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?

 

  • Half-day Field Trip – Oct. 12, Willamette Park, part 2. Meet at 7:30 am by the Shelter in Willamette Park (end of SE Goodnight Ave.). Registration required
  • Chapter Meeting – Oct. 17, speaker Dave Bucy – Wildlife in Crisis on the Texas Border, 7:30 pm, Contact
  • Hesthavn Work Party – Oct. 27, barn and yard work, 10 am – 2 pm. Contact
  • Hesthavn Work Party – Nov. 10, weed control – Yellow Archangel and Stinky Bob are targets, 10 am – 2 pm. Contact
  • Hesthavn Work Party – Nov. 24, barn and yard. 10 am – 2 pm. Contact

Monthly Speakers

Green jay
Brushland habitat loss is a challenge for Green Jays in southern Texas and northern Mexico.

On October 17 Dave Bucy, will speak about Wildlife in Crisis at the Texas Border. Dr. Bucy has worked with local conservation managers to fully understand the scope of the destruction, and has spoken to border agents about the relative uselessness of the wall. Doors open at 6:30, chapter meeting at 7:00, and the presentation begins at 7:30 pm. The location is at the First Methodist Church at 11th and Monroe in Corvallis, our temporary meeting place for 2019-2020. Free, and the public is welcome.

Monthly Speakers

Look Who’s Here

 

Vaux's swifts
Vaux’s Swifts

Posted to Mid-Willamette Valley Birds:
– On 1st Street just south of Madison, a small group gathered to watch the evening show of Vaux’s Swifts going into the chimney to roost for the night. Based on last evening’s count of 2000+, we estimated that there were 5000+ tonight. It took over 1/2 hour for all the birds to enter the chimney and at almost full dark there were still a few in the air. This is the most I have seen in many years. (Mary Garrard, Oct. 1)
– A kettle of over 20 Turkey Vultures circling over the woods on Powder House Road. I don’t think I have even had Vulture on any October list! (Oct. 6)
–  Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at Ankeny NWR, Eagle Marsh, far right near corner, part hidden in grass. (Oct. 7)

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

measure wingspan
Comparing a student’s wingspan during Franklin Middle School’s Science Night.

The ASC Education Team has provided outreach and activities for classes and events for more than 30 years. How does your wingspan compare to the world’s largest birds? How does flight differ between birds and bats? Custom programs can be arranged for groups. ASC also led the creation of Winter Wildlife Field Day which has grown in the past 5 years, attracting over 700 visitors, 16 partner organizations, and 137 volunteers in 2019 alone!

Education/Outreach

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!

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

October 2019 Chat

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