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BLACK HILLS AUDUBON ALERT: West Rocky Prairie under threat of Industrial Complex

BLACK HILLS AUDUBON ALERT: West Rocky Prairie under threat of Industrial Complex Explanatory statement: Please sign the petition by Monday, April 22, to be sent to the Thurston County Commissioners. Say no to RRI zoning request (industrial) for a 745-acre parcel of land between Millersylvania State Park and West Rocky Prairie Preserve. The Port of Tacoma is working with a Missouri company, NorthPoint, [...]

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  • South Thurston County Threatened by Huge Industrial Development

    by Sue Danver – The 745-acre property in South Thurston County, once threatened by a proposed South Sound Logistics Center by the Port of Tacoma (POT), is again in danger of huge industrial development. The land borders the 800-acre West Rocky Prairie Preserve (WRP) that Black Hills Audubon worked to save many years ago. A development company from Missouri named [...]

  • 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 by Ear at Priest Point Park

April 23 @ 6:00 am-7:00 am

You never know what birds may appear – or sing – on any given day. Consider joining Kevin this morning, even if you joined him last Tuesday, to hear birdsongs at their freshest. Learn the songs of...

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Celebrate What’s Right in the World – Better Bird Photography / Alan Bauer

May 9 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Come join us for an evening of enjoyment with Alan Bauer. Alan L. Bauer is a professional photographer specializing in the natural history of the Pacific Northwest and coverage of local history. He is...

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

April 24 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 am 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

May 20 @ 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30 pm 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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