My first encounter with a wetland ecosystem was in the springtime, on a vacant lot where the frogs’ chorus drew me like a magnet to the ponds in the flooded field. The hidden frogs lured me with their songs, compelling me to explore the elusive source of the sound. I was a young girl then, and I have been searching the water’s edge ever since. Many towns’ sewage ponds are their only marshy area and are frequently the local birding hot spot. The combination of water, abundant organic material, and few people lets the wildness spill into these unique areas.
Wetland habitats teem with life. Water and the underlying sediments, rich in nutrients, support diverse life forms, from bacteria and algae through every classification of organism. The productiveness of the wetland habitat provides a banquet for birds, who feast on life in the mud and water. The calm water of wetlands is a primordial soup, with frog eggs, water striders, crustaceans, marsh beetle nymphs, mayflies, and dragonflies all feeding in this richness.
Fom Portland Audubon: East Sand Island was once the largest Double-crested Cormorant colony in the world, home to more than 28,000 cormorants representing 40 percent of the entire population west of the Rocky Mountains. However, for the past three years, federal agencies have been waging a relentless and inhumane war on Double-crested Cormorants, shooting thousands of the birds out of the sky with shotguns and destroying their active nests. More than 5,000 cormorants have been shot, and more than 6,000 nests have been destroyed. Because of this, the world’s largest colony of Double-crested Cormorants has collapsed. The birds abandoned the colony at the peak of nesting season in 2016, and only a couple hundred birds returned to nest in 2017.
The collapse of the entire colony went far beyond what was allowed under the Corps permits and puts the entire western population of Double-crested Cormorants at risk. Yet, the US Army Corps has applied for permits to continue destroying cormorant nests on East Sand Island if the birds return in 2018, and has plans to modify their habitat to limit nesting in the future. This kind of activity could precipitate another colony collapse in 2018.
List of poems read at Lane County Audubon Society Meeting “Poetry of the Natural World,” April 24, 2018 (Click for file download)
Anita Sullivan read:
“All Asleep” – excerpt from poem by 7th century BC Greek choral lyric poet Alkman
“Clear Cut” - Anita Sullivan (from Garden of Beasts)
“As Tree” - Anita Sullivan (from And If The Dead Do Dream)
“Subjectivity” - Jorie Graham (only a fragment of this poem) (from Materialism)
“Song for the Deer and Myself to Return On” - Joy Harjo (from In Mad Love and War)
“The Salmon Had Moved Me” - Anita Sullivan
“That They May Breathe” - Anita Sullivan
Ce Rosenow read:
Our June walk leader is John DeLuca. The location of the walk will be determined by interesting bird sightings posted to OBOL, along with other pertinent information available before the walk date. Details will be posted on the LCAS Facebook page: facebook.com/pages/Lane-County-Audubon-Society/330177413824, and on our website: laneaudubon.org.
Sunday, July 1 - Eugene 4th-of-July Butterfly Count - Meet in Campbell Community Center parking lot (155 High St., Eugene)
Rebecca has been involved with our organization as the Bird Walk coordinator since fall of 2017. She has attended board meetings, as well as helped with bird walks and outreach events since first becoming involved. She is excited about birding and cares deeply about sharing the excitement and wonderment of birding. Thanks Rebecca, for your help!! —Maeve
I am so excited to be the newest board member of the Lane County Audubon Society! I grew up knowing what my backyard birds were, and particularly loved American Goldfinches and Red-winged Blackbirds.
We are happy to announce that Dennis Arendt has taken on the role of LCAS Program Coordinator! Thank you to Dennis for your willingness to bring your talents to Lane Audubon Programs! Welcome Dennis—we look forward to working with you!