From Our President: Nature Depends on Us

Last fall, a 25-acre piece of land across the street from us was clear-cut. It had been a second-growth stand of mixed forest for over 50 years. Some of the trees were very old, so we know that in the past the forest had been only selectively cut. The logging was impossible to ignore and painful to watch and hear. Some of our neighbors had tried to buy the land to preserve the forest, but they lost the bid to the logging company.

Conservation Column May 2015: It’s Time to Invest in the Future of the Earth

Debbie Schlenoff                                541.685.0610                             dschlenoff (at) msn.com


A recent article in Current Biology (Conde et al., 2015) examined the costs of preventing the extinction of about 900 vertebrate species (and their habitats) listed by the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE). They calculated the costs for conservation in the animal’s natural habitats as well as for maintaining insurance populations in zoos. The total was about $1.1 billion, with an average cost per species of $1.3 million. Another report (McCarthy et al., 2012) concluded that about $1 billion per year for a decade would reduce the extinction risk for all globally threatened bird species, and $4 billion per year for a decade would downlist all threatened species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List. A total of $76 billion per year for a decade would establish and protect habitats and ecosystems globally.

Check Out the Bald Eagle Nest on Skinner Butte!

Have you been to the top of Skinner Butte to see the bald eagle nest? Yes? Great!

Haven’t seen it because you couldn’t find it?

Haven’t seen it because you didn’t know where to look?

Well, we can help:

Drive to the top of Skinner Butte, park at the overlook, and follow the paved trail, counterclockwise, to the opening in the trees. (See the arrow on the map.) Use the map to locate the nest tree.

Bring binoculars to get a good look. Bring a scope and get an even better look. Bring a good telephoto camera and a tripod and get a good photo!

 

THIRD SATURDAY BIRD WALK - June 20

Site and leader to be determined

The Third Saturday Bird Walk on June 20 will be determined by interesting bird sightings posted to OBOL and other pertinent information available before the day of the walk. We will post the location on the LCAS Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/Lane-County-Audubon-Society/330177413824?ref=hl) and on the website. We’ll meet at Eugene South High School at 8:00 a.m. as usual for carpooling.

Date: 
Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 8:00am
Location: 
South Eugene High School parking lot (corner of 19th and Patterson)

Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities

Mt. Pisgah Arboretum

Three Saturdays: May 9, May 23, and June 6, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Bird Songs and Calls Workshop

In this 3-part workshop led by Chris Roth and Julia Siporin, learn how to identify and better understand local birds by their songs and calls. They’ll help participants recognize our common (and uncommon) avian friends’ vocalizations—and share many tools for continuing to learn on your own.

Preregistration required. Call 541.747.3817. $35 Members, $40 Nonmembers.

 

Friend of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Bobolink Count
Saturday, June 6

Volunteers will spread out over six routes to count Bobolinks. Free accommodations at the P Ranch volunteer house. A whole lot of fun. You can arrive on Friday, 6/5, and stay over if you wish through Sunday 6/7.  Bring gear to keep your legs and feet dry, plus insect repellant. The more people we get, the more (wet meadow) ground we can cover. Tell other birders about this!  Invite your friends to come too -- there will be opportunities for bird and other wildlife viewing, evening potlucks, and lots of story swapping.

For the volunteer housing, bring your own linens, food, and other supplies.  The P-Ranch is comfortable with fully equipped kitchen, restroom, and washer/dryer. There is also room for RVs to dry-camp and for tent campers.   

Please contact Alice Elshoff at 541 389-3543 or calice58 (at) gmail.com for more information or to sign up.

 

Southern Willamette Ornithological Club
Eugene Birders Night

Monday, June 8, 7:00 p.m.

Birds and More of the Dominican Republic with John Sullivan

John will take us to the tropics and acquaint us with the ecosystems of this island nation. He always has a surprise up his sleeve, so come and see what it is!

SWOC meets at the McNail-Riley house, 601 West 13th Avenue, Eugene (NW corner of 13th and Jefferson). The parking area, located immediately west of the house, can be accessed from Jefferson via the driveway located just north of the house.

Free. FMI: ellencantor (at) gmail.com

 

Friends of Hendricks Park

Sunday, June 7, 7:00 a.m.

Birding in Hendricks Park with Dan Gleason

Meet at the Wilkins Picnic Shelter, 2200 Summit Ave. A donation of $3 is suggested to help support the Friends education programs.

FMI: www.friendsofhendrickspark.org/events.html, 541.607.4066

 

Mountain Bird Festival

May 29–31, Ashland, OR

Registration is open for the second annual Mountain Bird Festival. This event is hosted by the Klamath Bird Observatory in partnership with several Ashland-area organizations. Participate in guided bird walks, attend keynote presentations, a fine-art auction, cocktail parties, and enjoy live music, local foods, and a feel-good community atmosphere. Registration required.

FMI: www.klamathbird.org, 541.201.0866

 

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Cascades Raptor Center
Last Sunday of each month, May through September, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Family Nature Discovery Days

Each Discovery Day features a different theme and activities for children ages 4–11 and families.

May 31: Birds in Springtime. Family activity: Build a nest and decorate eggs.

June 28: The Art of Nature. Family activity: Make a fairy cottage or other art from CRC’s collection of rocks, shells, bark, leaves, flowers and more!

Regular admission fees plus $2 activity fee if participating
FMI: 541.485.1320, www.eraptors.org

 

East Cascades Audubon Society
June 18–21, Sisters, Oregon

Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival

Festival participants have a choice of attending 14 different guided tours in search of 11 different species of woodpeckers and over 200 other types of birds that have made the forests and burn areas of Sisters and Central Oregon a birding hot spot. Space is limited! Register now!

FMI: www.ecaudubon.org or email dhwf15 (at) gmail.com

 

North American Butterfly Association (NABA)
Several dates in June and July

Butterfly field trips/counts

See the NABA website for details on opportunities to participate in field trips as a citizen scientist. They also offer some family walks.

FMI: www.naba.org/chapters/nabaes

 

LCAS Offers Birding Resources & Apparel

Lane County Audubon has several items available for purchase to help you get ready for spring and summer birding. All proceeds help LCAS fund its educational, conservation, and outreach programs.

You can purchase these items at the LCAS program meetings on Tuesday, April 28, and Tuesday, May 26.

  • High-quality, heavy canvas tote bags with Quail logo ($12)
  • National Audubon hats, one-size-fits-all ($10)
  • T-shirts—LCAS Quail logo and Swift Event theme ($15)
  • 52 Small Birds, by Richard Weeks ($20)
  • Birds of Lane County (half-price sale, $10)

 

Get Involved—Volunteer!

Lane County Audubon Society is an all-volunteer organization, and our members are very proud of the energy and diverse talents that volunteers bring to our cause—we couldn’t do it without them. Volunteering with LCAS is a great way to meet new people, give back to the community, and—best of all—have fun! For more information, visit our Volunteer page online at www.laneaudubon.org/support/volunteer or contact Maeve Sowles at 541.343.8664 or president (at) laneaudubon.org.

Lane Audubon Community Outreach

Help introduce Lane Audubon to community members at local events and present talks on birding and the natural world to small groups upon request. Help develop our “speaker bureau” materials and resources.

This is a great opportunity to use your creativity and get involved in community outreach for Lane County Audubon!

Program Committee

The Program Committee works as a team to develop ideas and recruit speakers for the chapter Program Meetings. Programs are scheduled eight times per year. The Program Committee is responsible for engaging speakers and organizing publicity and other logistics well in advance of each meeting. The Board will assist with ideas for Program speakers.