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.

 

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

CANCELLED DUE TO COVID19 CONCERNS SEE LINK BELOW Program Meeting, Tuesday, March 24

Although the program was cancelled, you can read the article on red knots and see Janet's paintings in this Orion magazine article: https://orionmagazine.org/article/flight-of-the-red-knot/

In a slide show of her original paintings, Janet Essley explores the fascinating life cycles of these long-distance migrants, their amazing physiology, and the conservation challenges they face. The Red Knot, Calidis 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 project Cultural Cartography of Red Knots (visit theredknotsproject.org), 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, March 24, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St, Eugene

Program Meeting, Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 pm: The History of Birding in Oregon with Alan Contreras

Please Note: 7 pm start time!

Alan Contreras is currently writing A History of Oregon Ornithology for OSU Press, with help from Vjera Thompson, Nolan Clements, Chip Jobanek, Herb Wisner, Larry McQueen, and others. This program will feature more people than birds, while illustrating how bird study has changed in Oregon from the early 1800s through the Internet age. You’ll hear about John Kirk Townsend (as in Warbler and Solitaire), whose bird specimens were eaten by hungry members of his team, and Henry Henshaw, who mistakenly let off his shotgun in front of the constable’s home. Another historical character was Olaus Murie, who banded the first Oregon bird and then nearly completed his life list at Three Arch Rocks. More fascinating characters will surely make their appearances as his remarks and anecdotes range over a hundred years of Lane County birding. 

Date: 
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St, Eugene

Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show

Each year at the Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show, hundreds of vendors with earth-friendly products gather to promote their wares and provide information on environmental and sustainability topics. Lane County Audubon Society’s booth will be part of the action again this year. 

Date: 
Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 10:00am
Location: 
Lane Events Center, 796 West 13th Avenue, Eugene

Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show

Each year at the Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show, hundreds of vendors with earth-friendly products gather to promote their wares and provide information on environmental and sustainability topics. Lane County Audubon Society’s booth will be part of the action again this year. 

Date: 
Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 10:00am
Location: 
Lane Events Center, 796 West 13th Avenue, Eugene

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