 4th Avenue in Olympia.

If you are interested, please contact me by email at RWADSRK@nullGmail.com. (from Mar/April 2017 Echo newsletter, by Bob Wadsworth)

Plant Sale and Climate Change

Heron_Great Blue copyThurston Conservation District’s plant sale is March 5th, 2016 at their District Office parking lot at 2918 Fergusen St SW #1-A  Tumwater, WA 98512.  Phone 360 754-3688. Black Hills Audubon Society’s Climate Change program will be there to answer questions on climate change.

“FOR THE BIRDS” CLIMATE CHANGE INITIATIVE

20074377463_6ffebe7ddc_kBlack Hills Audubon has received a grant from National Audubon to implement a personal climate-and-sustainability challenge, named “For the Birds.” It’s an opportunity for all of us to participate by making changes in the way we live.

Participants are offered an extensive list of possible personal actions what would help address climate change and/or promote environmental sustainability. Brochures, bumper stickers, and other materials are available. To participate, click here.

Susan Markey, Helen Engle Volunteer of the Year for 2015.

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A core member of Black Hills Audubon Society leadership for more than three decades serving as Co-President, Conservation Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Echo Editor, and Publications Chair.  Integral grassroots advocate; served as the Chair for the Washington State Audubon Conservation Committee.  A champion for a collaborative Audubon voice at all levels. Thoughtful, insightful, steady and trusted voice for the Audubon network in Washington.  A positive force for change who tackles issues and challenges with intelligence, organization, a wealth of history and wisdom.  READ MORE

Seattle Audubon Seabird Survey

You are invited to join Puget Sound Seabird Survey sponsored by Seattle Audubon.

According to the Seattle Audubon Society’s website “….The Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS) is a citizen-science survey managed by Seattle Audubon that empowers volunteer birdwatchers to gather valuable data on wintering seabird populations in Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Together, our team creates a snapshot of seabird density on more than 2,400 acres of nearshore saltwater habitat. It is the only land-based, multi-month survey in the Puget Sound region.

For more information see the Seattle Audubon Society’s website.

Vaux’s Happening (Vaux’s Swifts Study)

Mission:  Count Vaux’s Swifts as they enter chimneys during spring and fall migrations.

In the spring of 2008, the first research project focusing on the spring migration of the Vaux’s Swift in the Pacific Northwest was undertaken.  This was an Audubon project, spearheaded by Larry Schwitters, in cooperation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS),  the Monroe School District, and the Washington state on-line birding list, “Tweeters”READ MORE

COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team)

COASST is 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.READ MORE

Audubon Christmas Bird Count

The mission of the Christmas 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 spot all day, nor participate all day long.

The Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is held each year during a two-week window around the Christmas holiday. Audubon chapters all across the country choose a date within that window for their own count.

BLACK HILLS AUDUBON SOCIETY conducts the Olympia CBC.

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.

Contact

Bill Shelmerdine
cbc@nullblackhills-audubon.org,
or call 360-866-9106.

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