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Armchair Birding: Raptors in Focus

(by Anne Kilgannon) – Have you ever been hawk-watching? Standing on a ridge overlooking a stretch of country created just right for an updraft of warmed air, forming a highway in the sky for the soaring of raptors? Some Fall day I will be there, thrilling to the sight of big birds streaming by, the urgency and tug of the [...]

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  • Deadline for public comment extended to December 6th

    Help Protect the Marbled Murrelet in Washington State. The DNR and USFWS extended the deadline for public comment on the Long-Term Conservation strategy to December 6th. In 2013, the Washington State Audubon Conservation Committee (WSACC) adopted a resolution to support science-based murrelet conservation strategies, planning, and policies to protect Marbled Murrelets in our state forests. Since then, individual Audubon chapters and Audubon [...]

  • The Olympia Christmas Bird Count – December 16th, 2018

    This year marks the 119th year of the annual Christmas Bird Count sponsored by the National Audubon Society. Locally, the Olympia Count will take place on Sunday, December 16th. This count has been conducted since the 1970’s with 50 to 90 volunteer counters participating. Each count takes place within a pre-determined “count circle” that is 15 miles in diameter. Most [...]

  • Conservation Challenges in Thurston County

    Black Hills Audubon faces several conservation challenges in Thurston County this fall, for which member participation is invited. Mineral Lands Policy Thurston County is considering radical changes in the code of the Mineral Lands chapter of the Comprehensive Plan.  BHAS seeks your help in sending emails to the Planning Commissioners and/or County Commissioners.  By coordinating with other environmental organizations, we hope to [...]

Birding and Breakfast – Mud Bay

December 1 @ 8:00 am-10:00 am

Meet at Mud Bay Park and Ride at 8:00 and breakfast at the Shipwreck Restaurant after birding. Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on the first ...

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Wintering Backyard Birds of Lewis County with Dalton Spencer

November 29 @ 7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Having a new instructor and class offering in Lewis County presents another option for a birding class with Black Hills Audubon.  Dalton Spencer will teach a class geared for beginning birders, helpi...

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

November 21 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Wednesday, repeating until October 30, 2019

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

November 15 @ 4:30 pm-6:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30pm on day 15 of the month, repeating until March 20, 2019

Get to know other birders from our chapter while sipping and snacking on the couches at back of the Fish Tail Pub. Come with questions, stories or concerns about our beloved birds. All are welcome. No...

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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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