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December 2018

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

December 5, 2018 @ 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

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
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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 the season, visit, feed, and rest.  All too soon another spring will roll around and many of these overwintering waterfowl will head north again.  In many ways, winter is the richest season at the Refuge, and few know the Refuge as intimately as Phil Kelley. The Refuge charges at $3.00 entrance fee, which is waived if you have a Golden Eagle Pass, federal interagency pass, or other applicable pass.

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Come Help Plan 2019 Field Trips on December 5

December 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Bonnie Wood’s house, 2800 Aberdeen Court S.E.
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
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I have a birder friend who lives in Gig Harbor whom I see only occasionally. Each time we see each other, she tells me about the birding sites she has discovered and enjoyed. I am not familiar with all of them, but I note them, considering that they might be worth a field trip for all BHAS members and other interested folks. On Wednesday, December 5, at 6:00 p.m., the BHAS Field Trip Committee will hold its annual planning meeting for 2019. But I don't mean to sound official and bureaucratic: birders willing to be field trip leaders meet at my house and talk about their favorite – or newly discovered – birding sites. Plus I've got snacks! We would love to have you join us. Join us to share your favorite birding sites. Join us to help plan 2019 BHAS field trips. We welcome new faces and ideas. I want to emphasize: one does not have to be an expert birder to lead a field trip. Only needed is a willingness to convene a group at a specific time and place. Please RSVP to bwood2800@nullgmail.com or leave a message at 360-943-4612.  I look forward to seeing you!

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OYAS Field Trip – Billy Frank NWR

December 9, 2018 @ 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
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Free

Join us on this trip! Please register to join us and fill in necessary permission forms below. Permission Form Notes: Field Trip Parent or Guardian Permission Form: You may download and print this Permission Form, or fill in the RSVP questions below when you register. Photo Release Form: There will be times on OYAS field trips or at meetings when one or more photographs may be taken of members.  If appropriate, some of these photographs may be deemed useful to include on the Black Hills Audubon/OYAS website which is accessed publicly. Please indicate, by signing below, whether you AND your parent/guardian agree or notto possibly having your photopublicly shown on the OYAS website. Note: No names or personal information will be divulged without the expressed written consent of both the student and parent/guardian. *A private communication site will be established for uploading and previewing photographs. What to be a driver for the Field trip? If you want to be a driver for this or any upcoming field trip, please fill out this form and submit prior to the field trip.  

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

December 12, 2018 @ 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

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
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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 the season, visit, feed, and rest.  All too soon another spring will roll around and many of these overwintering waterfowl will head north again.  In many ways, winter is the richest season at the Refuge, and few know the Refuge as intimately as Phil Kelley. The Refuge charges at $3.00 entrance fee, which is waived if you have a Golden Eagle Pass, federal interagency pass, or other applicable pass.

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Unravelling the Mysteries of the Marbled Murrelet / Martin Raphael, PhD

December 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
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Come join us for an evening of enjoyment with Marty Raphael, an ornithologist and forest ecologist, recently retired (but still active) at the Pacific Northwest Research Station (U.S. Forest Service) in Tumwater. During his distinguished scientific career, he has conducted extensive research on the terrestrial and marine life history of marbled murrelets, which were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1992. Murrelet populations have declined, primarily due to loss of nesting habitat. At-sea surveys conducted for 20 years in the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound indicate the population has declined 3.9% per year. Reproductive rates are very low - about 6 young have been produced for every 100 adults. Chick survival is reduced by predation and shortage of food. Over 150 birds have been tracked by radio telemetry, showing daily movements over 100 miles between nesting sites and feeding areas in nearshore marine waters. Extensive surveys have documented the extent of suitable nesting habitat throughout the bird's range in Calfornia, Oregon, and Washington. Conservation and restoration of nesting habitat remain the primary means of recovering this fascinating species. (Photo courtesy: Kim Nelson) Arrive at 7 p.m. to socialize; programs begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

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Olympia Birds & Brew

December 15, 2018 @ 4:30 pm-6:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 4:30pm on day 15 of the month, repeating until March 20, 2019

Fish Tale Brewpub, 515 Jefferson St. SE
Olympia, WA United States
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Get to know other birders from our chapter while sipping and snacking on the couches at back of the Fish Tail Pub. Come with questions, stories or concerns about our beloved birds. All are welcome. No experience necessary.

