This will be the 76th ECBCand the 118th National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count. Dick Lamster is the Coordinator again this year, supported by the Steering Committee of Allison Mickel, Herb Wisner, Dan Gleason, Vjera Thompson, and Barbara Gleason.
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.
This month's 3rd Saturday Bird Walk will take place at Delta Ponds and will be led by Rebecca Waterman and Nick Paget, who bird there frequently. Forecast calls for lots of rain, so we'll stick close to cars in case people decide to escape. Delta Ponds is a great place to see the beginning arrivals of winter ducks.
Lane County Audubon Society hosts this annual fall swift event outside Agate Hall. Thousands of Vaux’s Swifts use Agate Hall’s big chimney to roost for the night as they gather prior to migration.
Last year the birds moved through in a big group early in the month, before we could celebrate their journey. This spring we were more fortunate. We were able to enjoy watching 2,500 birds disappear down the chimney the night of our swift event. So we may see several thousand birds entering the chimney, but there is no guarantee!
It is fun to observe the swifts before they fly off to Central and South America for the winter. Lane Audubon will provide handouts with information about the Vaux’s Swifts.
This Saturday’s Bird Walk will start at the Royal Avenue part of the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area. Local birder John Sullivan will be our leader. We will rendezvous at the parking lot at the end of Royal Avenue about 8:30.
Groundhog Mountain is a terrific place for roadside botanizing and butterfly watching. There are no trails and any hiking will be limited to walking along the road or into a wet meadow. Beginners are encouraged to participate in this outing as a learning experience in butterfly identification.
Not really a walk, this one. Dick Lamster and Maeve Sowles will lead a bird-watching-by-canoe/kayak trip to Fern Ridge Lake. You will need to furnish your own binoculars, canoe or kayak and lifejackets (required). Each craft also needs an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit. (See boatoregon.com for more information on this required permit.)
This field trip, the second of our "Fourth of July" butterfly counts, will be led by our experienced local NABA officers. Join us for a trip to these flower- and butterfly-rich environments. One group travels by car along Frissell Ridge with frequent stops on gravel roads. The other group will hike to the summit of Iron Mountain in the Cascades. Beginners are encouraged to participate in the outing as a learning experience in butterfly identification.
3rd SATURDAY BIRD WALK
- After scouting several locations for this Saturday's 3rd Saturday Bird Walk I have decided that we will follow in the footsteps of the Wednesday Birders' Group and walk the relatively new Springfield Path. We'll leave from the trailhead where 32nd turns into Jasper Road (see the included image) and walk towards Clearwater Park. Meet to carpool at South Eugene High School at 8:00 a.m. or at the Trailhead about 8:30.
For more info call 541-968-9249
This field trip, the first of two "Fourth of July" butterfly counts, will be led by our experienced local NABA officers. Four different count groups will explore for butterflies in the West Eugene Wetlands, Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, East Buford Park, and Spencer Butte. Beginners are encouraged to participate in the outing as a learning experience in butterfly identification.
Free. Please preregister by email at NABA.ES.email@example.com
Join nature guide Dave Hagen on a walk for kids and families. Explore the diversity of butterflies and dragonflies found at the Arboretum! Nets and bug boxes are provided to get a closer look at these amazing organisms. Jointly sponsored by NABA Oregon and Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. Meet at 1:00 pm at the Mt.