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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 [...]

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  • Bird-banding Training Scholarships

    Bird-banding Training Scholarships BHAS will again offer two scholarships for bird-banding training this coming spring. The six days of training will be presented at Glacial Heritage Preserve over two long week-ends, scheduled for May 17-20 and May 25-27, by the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM). The cost for training each person is $450; BHAS will provide $400 of [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 again [...]

  • 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 [...]

Birding and Breakfast – Woodard Bay

March 2 @ 7:30 am-10:00 am

Meet at Woodard Bay Natural Resources Conservation Area at 7:30.  Discover Pass required. Bring your own breakfast. Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast on ...

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Identifying Shorebirds Class with Black Hills Audubon Society’s Scott Mills, Ph.D

March 2 @ 9:00 am-11:00 am

This course is taught by retired professor of ornithology Scott Mills. Five Saturday Mornings: March 2 – March 30 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Where: Visitor Center Hall at Billy Frank Jr. Nisq...

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

February 20 @ 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

February 18 @ 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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