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

December 19, 2018 @ 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

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
+ Google Map

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 the season, visit, feed, and rest.  All too soon another spring will roll around and many of these overwintering waterfowl will head north again.  In many ways, winter is the richest season at the Refuge, and few know the Refuge as intimately as Phil Kelley. The Refuge charges at $3.00 entrance fee, which is waived if you have a Golden Eagle Pass, federal interagency pass, or other applicable pass.

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Birding Eagle’s Pride Golf Course

December 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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Eagle’s Pride Golf Course, Exit 116 (Mounts Road) WA United States + Google Map

During the summer, Eagle Pride Golf Course’s ponds, thick, diverse habitat, and location only one-half mile from Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge make it a great place to spot many bird species, especially in these busiest months of the birding year. Five swallow species abound and nest at the course, for example, and over 70 species of birds have been documented in the last couple of years. Meet at the driving range parking spaces. Take exit 116 off I-5N. Turn north off the ramp and then right into the golf course. The driving range access road, a narrow gravel road, is an immediate left, or you can park in the main lot and easily walk up to the driving range. As always, dress for the weather and bring water and snacks as needed. If you have questions, contact David Wienecke at david.l.wienecke.naf@nullmail.mil or call his office phone 253-964-0341.

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

December 26, 2018 @ 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

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
+ Google Map

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 the season, visit, feed, and rest.  All too soon another spring will roll around and many of these overwintering waterfowl will head north again.  In many ways, winter is the richest season at the Refuge, and few know the Refuge as intimately as Phil Kelley. The Refuge charges at $3.00 entrance fee, which is waived if you have a Golden Eagle Pass, federal interagency pass, or other applicable pass.

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Shelton Birds & Brew

December 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm-7:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:00pm on day Last of the month, repeating until November 27, 2019

El Sarape Cantina, 318 W Railroad Avenue
Shelton, 98584 United States
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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 beverage and or a bite to eat with us. Come ready to share where and why you go birding in a particular spot. People new to our area will benefit from your knowledge. Last Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm.

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Downtown Ducks

December 29, 2018 @ 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Marathon Park, Deschutes Parkway
Olympia, WA United States
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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 emphasize helping people with less experience in birding as they learn to identify categories of birds, and we concentrate on water birds which are easier to see and study than little birds flitting through the trees. Dress warmly, grab a set of binoculars, and come join us.  We meet at 9:00 at Marathon Park on Deschutes Parkway.

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January 2019

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

January 2 @ 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

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
+ Google Map

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 the season, visit, feed, and rest.  All too soon another spring will roll around and many of these overwintering waterfowl will head north again.  In many ways, winter is the richest season at the Refuge, and few know the Refuge as intimately as Phil Kelley. The Refuge charges at $3.00 entrance fee, which is waived if you have a Golden Eagle Pass, federal interagency pass, or other applicable pass.

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Birding and Breakfast – Capitol Lake (Marathon Park)/Jennifer DeSelle

January 5 @ 8:00 am-10:00 am
Marathon Park, Deschutes Parkway
Olympia, WA United States
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Meet at Capitol Lake's Marathon Park at 8:00 a.m. and breakfast at a Traditions restaurant after birding. Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast on the first Saturday of each month. Bird with us, then enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant. Beginning  birders are welcome. Share what you know, connect, enjoy. For more information, contact Black Hills Audubon Society at 360-352-7299.

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

January 9 @ 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

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
+ Google Map

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 the season, visit, feed, and rest.  All too soon another spring will roll around and many of these overwintering waterfowl will head north again.  In many ways, winter is the richest season at the Refuge, and few know the Refuge as intimately as Phil Kelley. The Refuge charges at $3.00 entrance fee, which is waived if you have a Golden Eagle Pass, federal interagency pass, or other applicable pass.

