From Our President: April Brings Vaux’s Swifts Back to Agate Hall

As most of you know, the chimney of Agate Hall on the University of Oregon campus is an ecologically significant migratory stopover for tens of thousands of Vaux’s Swifts during the spring and fall months. During last year’s fall migration, over 45,000 birds were counted entering the chimney. The number is not a total of the birds that might have used it, because counts were done only weekly and sporadically.

Hummingbirds at Home

Would you like to help hummingbirds? Would you like to be a citizen scientist and contribute to a national database? Then the National Audubon Society’s Hummingbirds at Home program is for you. This project was launched in April 2013 to help uncover how hummingbirds are affected by climate change.

Conservation Column Apr 2014: The Birds and the Bees (and the Flowers and the Trees)

Spring is in the air—time to talk about the birds and the bees. Perhaps not “the talk” that first springs to mind, but rather the one about pollinators and how important they are to life on earth (not to mention their financial impact worth over $15 billion in crop value each year). It’s also time to consider why so many populations of bees and birds are in serious decline.

THIRD SATURDAY BIRD WALK - April 19

Skinner Butte, led by John Sullivan
 
World traveler and superb birder John Sullivan will lead April’s Third Saturday Bird Walk to Skinner Butte near downtown Eugene. The butte should provide good spring migration birding.  
 
Date: 
Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 8:00am
Location: 
South Eugene High School parking lot (corner of 19th and Patterson)

Program Meeting: "Bird World: Insights for Humans from the Amazing Lives of Birds" with Noah Strycker

Birds aren’t people, but just how different from us are they? They have the same basic requirements we do: food, shelter, reproduction. And they can do some amazing things!

Date: 
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

Welcome Back Vaux's Swifts at Agate Hall - April 25 & May 2

Lane County Audubon Society will hold its annual spring Swift Event outside Agate Hall on two consecutive Fridays, April 25 and May 2, at sunset. We hope to see early arrivals by mid-April and the numbers will increase over the next three to four weeks.

Date: 
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Chimney outside Agate Hall on the University of Oregon campus

Thanks to Our Volunteers

Herb Wisner has spent many hours every year for many, many years doing volunteer work for LCAS. He has served on the Board, and he has been Program Chair for decades—so long that we can’t pin down just how long. He has kept an ear and eye out for prospective speakers and has magically filled the program calendar eight times each year.

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