northern harrier

(Hover over photos for description and photographer)

 

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 – April 12, barn and yard work. Contact for more info
  • POSTPONED Winter Wildlife Field Day – New Date TBA  11 am – 3 pm, free. Finley National Wildlife Refuge Contact   Flyer
  • CANCELED 2019 Audubon Photography Awards Exhibit, April 2-22, 10 am to 4 pm, Autzen House Gallery, 811 SW Jefferson Ave. Contact
  • CANCELED Reception Audubon Photography Awards April 2, 6 – 8 pm. ASC hosting event, Autzen House Gallery, 811 SW Jefferson Ave. Info
  • CANCELED Second Saturday Field Trip – April 11
  • Video Presentation Chapter Meeting – April 16, Bill Proebsting, Birding Bolivia amid Regime and Climate Changes
  • CANCELED Weekend Field Trip – Klamath Basin, April 17-19. Contact Fred Ramsey
  • CANCELED Weekend Field Trip – Rogue Valley, May 1 – 3. Contact Fred Ramsey
  • Hesthavn Work Party – May 2, weed (false brome) work. Contact for more info
  • Hesthavn Work Party – May 16, barn and yard work. Contact for more info
  • CANCELED Weekend Field Trip – Malheur NWR, May 16 – 19. Contact Fred Ramsey
  • Chapter Meeting – May 21, James Sumich, Marine Mammals – may be video presentation, TBD

Monthly Speaker

white-tipped plantcutter
White-tipped Plantcutters are members of the Cotinga family. They frequent lowlands east of the Andes, but are also found in the Bolivian highlands.

The April 16 Chapter Meeting will be recorded as a video presentation. Stay tuned for information about how to access the conference call.
Bill Proebsting will present “Birding Bolivia Amid Regime Change (and Climate Change).” Bolivia has complex terrain resulting in a variety of habitats which support about 1600 bird species. 

Monthly Speakers

Birding – Perfect Activity for Social Distancing

Audubon Photo Winner
Red-winged Blackbird. Photo: Kathrin Swoboda/2019 Grand Prize winner/Audubon Photography Awards

National Audubon Society “We know: It might seem exploitative for the Bird People to promote birds during a public health crisis. But there’s an argument to be made that—as long as you don’t put yourself or others at risk—birding is the perfect thing to do right now. Read more

National Wildlife Refuge Association – reminds us of the importance “nature and the outdoors play during times of crisis and stress. We can think of no better place to experience wildlife than on national wildlife refuges and that’s why we work hard to promote, protect, and enhance the National Wildlife Refuge System.” For social-distancing at NWRs and at home – Read more

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

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  

Connecting Kids with Nature

2020 WWFD Flyer

The Education Team’ strives to connect people to nature, providing outreach activities for classes and events for more than 30 years. The team can tailor programs for groups with particular interests, including Girl Scouts, Science Nights, Get Outdoors Day, Chintimini Open House, and more. ASC led the creation of Winter Wildlife Field Day, a popular activity held in March. Many of our events are held at Hesthavn, our small nature center.

Education/Outreach   Winter Wildlife   Hesthavn  

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

Chat April 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.

The Chat Newsletter and Archives