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Join us at the Capitol in Olympia to Press for Climate Change Legislation

We urge Audubon members and friends in the Olympia area to attend one or more of these hearings on the Capitol campus to pack the rooms with support for the bills!  When you attend, you can sign in PRO for the bill on the monitor, which goes on the public record.  Recommendations are also welcome for folks (professors, business owners, [...]

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  • Come to Dinner! An Invitation to Gather

    The Annual BHAS Dinner will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019 in the Student Union Building of the South Puget Sound Community College. Members and guests can begin gathering for a social time and perusal of raffle and sale items at 4:30 and then by 5:30 assemble for the dinner and presentations. As has become a winning tradition, we will [...]

  • Updating the Thurston County Shoreline Master Program

    by Sam Merrill – Black Hills Audubon is taking a lead role in a number of conservation efforts. One of these is the Thurston County Shoreline Master Program (SMP), which is under intensive review at this time. Audubon Conservation Committee member Anne Van Sweringen, representing Black Hills Audubon and four other local environmental organizations, participates on the Shoreline Master Program [...]

  • Join the Great Backyard Bird Count: Presidents’ Day Weekend Feb. 15-18

    Looking for a way to enjoy the great outdoors this February? Join millions of bird watchers across North America and the world in a free, fun event that involves all ages. Count birds in your backyard or anywhere to help make your love of nature create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participate in the 22th annual Great Backyard Bird [...]

  • Armchair Birding: Books that Open Doors for Beginners—or Anyone

    by Anne Kilgannon – We are all familiar with the much appreciated flute notes that announce a BirdNote story on the radio following the morning news report: a quick upbeat and very bird-like melody that creates a pause in the rush to get out the door. Each story is only one minute and forty-five seconds but is packed with insight [...]

  • The Birding Backpack Project

    by Kim Adelson – We are very pleased to announce that we have recently contributed ten more Family Birding Backpacks to the Timberland Regional Libraries. Each backpack contains birding guides, two pairs of binoculars, lists of birding sites with maps, and instructions. Six of them will be funded by a $2,100 grant from the South Puget Sound Community Foundation; four [...]

Lewis County Birding Hotspots

January 21 @ 8:00 am-3:00 pm

Here is a chance to explore some birding hotspots in Lewis County near Centralia, an area that generally our field trips neglect.  We’ll travel to Goodrich Rd, Borst Park, Airport Rd, Hillburge...

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Backyard Birds: A two-hour course designed for beginners – Olympia

January 23 @ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Olympia class: Olympia High School Library, January 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost per class is $25.00. Registration is required; contact Deb Nickerson at debranic&...

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

January 23 @ 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

January 21 @ 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating until November 18, 2019

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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