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Update on NorthPoint/Maytown (May 21, 2019)

By Sue Danver – BHAS implemented its new electronic alert system, SpeakOut!, with an April 23 alert asking that the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) deny the NorthPoint request (for industrial rezoning of land near Maytown) to be added to the 2018-2019 Comprehensive Plan Docket.  On May 7, 2019, the BOCC adopted a position we supported (2-1) to [...]

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  • BHAS Facebook Update

    By Deb Nickerson – I am thrilled to announce that Mark DeLauier has taken on the position of managing our Facebook page.  He has a Ph.D. in Communications, in particular, Environmental Communications. Most recently, he has written for Carbon Washington, the Yes on I-1631 campaign and the Nature Conservancy. He grew up in Oakville and has lived in eastern Washington [...]

  • Birding at its Best

    By Sharon Moore – What an extraordinary birding trip we experienced on May 3 in conjunction with the 2019 Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival.  On that crisp, windy day we were led to various Ocean Shores locales by seasoned birders Whittier Johnson and Rob Chrisler.  During the spring migration those specific seacoast and harbor habitats are some of the best birding [...]

  • Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS)

    Survey Sites Go birding and make a difference! Are seabirds in the southern Salish Sea increasing or decreasing in numbers? Which species are changing their range? Help us find out. The Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS) is a community and citizen science project managed by Seattle Audubon that empowers volunteer birdwatchers to gather valuable data on wintering seabird populations across the [...]

  • Volunteer for Habitat Enhancement

    Jan Caille, a BHAS member, is working with a federal agency to restore stream and pasture habitat on an 80-acre farm near McCleary. Volunteers are needed to develop a bird list and habitat enhancement suggestions. Please contact Jan directly if you are interested in helping with this project, j.caille@nullcomcast.net.

  • BHAS Receives Bequest

    BHAS greatly appreciates the generous bequest of $8129 from the estate of E. Reade Brown. Reade was a member of BHAS while he lived in Olympia and moved to Spokane in retirement. He was a beloved Chief of the Wildlife Management Program in the Washington Department of Game (later Fish and Wildlife) for many years. Perhaps his most important professional [...]

Lewis County Birding Hotspots

June 21 @ 7:30 am-3:00 pm

Here is a chance to see birding hotspots in Lewis County near Centralia, sites probably unfamiliar to most of us.  We’ll travel to Goodrich Road, Borst Park, Hillburger Pond, and Alexander Park...

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Olympia Birds & Brew

June 17 @ 4:30 pm-7:30 pm

Gather with birders at the Fish Tale Brewpub on the third Monday of each month. Get to know other birders from our chapter while sipping and snacking on the couches at back of the Fish Tail Pub. Come ...

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(BHAS) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society (see NAS’ newly redesigned website). BHAS represents Lewis, Mason, and Thurston counties in the state of Washington. It is an all-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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