Program Meetings

Our monthly program meetings have something for everyone. During the last year we hosted programs by naturalists, wildlife artists and expert birders on a variety of topics from bird fossils in Oregon to the birds of Thailand.

Coming to a program meeting is a fun way to get involved with Lane County Audubon. Meetings are free and open to all so bring along your friends.

We meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month between September and May. Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

 

Hummingbird Highways

Hummingbird Highways: Why Landscape Connections Matter to Pollination in the Tropics
Matthew Betts, an OSU Professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society, will tell us why. His research interests have included: the influences of landscape structure on demography of animal populations, animal dispersals, and ecological thresholds. This talk, cosponsored by LCAS and the Eugene Natural History Society, will be held in Room 100, Willamette Hall, UO Campus.

Date: 
Friday, December 8, 2017 - 7:30pm
Location: 
100 Willamette Hall, UO Campus

Program Meeting: Tuesday, January 23, 2018--Fernhill Wetlands Restoration Project

In 2014-15 Clean Water Services (CWS) implemented a massive habitat restoration project within the Fernhill Wetlands in the Portland Metro region. Joe Liebezeit, Avian Conservation Program Manager for Portland Audubon, will detail the restoration that transformed 90 acres of unused sewage ponds into a complex native wetlands habitat designed to treat wastewater. Fernhill Wetlands has historically been an important Portland-area birding location. Designated as an Important Bird Area, it provides ecological connectivity for local wildlife. The Audubon Society of Portland (ASOP) has been working with CWS since spring 2015 to assess bird response to the habitat restoration effort. This community science effort has involved local birders, using formal bird surveys designed and conducted by ASOP, and analysis of historical birder surveys conducted at the site for decades. General predictions were that use of the restored area by bird species dependent on open water would diminish, while use by uncommon/vulnerable marsh species (e.g. rails, bitterns) and other species dependent on native wetland habitats would increase. Joe will tell us how that is working out.

Date: 
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St

Tuesday Nov. 7th--Public Meeting on the Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan

The BLM has issued a Notice of Intent (NOI) initiating a 45-day public scoping period for RMP amendment(s) with associated NEPA document(s).  The BLM intends to consider the possibility of amending some, all, or none of the BLM land use plans that were amended or revised in 2014 and 2015 regarding Greater Sage-Grouse conservation in the states of California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Montana ("2015 Sage-Grouse Plans"). Visit the BLM website HERE for more information.

Comments may be submitted in writing until November 27, 2017. The date(s) and location(s) of any scoping meetings will be announced at least 15 days in advance through local news media, newspapers, and this site.  

Click HERE to go directly to the comment submission form.

A public scoping meeting regarding the Greater Sage-Grouse Resource Management Plan Revisions and Amendment(s) is scheduled for Tuesday, November 7th, 2017 at the Harney County Community Center, 484 N. Broadway Ave., Burns, OR from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Date: 
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 5:00pm
Location: 
484 N Broadway Ave, Burns, OR

Tuesday, November 28 Program Meeting: Birding the Border Country: Lake, Harney, Washoe & Humboldt Counties

Among the most remote regions in the western United States, northwestern Nevada and adjacent southeastern Oregon (the border country) offer outstanding and largely unheralded birding opportunities. Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge is a familiar hotspot to many Oregon birders, but nearby Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada is nearly twice as large and offers outstanding birding prospects as well. And the lands along the edges of Sheldon—on and near the Oregon/Nevada border—expand the opportunities even further for people who love wild lands and wildlife.

Within this vast desert landscape, little-known gorges echo with the call of Canyon Wrens, Greater Sage-Grouse swarm to hidden water holes, lacustrine marshes erupt with a cacophony of myriad water birds, Sage Thrashers sing ebulliently throughout broad scrubland basins, and Common Poorwills roost unobtrusively amid jumbled boulders and the rugged rimrock-topped slopes guarding vast high-elevation plateaus.

John Shewey is a longtime freelance writer and photographer who has spent decades exploring the border country. He’s left boot prints in places few people tread, changed flat tires on roads better walked than driven, and rejoiced in finding remote locations teeming with birds.

Date: 
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St

Monday, Oct.9, NABA Program - How to Avoid Being Eaten the Butterfly Way: Mimicry, Camouflage, and Warnings

Recently a Swiss company started marketing a burger made from mealworms, because insects are full of proteins and fats. Although eating insects might be a hard sell to humans, the rest of the animal kingdom are delighted to eat them. So, what strategies do butterflies use to avoid this fate? Come hear about toxins and deceptions and see their disguises.

Date: 
Monday, October 9, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St

Tuesday October 24 Program Meeting: Upland Game Birds and the Greater Sage-Grouse Monitoring and Mitigation Program at ODFW

Dave Budeau and Pete Baki, biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, will give an overview of Oregon’s upland game birds, with special attention on the Greater Sage-Grouse projects at ODFW.

Date: 
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St

Tuesday, Sept. 26 Program Meeting: Birding Without Borders: An Epic World Big Year with Noah Strycker

In 2015, bird nerd Noah Strycker of Oregon became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, yearlong, round-the-world birding trip. Anything could have happened, and a lot did. He was scourged by blood-sucking leeches, suffered fevers and sleep deprivation, survived airline snafus, car breakdowns, mudslides and torrential floods, skirted war zones, and had the time of his life. Birding on seven continents and carrying only a pack on his back, Noah enlisted the enthusiastic support of local birders to tick off more than 6,000 species, including Adelie Penguins in Antarctica, a Harpy Eagle in Brazil, a Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Thailand, and a Green-breasted Pitta in Uganda. He shared the adventure in real time on his daily blog (audubon.org/noah), and now he reveals the inside story in talks and slide shows. This humorous and inspiring presentation about Noah’s epic World Big Year will leave you with a new appreciation for the birds and birders of the world.

Date: 
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St

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