From Our President: Volunteers Drive LCAS

Volunteers are the “green energy” that drives the activities of the Lane County Audubon Society. The only way we keep our projects running is with the help of folks who have some time, talent, and initiative to help. We have a small and committed Board that steers our various projects and lends a hand when needed. The Board helps new volunteers with advice, support, and experience. We want to see everyone succeed in forwarding our mission. We care about wildlife and their habitats and we also care about people.

Conservation Column Oct 2015: Environmental Issues Update

Debbie Schlenoff                                541.685.0610                             dschlenoff (at)

Members of Lane County Audubon Society care about birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. We strive to keep up with environmental issues and take action when possible to promote conservation and enjoyment of wild places. We submit comments on environmental impact statements and management proposals. We write letters or sign on to letters with other organizations concerning projects and proposed legislation. In this month’s column, I’d like to update you on some of the issues we’ve taken action on.

October Program Meeting: Highlights from a Life List in Photos with Dave Stone

Dave provided this inimitable description of his October program:

“When I started seriously birding 10 years ago, people asked me if I was keeping a ‘list.’ ‘My photos are my list!’ I declared. Well, a couple of years ago I said to myself ‘OK, buddy, how many birds are on your list?’ At last count, I have good photos of over 250 species. Not too shabby if you know how hard it is to get a good photo of a bird in flight or in the brush. Don’t worry, I’m not going to show 250 bird photos during my presentation. How many will I be showing? You’re just going to have to come and count them! If you’re the type who keeps a list of birds you’ve seen on TV, for instance, you can start a list of birds you’ve seen at an Audubon Program Meeting.”


Join us on October 27 for another wonderfully entertaining and informative presentation by Dave Stone. Refreshments are at 7:00; the program begins at 7:30 at the Eugene Garden Club.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 7:30pm
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

Save the Date! Bike Path Cleanup on Nov. 14

In 1998, Lane County Audubon made a commitment to the city of Eugene to adopt the west end (about five miles) of West Eugene’s Fern Ridge Bike Path. This decision expresses LCAS’s dedication to keeping Eugene’s waterways an inviting habitat for wildlife and a safe and clean area for recreation.

Save the date—Saturday, November 14—to join other volunteers in cleaning up the bike path. Watch for more information on our website and Facebook page, or contact Kat Beal at Jkbeal (at) or 541.517.0284. All levels of effort are welcome!

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 9:00am

Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities

Cascades Raptor Center
Week of October 6–11 (Tuesday through Sunday)
25th Anniversary Celebration

Cascades Raptor Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary! To thank this amazing community for its support over the years, CRC is welcoming visitors for FREE from Tuesday, October 6 through Sunday, October 11, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

FMI: 541.485.1320,


Willamette Resources and Educational Network (WREN)
Saturday, October 10, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Family Exploration Day at Meadowlark Prairie

Meet at the Meadowlark Prairie Overlook, 88525 Greenhill Road. 

Tuesday, October 13, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Wetland Wander at Wild Iris Ridge

Meet at the end of the cul-de-sac on Bailey View.

All WREN events are free. FMI: 541.338.7047,


North American Butterfly Association
Monday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St., Eugene
Biology and Conservation of Monarch Butterflies in the Pacific Northwest

David James, Associate Professor of Entomology at Washington State University, Prosser, will discuss current research being conducted on Monarch butterflies in the Pacific Northwest. This will include recent findings on summer-breeding populations and migration routes to and from the Pacific Northwest. He will also highlight the West Coast Monarch-tagging program supported by Washington State Penitentiary and citizen-scientists throughout the region.

Free. FMI: 541.344.7630


Mount Pisgah Arboretum 
Sunday, October 18, 8:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Fall Bird Walk

Join Nature Guides Chris Roth and Julia Siporin for a bird walk for people with all levels of birding experience, beginner to advanced. Please bring binoculars. Option to continue the walk until noon for those who are interested. Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center.

$5, members free. FMI: 541.747.1504,


Southern Willamette Ornithological Club
Eugene Birders Night
Monday, October 19, 7:00 p.m.
Galapagos Islands with Dennis Arendt

Everyone is welcome to attend these free monthly meetings. After initial introductions, attendees share recent sightings and discuss birding-connected topics. Then Dennis will present photos that he and Roger Robb took last May during their 11-day cruise in the Galapagos archipelago.

Meet 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:


Mt. Pisgah Arboretum
Sunday, October 25, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Mushroom Festival

Huge mushroom exhibit, live music, scarecrow contest, apple pressing, kids’ activities, food vendors, plants and art for sale. Guided nature walks.

Suggested donation $8, kids under 12 free. FMI: 541.747.3817,

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, contact Maeve Sowles at 541.343.8664 or president (at)


We are currently seeking a Webmaster Committee Chair. Help us maintain and develop the Lane County Audubon Society website ( Primary responsibilities include updating the website with current information and software, performing routine data backups, monitoring and reporting on web analytics, and providing suggestions for improved layout and functionality. All skill levels are welcome, although familiarity with basic HTML and CSS, Drupal CMS, and Google Analytics will be especially helpful. Develop your web skills with Lane Audubon!

Program Committee Chair

We’re seeking a volunteer to serve as Chair of the Program Committee. This 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.

Audubon Adventures Coordinator

Audubon Adventures is National Audubon Societys (NAS) award-winning environmental education program. Audubon Adventures was designed by the environmental experts at NAS and boasts top-quality educational materials. Through our Adopt-a-Classroom Program, Lane County Audubon offers teachers in grades 3–5 an opportunity to participate at no cost to their schools.

LCAS is looking for someone who can link the participating teachers with the generous sponsors of this program. If you have a computer and a little time, this might be the volunteer opportunity you’ve been looking for! It takes flexibility, organization, and a sense of timing to make things work well for the teachers and sponsors.

Outreach to schools and sponsors begins in September. Orders for the kits are placed with NAS in October so that teachers receive their kits as soon as they are available for shipping. Maintaining contact with the teachers throughout the school year is crucial. You’ll want to make sure they’ve received their kits, see if they need any additional help, and check in with them at the end of the school year.

Potential sponsors find out about teachers who would like to participate through The Quail, at program meetings, and through an annual mailing. Please contact Maeve Sowles (president (at) if this rewarding position sounds interesting to you. We’ll be happy to provide you with all the information and training you need to manage the program.