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.

**Special Note: Avian Flu 2022**

Avian flu (AvFlu) does not affect all birds the same way. Raptors and domestic poultry are highly susceptible to the current strain, but wild songbirds are not, nor do they transmit the disease easily. The Centers for Disease Control notes that transmission of AvFlu from birds to humans is very rare. For more information – Click here

What’s Happening?

Meetings – All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Kalapuya Gaw-Ni (Kalapuya Trail through the Woods) on Wednesdays from Sept. 28 – Nov. 3, 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm  Contact & Registration
  • Second Saturday Field Trip – Oct. 8 at 8:00 am, meet at the shelter in Willamette Park (end of SE Goodnight Ave.)  Register   More info
  • October Monthly Meeting – Oct. 20 at 7 pm, Manuela Huso “Using Science to Understand and Reduce Wildlife Impacts from Wind Energy” Hybrid in-person and Zoom meeting. The in-person meeting is at the Corvallis Community Center in the Oak Room (different room from September). Info, Monthly Speakers     

Other
Audubon Photography Awards Virtual Tour of Winners
Conservation Volunteer Calendarmonthly opportunities, contact information
Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Garden Resource Guide – find helpful tips for your backyard garden online.

Canceled / Closed due to COVID until further notice
Regional Field Trips Info
Hesthavn – Nature Center open periodically. Trails open dawn to dusk everyday

Monthly Presentation

“Using Science to Understand and Reduce Wildlife Impacts from Wind Energy”
by Manuela Huso,
October 20, 2022
(Hybrid in-person and video presentation)

Wind farm under construction
Next to hydropower, wind power is the second-largest zero carbon-emitting electricity resource in Oregon. Wind power makes up 11.6 percent of all the state’s electricity generation, and the amount has grown every year since the first facility was constructed in 2001. (Ore. Dept. of Energy)

A key challenge facing the wind industry is the potential for wind turbines to impact wild animals, both directly, via collisions, and indirectly due to noise pollution, habitat loss, and reduced survival or reproduction. Retired Research Statistician Manuela Huso will present what she has learned from collaborative work and how the wind industry can lessen the impacts. Manuela led the Wind Energy and Wildlife Team on projects to design and analyze the results of monitoring studies following construction of wind turbines.

Monthly meetings begin at 7:00 pm and are open to the general public, although space is limited. Contact audubon.corvallis@gmail.com for information about accessing the program.
Zoom link is forthcoming        Monthly Speakers

Where are the Birds Going?

Cornell Lab - bird migration

September means bird migration in a big way, which is a very dangerous time! From Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
   “Birds that nest in the Northern Hemisphere tend to migrate northward in the spring to take advantage of burgeoning insect populations, budding plants and an abundance of nesting locations. As winter approaches and the availability of insects and other food drops, the birds move south again. Escaping the cold is a motivating factor but many species, including hummingbirds, can withstand freezing temperatures as long as an adequate supply of food is available.”
Here are a few other great resources from the Cornell Lab of to celebrate this special time of year for birds:
Join a 1-hour Zoom presentation
– “Ask an Ornithologist about the Mysteries of Migration” on September 12 at 12 pm EDT. Register

– “Migratory Journeys Mapped: The magic of eBird” on September 15 at 12 pm (Register) OR a recorded Zoom presentation from September 22, 2021- Link.

– “Practical Ways to Help Birds During Migration” on September 21 at 1:00 pm EDT. Register

– Read the All About Birds article “The Basics Of Bird Migration: How, Why, And Where” for a primer on this fascinating phenomenon.

– Migratory hummingbirds are on their way south, and the West Texas Feeders Cam couldn’t be busier. Check out this YouTube video of many hummingbirds jockeying for a spot at the cam feeder in August 2022 as they fuel up for their journeys south.

Birding Field Trips

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

Second Saturday (half-day) field trips to local birding areas have resumed and are led by Duncan Evered and Caryn Stoess. Please see Field Trips for registration and more information. Multi-day trips are canceled until further notice.

Summer Birding with ASC!
Check out this virtual field trip (via video) to Pigeon Butte at Finley Wildlife Refuge. This video is shared with the Aves Compartidas (Shared Birds) program in the Willamette Valley which connects students in the U.S. and Mexico. Link

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  

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.
For more information, click: Audubon in the News or Conservation/Protection or Priorities

 

Check This Space for New Education Activities

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The Education Team’s goals are “Preserve, Protect, Promote.” Almost everybody loves birds, but most are unaware that birds do amazing things! Flying for instance, made possible with adaptations like hollow bones, massive chest muscles to power the wings, and feathers for balance and steering. They also need big brains to support keen eyesight and rapid reflexes. The ASC Education and Outreach Team is always thrilled to introduce a new audience to the wonders of birds. The Team reaches 1000s of community members with events such as Winter Wildlife Field Day, School and Group presentations, special events held at Hesthavn Nature Center, and partner programs. Contact or More info

Directions to Hesthavn
Education Program

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, Bluebird Trail and other 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 and open to the public for special events. See this space, the kiosk at Hesthavn, and the Gazette-Times Calendar.

Hesthavn       Volunteer

Join Us!

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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

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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, from September through June. Archived newsletters are available in PDF format from April 2003 to the present.

Current Issue
The Chat Newsletter and Archives