We are grateful for the surprise donation of $750 we received from Avid Gardeners this month. The group is disbanding and decided to donate their remaining money to both LCAS and the Nature Conservancy. We truly appreciate their generosity!
Join us to welcome back the Vaux's Swifts at Agate Hall chimney this Saturday April 22nd at sunset!!
A few birds have been sighted, so we want to check it our ourselves.
We expect the Vaux’s swifts to arrive with a warm wind from the south sometime between early April and early May. The timing of the migration has varied recently, with the birds coming through earlier. This makes it hard for humans to know when to have a party to celebrate their arrival!
We will be monitoring the reports from the chimneys south of us and watching the skies to see when the birds ride in on the wind.
For up-to-date reports, tune into the Lane Audubon Facebook page, check our web site, or call the Lane Audubon phone at 541.485.2473.
Vaux’s Happening website for more information about Vaux’s Swifts: vauxhappening.org/Vauxs_Happening_Home.html
“Go Wild for Birds” is the theme of the Audubon Adventures classroom materials set for the 2016/2017 school year. This award-winning environmental educational program introduces students to the fundamental principles by which the natural world functions. Interest is stimulated and reinforced through a combination of fascinating printed newsletters and exciting online components.
This year’s materials include three complete learning modules:
Wild About Birds This printed magazine introduces students to the astounding diversity of birds, from body type and color to habitat. They discover the behaviors that help a particular species survive in a specific place. Students are introduced to John James Audubon, the 19th-century naturalist whose paintings of birds are now considered to be national treasures, both as works of art and as works of scientific accuracy.
We are happy to announce that the newly revised Birds of Lane County Checklist has just been printed. Copies will now be available at our program meetings and other LCAS events, as well as at Wild Birds Unlimited.
Many thanks to co-authors Alan Contreras and Vjera Thompson, with contributions from Tye Jeske, Sean Burns, and Tom Mickel. Lane County Audubon Society and Wild Birds Unlimited covered the costs of the publication.
Pins commemorating the 75th Eugene Christmas Bird Count (ECBC) are available free to all participants in any of the past ECBCs, including field counters and home counters. To pick up your free pin, come to one of the LCAS monthly program meetings on April 25th or May 23rd. If you cannot attend one, please let Dick Lamster know, via email or snail mail. Include your name and mailing address, so he can send a pin to you.
Contact him at: P.O. Box 5086, Eugene, OR 97405, or firstname.lastname@example.org
ECBC History Compilation
The 75-year history of the Eugene Christmas Bird Count (ECBC) is now available on the LCAS website for downloading.
In light of recent moves to roll back environmental protections, the American Bird Conservancy is circulating a petition entitled Together for the Birds. The group encourages everyone who cares about birds to sign this petition. It asks the new Administration and Congress to protect conservation priorities that protect wildlife and the environment we share with them.
Consider assisting the Northwest Oregon District of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at its bird-banding station in the West Eugene Wetlands. At the BLM’s Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) station, participants will help provide kids with real-world, interactive lessons about research and conservation efforts for resident and migratory bird populations.
Volunteer positions include: Net openers/extractors, data recorders, and conservation education leaders.Education leaders should be at least amateur birders and be excited to connect kids in grades 6-12 with nature through the joy of birds. Activities will take place near Fern Ridge Reservoir on selected Thursday and Friday mornings between the end of May and the end of October.
FMI or to sign up, contact Wildlife Biologist John Deluca: email@example.com or 541.683.6229
Would you like to teach elementary school students about birds? The Audubon in the Schools program sends teams of volunteer instructors into the schools to teach third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students both science and art using bird specimens, feathers, bones, and nests. No teaching experience or artistic talent is required. All you need is an interest in teaching children and a few hours a month. You can check out the program by sitting in on a class.
Next time you shop online at amazon.com, first go to smile.amazon.com, search for and select Lane County Audubon Society as your chosen nonprofit, and then make your purchase. By doing so, 0.5 percent of the amount of your Amazon purchases will automatically be deposited in LCAS’s checking account each quarter at no additional cost to you.
Lane County Audubon Society is an all-volunteer organization, and our members are very proud of the energy and diverse talents that volunteers bring to our cause—we couldn’t do it without them. Volunteering with LCAS is a great way to meet new people, give back to the community, and—best of all—have fun! For more information, contact Maeve Sowles at 541.343.8664 or president (at) laneaudubon.org.