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?


ASC Events – all programs are free (except where fee is indicated) and open to the public.
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* Jun 1: Get Outdoors Day at Peavy Arboretum, 9 am – 3 pm INFO
* Jun 13 – Second Saturday Field Trip, meet at 8 am Willamette Park shelter INFO
* July 25 – Summer ASC Board meeting, potluck, Hesthavn. Time TBA. All members welcome
* Sep 19 – Peter Moore: Antarctica 7:30 pm, Corvallis Community Center Chandler Ballroom INFO
* Oct 17 – Ann Eissinger: Great Blue Herons 7:30 pm, Corvallis Community Center Chandler Ballroom


Hesthavn
* Trails – open dawn to dusk every day
* Work Party  Contact

Mulit-Day Field Trips – registration requiredsign up at monthly meetings (Fee) Itineraries, Contact
* Jun 7-9: 
Summer Lake
* Aug 15-18:
Steens Mtn
* mid Sept TBA:
S. Oregon Coast

Other Events

* Mar – May: Lights Out volunteers needed for surveys Sign upFlyer
* An Oregon Story: Saving our Beaches, Farmland and More – 83-min
 “A must-see documentary”
* Conservation Volunteer Calendar

Monthly Speakers

“Albatrosses of Campbell Island, NZ”
Peter Moore, Sep 19, 2024
Peter Moore
Peter Moore with Campbell’s Albatross on Campbell Island, New Zealand

Peter’s presentation will show some of the unique plants and animals that inhabit Campbell Island, a remote nature reserve. He will also cover species that are now thriving since Norway rats were eradicated in 2001.

Meetings will be held in the Chandler Ballroom at the Corvallis Community Center. Meet and greet 6:30 pm, business meeting 7:00 pm, and presentation 7:30 pm. If accessing via via Zoom, please tune in by 7:15.
Contact for information. Open to the general public. 
2023-2024 Monthly Speakers  Zoom links

2024 Bluebird Nesting Begins Early

young bluebird
The vibrant male Western Bluebird atop the nest box is alert for any competitors or predator. One of his chicks watches from inside.

Bluebird nesting season got an early start with a fully formed grass nest inside a nest box near the hospital. The nest has a cup in the center where the female will lay the eggs. Nest monitors began checking boxes this month, so they can note nest progress and the dates when: the first egg is laid, additional eggs are added (usually 4-6 total), incubation begins, eggs hatch, and nestlings fledge.

Monitors dedicate their time from March to August, checking each nest box once per week. They send the season’s information to Bluebird Chair Matt Lee, who collates the data and compares the current season tally with preceding years. The monitors carry on the important work Elsie Elzroth began in 1979, and the Western Bluebird population has grown to a self-sustaining population since then. Thanks to all the volunteers.
Monitoring InfoContact

Birding Field Trips

birdwatching
Second Saturday field trip participants scour the trees in Willamette Park for winter birds.

Second Saturday (half-day) field trips to local birding areas are led by Duncan Evered and Caryn Stoess from September through June. 
The 2024 Multi-day field trips will be led by experienced birders driving rented vans. Signup sheets are available at monthly meetings starting in January 2024, or click here Contact 
See Field Trips for registration and more information.

Birding & Resources

gray-crowned rosy finch
Due to its remote and rocky alpine habitat, the Gray-crowned Rosy Finch is a special find!

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

 

Education Workshops

Use your senses to explore nature poster
The Kalapuyans are a Native American ethnic group. Their traditional homelands were in the Willamette, Elk Creek, and Calapooya Creek watersheds of Western Oregon (Link). Recent workshops explored local Kalapuya history and ecology with stories, games, and uses of native plants and animals. It also included an exploration into fire management practices and restoration following fire.
Education Program
The Education Team has connected people to nature for the past 30 years. Events are often held at Hesthavn, our small Nature Center on Oak Creek Road. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, our plans for the coming year are limited, so check here for updates.

Bluebird Trail

Western Bluebird
Western Bluebird population declines galvanized Elsie Elzroth 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 Grounds & Nature Center 

Hesthavn welcome sign


Hesthavn Nature Center started life as a barn, and now it offers a museum with taxidermied birds, Bluebird Trail and other exhibits, and a classroom. It will be open to the public for special events. The grounds include trails, bird feeders, and a native plant garden and are open are open from dawn to dusk everyday. Meadow restoration is one step in the long-term goal of restoring all habitats. Admission is free! 

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 thumb May 2024

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