A tall wading bird is often seen standing alone in fields and wetlands searching for snakes, frogs, and fish. It stands quietly, still, and poised to strike. This is how we see the Great Blue Heron most of the year. But that all changes in mid-February.
Please Note: 7 pm start time!
Alan Contreras is currently writing A History of Oregon Ornithology for OSU Press, with help from Vjera Thompson, Nolan Clements, Chip Jobanek, Herb Wisner, Larry McQueen, and others. This program will feature more people than birds, while illustrating how bird study has changed in Oregon from the early 1800s through the Internet age. You’ll hear about John Kirk Townsend (as in Warbler and Solitaire), whose bird specimens were eaten by hungry members of his team, and Henry Henshaw, who mistakenly let off his shotgun in front of the constable’s home. Another historical character was Olaus Murie, who banded the first Oregon bird and then nearly completed his life list at Three Arch Rocks. More fascinating characters will surely make their appearances as his remarks and anecdotes range over a hundred years of Lane County birding.
Site and leader will be determined by interesting bird sightings posted to OBOL and other pertinent information available before the day of the walk. Details will be posted on the LCAS Facebook page: facebook.com/pages/Lane-County-Audubon-Society/330177413824, and on the website: laneaudubon.org.
If you got busy over the holidays and forgot to give an annual donation to Lane County Audubon Society, it’s not too late to give to a great cause.
All of your tax-deductible donation stays local, funding LCAS education, conservation, and outreach initiatives.
You can mail your donation, large or small, to LCAS, PO Box 5086, Eugene, OR 97405. If you prefer to give online with a credit card, use the link on LCAS’s website: laneaudubon.org/support/donate.
Thanks in advance for your support.
Audubon in the Schools
The Audubon in the Schools team has been doing a wonderful job bringing this educational program into our schools. Volunteer instructors have also presented some beginning birding classes for the Outdoor Schools Program. In 2019 the overall number of students who enjoyed these sessions was 1,286! We gave 48 presentations in 23 schools.
Schools are requesting more AITS classroom visits than ever, so we need more volunteers to help out! If you are interested in helping and being a part of this talented group, please contact Maeve Sowles at email@example.com.
Volunteers are invited to help gather data for the largest Short-eared Owl study in the world! This community science project covers eight states. To participate, potential surveyors sign-up for a survey grid and complete two 90-minute road-based surveys from March through May. All of the specifics can be found on the project website: WAfLS project website. Sign up asap for the most location options!
To learn more and to sign-up: Contact Nate Trimble by email at nlt@KlamathBird.org or by calling 541-201-0866 ext. 5;
Visit the Project WAfLs Website https://www.avianknowledgenorthwest.net/citizen-science/short-eared-owls
Check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ProjectWAFLS/
Protect Great Gray Owls in Oregon: The southern Cascades in Jackson County are home to one of the most significant (and easily observed) populations of Great Gray Owls in Oregon. This population is particularly concentrated in the vicinity of Howard Prairie Lake east of Ashland. Part of that area was included in the 2017 expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, but several adjacent blocks in BLM ownership were left out. Not coincidentally, these have some of the oldest, biggest trees, the most valuable for logging. BLM's Griffin Half Moon timber sale targets those blocks, including areas known to be occupied by Great Gray Owls. KS Wild and the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council are currently engaged in litigation against this sale.
We have three new prospective volunteers for the Audubon in the Schools (AITS) educational program! They have signed on to shadow our instructors in classrooms to see what the program entails. We will continue with training as they rotate through with our instructors and into different class settings. We are thrilled to have new volunteers for this exciting work!
It’s summer and I delight in the antics of fledgling birds. They land on our feeders, but despite the proximity and abundance of food, they beg from their parents, mouths open and wings fluttering. Soon they will be ready for autumn activities, which for many birds involve a migratory journey. Let’s do what we can to keep birds safe along their passage.
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