Regardless of the 2018 election results (I am writing this on November 5!), I realize my message will be the same…
As Audubon members who value nature and wildlife, we need to increase our efforts to connect, inform and educate our youth about how cool and amazing nature is. We need to share our awe and reverence for the natural world around us. Share the wonder of both the complexity and simplicity of natural ecosystems. Even after generations of study by humans, we still know and understand only a small part of how underlying natural processes work to support our life systems on the earth.
We need to share that our own survival as a species depends upon how we care for the earth we inhabit. If we nurture, protect and preserve the earth’s natural places, it will be our own species we save, as well as other species with whom we coexist.
I cannot give up hope that a future generation will be able to breathe in clean air, drink clear water, and gaze out at lovely natural wonders for inspiration. Please remember, humans need nature and nature depends on us to cherish and protect it.
In last month’s column, I reported some bad news on the conservation front, but noted that there were ways that we, as individuals, could help. That’s still true. Sitting at my computer, I find myself, again, mired in more bad news, and I worry about losing my sense of humor.
Bad news first:
- The Peregrine Fund has found that 52 percent of raptor species are declining around the globe.
- According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), we have seen an overall 60 percent decline of mammals, birds, fish, and reptiles since 1970.
- A report on high-elevation species of birds show population declines. Their ranges have shrunk due to climate change, and they have run out of usable mountain habitat.
Seldom on a winter’s night in Oregon can a birder rack up a checklist of more than 30 species in a single hour. But that’s exactly what listeners have in store for them on January 11, when the Lane County Audubon Society presents singer-songwriter Stephan Nance at Eugene Piano Academy for the release of their latest, birdiest record, Look at the Harlequins!
These murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus) are unique small, cryptic seabirds that nest inland in older-aged forests of the Pacific Northwest, instead of on off-shore rocks like their relatives. Murrelet populations have declined over much of their range due primarily to current and historic loss and fragmentation of their forest breeding habitat. Changes in ocean conditions and prey availability are also impacting nesting frequency and nesting success. Come hear about the Marbled Murrelet, the last bird species in North America to have its nest found. Kim will discuss murrelet ecology, recent research in Oregon, and new developments in technology that help in studying this elusive seabird.
Kim is a Research Wildlife Biologist in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.
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Mt. Pisgah Mushroom Festival Brings Out the Shroomers--and More...
On Sunday, October 28, thousands of attendees came to see the incredible mushroom display at the Mushroom Festival at Mt. Pisgah. Hundreds of them stopped by the LCAS booth to learn more about the birdlife in our area and get acquainted with the way our organization promotes the conservation of birds and their habitat through education and outreach.
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).