northern harrier

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Welcome to the Audubon Society of Corvallis!

Where birds and wildlife count

 

ASC is headquartered in Corvallis, Oregon and welcomes members and visitors from the mid-Willamette Valley and beyond. We host speakers, lead half-day birding walks to local areas, guide multi-day field trips to regional birding areas, present education programs to all ages, and support conservation of birds, other native wildlife, and natural habitats.

What’s Happening?

  • Hesthavn Work Party – Dec. 8, weed control – blackberries. 10 am – 2 pm. Contact
  • Half-day Field Trip – Dec. 14, Finley NWR McFadden Marsh and Bruce Rd. Meet at 7:30 am by the Shelter in Willamette Park (end of SE Goodnight Ave.). Registration required
  • Hesthavn Nature Center Open for Visitors – Dec. 14, 1 – 4 pm. Info    Flyer
  • Christmas Bird Count – Corvallis – Dec. 17, count and potluck to share data. Contacts
  • Chapter Meeting – Dec. 19, members’ photo  slide show, 7:30 pm. Info
  • Hesthavn Work Party – Dec. 22, barn and yard tasks. 10 am – 2 pm. Contact
  • Christmas Bird Count – Airlie/Albany – Jan. 5, count and meet to share data. Contact
  • Hesthavn Nature Center Open for Visitors – Jan. 11, 1 – 4 pm. Info   Flyer
  • Hesthavn Nature Center Open for Visitors – Jan. 25, 1 – 4 pm. Info   Flyer
  • Beginning Birding Workshop – Feb. 1 or Feb 29 (2 options). 10 am – 2 pm. Contact 

Monthly Speakers

American Kestrel
A stationary American Kestrel is a rare sight! This pose highlights the amazing flexibility of its tail, which facilitates quick maneuvers during flight and access for a good spring cleaning.

December 19 is Members Photo Night! Photographers share their best nature photos and stories from local and international areas. Bring no more than 20 of your favorites for a presentation of 5 minutes so everyone can showcase their adventures. Doors open at 6:30, the chapter meeting starts at 7:00, followed by the presentation at 7:30 pm. The location is at the First Methodist Church at 11th and Monroe in Corvallis, our temporary meeting place for 2019-2020. Free, and the public is welcome.

Monthly Speakers

Look Who’s Here

Snow Bunting
During breeding in the Arctic, Snow Buntings are white and black, but add rusty patches to blend in on bare ground and croplands in winter.

Posted to Mid-Willamette Valley Birds:
– The mountain regions of Linn/Marion counties are part of our mid-Willamette Valley watershed, and are areas of concern for our local Audubon chapters. Look for grebes, loons, scoters, and mergansers on mountain lakes on their way to the coast for the winter. Better odds (and scenery) than at local sewage ponds. (Joel Geier, Oct. 28)

– Snow Buntings are confirmed near the summit of Marys Peak. Black-tipped white primaries, buffy face with brown cheek spot behind eye, broken chestnut collar, grey-brown coverts, yellow-orange beak. Check for Clark’s Nutcrackers, Townsend’s Solitaires, Canada Jays, stray Cassin’s Finches, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, Crossbills, and Evening Grosbeaks. (Joel Geier, (Oct. 26) Day-use fee or federal Senior Pass required.

Birding Field Trips

coast field trip
Field trip participants focus on a bird despite the wonderful the view.

Opportunities abound in our region to view, photograph, draw, or paint birds. Ten half-day trips to local areas are offered monthly. Although geared to novice birders, these trips are also open to new residents, visitors, and anyone else who enjoys nature. Multi-day trips to regional areas are scheduled during peak birding times.

Field Trips

Birding & Resources

snowy plover
An adult Snowy Plover crouches in a human footprint in the sand.

Our region is a prime place to find, watch, draw, and photograph many species of birds. Half-day field trips to local areas and multi-day trips to regional birding areas are led by ASC guides. New birders and anyone else interested are invited to participate. Find more information about ASC Birding at the links below.

Birding        Field Trips       Resources  

Teaching about Birds

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Juncos are winter residents of the Willamette Valley. The stout beak, long tail, and white outer tail feathers visible in flight are characteristic of this sparrow.

Do you want to learn more about local birds in the Willamette Valley? Two separate sessions of the Beginning Birding Workshop will be held February 1 and 29. The goal is a fun introduction to bird identification, field guides, binocular use, bird-watching culture, backyard birding, and more. There will be a classroom session and practice time outside looking for birds.

Education/Outreach – class

Conservation

Homer Campbell boardwalk trail
Visitors check out the Homer Campbell Boardwalk Trail at Finley NWR, which was constructed by ASC and partners.

ASC participates in grassroot conservation by providing information about pending actions on national and state environmental laws. Locally, ASC has joined partners to conserve habitats, provide access on trails, and restore native plants. Conservation of Western Bluebirds and Streaked Horned Larks are other major initiatives for ASC.

Conservation/Protection        Priorities

Bluebird Trail

Western Bluebird
Western Bluebird population declines galvanized Elsie Eltzroth to make a difference.

The ASC Bluebird Trail committee was created to promote the conservation of the Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) and other native cavity-nesters through field work, scientific studies, and education. A series of bluebird boxes have been placed in ideal habitat for the birds. Volunteers monitor the nesting success throughout the breeding season, and results are reported to several organizations.

Hesthavn Nature Center

Hesthavn welcome sign
Hesthavn is a hidden jewel of a Nature Center that is located in northwest Corvallis.

The Nature Center started life as a barn, and now it offers a museum with taxidermied birds, exhibits, and a classroom. The Center is staffed for special events – check the calendar on this page. The property includes trails, bird feeders, and a native plant garden. Meadow restoration is one step in the long-term goal of restoring all habitats. The trails and garden are open from dawn to dusk everyday. Admission is free! In addition, the Nature Center will be staffed with volunteers and open to the public on Dec. 14 and Jan, 11, 2019 and Jan 25, 2020.

Hesthavn       Volunteer

Join Us!

volunteer interpreter
What are the birds in your backyard?

New to the area? Meet people who also like nature! Would you like to volunteer to share your passion or contribute to restoration? Become a member of ASC and help us continue our important work. You can also donate time or dollars to ASC. We also appreciate your tax-deductible contributions to our local education and conservation efforts.

Membership        Volunteer        Donate

Partners

Forster's tern
These Forster’s Terns are announcing their partnership for the common goal of raising a family.

ASC welcomes partnerships with other agencies and organizations. Together we provide equal opportunities for all children, allowing them to experience nature through games, art, and activities that enhance both classroom and special-event learning. Other partnerships pool funding, staff, and other resources to accomplish conservation and other education goals.

Education      Conservation

Our Newsletter – Current Issue

December 2019

Each issue of The Chat contains information about monthly speakers and their presentation. Also included is the latest news about education, conservation, Hesthavn Nature Center, field trips, bird sightings, Board meetings, calendar items, and more. Ten issues are produced by our volunteers each year. Archived newsletters are available in PDF format from April 2003.

The Chat Newsletter and Archives