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BHAS Meets the Challenge to Protect West Rocky Prairie

A month ago, BHAS learned that a Missouri company (NorthPoint) that designs and builds logistics centers and warehouses had applied to Thurston County for a rezone on the 745-acre parcel bordering the North and East boundaries of West Rocky Prairie.  The company asked to change the zoning from (timber and gravel activities) and 1/20-residential to industrial.  This property is 1/2 [...]

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  • Help! We need somebody…

    All the work done for this chapter is by volunteers for whom we are very grateful. There are many opportunities to become more involved with us. If the work is spread out to many, no one is overloaded. Below are some positions that need filling. Facebook Page Manager: Keeping our presence on FB is important. We need someone to post our [...]

  • Purple Martin Project

    (by Bob Wadsworth) On a densely foggy morning, January 13, Hank Henry and I joined the Olympia Harbor Patrol on a trip from Swantown Marina to Boston Harbor where we met Craig Merkel to do the annual cleaning of the purple martin nest boxes. (Harbor Patrol Captain Darlene flanked by crew members Janet Notarianni and Dave Palazzi) On the way [...]

  • Moving to Electronic Echo in July

    (by Deb Nickerson) Some people have wondered why we have not transitioned to all-electronic communication prior to this year; it is a difficult decision, since so many tell us they like having the paper Echo lying around their house at the ready when they want to reread an article or look up a field trip or event. So it is [...]

Birding and Breakfast/Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge / Hank Henry

June 1 @ 7:30 am-10:00 am

Meet Hank Henry at 7:30 at  Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for birding.  Breakfast afterwards at Norma’s Restaurant at  the freeway interchange just outside the ent...

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Black Hills Audubon Society Annual Picnic

June 13 @ 5:00 pm

You are invited to the annual summer picnic. When: June 13, 2019 Where: Priest Point Park – Rose Garden Shelter Time: 5 p.m. There will be a 5 pm bird walk in the park followed by dinner and soc...

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

May 29 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am on Wednesday, repeating until January 29, 2020

Join Phil Kelley to see the birds and other wildlife who inhabit the Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.  When winter settles in at the Refuge, waterfowl of all kinds come to spend th...

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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).


When you become a Black Hills Audubon member, your membership dollars will be used at a local level and you will also receive the ECHO newsletter. Or if you chose your primary membership to be with National Audubon Society, you will automatically also be a member of Black Hills Audubon Society.


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