The Program Committee is responsible for engaging speakers and organizing publicity announcements for the Quail, along with handling other logistics well in advance of each meeting. But the chair doesn’t have to do it all alone.
Lane County Audubon Society is teaming up with Nearby Nature to celebration of International Migratory Bird Day with the community in a big way! The focus will be on kids’ activities, games, and bird walks throughout the morning.
Bilingual (Spanish/English) activities will highlight the importance of recognizing the international lives of many of our seasonal birds, like the Osprey and Wilson’s Warbler. While living in Lane County part of their year, these birds are truly international. Many months of their lives are also spent north and south of our borders.
Audubon Adventures is back with a brand new learning kit for the 2017-18 school year, entitled “Birds, Bees, Flowers and Trees.” Some teachers have started placing their orders and are eager to share the new material with students!
This year’s kit includes the following three topics:
We want to thank Caryn Stoess for her service on the Lane Audubon Board since January of 2015. She took on the Audubon in the Schools program, one of our important educational activities. Caryn has been a great asset as well as a fun companion on our bird walks and other events. Her enthusiasm for birding and learning will be missed. Caryn has moved to Corvallis for a new job and will continue her birding adventures up the valley. Best of luck and thank you Caryn—we will miss you!
Audubon in the Schools Program Coordinator
The Audubon in the Schools (AITS) curriculum comprises five fun-filled lessons that combine bird biology and basic art techniques. Originally developed by artist Kris Kirkeby, our former Education Chair, the lessons are excellent examples of participatory education. The program is designed to provide elementary students with a solid introduction to core aspects of bird biology, including feather anatomy and function, bird identification techniques, bird field marks, and habitat. The coordinator oversees all facets of the program. This includes classroom scheduling and volunteer training, plus teaching lessons to students along with the other volunteers. Help us take this wonderful education program to new heights!
FMI: Visit our Volunteer page online at laneaudubon.org/support/volunteer, or contact Maeve Sowles at 541.343.8664, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Compiler wanted for Florence Christmas Bird Count
The Florence Christmas Bird Count (CBC) has been an annual December event for 34 years. The data from that count, which averages about 130 species, provides local birders and counters an invigorating early winter challenge away from the preparations for the holidays. The Florence count folds into the greater LCAS CBC.
Kit Larsen has been organizing the count for the last 10 years and is ready to pass this task on to someone else. It involves lining up participants, producing packet materials, collecting and compiling the data, submitting to Audubon, and summarizing the count for newsletters. It takes some organization and attention to the calendar. It is a good way of getting to know the Florence area, connect to a local facet of an international project, and become better acquainted with the birds and birders in the Florence area.
FMI: Please contact Kit at email@example.com or 541.344.9574.
During the Migratory Bird Day morning event, three of our volunteers rescued a Canada Goose from fishing line tangled around its leg and foot.
Rachael noticed it and sat with the bird, feeding and talking to it.
LaRue got a blanket and Kyle used it to catch the goose. He then used his Leatherman tool to cut off all the fishing line. The goose was released, fluffed it’s feathers and continued to graze nearby, free of its shackles and unharmed.
Thanks to Rachael, Kyle and LaRue for the extra effort in helping this goose!
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Sara Lee Higgins has served as LCAS webmaster since April 2013. She brought our new webpage from a basic shell into a fully functional web presence, made online donations and membership payments possible, built in new features to provide easier access to information, and created visual improvements. Just a few adjectives to describe Sara include creative, helpful, communicative, talented, skilled troubleshooter and problem solver, attentive to detail, and self-directed. In short, she is a most excellent webmaster!
Sara plans to move out of the area and we wish her all the best. Sara, THANK YOU for all your webmaster help over the past two and a half years!
Since May 2011, Joyce Trawle has served as Audubon Adventures Coordinator. She worked hard to grow the program, which now offers environmental education materials to over 40 classrooms in Lane County.
Joyce created a well-running program and matches up LCAS member sponsors with classrooms throughout the community. She has this year’s program in place, but needs time away for other activities. We all give Joyce a big THANK YOU for her time, commitment, and a JOB WELL DONE!