Volunteer Opportunity: Bike Path Clean-Up 4/11/21

On Sunday, April 11th, 2021 from 9am-noon, Lane County Audubon Society is hosting our bi-annual Bike Path Clean-Up. We’re seeking volunteers to help clean up a two-mile area of West Eugene’s Fern Ridge Bike Path, and the bonus is you get to watch birds along the path while you work!

Sunday, April 11, 2021 - 9:00am
Fern Ridge Bike Path, Bertleson & Stewart Rds.

Bird Flight Patterns and Music Education

Concert Video Exploring Connections in Music and Science

Lane Audubon has purchased access to this new and exciting virtual concert and curriculum to give to local schools and share with our members.  If you would like access, contact us at audubon@laneaudubon.orgYou can see an introductory preview at: youtube.com/watch?v=avmXSzIrGRgB.

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra in New Bedford, Massachusetts, offered this opportunity to Audubon Chapters around the country.

Programs available on YouTube

March 2021 Zoom program meeting is available here: eBird Resources wih Vjera Thompson  https://youtu.be/NhUGSJwEef8

February 2021 Zoom program meeting is available here: New Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades with William Sullivan  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UY-9N1IhcM

January 2021 Zoom program meeting is available here: Polyglottal Passerines – Mimicry Is Not Just for Mockingbirds with Rich Hoyer  https://youtu.be/2RAR_bGEnj8

December Zoom program meeting is available here: Of Ravens, Wolves, and People  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIwKeopeJ9E

November Zoom program meeting is available here: Ultimate Africa: Tanzania & Uganda  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iha62Xtv4pI

October Zoom program meeting available here: All Tied Up in Knots: Seven Years with Calidris canutus  https://youtu.be/hNOoonhbb2o  

September Zoom program meeting Dead Trees: Why We Need Them  https://youtu.be/efbd2V_KJAI

Friday, December 11, 2020 - 7:00pm

Volunteers Needed

Administrative Assistant

Lane Audubon would like a volunteer who could serve as an administrative assistant for Board and Chapter responsibilities. Requisite skills include use of typical word processing, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint. Since we do not have a physical office, working from home is required.

FMI: please contact Maeve Sowles at audubon@laneaudubon.org or 541.343.8664. 

Audubon Adventures Coordinator

Audubon Adventures is National Audubon Society’s (NAS) award-winning environmental education program. Designed by the environmental experts at NAS, it boasts top-quality educational materials. Through our Adopt-a-Classroom Program, Lane County Audubon offers teachers in grades 3–5 an opportunity to participate at no cost to their schools.

LCAS is looking for someone who can link participating teachers with the generous sponsors of this program. If you have a computer and a little time, this might be the volunteer opportunity you’ve been looking for! It takes flexibility, organization, and a sense of timing to make things work well for the teachers and sponsors.


Postponed--Bring Back the Pollinators: What you can do to help support bees

We'll post an updated link with date and time information when this talk is re-scheduled.

Get a glimpse into the amazing diversity of bees and other pollinators. Debbie Schlenoff of the Lane County Audubon Society and Aimee Code of the Xerces Society, will discuss the unique needs and behaviors of the hundreds of bee species that inhabit Oregon. They’ll describe the alarming decline in bee species and also let you know about the many opportunities to help bees survive and thrive. You’ll learn about everything from pollinator-friendly gardening to community science, and much more.
Panelist lineup:

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 - 4:00pm

Meet New LCAS Volunteer: Katy Vizdal

Lane Audubon is happy to welcome Katy Vizdal as our new Instagram and Facebook poster. Katy approached us to help out with social media outreach and we are happy to have her help! Welcome, Katy!

Greetings, my name is Katy Vizdal, and I am a new volunteer with the Lane County Audubon Society! I originally hail from the Prairie State (Illinois) and have called Eugene home now for over a decade. My appreciation for birds started at a young age, as my mother often took us on drives along the Mississippi River to “see the eagles.” When I’m not working as an arts administrator, I like to spend my free time visiting natural and wildlife areas around the region. Lately, undoubtedly impacted by the pandemic, I’ve taken a keener interest in birding, as I spend more of my free time outdoors. 

Thanks Rachael!

A big Thank You to Rachael Friese for her work on the Audubon Adventures program over the past five years! Rachael’s other commitments are taking her away from this project, but we appreciate all the help she has given to this important education program.

Remembering Paul Sherrell

December 26, 1940 to December 9, 2020

Many of you knew Paul Sherrell.  He was a fixture around Eugene birding for many years.  Paul passed away in early December.

Paul grew up in Vancouver, Washington, and completed his education to a Masters Degree in biology at Central Washington University.  He moved to Oregon to teach, mostly at Jefferson Middle School in Eugene.  He became interested in birding in the 1980s.  Upon retiring in 1999 his birding increased, and he began traveling on international birding tours with his friends.

Several of his birding friends have remarked how easy it was to have Paul as a companion.  He was willing to go anywhere and at any time.  When a visitor needed some help finding birds, you could always count on Paul to assist.  He traveled with friends to Costa Rica in 2003, South Africa in 2005, Panama, Kenya and Tanzania in 2007, Ecuador in 2008 and Peru in 2009.  He was lucky, too.  He found a Rustic Bunting in his yard, a Tricolored Heron and a Least Tern at the beach, and, during the Panama trip with his friends, the first ever Crowned Slaty Flycatcher in North America. 

Audubon Adventures Makes Nature Fun for Kids!

The National Audubon Society’s colorful and engaging educational program for elementary-age youngsters offers both printed and online materials. They are available in a variety of formats and subjects suitable for classroom groups, libraries, afterschool clubs, science and nature camps, and homeschoolers, as well as families with students in grades 3-5. If you are interested in having the printed materials for your home-schooling or classroom children, Lane Audubon can purchase the kits for school classrooms and homeschool groups.