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?

Check out the new ASC video (2 min. 22 sec.) which was produced by high schooler and ASC member Kai Frueh.

To access recorded video presentations for April and May 2020, visit Monthly Speakers.

  • Hesthavn Work Party – Saturday, Sunday August 9:, 10 am – 2pm. Caged plants. Contact
  • Hesthavn Work Party – Sunday, Sunday August 23, 10 am – 2 pm. Barn and yard. Contact
  • Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Open House, August 26th from 12-1:15 pm, VIDEO Presentation – “Bold Action: Communities Respond to the Climate Crisis.” Register here.
  • Hesthavn Work Party – Sunday, Sunday September 6, 10 am – 2 pm. Caged plants. Contact
  • Monthly Speaker – September 17, 7:00 pm Video Presentation – Rosabel Miró, “Birds, Wildlife, and Habitats of Panama.How to Connect to Presentation
  • Hesthavn Work Party – Sunday, Sunday September 27, 10 am – 2 pm. Barn and yard. Contact

Canceled due to COVID-19

  • Second Saturday Field Trips through August 2020. Contact
  • Shorebird Search – August 21 – 23, location flexible. Contact Fred Ramsey

Monthly Speaker

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Shining Honeycreeper

Zoom Webinar September 17 at 7:00 pm

Rosabel Miro, Director of the Audubon Society of Panama, will share some of the activities and initiatives of the Panama Audubon Society, as well as stories and photos of Panamanian wildlife. The National Audubon Society has partnered with the Panama Audubon Society since 2006 to promote the conservation of critical habitats.

Since the Coronavirus continues to disrupt our normal activities, we will not have in-person meetings each month until it is safe to do so. Updated information and instructions for joining the webinar will be available on the ASC website, social media, and in the Chat. We will continue to provide Zoom presentations as we did in April and May, and 2020/2021 presentations will also be recorded as space allows. Online programs will begin at 7:00 pm and be followed by the ASC Business Meeting when needed. Contact Mark Baldwin at mark.baldwin2@comcast.net.

To access recorded video presentations in April and May 2020, click Monthly Speakers.

Where the Birds Are

ethical birding art
Dale Mitchell

The American Birding Association (ABA) cautions:
   Because of COVID-19 related Stay-at-Home orders in many states and provinces, the purpose of this report is to keep homebound birders caught up rare bird sightings across the ABA Area during spring migration. We do not endorse the pursuit of rare birds beyond your local area. The ABA urges readers to respect state, provincial, and local restrictions on non-essential travel. The ABA’s Recording Standards and Ethics Committee has released guidelines on how birders should approach this unusual time and we urge birders, whether they are members of the ABA or not, to consider them when deciding whether to travel to see a rare bird. Stay safe and healthy, everyone.
ABA Code of Birding Ethics

The National Audubon Society posted an interesting article about birding as a perfect activity for social distancing.

Birding Field Trips

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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. Seven multi-day trips to regional areas are scheduled during peak birding times from March through August.

Field Trips

Birding & Resources

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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  

Connect with Nature While at Home

Use your senses to explore nature poster

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the ASC Education Team’s plans for the coming months are on hold. But our KEY message for this year is to encourage everyone to Connect with Nature, and that is more relevant than ever. Take advantage of the unexpected break in your routine to find peace and inspiration in our natural world. Enjoy nature wherever you find it, from a bird singing in the tree outside your window to a beautiful bloom in your yard or neighborhood. Be aware and enjoy.

Click below to see our Connect with Nature poster. There are lots of ideas about how to use all your senses to explore, learn, and connect to nature around your home.

Education/Outreach    Poster 

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! The Nature Center will be staffed with volunteers and open to the public for special events. Events will be featured here, on the kiosk at Hesthavn, and in the Gazette-Times Calendar.

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

CHAT Summer 2020

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. Current Issue

The Chat Newsletter and Archives