From Our Treasurer: Keep Birding Strong in Lane County—Show Your Support!

birdwatchersOne of the highlights of my summer was participating in a bird walk in New York City’s Central Park. After temporarily losing my way in the maze of lanes and paths that make up the park, I finally found the Boathouse, where Robert DeCandido, or “Birder Bob” as he is known locally, always begins his Sunday morning walks. Predictably, it was an international group, including birders from South Africa, Greenland, Turkey, China, and Oregon (me), all eager to see East Coast birds in the sanctuary that Central Park provides in the midst of the great metropolis.

We were treated to sightings of Tufted Titmouse, Eastern Kingbird, Black-and-white Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, and Northern Cardinal, along with some species more familiar to us here in the Northwest: Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, and Black-capped Chickadee.

It is heartening to know that even in the most populated areas of the country, avid birders and conservationists passionately observe our feathered friends and work hard to protect them from the forces that threaten their safety and well-being. As a “home, sweet home” type of person, I like to compare the places I visit with the place I live, and I always come away realizing how fortunate I am to have settled in Lane County, where so many people value the outdoor lifestyle and believe in the responsible stewardship of our natural surroundings.

I’m proud, too, to be a part of Lane County Audubon Society. Each November, we encourage all our members to show their support for our education and conservation efforts. Whether you appreciate our monthly bird walks and program meetings, our educational programs in local classrooms, our involvement in local and statewide conservation efforts, or just enjoy the pleasures of casual bird-watching, your annual financial support for LCAS is vital.

Every dollar you give goes directly to support our programs and outreach efforts. You can make a tax-deductible contribution by using the envelope included in this issue of The Quail or by going online to laneaudubon/support/donate.org. You can also renew or extend your membership at this time to help keep Lane County Audubon Society going strong.

Thank you in advance for your generous support.