Book Review: Amazing Bird Migrations

I just finished yet another book on the subject of bird migrations. Scott Wiedensaul’s second book on the subject is, A World on the Wing, published this year, 2021. Why two books on the same subject? Because so much has changed in the intervening 20 years. 

I read that first book, too, when it came out: Living on the Wind – Across the Hemisphere with Migrating Birds. Its focus was on avian migration that occurs primarily in the Western Hemisphere. In the second book he has expanded his subject to the global stage. This change reflects not only the more appropriate scope for some of the world’s most long-distance avian travelers, but also the increased range of Scott’s own travels from China’s Yellow Sea tidelands to the Mediterranean killing grounds, to Africa, the mid-Atlantic islands, and more.

Another impetus for revisiting the subject was changes in the ways people track and monitor birds. Over those 20 years, the evolution in tracking technology has led to ever smaller, lighter, and more sophisticated bits of hardware that could be attached to ever-smaller birds as well as the larger ones. It’s the similar hi-tech evolution that led to our current smart phones and flying drone video cameras.

Help Start an LCAS Photo Library

Often while editing The Quail, I wish I had more local photos. Starting an LCAS photo library seems like a good solution. Several people already send me photos. Cary Kerst is an appreciated regular. 

If you have clear pictures of birds that you would enjoy sharing, email them to me. Also, please take photos when leading or participating in LCAS activities. Seeing local people involved in enjoying nature together may well encourage more to join us. Send to

Volunteers Needed – Lend a Helping Hand!

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 or 541.343.8664. 

Audubon Adventures Coordinator

Help us deliver this important educational resource to our local teachers who want to provide environmental education to their students. Skills needed are organization, basic computer and email skills to manage the order and delivery of teaching kits to the classrooms. Follow up with the sponsors and teachers to complete the circle of providing this important teaching tool for our schools. If you have a computer and a little time, this might be the volunteer opportunity you’ve been looking for!

FMI: Maeve Sowles or 541.343.8664 if this rewarding position interests you. We’ll be happy to provide you with all the information and training you need to manage the program.


Mission Statement and Equity and Diversity Statement

Mission Statement

Lane County Audubon Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of and education about our natural environment, with a primary focus on birds and other wildlife and their habitats.

Equity and Diversity Statement

The birds that Lane County Audubon Society pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. We acknowledge the differences among people and also respect the individuality of each member of our community. We are committed to a community free of any kind of discrimination based on race, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, and national or ethnic origin. 

Just as biodiversity strengthens natural systems, the diversity of human experience strengthens our conservation efforts for the benefit of nature and all human beings.

We encourage positive change in the community and environment.

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:

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

Programs available on YouTube

May 2021 Zoom program meeting--watch it here: Hawaiian Birds with Rich Ahrens

April 2021 Zoom program meeting--watch it here: Saline Lakes, Flamingoes, & Life in Extreme Environments with Nate Senner

March 2021 Zoom program meeting is available here: eBird Resources wih Vjera Thompson

February 2021 Zoom program meeting is available here: New Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades with William Sullivan

January 2021 Zoom program meeting is available here: Polyglottal Passerines – Mimicry Is Not Just for Mockingbirds with Rich Hoyer

December Zoom program meeting is available here: Of Ravens, Wolves, and People

November Zoom program meeting is available here: Ultimate Africa: Tanzania & Uganda

October Zoom program meeting available here: All Tied Up in Knots: Seven Years with Calidris canutus  

September Zoom program meeting Dead Trees: Why We Need Them

Friday, December 11, 2020 - 7:00pm

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.