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?


Native Plant Sale!  June 1 – July 6

All programs are open to the general public

NEEDED – Help with a study of Flammulated Owls, no matter where you live! HawkWatch Study Details

  • Conservation Volunteer Calendarmonthly opportunities and contact information 
  • Hesthavn Work Parties are from 10 am – 2 pm. Contact
    Barn and Yard Work Party – June 27
    Weed Work Party – July 11
    Barn and Yard Work Party – July 25
    Weed Work Party – August 8
    Barn and Yard Work Party – August 15

    Weed Work Party – September 19
    Barn and Yard Work Party – September 26

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

  • Second Saturday Field Trips Contact
  • Regional Field Trips Contact
  • Hesthavn Nature Center closed, but trails are open

Monthly Speaker

Grey Crowned Crane
A Grey Crowned Crane, called “Frifflehead” by Carla, are fairly common in wetlands in eastern and southeaster Africa.
Mark Baldwin, Carla Olson, Matt Lee, & Sue Powell
“Safari Adventures in Kenya: COVID Interruptus”
May 20, 2021

The intrepid adventurers recounted raucous tales of gigantic mammals, exotic birds, vast grazing lands, vibrant lakes, amazing cultures, good food, and an unexpectedly hurried departure from Kenya as the pandemic gained strength. The photos and videos highlighted the tales!
   Hopefully when our monthly presentations begin in September, we will be able to meet in person. If not, we will let you know how to join the virtual meeting here and in the Chat newsletter.
Monthly Speakers

Where the Birds Are

hood merganser male

Hooded Mergansers are fairly common on small ponds and rivers where they dive for fish, crayfish, and other food. (All About Birds)

Common Yellowthroat

Look for these warblers in tangled vegetation, often at the edges of marshes and wetlands. (All About Birds).
 – Yaquina Head Peregrine Cam
 – ABA Code of Birding Ethics – traveling to see a rare bird?
 – National Audubon resources 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  

Natural Areas Week – Activity Sheets

Black-capped chickadee
Black-capped Chickadees are found in any area that has trees or woody shrubs. They only stay long enough at seed feeders to grab one and go. (All About Birds)

The 12th annual Natural Areas Celebration Week was held May 1 – 9, 2021, and ASC and many community partners participated. The event celebrated the incredible natural resources in our community. ASC Education volunteers offered Bird Tails and Trails in four local Corvallis parks. Activity sheets from those events are still available for you to download. Discover the most common species in that habitat and track down the food, water, shelter, and plants that the park’s bird population needs. The park worksheets are:

  • Sunset Park “Diving Ducks” download
  • MLK “Tails of Black and White” download
  • Willamette Park “River Aerobatics” download
  • Chepenefa Springs Park “Woodpeckers Cackle” download

Other activities:
National Audubon Society Do-it-Yourself Projects
ASC 2021 Winter Wildlife Field Days projects


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


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 May 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.
Current Issue

The Chat Newsletter and Archives