Announcements, Happenings, Thankyous

Thanks to Matt Parker for Website Help--
Audubon in the Schools Update--
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.

Our booth staffers are central to spreading the word about LCAS in the community, and we thank each and every one of them for their help. Staffing the LCAS booth at the Mushroom Festival were Rachael Friese, Dolly Marshall, Sally O’Donnell, Ron Renchler, Janie Thomas, Joyce Trawle, and Susanne Twight-Alexander.

Your help is very much appreciated, volunteers!

Thanks to Matt Parker for Website Help

Lane Audubon wants to thank Matt Parker for his incredible help and support over the past few months. Our web site was hacked, and Matt ably resolved the issue. (No member data is kept on the site, so no personal information was compromised.) We needed to update our web program and also decided to move our hosting services. Matt made all that happen! He also generously gave us a non-profit rate for his services, which was terrific. Matt Parker, thank you!!

Audubon in the Schools Update

After announcing that Audubon in the Schools is ready to visit classrooms, requests have come in from 21 teachers wanting to schedule a visit. Barb Pope is setting up schedules, and the AITS team is working together well, with each team member taking on different roles. The AITS team met to look at Rose Britton’s newly created PowerPoint presentations for the introductory portion of “Feathers” and “Birds in the Ecosystem” modules. LCAS purchased a set of new hand lens loupes which the kids will be able to use for the feather details. Some fall class sessions have already occurred and will continue through the school year.  There is still time for new volunteers to become involved and we are lucky to have a great group working on this important educational program!

Thank You, Bike Path Cleanup Volunteers!

Seven people set out for the Bike Path Cleanup on Sunday, October 14, with clear skies and mild temperatures. Working together, the group collected several bags of trash. Two volunteers, Gerry and his daughter, Ariana, started early since they had to leave early for another activity—such a good work ethic!!

During the cleanup, people walking and riding on the bike path that morning said “thank you” to the LCAS volunteers as they passed by. Afterwards, some of the volunteers rewarded themselves with a visit to Euphoria Chocolate.

The morning bird list included Dark-eyed Junco, American Robin, American Goldfinch, House Finch, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, European Starling, Canada Goose, Northern Flicker, Belted Kingfisher, Great Blue Heron, California Scrub-Jay, American Crow, Song Sparrow, Bushtit, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Downy Woodpecker, and Western Meadowlark, plus numerous unidentified duck and gull species from a distance!

Thank you to the volunteers—Gerry and Ariana Meenaghan, John Polo, Hilary Dearborn, Dick Lamster, and Maeve Sowles—and especially to Phil Johnson for organizing and making sure things happened as planned! Thanks for your efforts!

Thanks to Rose Britton for Her Home Show Talk

Thank you to Rose Britton for creating a PowerPoint presentation and giving a talk at the October Home Show in Eugene, Saturday, October 13, at 4 p.m.. Her talk was titled “Birding in Autumn—Watch & Enjoy!” Thanks so much to Rose for sharing her talents and excitement for birds with the community!

LCAS Good to Go at the 2019 Good Earth Show

Lane County Audubon will again have a booth presence this year at the Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show at the Lane Events Center, 796 West 13th Avenue, in Eugene. The event will begin Friday evening, January 18, and continue Saturday and Sunday, January 19-20, 2019. As in years past, the booth will be located in the Good Gardening area of the show, so stop by and tell us about your bird sightings and get answers to your questions about our local birds and their habitats.

Each year at the event, hundreds of vendors with earth-friendly products gather to promote their wares and provide information on environmental and sustainability topics. The Good Earth Show also features more than 50 informative seminars and workshops, with LCAS speakers contributing to the offerings. Specific topics and times for the seminars will be announced in the coming weeks.

FMI: eugenehomeshow.com/our-shows/good-earth-home-garden-living-show/.