Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities

Southern Willamette Ornithological Club (SWOC)
Eugene Birders Night

Monday, January 15, 7 p.m.

Attendees share recent sightings and discuss birding-connected topics. The program that follows is TBA. Check out the Oregon Birders
Online (OBOL) website the week before the meeting date for specifics. All are welcome to attend this free monthly event.

Location: The historic McNail-Riley House at the NW corner of W. 13th Ave. and Jefferson St., by the old Lincoln School. Park in the five spaces closest to the house, or across 13th Ave. in the Fairgrounds parking lot. 



Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Life Among the Mosses Walk

Sunday, January 21, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This is our annual celebration of the little folks of the plant world. Botanist David Wagner will tell moss stories and weave lichen yarns to help us understand the elfin world of mosses, liverworts, and lichens. Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum’s Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $5, members free.

:  or 541.741.4110


The Nature Conservancy and Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah, Willamette Confluence Preserve Tour

Sunday, January 21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join The Nature Conservancy and Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah on a walking tour of TNC’s Willamette Confluence Preserve, which features extensive habitats that are endangered in the Willamette Valley, and includes six miles of river corridor, floodplain forest, wetlands, upland oak woodlands and native prairie. TNC is working with partners to reconnect the river to its historic floodplain across 20 ponds in this former gravel mining site. During this mostly flat walking tour, volunteer docents will highlight the conservation efforts, human history, and natural wonders. The pace of this tour will be a leisurely walk for 3-4 miles. Please, no pets.

Preregistration required: For more, 541-344-8350.



Willamette Valley Bird Symposium

Saturday, January 27, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

A day-long symposium bringing together professionals, students, and amateurs from the Willamette Valley to celebrate birds. WVBS provides an opportunity for valuable conversations among bird enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds. Highlights include plenary speaker, student research presentations, demonstrations of avian research techniques, networking opportunities, and a live raptor exhibit. Learn all about the event at
CH2M HILL Alumni Center, 725 Southwest 26th Street, Corvallis, OR.


Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah, Turtle Flats Tour

Saturday, January 27, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Join Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah for a tour of our 62 acre Property Turtle Flats near the Willamette Confluence. See the restored gravel ponds which now are home to river otter, western pond turtles, and waterfowl, and the willow wetlands where migratory songbirds flock. Turtle Flats is extremely important because it connects two key parcels– Glassbar Island, owned by Oregon State Parks, and Willamette Confluence Preserve, owned by The Nature Conservancy. The pace of this tour will be a leisurely walk over old gravel roads for approximately 2 miles. Please, no pets.

Preregistration required: For more, 541-344-8350.


Upcoming Events: 

2018 Laredo Birding Festival, February 7—10

Please join us in sunny South Texas for our 2018 Laredo Birding Festival. Our young and growing festival prides itself for our:
•    Warm hospitality
•    Small, intimate daily tours with a professional guide
•    Rich avian wildlife
•    Scenic Rio Grande ecosystem
•    Opportunities to discover more species
•    Partnerships with ranchers who give us access to thousands of acres of private, historic ranchland

White-collared Seedeater, Red-billed Pigeon, Crested Caracara, Anhinga, Pyrrhuloxia, Sandhill Cranes, Scaled Quail, Verdin, Peregrine Falcon, orioles (Audubon’s, Altamira, Hooded), kingfishers (Ringed, Belted, Green), hawks (grey, Harris’, Zone-tailed, Red-tailed), sparrows, (Black-throated, Olive) wrens (Cactus and Canyon), migrating waterfowl and warblers, and many other South Texas specialties

Please visit our website to register for your trip:
Or, call the RGISC office at (956) 718-1063 for more information.


Winter Wings Festival, February 15-18, 2018

A bird-focused weekend produced by the Klamath Basin Audubon Society in Klamath Falls, OR. The Festival will feature a wealth of activities plus three dynamic keynoters: author and woodpecker specialist Stephen Shunk, Nikon Ambassador and wildlife photographer Moose Peterson; and author and instructor with the Cornell Lab, Kevin McGowan.
Registration opens Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. PST.
FMI:,, or 877.541.2473


Olympic Birdfest, April 13-15, 2018

Enjoy guided birding trips, boat tours, live auction, raffle, gala banquet, and more. Our featured speaker: Claudio Vidal will talk about Patagonia & Chile: Birds & Mammals at the End of the Americas. Join our festival pre-trip: a three-day, two-night birding/sightseeing cruise of the San Juan Islands, April 10-12, 2018 or extend your festival with our Neah Bay post-trip on April 16-17, 2018: two days exploring northwest coastal Washington. To learn more and register, visit