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?

To access recorded video presentations for April and May, visit Monthly Speakers.

  • Hesthavn Work Party – Sunday, June 14, 10 am – 2 pm. Barn and yard work. Contact
  • Hesthavn Work Party – Sunday, July 12, 10 am – 2 pm. Thistle and teasel removal. Contact
  • Hesthavn Work Party – Sunday, July 26, 10 am – 2 pm. Barn and yard work. Contact

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic ASC events have been canceled at least through May 2020, If the COVID-19 situation improves, you can find updated information about events here. Canceled events include:

  • Winter Wildlife Field Day – New Date possible – TBA. Finley National Wildlife Refuge Contact   Flyer
  • ASC Birdathon 2020
  • Catio Tour – May 28. How to give an indoor cat and outside access!
  • Second Saturday Field Trip – June. Check back for June trip information. Contact
  • Weekend Field Trip – Summer Lake, June 1 – 21. Contact Fred Ramsey
  • Weekend Field Trip – Steens Mountain, July 23 – 25. Contact Fred Ramsey

Monthly Speaker

Green jay
Like most jays, Green Jays are very vocal all year except for the breeding season.

In order to maintain Social Distancing, the May 21 Chapter Meeting will be a Zoom video presentation at 7:00 pm. Fred Ramsey will enlighten us with photos and stories about his trip to Oaxaca in 2000. Nearly half of all species in Mexico are found in this area, including nearly 750 species of birds. For information about how to access the webinar, see Monthly Speakers. The link to the recorded presentation will be available on the following day. Contact Mark Baldwin at mark.baldwin2@comcast.net.
   Bill Proebsting presented “Birding Bolivia Amid Regime Change (and Climate Change)” at the April meeting, and the recording is now available at this link. Enter the password Bolivia2!

Look Who’s Here

vesper sparrow
Vesper Sparrow with a federal metal band and colored local bands

Flocks of hundreds of Greater White-fronted Geese continue to be seen and heard heading north/northwest [April 25]. They’re most easily recognized by their “laughing” calls and their straggly formations which tend to be in broader V’s than Canada or Cackling Geese, often also with the arms of the V’s forking in to multiple smaller, messy-looking V’s like a hand-drawn genealogy chart. Apparently…these broader formations are the most energy-efficient way for them to fly.

There has been some speculation that this year’s migration through the Willamette Valley is larger than in past years…however when Dave Budeau was manager at E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area in the 1990s and early 2000s, he’d regularly note thousands of these geese passing over, with peak passage during April 24-27.  ~ Joel Geier, Mid-Valley Birding

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  

Connect with Nature While at Home

Use your senses to explore nature poster

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the ASC Education Team’s plans for the coming months are on hold. But our KEY message for this year is to encourage everyone to Connect with Nature, and that is more relevant than ever. Take advantage of the unexpected break in your routine to find peace and inspiration in our natural world. Enjoy nature wherever you find it, from a bird singing in the tree outside your window to a beautiful bloom in your yard or neighborhood. Be aware and enjoy.

Click below to see our Connect with Nature poster. There are lots of ideas about how to use all your senses to explore, learn, and connect to nature around your home.

Education/Outreach    Poster 

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 – Current Issue

The Chat May 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