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2019 Annual Statewide Meeting of Audubon Chapters

Each year chapters in our state hold an Annual Statewide Meeting.  BHHS 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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  • Update on Rocky Prairie

    Elizabeth Rodrick, Sharron Coontz, and Diane Sonntag were recently interviewed by Debbie Cockrell who wrote an extensive article in the Olympian about the proposed warehouse project, https://www.theolympian.com/news/business/article232147112.html. Following is an excerpt from The Friends of Rocky Prairie’s new website, https://www.friendsofrockyprairie.org/petition. The current owner of Rocky Prairie, the Port of Tacoma, is working with a Missouri company, NorthPoint, to develop a massive intermodal [...]

  • We’re bringing birds to a Shelton Classroom

    By Kim Adelson – One of the exciting new collaborations begun by BHAS last year is a partnership with Aidé Villalobos, a second-grade teacher at Evergreen Elementary School in Shelton. We have long talked about our desire to “adopt” a school; that is, to do more than give one-shot presentations in classrooms but to instead return to a single school [...]

  • Bird Cruising on Hood Canal

    by Sharon Moore – Led by expert birders Bill Tweit and Gene Revelas, 51 of us from Black Hills and Tahoma Audubon chapters boarded the Lady Alderbrook on April 28, 2019 in anticipation of an excellent birding morning on Hood Canal.  Under clear skies promising good visibility and braced by a brisk temperature, we settled in the deck chairs and [...]

  • Volunteer Opportunities August 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: Graphic Arts: Our BHAS tri-fold display board for tabling events needs updating and improving.  If you enjoy working with [...]

  • Armchair Birding: Saving Orcas by Naming Orcas

    by Anne Kilgannon – Recently we were in a park overlooking Active Pass*, about to return to our car and the next activity when a strange—sensation—vibration—surge—pulled our eyes back to the water. Seals were skittering in all directions, gulls wheeled overhead, and there in the waves was a pod of at least a dozen orca whales. Surfacing, blowing, dorsal fins [...]

Birding and Breakfast – Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

September 7 @ 7:30 am-10:00 am

Meet Deb Nickerson at 7:30 at the Visitor Center Overlook. Breakfast afterwards at the Medicine Creek Cafe (formerly Norma’s) at the freeway interchange just outside the entrance to the Refuge....

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Climate Change in Mount Rainier NP – Taylor Kenyon & Scott Beason

September 12 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Come join us for an evening of enjoyment with Taylor Kenyon and Scott Beason. Taylor Kenyon and Scott Beason work in the Geology section at Mount Rainier National Park.  Their talk will focus on how ...

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Bird Walk at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

August 28 @ 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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