Protect Great Gray Owls in Oregon: The southern Cascades in Jackson County are home to one of the most significant (and easily observed) populations of Great Gray Owls in Oregon. This population is particularly concentrated in the vicinity of Howard Prairie Lake east of Ashland. Part of that area was included in the 2017 expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, but several adjacent blocks in BLM ownership were left out. Not coincidentally, these have some of the oldest, biggest trees, the most valuable for logging. BLM's Griffin Half Moon timber sale targets those blocks, including areas known to be occupied by Great Gray Owls. KS Wild and the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council are currently engaged in litigation against this sale.
I want to express my gratitude for many levels of support Lane County Audubon Society (LCAS) receives from our members and volunteers.
Every November we send our annual donation request to support our education, conservation, and outreach programs. Our members always respond generously to this request, and we are deeply grateful for the continued support of many people. Lane Audubon thanks you, members, for your financial support!
Eva Schultz, longtime Lane County Audubon Society member, died October 6, 2019. Her membership in LCAS dated back to 1974. She was continuously active and volunteered over the decades. Eva was an elementary school teacher and valued education. In earlier years, she shared her birding interest by leading bird walks and giving slide presentations in elementary schools and senior care centers. In recent years, she continued to participate with LCAS by helping to prepare The Quail for mailing. Eva and her birding friends attended Lane Audubon Program meetings and the Annual Volunteer Potluck. Eva always came in the door with a smile on her face! We will miss her warm and welcoming presence.
Alan Contreras wrote:
We have three new prospective volunteers for the Audubon in the Schools (AITS) educational program! They have signed on to shadow our instructors in classrooms to see what the program entails. We will continue with training as they rotate through with our instructors and into different class settings. We are thrilled to have new volunteers for this exciting work!
By now, you may have heard the discouraging news, first published in the journal Science, about severely declining bird populations. When our members hear these reports, they often ask: How can I make a difference?
Among many possible answers (see page 2), two short ones are especially important. First, vote, and, second, support Lane County Audubon Society.
Your opportunity and duty to vote—both locally and nationally—occurs periodically, and you can show your support for birds by voting for individuals and initiatives that align with LCAS’s mission and values.
Date Set for Eugene Christmas Bird Count
This year Sunday, December 29, is the date for the 2019 Eugene Christmas Bird Count (ECBC). This fun and exciting event is open to anyone interested in birds. If you are a beginning birdwatcher and want to learn more, this is a good opportunity to learn while bird watching with experienced birders. If you are a skilled birdwatcher, we could use your assistance and expertise. Whether or not you have participated in the past, we hope you will join us this year. We have space for everyone.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in volunteering with this program contact Maeve Sowles at email@example.com
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.
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.