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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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  • Baby, It’s Cold Outside! Christmas Bird Counts are Coming

    This year marks the 119th year of the annual Christmas Bird Count sponsored by the National Audubon Society. 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 participants join 1 of 16 count teams that cover a designated [...]

  • 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 [...]

Downtown Ducks

December 29 @ 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Capital Lake is always wonderful in the winter, typically rich in waterfowl, especially a great variety of ducks.  And we often find some unusual species to make the experience even more special. We ...

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Understanding Shorebirds, the Miracle of Migration – Tim Boyer

January 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Come join us for an evening of enjoyment with Tim Boyer, an award winning nature photographer. His images have been published in many bird and nature magazines. He is a full-time photographer and a gr...

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

December 19 @ 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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Shelton Birds & Brew

December 29 @ 5:00 pm-7:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:00pm on day 29 of the month, repeating until March 27, 2019

NEW VENUE!!  El Sarape Cantina.  Meet other birders from Mason County or those who happen to be in the area. Discuss good places to bird and the interesting birds you have sighted recently. Have a b...

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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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