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?

Events – All programs are free and open to the public.
– Jan. 19 – Monthly Meeting Zoom recording Link Monthly Speakers
– Feb. 11 – Second Saturday Field Trip at 8:00 am,
meet at Willamette Park shelter (end of SE Goodnight Ave.)  Register   More info
Feb. 16  – Monthly Meeting, Fred Ramsey  “Birds of Mongolia”   Info
– Mar.  9  –  Sustainability Fair from 5 – 7 pm at the CH2MHill Alumni Center (OSU) Info
– Mar. 16  – Monthly Meeting, Marina Richie  “Belted Kingfishers”  Info
– Apr. 20  – Monthly Meeting, Don Boucher & Lisa Millbank  “A Yard Full of Native Plants, Birds, Bugs and More”  Info
– May 18  – Monthly Meeting, Bob Beschta  “Trophic Cascades & Yellowstone”  Info
Young Birders & Students – Winter Zoom Programs – Flyer, Register
 – February 11,  March 16
Hesthavn Work Parties – Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm  Contact
   Feb. 19 – TBD    Mar. 19 – TBD
Other
Multi-day Field Trips 2023Trip descriptions link
– Rogue Valley – Apr. 28-30   Info
– Malheur NWR – May 18-21  Info
– Summer Lake – Jun. 12-14  Info
– Bandon/South Coast – Sep. 18-20  Info
Conservation Volunteer Calendar – monthly opportunities, info
Hesthavn Nature Center
Open periodically but trails are open dawn to dusk everyday

Monthly Presentation

“Birds of Mongolia” – Fred Ramsey
February 16, 2023
(Hybrid in-person and Zoom presentation)

mongolian eagle hunter
Mongolian eagle hunters challenge themselves with their ancient tradition of eagle training and hunting.

February’s program will feature Mongolia trips made by ASC members Fred Ramsey and Jim Faulkner. Ostensibly these were flyfishing trips for the world’s largest salmonid, but you will not be surprised to find a heavy emphasis on Mongolia’s birds.

Monthly meetings begin at 6:30 pm with a social gathering, then a business meeting at 7:00 pm, which includes information about field trips, conservation issues, and volunteer opportunities. The hour-long program begins at 7:30 pm, and the Zoom recording will also begin then. Meetings are open to the general public. Contact audubon.corvallis@gmail.com for information.
January presentation – Ram Papish – Link,   Monthly Speakers

Watch the Birdies!

2022 Corvallis Christmas Bird Count

Blackburnian warbler
Tiny Blackburnian Warblers are strong fliers that travel between North and South America twice each year, so perhaps it isn’t surprising that they’re occasionally found very far off course. (All About Birds – Cornell Labs)

   The 62nd Corvallis Christmas Bird Count (CBC) took place on December 20, 2022. The 46 field observers and feeder watchers counted 83,976 birds of 121 species. For comparison, the corresponding numbers for the 2021 CBC were 56,401 birds and 115 species. More info
Download 2022 results of the Corvallis CBC (PDF)
   On New Years Day the Airlie-Albany CBC included 50 participants who identified 119 species, which was close to our 23-year average. Counts of 63% of the species were higher this year than last despite nearly comparable number of participants and total hours counting. More info
Download 2023 results of the Airlie-Albany CBC (PDF)
**Also – New iPhone App for Bringing Birdsong Back to People with High-Frequency Hearing Loss

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. Please see Field Trips for registration and more information.
The 2023 Multi-day field trips will be led by experienced birders driving rented vans. Signup sheets are available at monthly meetings, or contact the leader at the Info link for further information.  More info
– Rogue Valley – Apr. 28-30    Info 
– Malheur NWR -May 18-21  Info
– Summer Lake – Jun. 12-14  Info  
– Bandon/South Coast – Aug. 18-20  Info

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  

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 Workshop Nov. 30

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 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 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

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