Audubon in the Schools Instructors

School is out for the summer, but that’s a temporary situation. The Audubon in the Schools program sends teams of volunteer instructors into the elementary 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 a few hours a month and an interest in teaching children. You can check out the program by sitting in on a class.

For more information, contact Caryn Stoess, Audubon in the Schools Coordinator, at 541.357.8739 or AITSEugene@gmail.com.

For other ways to help, check out our volunteer page online at laneaudubon.org/support/volunteer.

More LCAS Volunteer Thank Yous!

Thanks to Joyce Trawle for staffing an information table at South Eugene High School on Earth Day, April 21.

Thanks to June Persson, who for the past couple of years helped distribute The Quail, our monthly newsletter, around town. Thanks also to Jan Danforth, who has volunteered to distribute the newsletter now that June is no longer able to.

Saturday April 29, four volunteers from Lane County Audubon Society (Judy and Stephen Franzen, Caryn Stoess, and Jim Maloney) conducted a bird survey of a walking loop at Dorris Ranch in Springfield with two staff members of Willamalane Park District. Thanks for their efforts to work with this local agency to enhance bird habitat! Their eBird checklist is online at ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36395931

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Butterflies and Dragonflies at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum - North American Butterfly Association

Join nature guide Dave Hagen on a walk for kids and families. Explore the diversity of butterflies and dragonflies found at the Arboretum! Nets and bug boxes are provided to get a closer look at these amazing organisms. Jointly sponsored by NABA Oregon and Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. Meet at 1:00 pm at the Mt.

Date: 
Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 1:00pm
Location: 
Mt Pisgah

Things You Can Do for the Environment

Takeaways from our March Program on Birds and Bugs

  • Drinking shade grown/organic coffee helps improve habitat for migratory birds 
  • Eating organic bananas and other tropical fruit supports the production of organic produce in the U.S. 
  • Keeping cats indoors will save the lives of billions of birds and mammals every year in the U.S. 

Have Some Fun—Volunteer!

Lane County Audubon Society (LCAS) is an all-volunteer organization. Volunteering with LCAS is a great way to meet new people, give back to the community, and best of all, have fun! If you’re interested in volunteering for one of the opportunities below, or if you have other ideas about ways you can help, contact Maeve Sowles at 541.343.8664 or president@laneaudubon.org

Bike Path Cleanup Coordinator

Help us coordinate the twice-yearly cleanup of our stretch of the West Eugene bike path. LCAS adopted the west end (about five miles) of West Eugene’s Fern Ridge Bike Path. The goal is to help keep Eugene’s waterways an inviting habitat for wildlife and a safe and clean area for recreation. The coordinator will pick the dates and organize the day’s activities.

 

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Audubon Adventures: Classrooms Seek Sponsors

“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.

New Birds of Lane County Checklist now available!

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.

2017 BLM Bird Banding Station Volunteers Needed May-Aug

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: jdeluca@blm.gov or 541.683.6229

 

Date: 
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 8:00am
Location: 
West Eugene Wetlands

Get Involved—Volunteer!

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.


 

 


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