From Our President: Summer to Fall Transition—Reminders of Earth’s Rhythms

Lane County enjoyed wondrous weather this summer. We had blue skies, moderate temperatures, and small amounts of rain at intervals, keeping the deciduous plants lush and green through August. Now that fall has arrived, we will see the progression of fall colors in the leaves. Fall colors in Oregon are not as famous as those of the northeast, but the stately backdrop of evergreen trees creates a contrast for the yellows and oranges of our deciduous canopy of ash, alder, oak, willow, and big-leaf maple. The understory of vine maple and poison oak adds splashes of reds.

Conservation Column: The Endangered Species Act Is Itself Endangered

The Endangered Species Act is one of America’s most effective and important environmental laws. Since its passage in 1973, the Act has enabled the recovery of several at-risk species including the Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, humpback whale, Virginia flying squirrel, and the Oregon chub, among others.

Third Saturday Bird Walk - October 19, 8:00 am

Nick Paget will lead a walk at the Bertelson Nature Park, near Wallis and 5th Avenue. To get there, take 1st Ave. to Wallis. Take Wallis to 5th, and park near that intersection. Do not park near Euphoria Chocolate as that is too far from our starting point.

All ages and skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars, if you have them. To carpool, meet at 8 am at the South Eugene High School parking lot, corner of 19th and Patterson. We plan to return by noon. Remember that it’s not a good idea to leave valuables or your vehicle registration in your car if you leave it at the lot. A $3 donation is appreciated to help support Lane County Audubon’s activities.

FMI: Rebecca Waterman at 541.653.3354 or Rebecca.waterman@gmail.com.

Date: 
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 8:00am
Location: 
Bertelson Nature Park

The Brown Bears of Hokkaido, Japan: Program Meeting, Tuesday, October 22, 7:30 pm

The Brown Bears of Hokkaido, Japan: From Gods, to Pests, to Neighbors in 200 years

A presentation by Joe Moll, who has served as the executive director of the McKenzie River Trust since January of 2005.

Date: 
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St, Eugene

Seeking Sponsors for Audubon Adventures 2019-2020

Audubon Adventures is back with a brand new learning kit for the 2019-2020 school year! “Sharing Our World with Birds” is the newest kit offered by Audubon Adventures. Teachers have started placing their orders and can’t wait to share the new material with students! This year’s kit includes the following three topics:

Sharing Our Shores – For many kinds of birds, beaches are places to nest and raise their young or to rest and refuel on long migratory journeys.

Looking for AITS Volunteers and Classrooms That Want AITS Visits

Audubon in the Schools (AITS) has been popular and well-received in the Lane County schools since spring of 2005 when Kris Kirkeby developed this teaching program. Last school year we visited 19 schools, and gave 44 presentations to 1085 students! We want to continue bringing this special program to grade school classrooms.

If you are a teacher and want to sign up for a class visit, please schedule with Barb Pope at aitsbirds@gmail.com

If you are interested in volunteering with this program contact Maeve Sowles at audubon@laneaudubon.org 

Our core group of seven volunteers are eager to get back into classrooms, and they would love to welcome new volunteers. Training is provided, and we typically have at least two people working together during each class session. Several requests for fall-term class sessions have already been received.

 

Bike Path Cleanup Coordinator--Volunteer Opportunity

Help us coordinate a twice per year cleanup of our piece of the West Eugene bike path. Lane County Audubon adopted the west end (about five miles) of West Eugene’s Fern Ridge Bike Path. The goal is to help keep Eugene’s waterways an inviting habitat for wildlife, plus a safe and clean area for recreation. The volunteer coordinator will pick the date and organize the day’s activity. We will help with recruitment and publicity!

FMI or if you’re interested in volunteering, contact Maeve Sowles at 541.343.8664 or audubon@laneaudubon.org

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From Our President: Fall Brings Migrations and a New Season of LCAS Programs

September is the month for Vaux’s Swift migration! These small birds will be gathering in large flocks to roost for the night at the Agate Hall chimney on the UO campus, along with other locations. We will have our “Bon Voyage to the Swifts” gathering on Friday, September 13th, this year. Please come out to join us in watching and marveling at these interesting little birds. Their migration dates begin with sightings as early as late August and continue on into October. You can look for them any evening throughout this time span. Migration depends on the wind and the weather, food availability for the insect-eating swifts, and whether drought or fires are occurring. We never can predict exactly when they will arrive or when they will all move on to the south.

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