Protecting Fauna and Habitat

Port of Olympia

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BHAS is monitoring how incrementing expansion of the Olympia Airport by the Port of Olympia would impact the surrounding parks and conservation areas in the vicinity of the Airport. Millersylvania State Park, West Rocky Prairie, the Black River National Wildlife Refuge are all within five miles of the Airport, where flight patterns will persist; Glacier Heritage and Mima Mounds are within ten miles. Such impacts and possible effects on Thurston County farmlands near the airport should be addresseed in any Environmental Impact Statement. (Port of Olympia photo)

Marine Birds/Pacific Flyway/Forage Fish/Hydraulic Code:

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Support increased study and better management of forage fish to benefit marine birds throughout the Pacific Flyway (Alaska to Mexico). Projects support conservation priorities of National Audubon and Audubon Washington. Monitor updating and implementation of the Hydraulic Code (WDFW), which regulates construction and other work in or near state waters to protect fish life, and track Pacific Marine Fisheries Council decisions.

Using Native Plants to Fight Climate Change

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As most of you know, the National Audubon Society considers climate change to be the number-one threat to birds; its scientists predict that global warming could result in the extinction or dramatic range-restriction of nearly half of North American birds by 2080. As birds in Western Washington face this danger, we are at risk of losing more than 40 species, such as Gadwalls, Hooded Mergansers, Northern Harriers, Varied Thrushes, and Brown Creepers. Most of the birds will decline due to loss of suitable summer habitat, although Red Crossbills and Black-headed Grosbeaks will primarily lose winter habitat.READ MORE

The Lake Lawrence Cell Tower Proposal: Onward to the Bird Surveys

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On March 15, 2016, Black Hills Audubon Society (BHAS) supported an appeal of the proposed Lake Lawrence cell-phone tower at a hearing before the Thurston County Hearings Examiner. Due to the tower’s location next to waterfowl concentration areas and high potential for bird collisions with the tower, the Hearing Examiner remanded the proposal back to the County for further review. Verizon Wireless has now hired a contractor to study bird movements near the site; so instead of abandoning the proposed tower site and moving their tower to a less impactful location, Verizon insists that they can prove their tower will have no effects on local wildlife. Concerned about potential bias by Verizon’s contractor, the neighborhood group who appealed the tower has asked for Audubon’s assistance with bird surveys to have data in hand in the event of another appeal hearing.READ MORE


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20074377463_6ffebe7ddc_kBlack Hills Audubon has received a grant from National Audubon to implement a personal climate-and-sustainability challenge, named “For the Birds.” It’s an opportunity for all of us to participate by making changes in the way we live.

Participants are offered an extensive list of possible personal actions what would help address climate change and/or promote environmental sustainability. Brochures, bumper stickers, and other materials are available. To participate, click here.

Why does BHAS Care About Marbled Murrelets?

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The Marbled Murrelet’s sensitivity to changes in both the forest and marine environments make it an “indicator” species for the health of these ecosystems. The dramatic declines in murrelet populations indicate other species of animals and plants are also threatened and in decline.

The Black Hills Audubon Society is also interested in the Marbled Murrelet because this bird nests in our “neighborhood.”


Marine Birds/Pacific Flyway/Forage Fish/Hydraulic Code

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Goldeneye_Barrow's copyWe support increased study and better management of forage fish to benefit marine birds throughout the Pacific Flyway that stretches from Alaska to Mexico and beyond.  The state is currently updating its Hydraulic Code, which regulates construction and other work in or near state waters to protect fish life. BHAS submitted public comment in 2014 to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission (which sets WDFW policy).