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From Our President: LCAS Thrives on Volunteers, New and Well-seasoned

We are happy to announce that Ramiro Aragon has agreed to be an LCAS Board member. He has attended Board meetings, co-led our Latino Outreach programs, assisted with bird walks for more than two years, and recently graduated from OSU with a Master’s of Natural Resources. He is also a dedicated advocate for birds and wildlife and teaching people to enjoy the experience of the natural world. We appreciate the time and talents he brings to Lane Audubon.
Ramiro is but one shining example of our dedicated volunteers. Building our core group of volunteers is our most powerful means for reaching out to the community and engaging the public with our goals of education and conservation.

Have fun! Get involved! Volunteer! We need your help!

Audubon in the Schools Program Coordinator
The Audubon in the Schools (AITS) curriculum comprises five fun-filled lessons that combine bird biology and basic art techniques. Originally developed by artist Kris Kirkeby, our former Education Chair, the lessons are excellent examples of participatory education. The program is designed to provide elementary students with a solid introduction to core aspects of bird biology, including feather anatomy and function, bird identification techniques, bird field marks, and habitat. The coordinator oversees all facets of the program. This includes classroom scheduling and volunteer training, plus teaching lessons to students along with the other volunteers. Help us take this wonderful education program to new heights!
FMI: Visit our Volunteer page online at laneaudubon.org/support/volunteer, or contact Maeve Sowles at 541.343.8664, or president@laneaudubon.org.
Compiler wanted for Florence Christmas Bird Count
The Florence Christmas Bird Count (CBC) has been an annual December event for 34 years. The data from that count, which averages about 130 species, provides local birders and counters an invigorating early winter challenge away from the preparations for the holidays. The Florence count folds into the greater LCAS CBC.
Kit Larsen has been organizing the count for the last 10 years and is ready to pass this task on to someone else. It involves lining up participants, producing packet materials, collecting and compiling the data, submitting to Audubon, and summarizing the count for newsletters. It takes some organization and attention to the calendar. It is a good way of getting to know the Florence area, connect to a local facet of an international project, and become better acquainted with the birds and birders in the Florence area.
FMI: Please contact Kit at kit@uoregon.edu or 541.344.9574.

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From Our President: Exploring the Bird-rich Summer Lake Area

avocetIn early June, we visited Summer Lake in Eastern Oregon to explore some areas new to us. We have driven through this high desert basin many times on the way to visit relatives near Lakeview, but never spent time there, and it was not a disappointment. The ODFW Summer Lake Wildlife Area is 18,941 acres in size, “with a goal of supporting wetland dependent wildlife and a diverse array of other wildlife and plant species for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.” 

Program Meeting Hiatus

In summer, Audubon members are often out enjoying birds and the outdoors, traveling far and wide. 

Since sitting indoors when there’s still daylight is less attractive, LCAS takes a break from presenting programs in June, July and August.

Our regularly scheduled programs will resume on the fourth Tuesday of the month, September 26, with a long-awaited talk (and slides) by the intrepid local but international birder, Noah Stryker.

 

Thanks to LCAS’s Migratory Bird Day Event Volunteers

The weather was rainy and cool on May 13 for Lane County Audubon Society’s International Migratory Bird Day event, staged in Alton Baker Park in collaboration with Nearby Nature and Cascades Raptor Center. Despite the weather, several families stopped by the picnic shelter at Alton Baker Park, where our educational activities were being staged, and then continued on to Nearby Nature’s Learnscape area. IMBD-LCAS volunteers led family-friendly bird walks, Raptor Center staff displayed a live Peregrine Falcon, and Nearby Nature staff conducted more nature-related activities for kids. 

Team LCAS Goose Rescue

During the Migratory Bird Day morning event, three of our volunteers rescued a Canada Goose from fishing line tangled around its leg and foot.

Rachael noticed it and sat with the bird, feeding and talking to it.

LaRue got a blanket and Kyle used it to catch the goose. He then used his Leatherman tool to cut off all the fishing line. The goose was released, fluffed it’s feathers and continued to graze nearby, free of its shackles and unharmed.

Thanks to Rachael, Kyle and LaRue for the extra effort in helping this goose!

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Audubon in the Schools Instructors

School is out for the summer, but that’s a temporary situation. The Audubon in the Schools program sends teams of volunteer instructors into the elementary schools to teach third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students both science and art using bird specimens, feathers, bones, and nests. No teaching experience or artistic talent is required. All you need is a few hours a month and an interest in teaching children. You can check out the program by sitting in on a class.

For more information, contact Caryn Stoess, Audubon in the Schools Coordinator, at 541.357.8739 or AITSEugene@gmail.com.

For other ways to help, check out our volunteer page online at laneaudubon.org/support/volunteer.

More LCAS Volunteer Thank Yous!

Thanks to Joyce Trawle for staffing an information table at South Eugene High School on Earth Day, April 21.

Thanks to June Persson, who for the past couple of years helped distribute The Quail, our monthly newsletter, around town. Thanks also to Jan Danforth, who has volunteered to distribute the newsletter now that June is no longer able to.

Saturday April 29, four volunteers from Lane County Audubon Society (Judy and Stephen Franzen, Caryn Stoess, and Jim Maloney) conducted a bird survey of a walking loop at Dorris Ranch in Springfield with two staff members of Willamalane Park District. Thanks for their efforts to work with this local agency to enhance bird habitat! Their eBird checklist is online at ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36395931

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