We know we can expect the Vaux’s Swifts to arrive with a warm wind from the south sometime between early April and early May. What we don’t know is exactly when. The timing of the migration has varied recently, with the birds coming through earlier, which makes it hard for humans to know when to have a party to celebrate their arrival!
Our monthly Bird Walk is held on the third Saturday of each month. All levels of birders are welcome, from novice to expert.
Locations and leaders are determined monthly. Those wishing to carpool should meet at the usual South Eugene High School parking lot at 8 o’clock.
Don Holtgrieve will lead a walk through some of the property managed by the MacKenzie River Trust. Details will be posted on the LCAS Facebook page: facebook.com/pages/Lane-County-Audubon-Society/330177413824, and on the website: laneaudubon.org.
Gerry Meenaghan will lead a walk at and around Lane Community College. Details will be posted on the LCAS Facebook page: facebook.com/pages/Lane-County-Audubon-Society/330177413824, and on the website: laneaudubon.org.
Caryn Stoess and Duncan Evered will lead a walk at William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge. Details will be posted on the LCAS Facebook page: facebook.com/pages/Lane-County-Audubon-Society/330177413824, and on the website: laneaudubon.org. FMI: Rebecca Waterman at 541.653.3354 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Coast Fork Willamette Watershed Council and the Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah are collaborating to perform the 3rd annual bird count at Turtle Flats! Turtle Flats is our 63-acre property where we are doing extensive floodplain restoration. This site, where the Coast Fork and Middle Fork of the Willamette River come together, is host to a diversity of species. Birders will survey a portion of the area, including some of the old gravel ponds. The survey will contribute valuable bird data over time as restoration takes place at the site.
Dick Lamster, 541.343.8664, email@example.com
This year marks the 77th Eugene Christmas Bird Count (ECBC) and the 119th National Audubon Society (NAS) Christmas Bird Count. The ECBC this year will be on Sunday, December 30. Our 15-mile diameter count circle is centered in the Danebo area of Eugene and is divided into 27 areas. Each has a Team Leader who organizes and leads the group during the count day, and then submits the results to the ECBC Steering Committee.
Count Coordinator Dick Lamster will work with NAS on the administrative tasks of the count. He will also coordinate with the Team Leaders, handle publicity, co-write the post-count narrative, and assign new participants to teams. If you want to participate this year or change teams, call or email Dick. Otherwise, call your Team Leader from last year (although he or she might be calling you soon).
Our October walk leader is Dave Bontrager. The location of the walk will be Kirk Pond below the Fern Ridge Dam. We'll meet in the parking lot across the highway from the Fern Ridge Dam spillway.
Directions to Kirk Pond. There are many good ways to get there and here is one suggestion. Take 11th west out of Eugene. When you get to Greenhill turn right (north) onto Greenhill. Take Greenhill approx. 3.5 mi. to Clear Lake Rd. Turn left (west) onto Clear Lake Rd. Clear Lake does some "jogging" around but eventually you will come to Orchard Point County Park. On the left you will see a large wooden sign saying Orchard Point >> keep going on Clear Lake Road, past Orchard Rd and continue along with Kirk Pond on your right. Look for the small parking lot near the road just below the spillway, turn right and park in the lot.