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?



  • Hesthavn Nature Center Open for Visitors – Jan. 25, 1 – 4 pm. Info   Flyer
  • Willamette Valley Birding Symposium. Jan. 25. Info
  • Work Party at Hesthavn – Jan. 26, 10 am – 2 pm, barn & yard work. Contact
  • Hesthavn Nature Center Open for Visitors – Feb. 8, 1 – 4 pm. Info   Flyer
  • Chapter Meeting – February 20, Dan Luoma: Come walk with us – wildflower hikes with Native Plant Society of Oregon. Info
  • 1st ASC Weekend Field Trip: March 27-29, Bandon & South Coast. Contact Fred Ramsey

Monthly Speaker

Oregon wildflowers
For nearly 50 years, members of the Native Plant Society of Oregon have been visiting the wild places of Oregon to enjoy, conserve, and study the natural vegetation.

On February 20 Dan Luoma will present an overview of the programs and activities of the Native Plant Society of Oregon. The location is at the First Methodist Church at 11th and Monroe in Corvallis, our temporary meeting place for 2019-2020. Doors open at 6:30, the chapter meeting starts at 7:00, followed by the presentation at 7:30 pm. Free, and the public is welcome!

Monthly Speakers

Look Who’s Here

Snow Bunting
During breeding in the Arctic, Snow Buntings are white and black, but add rusty patches to blend in on bare ground and croplands in winter.

Posted to Mid-Willamette Valley Birds:

– Snow Buntings were confirmed near the summit of Marys Peak. Black-tipped white primaries, buffy face with brown cheek spot behind eye, broken chestnut collar, grey-brown coverts, yellow-orange beak. Check for Clark’s Nutcrackers, Townsend’s Solitaires, Canada Jays, stray Cassin’s Finches, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, Crossbills, and Evening Grosbeaks. (Joel Geier, (Oct. 26) Day-use fee or federal Senior Pass required.

– The Christmas Bird Count wrapped up with the AirlieAlbany CBC on 5 Jan. January sometimes brings in more migrant birds from the north, but as the climate changes, we increasingly see swallows, vultures, and other less hardy birds that venture north from their traditional wintering areas. Please post your observations to the Mid-Valley birding list.

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. Multi-day trips to regional areas are scheduled during peak birding times.

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  

Teaching about Birds

Dark-eyed Junco
Dark-eyed Juncos are winter residents of the Willamette Valley. The stout beak, long tail, and white outer tail feathers visible in flight are characteristic of this sparrow.

Do you want to learn more about local birds in the Willamette Valley? Two separate sessions of the Beginning Birding Workshop will be held February 1 and 29. The goal is a fun introduction to bird identification, field guides, binocular use, bird-watching culture, backyard birding, and more. There will be a classroom session and practice time outside looking for birds.

Education/Outreach – class


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


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

January 2020 newsletter

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