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.

  • Coloring Contest! – Nov. 1 – 30. Wildlife Explorer patches, prizes, and certificates. Info
  • Hesthavn Work Party – Sunday, Dec. 6, 10 am – 2 pm. Invasive weeds – blackberry. Contact
  • Hesthavn Work Party – Sunday, Dec. 13, 10 am – 2 pm. Nature Center and yard work. Contact
  • December Meeting – Dec.15, 7:00 pm Video Presentation – Annual Member Photo Show. How to Submit and Connect to Presentation    Info
  • Airlie / Albany Christmas Bird Count – Jan. 3. Info
  • January Meeting – Jan.21, 7:00 pm Video Presentation – Randy Comeleo “Update on the Benton County Predator Control Program,” Agriculture And Wildlife Protection Program (AAWPP). How to Submit and Connect to Presentation   Info

Canceled due to COVID-19

  • Second Saturday Field Trips until further notice. Contact
  • Corvallis Christmas Bird Count More info


  • Conservation Volunteer Calendar – monthly opportunities and contact information.
  • Summer Birding with ASC – Recapture summer – join a virtual video field trip to Pigeon Butte at Finley NWR.
  • Young Birders Web – a new website to connect fledgling birders. See Birding

Monthly Speaker

Fred Ramsey and Loggerhead Shrike
Fred Ramsey and a Loggerhead Shrike confer on the route of a weekend field trip.

Members’ Annual Photo Extravaganza
Video Presentation – Dec. 17, 7:00 pm

   Are you a novice photographer – don’t know your F-stop from your ISO? Do you spend your retirement lugging around  more cameras than you can count? Do you just like to see pretty pictures and hear stories of how they came about? Everyone is welcome to present their favorites for this meeting, Deadline to submit is December 20. See Monthly Speakers.
   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. The public is invited to this free seminar, however, attendance is limited to 100 people. To register or for more information, contact   
   To connect to recorded video presentations from previous speakers, click Monthly Speakers.

Where the Birds Are

Greater Yellowlegs shorebird
A few Greater Yellowlegs were foraging in the shallows at Hatfield Marine Science Center on September 28.

Look for the return of waterfowl, including Cackling Geese, in the mid-Willamette Valley. Wintering flocks of Northern Shovelers, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Ducks, Lesser Scaup, and more should show up anytime. Also, during fall and winter, large flocks of American Crows can be seen over Corvallis, flying to evening roosts in the hills west of town, then back out toward town in the morning.

Birding Field Trips

coast field trip
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

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  

November Coloring Contest –
Connect with Nature While at Home

coloring contest flyer

Join the fun, show your creativity, and color four local birds – American Goldfinch, American Kestrel, Pileated Woodpecker, and Wood Duck! There are five age groups and the most artistic submission from each will win a prize. Plus the first 400 artists will earn a Winter Explorer patch showcasing the Wood Duck. Enter the contest between November 1 – 30. For more details, click here.


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


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 NewsletterChat Newsletter November 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.
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