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?

Open to the general public

NEEDED – strong conservation voices on the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council, aka *OPAC. If you would like to speak for our oceans, submit your name to become a board member. More info   Apply   Contact

  • Conservation Volunteer Calendar – monthly opportunities and contact information 
  • Hesthavn Weed Work Party – Apr. 11, 10 am – 2 pm. Contact
  • April ASC Meeting – Apr. 15, 7:00 pm Video Presentation – Steve Perakis, “Red Alder Legacies Deplete Calcium in Oregon Forests – What the Shell is Going on?”  How to connect to presentation    Info
  • Planet Palooza – April 17. Pre-Earth Day socially-distanced and virtual events (FREE). General Info, ASC event sign-up
  • Hesthavn Barn and Yard Work Party – Apr. 25, 10 am – 2 pm.  Contact
  • Hesthavn Weed Work Party – May 9, 10 am – 2 pm.  Contact
  • May ASC Meeting – May 20, 7:00 pm Video Presentation – “Safari Adventures in Kenya: Covid Interruptus” by Mark Baldwin, Carla Olson, Matt Lee, and Sue Powell. How to connect to presentation    Info
  • Hesthavn Barn and Yard Work Party – May 23, 10 am – 2 pm.  Contact

Canceled / Closed due to COVID-19 – until further notice

  • Hesthavn Work Parties  Contact
  • Second Saturday Field Trips Contact
  • Regional Field Trips Contact
  • Hesthavn Nature Center, but Trails are open.

Monthly Speaker

Nitrogen fixation in plant roots

Steve Perakis
Red Alder Legacies Deplete Calcium in Oregon Forests: What the Shell is Going on?
Video Presentation – March 18, 7 pm

Steve’s research focuses on the biologic, geologic, and chemical cycling of life-sustaining elements (carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, etc.) in ecosystems – especially forests. Natural and human factors, such as fire, disturbance, climate change, affect nutrient availability and soil fertility, and Steve studies how they influence plant growth, ecosystem development, and carbon storage.
   Due to Covid-19, our usual in-person meetings are digitally recorded and can be watched at the scheduled time or can be viewed as a recording. Non-ASC members are invited to this free seminar, however, attendance is limited to the first 100 people to join the meeting. For more information, contact audubon.corvallis@gmail.com.   
   To view the video presentation from previous month – see Monthly Speakers.

Where the Birds Are

Harlequin Ducks
Harlequin Ducks are commonly seen along the South Jetty in Newport.

   Tree Swallows were sighted at Willamette Park and Philomath Sewage Ponds in early March. Turkey Vultures and Rufous Hummingbirds are beginning to appear in the Willamette Valley. Canada Geese are staking out nesting sites. A Winter Wren was seen in the McDonald-Dunn Forest (Oak Creek watershed) from February 28 – March 6.
   It’s easy to socially distance on a day trip to Newport. March 12 was exceptional weather-wise, and the herring started spawning the day before. Check: south jetty of Yaquina Bay – more than 30 Harlequin Ducks, Surf Scoters, and White-winged Scoter, Common Loons, Osprey, Bald Eagles, Lesser Scaup, Buffleheads,, and more. Hatfield MSC Estuary Trail – Brant, Whimbrels, and Marbled Godwits. Yaquina Head Interpretive Center and Lighthouse – Peregrine Falcons, thousands of Common Murres.
   Check sightings on eBird around Corvallis and the American Birding Association Birding News.
 – ABA Code of Birding Ethics – when to travel to see a rare bird
 – National Audubon resources about racism, sexism, and ableism

Birding Field Trips

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

Due to the pandemic, our half-day and multi-day trips are canceled until further notice. Field Trips

Summer Birding with the Audubon Society of Corvallis!
If you’ve been missing our field trips (due to COVID-19 group activity restrictions) we can offer the next best thing, a virtual video field trip to Pigeon Butte at Finley Wildlife Refuge. Come see the birds and other creatures we saw as well as meet the birders. This video is being shared with Aves Compartidas (Shared Birds) program in the Willamette Valley which connects students in the U.S, and Mexico to learn about birds.

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  

Planet Palooza – April 17, 2021

Planet Palooza
Click poster for larger view. MORE INFO

Hosted by Corvallis Parks, ASC, and Recreation and many community partners, the goal of Planet Palooza is to help families explore nearby nature. ASC will present a scavenger hunt and lead bird bikes into areas that make great homes for local birds. Several of ASC’s educational museum birds will be on display at our stations at each of these participating parks:

  • Bruce Starker Arts Park & Natural Area (formerly Sunset Park) parking lot – Divers, water birds
  • MLK Park Main Path – Tails of Black and White, small black and white local birds
  • Willamette Park: River Aerobatics, colorful songbirds
  • Chepenefa: Woodpecker World

Other Do-it-Yourself Projects
ASC 2021 Winter Wildlife Field Days projects

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 located in northwest Corvallis.

Due to Covid, the Nature Center is closed until further notice, but our trails are open from dawn to dusk everyday.
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. 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 April 2021

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.
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