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.

 

Zoom Program Friday Dec. 11 Live at 7:30pm

Of Ravens, Wolves and People

LCAS and the Eugene Natural History Society are cosponsoring a Zoom program by John Marzluff  "Of Ravens, Wolves and People."

John Marzluff is a professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington (Go Dawgs). His talk will report on the travels of ravens as they forage among wolves, pumas, and people.

He has studied how humans affect birds through habitat fragmentation and increased urbanization, as well as the challenges of conserving birds on islands. Currently he is focusing on the habits of common ravens in Yellowstone National Park. Some ravens in the park commute long distances to exploit human and canine hunters, agricultural subsidies, sewage ponds, and dumps. Travels of 60 miles per day are not unusual. Others beg at picnic grounds and pullouts. One rings a bell for roast beef at the home of a tavern waitress. 

He has written or co-written six books about birds, most focusing on his favorites, the crows and ravens. While his work has focused primarily on corvids (ravens, crows, and jays), he has also worked with falcons and hawks throughout the world. Conversely, he is interested in all the ways that birds affect people. How, for instance, birds influence art or language.

Date: 
Friday, December 11, 2020 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Live on Zoom

Zoom Program Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 7:00 pm

Polyglottal Passerines – Mimicry Is Not Just for Mockingbirds

While birding at Finley National Wildlife Refuge in his teens, Rich Hoyer heard the most amazing thing – a Purple Finch incorporating sounds of a California Scrub-Jay in its jumbled song. He thought he had discovered something new, since such behavior wasn’t mentioned in any field guide. Since then he’s been fascinated and intrigued by mimicry in birds, collecting personal observations and recordings of the phenomenon. In this audiovisual presentation, Rich Hoyer will present examples of mimicry in songbirds from throughout the Americas and share his enthusiasm for this curious and often entertaining behavior.

Born and raised in Oregon, Rich Hoyer earned bachelor’s degrees in German and Zoology at Oregon State University. Following a few years as an itinerant biologist and summer guide on Saint Paul Island, Alaska, he moved to Tucson, Arizona and has been working as a professional birding tour leader for WINGS for the past 23 years.

Date: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Zoom

Programs available on YouTube

November Zoom program meeting is now available here: Ultimate Africa: Tanzania & Uganda  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iha62Xtv4pI

October Zoom program meeting available here: All Tied Up in Knots: Seven Years with Calidris canutus  https://youtu.be/hNOoonhbb2o  

September Zoom program meeting Dead Trees: Why We Need Them  https://youtu.be/efbd2V_KJAI

Date: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 7:00pm

Zoom Program Meeting Tuesday Nov. 24: Ultimate Africa

 

Ram Papish will guide us on a tour of what he terms “the greatest wildlife spectacle in the world.” He will show us herds of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope stretching endlessly in every direction, and give us an opportunity to witness the eternal struggle between predator and prey on the expansive plains of Tanzania.

Looking beyond the megafauna, he’ll share photos of the wonderful and abundant birdlife of the African savannahs, wetlands and rainforests. And, as a bonus, his presentation will offer a window into the mysteries of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda. 

Wearing his science hat, Ram worked as a wildlife biologist studying birds and other wildlife, primarily in Alaska for more than 20 field seasons. Pivoting to his writing and artistic endeavors, he has also authored and illustrated two children’s books:

Date: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Live on Zoom

All Tied Up in Knots: Seven Years with Calidris canutus-- Zoom Live on Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 pm

In a slide show of her original paintings, Janet Essley explores the fascinating life cycles of these long-distance migrants, the amazing physiology, and the conservation challenges they face. The Red Knot (Calidris canutus), a medium-sized sandpiper, is a regular guest along the Oregon Coast during its spring and fall migrations. Extremists among sandpipers, Red Knots migrate longer distances, breed farther north, display faster beach-probing feeding maneuvers, and ingest harder shelled mollusks than other sandpipers. 

Recording scientific knowledge through art forms from around the world, Essley’s Cultural Cartography of Red Knots is a unique collage of human and avian natural history. Research for this project has immersed Essley in shorebird scientific studies and an astounding variety of human artistic expression from around the world. If nothing else, she says, studying migrating birds teaches us that the world is one shared home.

Date: 
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Live on Zoom

Zoom Program Meeting--Dead Trees: Why We Need Them-- Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 pm

To view the program using Zoom use the link below including the Meeting ID and the Passcode:

Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 985 3428 4228
Passcode: 371134

The meeting start time is 7 pm and you can "join" the meeting earlier, starting at 6:50 pm. The coronavirus has required many changes in our lives, including to our upcoming Program Meetings. Fall’s Audubon meetings will be online only. The meetings will be “live” on Zoom, but also recorded so that you can access them from the website afterwards.

Date: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Live on Zoom

William Sullivan on New Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades

Although we had to cancel William Sullivan's April presentation on “New Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades” for the Lane County Audubon Society, here’s a happy twist: the Deschutes Public Library has posted the same program online, and here’s the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBbBJMoQyJY&feature=youtu.be

The focus of the presentation is on the need for social distancing to avoid overcrowding as trails reopen. Bill also talks about the upcoming permit system, fire damage, and newly built trails. We have rescheduled a live presentation for the Lane County Audubon Society next year, February 23, 2021.

Date: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: 
TBD

Cancelled due to COVID19: Program Meeting, Tuesday, May 26, 7:00 pm: Birding in the Colombian Andes

Colombia is a dream destination for birders. Its avifaunal richness is partly due to the branching of the imposing Andes into three mountain ranges: the Eastern, Central and Western Andes. Two rivers, the Magdalena and Cauca, create the great valleys between these mountains. The altitude ranges from a few hundred feet to over 18,000.

Date: 
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St, Eugene

POSTPONED: LCAS Board Elections Notice

Lane County Audubon Society Board elections will be held at the September program meeting. 

The slate of candidates are all incumbents: Ramiro Aragon, Rachael Friese, Jim Maloney, Ron Renchler, Debra Schlenoff, Maeve Sowles, and Rebecca Waterman.

Date: 
Monday, September 28, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St, Eugene

CANCELED DUE TO COVID 19 CONCERNS--Program Meeting, Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 pm--New Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades with William L. Sullivan

In this slide show presentation, Eugene author and hiking guru William L. Sullivan will take us on a tour of a dozen new or dramatically changed trails in the area between Salem and Bend. All are featured in the newly released fifth edition of his guidebook, “100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades.” Included are a new path along the Deschutes River north of Bend, a new bird refuge trail at Salem, and several reopened trails to wildflowers in the Cascades. He’ll also discuss the effects of wildfires and the Forest Service’s new permit system. Along the way, expect anecdotes about local history, plants, and outdoor lore.

William L. Sullivan is the author of 22 books and numerous articles about Oregon, including an “Oregon Trails” feature column for the Eugene Register-Guard.

Date: 
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St, Eugene

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