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Understanding Shorebirds, the Miracle of Migration – Tim Boyer

January 10 @ 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Temple Beth Hatfiloh, 201 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
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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 graduate of Seattle Audubon’s Master Birder Program. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of photography and birds through workshops and presentations. Shorebirds are his favorite family group of birds, and he spends a lot of weekends on the Washington Coast. (Photo: Tim Boyer) Arrive at 7 p.m. to socialize; programs begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

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Birding 101 Class with Black Hills Audubon Society’s Scott Mills, Ph.D

January 12 @ 9:00 am-11:00 am
Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
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This course, taught by retired professor of ornithology Scott Mills, will provide an introduction to birding with an emphasis on developing identification skills. Other topics will include a review of birding tools including binoculars and field guides, an introduction to birding terminology, and some discussion of basic bird biology as they relate to identification. The course is designed primarily for beginning birders but should be useful for many mid-level birders as well. The class is comprised of five classes and two field trips. Field trip dates to be determined at the first class. Five Saturday Mornings: January 12 - February 9 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Where: The Education Building at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Cost: $75.00 (includes two field trips. Some Scholarships are available.) Register by contacting Ken Brown at kenbrownpls@nullcomcast.net Black Hills Audubon Society, PO Box 2524, Olympia, WA 98507-2524 Class is limited to 24 persons.  

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Kennedy Creek Estuary

January 12 @ 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Kennedy Creek Estuary Shelton, WA 98584 United States + Google Map

Kennedy Creek and Kennedy Creek Estuary are magnets for many species of wintering birds.  Raptors feed on chum carcasses.  Peregrines feed on Dunlin, peeps and other little shorebirds.  Gulls and shorebirds feed on krill and other niblets left by falling tides.  There is a viewing area overlooking the preserve and Oyster Bay.  You will be standing and watching and waiting for this field trip, so be sure to dress very warmly.  Stay for as long or as little as you wish.  Bring the best binoculars that you have.  Bring a scope if you have that. From Interstate 5 in Olympia, take Exit 104 toward Port Angeles/Aberdeen (westbound WA-8/ US-101). Continue about 4.5 miles and exit to the right to remain on US-101 northbound (toward Port Angeles). Travel about 11 miles and then, after crossing the highway bridge at Kennedy Creek, exit to the right on Old Olympic Highway. Continue past the small parking area visible from the highway, travelling another 0.2 mile and the Kennedy Creek NAP parking area is on the right. A short path leads to an overlook with interpretive signs. The parking lot accommodates about 5 cars or vans, and each vehicle must have a Discover Pass.

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OYAS Field Trip – Capitol Lake

January 13 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Capitol Lake, 5th Ave SW
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
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Join us on this trip! Please register to join us and fill in necessary permission forms below. Permission Form Notes: Field Trip Parent or Guardian Permission Form: You may download and print this Permission Form, or fill in the RSVP questions below when you register. Photo Release Form: There will be times on OYAS field trips or at meetings when one or more photographs may be taken of members.  If appropriate, some of these photographs may be deemed useful to include on the Black Hills Audubon/OYAS website which is accessed publicly. Please indicate, by signing below, whether you AND your parent/guardian agree or not to possibly having your photo publicly shown on the OYAS website. Note: No names or personal information will be divulged without the expressed written consent of both the student and parent/guardian. *A private communication site will be established for uploading and previewing photographs. Want to be a driver for the Field trip? If you want to be a driver for this or any upcoming field trip, please fill out this form and submit prior to the field trip.  

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

January 16 @ 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

Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 100 Brown Farm Rd NE
Olympia, WA 98516 United States
+ Google Map

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 the season, visit, feed, and rest.  All too soon another spring will roll around and many of these overwintering waterfowl will head north again.  In many ways, winter is the richest season at the Refuge, and few know the Refuge as intimately as Phil Kelley. The Refuge charges at $3.00 entrance fee, which is waived if you have a Golden Eagle Pass, federal interagency pass, or other applicable pass.

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Birding Eagle’s Pride Golf Course

January 17 @ 8:00 am-12:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 8:00 AM on the 3rd Thusday of the month.
Eagle’s Pride Golf Course, Exit 116 (Mounts Road) WA United States + Google Map

During the summer, Eagle Pride Golf Course’s ponds, thick, diverse habitat, and location only one-half mile from Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge make it a great place to spot many bird species, especially in these busiest months of the birding year. Five swallow species abound and nest at the course, for example, and over 70 species of birds have been documented in the last couple of years. Meet at the driving range parking spaces. Take exit 116 off I-5N. Turn north off the ramp and then right into the golf course. The driving range access road, a narrow gravel road, is an immediate left, or you can park in the main lot and easily walk up to the driving range. As always, dress for the weather and bring water and snacks as needed. If you have questions, contact David Wienecke at david.l.wienecke.naf@nullmail.mil or call his office phone 253-964-0341.

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