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PHAS Events


Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 4th by Zoom and will be on Black Hills National Forest Issues. Mary Zimmerman and Dave Mertz will talk on their mid-March trip to DC to lobby on Forest Issues. We normally meet in the last week of the month, but due to speaker availability, we moved forward in time by a week. Go to events page for details.

We had a Zoom meeting at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, February 28th. Meghan Carter from the National Audubon Society office in Fargo, ND talked to us about Audubon's staff's activities & programs in the Dakotas. Details was posted to the events page and meeting was recorded and link to recording was posted.

PHAS co-sponsored the Piedmont (Foothills Area) Legislative Cracker Barrel on the afternoon of Saturday 2/18/23 at the Piedmont American Legion Post. See events page for details:

PHAS sponsored 2 Christmas Bird Counts in Dec./Jan.. See list of Christmas Bird Counts in Nature Study drop down menu.

Saturday, October 29, 9:30 – 1:00

Forestry Basics Field Trip – back by popular demand!

Field trip with retired BHNF Natural Resource Staff Officer, Dave Mertz 

Prairie Hills Audubon Society again worked jointly with The Norbeck Society  and the Sierra Club to sponsor a field trip to learn about Forestry. Terminology and concepts that guide forest management will be illustrated with real life examples on our forest. Think beyond the confines of your own lifetime!

We met at 9:30 am at the gravel parking lot along Hwy 385 immediately south of the admissions gate to Crazy Horse. We caravanned from there and visit approximately 4 or 5 stops. 

We didn't have Zoom member's meeting(s) planned for the last week October, November and we never due Zoom meetings during holiday weekend.

PHAS August Members Meeting August 28. 2022 at 1:00 pm
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PHAS August Members Meeting August 28. 2022 at 1:00 pm

Tour the Black Hills Raptor Center.

Special Prairie Hills Audubon Monthly Meeting

Sunday August 28,2022 1:00 PM

Private tour of Black Hills Raptor Center for our Chapter

See the birds up close and personal!

Address: 15256 East Highway 44

4 miles past Rapid City Regional Airport, north side of highway.

Drive yourself or meet at Knecht’s Ace Hardware parking lot at 12:30

(Corner of Omaha and West Boulevard) to carpool.

Call Jim Petersen at (605) 939-4995 for more information.

Chapter members can bring guests!

The Black Hills Raptor Center (BHRC) is a five-acre nature preserve, currently involved in a multi-million-dollar campus building program in support of their program to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured raptors. For over a decade they have done thousands of environmental education presentations in the region using their “raptor ambassadors”, birds that have disabilities that preclude them from being released to the wild. Prairie Hills Audubon is proud to support the work of BHRC in protecting these magnificent birds.  Take this opportunity to get a rare inside look at the inter-workings of this excellent organization, and see if you might like to get involved with the collaboration between our two operations!


PHAS July Members Meeting -Thursday, July 28th, 6:30 pm-9 pm

Zoom  July meeting on BHNF Forest Plan Revision Assessments will be held from 6:30 pm to 9 pm, with Lou Conroy of the BHNF as speaker. The Norbeck Society and the Black Hills Group of the Sierra Club will co-sponsor the Zoom meeting with PHAS (Prairie Hills Audubon Society).

For information on BHNF Forest Plan Revision Assessments –

We use the same Zoom codes every month at our monthly  meetings, which are normally held within the last 7 days of the month.
Topic: PHAS monthly meetings
The recording of this meeting can be found on the Recordings page under Resources menu item

The roc


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