By Dick Lamster, Count Coordinator The 80th Eugene Christmas Bird Count (ECBC) was held on…
We are happy to announce that Ramiro Aragon has agreed to be an LCAS Board member. He has attended Board meetings, co-led our Latino Outreach programs, assisted with bird walks for more than two years, and recently graduated from OSU with a Master’s of Natural Resources. He is also a dedicated advocate for birds and wildlife and teaching people to enjoy the experience of the natural world. We appreciate the time and talents he brings to Lane Audubon.
Ramiro is but one shining example of our dedicated volunteers. Building our core group of volunteers is our most powerful means for reaching out to the community and engaging the public with our goals of education and conservation. It is through volunteers that ALL of our work gets done! Lane Audubon members participate in many community events to share their interest in birds and nature.
- Outreach activities are many and varied, including:
- Program meetings eight times a year, beginning again in September.
- Audubon Adventures educational kits for school classrooms.
- Audubon in the Schools, our own drawing instruction modules that use bird specimens to teach children both art technique and natural history.
- Monthly bird walks. Anyone can join in the outdoor birding fun with our group. We usually have a Spanish interpreter along for outreach with our Latino population.
- Swift events at Agate Hall chimney twice a year, during spring and fall migration.
- Christmas Bird Count annually, at the end of the year (12/31/17).
- Community booth events where we interact with the community, answer questions and provide bird and natural history handouts.
- Conservation activism activities focused on preserving habitat diversity. Our efforts to protect habitat can make a difference in the long-term survival of the birds we enjoy watching
- Our Lane Audubon phone, 541.485.BIRD, is answered by volunteers who give birding advice and help people with bird ID or other questions.
- Our monthly newsletter, The Quail, provides Field Note reports of interesting bird sightings, conservation reports on issues that need attention, announcements of Lane Audubon activities, and a community calendar that includes other groups’ activities.
- Both the LCAS Facebook page and the LCAS website help us reach out to the online community with current topics and events.
- Monthly Board meetings are a great way to learn about all of these activities and get to know us. If you are interested in attending a Board meeting, just ask!
- Last May we held our first international Migratory Bird Day event together with Nearby Nature. We offered children’s activities, Spanish-speaking bird walk leaders, and bird lists.
If you have an interest in being involved with one or more of these activities, get in touch with us!
We are an all-volunteer group and have no paid staff. We welcome your involvement in helping us advocate for the birds.