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.

Canceled due to COVID-19 – until further notice

  • Hesthavn Work Parties  Contact
  • Second Saturday Field Trips Contact

New

  • Corvallis CBC 2020 Results
  • Conservation Volunteer Calendarmonthly opportunities and contact information.

Monthly Speaker

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Randy Comeleo
Video Presentation – Jan. 21, 7 pm

   Randy will discuss the Benton County AWPP, a program he co-founded in 2017. This innovative collaboration among farmers, wildlife conservationists, and county government fosters the coexistence of agriculture and wildlife.
   We are unable to meet in person for our monthly presentations due to Covid-19. Instead our presentations 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 connect to recorded video presentations from previous speakers, click Monthly Speakers.

Where the Birds Are

Tundra Swans

Hundreds of swans, both Tundra and Trumpeter, have been seen in early morning at McFadden Marsh along Bruce Road in Finley NWR. Shortly after the sun rises, most of the birds depart for day feeding areas around American Road near Halsey. Tundra swans are smaller than Trumpeters and are more commonly seen in our area. Look for the small yellow spot in front of the eye. Trumpeter Swans can weigh up to 25 pounds, about twice that of a Tundra Swan.

Corvallis Christmas Bird Count unofficial results have been tabulated. On December 22, 38 birders recorded 57,880 birds (122 species) in the count circle. Results

The Albany/Airlie CBC was held on January 3, 2021. Results are being tabulated and will be uploaded soon.

Birding Field Trips

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Field trip participants focus on a bird despite the wonderful the 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

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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  

Winter Wildlife Field Days 2020

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Winter Wildlife Field Days is returning in 2021 with virtual activities from March 1-14. Help the Birds NOW, Scavenger Hunt, Bird Basics, Bird Quizzes, and more. More Info

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 January 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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