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2019 Annual Statewide Meeting of Audubon Chapters

Each year chapters in our state hold an Annual Statewide Meeting.  BHAS belongs to the southwest region and is co-host of this year’s annual meeting called Audubon Council of Washington or ACOW. This year’s convention is hosted by Audubon Southwest Chapters: Vancouver, Willapa Bay, Grays Harbor, Tahoma and Black Hills. All chapter members are invited to attend this weekend of meetings, speakers, workshops [...]

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  • Birders Say the Darndest Things!

    Notebook in hand, I participate in several field trips with BHAS, and, in addition to noting the birds I see, I jot down the many things I hear from other participants. I chuckle to myself because I know that taken out of context, some comments sound rather absurd, but birders continue the discussion without so much as a wink. Such [...]

  • To Save Orcas, Save Chinook Salmon

    Sometimes it feels wildly audacious to state something very complex so plainly that thunderclaps boom—or in this case, dams crumble that have held back river water for so long it almost feels inevitable. Steven Hawley and Michael Peterson simply state that to save the Southern Resident Orcas we must save Chinook salmon, and to save Chinook salmon we need to [...]

  • Good and Problematic News about the Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project

    by Maria Ruth – For the past two years, the Black Hills (BHAS) and Willapa Hills (WHAS) Audubon Society’s Conservation Committee have been tracking the development of the Skookumchuck Wind Energy Project, a 38-turbine project on Weyerhaeuser Company’s Vail Tree Farm in Lewis and Thurston Counties near the Skookumchuck Reservoir. Because of the potential negative impact to wildlife—especially the protected [...]

  • Volunteer Opportunities September 2019

    All chapter work is done by volunteers for whom we are very grateful.  There are many opportunities to become involved at a level that is comfortable for you.  Please contact Kathleen Snyder (ksnyder75@nullgmail.com) if you are interested in any of the following: Tabling opportunity:  The Nisqually Watershed Festival, will be held Saturday, September 28th at the Nisqually Wildlife Festival and BHAS [...]

  • Board Meeting Review (8/17/2019)

    The BHAS Board held their annual retreat on August 17th.  This full day meeting mainly evaluated how the strategic plan which we approved last year has evolved.  The strategic plan laid out our goals for the coming five years, through 2024.  The full plan can be accessed on our website under About Us. On the whole, the Board felt our progress [...]

Birding and Breakfast – Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area

October 5 @ 7:30 am-10:00 am

Leader: Sam Merrill. From Olympia: take Boston Harbor Road north, then right on Woodard Bay Road, crossing Libby Road. There is a small parking area requiring a Discover Pass on the left just before c...

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Tracking Elusive Marsh Birds of Puget Sound – Cynthia Easterson

October 10 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Come join us for an evening of enjoyment with Cindy Easterson. Cindy Easterson has served on the Board of Puget Sound Bird Observatory since 2010, and is currently filling the roles of Secretary and ...

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

September 25 @ 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

October 21 @ 4:30 pm-6:30 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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