From Our Treasurer: Keep Birding Strong in Lane County—Show Your Support!

birdwatchersOne of the highlights of my summer was participating in a bird walk in New York City’s Central Park. After temporarily losing my way in the maze of lanes and paths that make up the park, I finally found the Boathouse, where Robert DeCandido, or “Birder Bob” as he is known locally, always begins his Sunday morning walks. Predictably, it was an international group, including birders from South Africa, Greenland, Turkey, China, and Oregon (me), all eager to see East Coast birds in the sanctuary that Central Park provides in the midst of the great metropolis.

We were treated to sightings of Tufted Titmouse, Eastern Kingbird, Black-and-white Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, and Northern Cardinal, along with some species more familiar to us here in the Northwest: Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, and Black-capped Chickadee.

Conservation Column November 2015: Under the Umbrella

Debbie Schlenoff                                541.685.0610                             dschlenoff (at)

With the arrival of fall, I’m thinking about raincoats and umbrellas and walking in the rain under the canopy of the verdant Northwest forests. Conservationists too are often thinking about umbrellas. 

They are understandably concerned about getting the most coverage for their efforts. One way to do this is to identify ecosystems in need of protection and then target large regions, so that all the inhabitants of a region are sheltered under the umbrella of the conservation plan. Another strategy is to identify an umbrella species and put in place protections that would benefit not just that threatened species, but also other species that co-occur with it. Given the common but unfortunate short-term approach to economic gain, the political landscape, and the competing uses for land, this umbrella approach can be an efficient strategy for protecting the most species possible with limited resources.


This Saturday's Bird Walk will be to part of the West Eugene Wetlands, near and along the bike path near Terry Street off Hwy 126/11th Ave.
Vjera Thompson has agreed to show us around one of her favorite places to bird. We will meet to carpool at the usual South Eugene High School east parking lot at 8 o'clock. We will rendezvous at Terry street about 8:20 or so.

Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 8:00am
South Eugene High School parking lot (corner of 19th and Patterson)

November Program Meeting: How Did That Bird Get THAT Name? with Dan Gleason

How did the Killdeer get its name? Certainly this small bird doesn’t kill deer! Does a nuthatch hatch nuts? And what does Willet mean?

Dan will explain how and why many birds got their sometimes odd and interesting names. Along the way, you’ll inevitably learn about some fascinating behaviors and interesting tidbits about the lives of many North American birds.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 7:30pm
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St

Fern Ridge Bike Path Cleanup Set for Sat., Nov. 14, 9:00 a.m.

Almost 45 years ago, city of Eugene staffers and a few dedicated citizens formed the first Eugene Bicycle Committee. By 1972, they had established the city’s first budget for bikeways—a whopping $30,000, used mostly to match state and federal transportation grants.

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 9:00am
Meet at Stewart Pond Overlook

Vaux’s Swift Migration Is Unusual This Year

LCAS hosted two Swift Events this fall, as usual. What was unusual about the events was that we saw virtually NO Vaux’s Swifts. During the first evening, September 11, we saw three swifts fly over the Agate Hall chimney. No swifts have been seen at the chimney since.

Typically the peak of migration is mid-September to early October. This year, there were reports of 1,820 swifts entering the chimney on August 28, and 774 the following week. The firefighters at the adjacent fire station told us that on September 4 they observed thousands filling the sky.

Thank you to Sara Lee Higgins, LCAS Webmaster!

Sara Lee Higgins has served as LCAS webmaster since April 2013. She brought our new webpage from a basic shell into a fully functional web presence, made online donations and membership payments possible, built in new features to provide easier access to information, and created visual improvements. Just a few adjectives to describe Sara include creative, helpful, communicative, talented, skilled troubleshooter and problem solver, attentive to detail, and self-directed. In short, she is a most excellent webmaster!
Sara plans to move out of the area and we wish her all the best. Sara, THANK YOU for all your webmaster help over the past two and a half years!

Thank you to Joyce Trawle, Audubon Adventures Coordinator!

Since May 2011, Joyce Trawle has served as Audubon Adventures Coordinator. She worked hard to grow the program, which now offers environmental education materials to over 40 classrooms in Lane County.

Joyce created a well-running program and matches up LCAS member sponsors with classrooms throughout the community. She has this year’s program in place, but needs time away for other activities. We all give Joyce a big THANK YOU for her time, commitment, and a JOB WELL DONE!