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.

**Special Note: Avian Flu 2022**

Avian flu (AvFlu) does not affect all birds the same way. Raptors and domestic poultry are highly susceptible to the current strain, but wild songbirds are not, nor do they transmit the disease easily. The Centers for Disease Control notes that transmission of AvFlu from birds to humans is very rare.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and partners have compiled a summary of this year’s spread of AvFLu. They do not recommend taking down wild bird feeders. Also, keep domestic bird food far away from wild bird feeders. Keep keep bird baths clean. Nest box monitors should wear disposable gloves and wash their hands well.  Click here to see the whole article.

What’s Happening?

Meetings – All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Second Saturday Field Trip – Sept. 10 at 8:00 am, meet at the shelter in Willamette Park (end of SE Goodnight Ave.)  Register   More info
  • September Monthly Meeting – Sept. 15 at 7 pm, Kelly Hazen “Greater Sage-grouse: A canary in the sagebrush.” Hybrid in-person and Zoom meeting. Info, Monthly Speakers
  • October Monthly Meeting – Oct. 20 at 7 pm, Manuela Huso “Effects of Wind Energy Generation on Bats and Birds.” Hybrid in-person and Zoom meeting. Info, Monthly Speakers

Hesthavn Work PartiesSun 10 am – noon  Contact              
Aug14 – Weeds
Sept 4 –  Weeds
Other
Audubon Photography Awards Virtual Tour of Winners
Conservation Volunteer Calendarmonthly opportunities, contact information
Canceled / Closed due to COVID until further notice
Regional Field Trips Info
Hesthavn – Nature Center open periodically. Trails open dawn to dusk everyday

Monthly Presentation

“Greater Sage-grouse: The Canary in the Sagebrush”
by Kelly Hazen,
Sept. 15, 2022
(Hybrid in-person and video presentation)

Greater Sage-grouse
Greater Sage-Grouse are found in 13 western US states and three Canadian provinces. The males puff up to a spherical shape on the lek as they display for potential mates.

Like canaries in the coal mine, Greater Sage-Grouse are indicators of the health of the sagebrush environment and its plant and animal inhabitants. Wildlife biologist Kelly Hazen, who monitored leks in Oregon, will share information about the Greater sage-grouse natural history and Oregon’s Adopt-A-Lek program. She coordinated the citizen-scientist volunteer program from 2013 to 2017 in remote southern Malheur County. Her talk will include Sage Grouse biology and new 2022 data.

Monthly meetings begin at 7:00 pm and are open to the general public, although space is limited. Contact audubon.corvallis@gmail.com for information about accessing the program.
Zoom recording  – (audio onlyMonthly Speakers

Sustainable Corvallis Resources

CSC garden guide
2022 CSC Garden Guide

Corvallis is lucky to have the Corvallis Sustainability Coalition (CSC) looking out for our community. Their mission is “to promote an ecologically, socially, and economically healthy city and county,” and their efforts are focused in 12 directions, including natural areas, transportation, energy, housing, health, water, and more. ASC is one of their many partners, and our activities and events are included on their calendar.
The CSC has developed many free resources, such as the online Garden Guide. You can find helpful tips for your backyard garden from planning to harvesting, including who would be happy to use all that extra zucchini! There is also information about bee- and poultry-keeping, too.
To recycle no longer loved household things, see a list of businesses that accept items, and select the applicable category from the online Reuse and Recycling directory. The directory also provides a list of businesses that offer repair services for many items.
There are many links on the ASC website Birding (and other) Resources page.

Birding Field Trips

coast field trip
Field trip participants focus on a bird despite the wonderful view.

Second Saturday (half-day) field trips to local birding areas have resumed and are led by Duncan Evered and Caryn Stoess. Please see Field Trips for registration and more information. Multi-day trips are canceled until further notice.

Summer Birding with ASC!
Hesitant to join our half-day field trips? The next best thing is a virtual field trip (via video) to Pigeon Butte at Finley Wildlife Refuge. See the birds and other species and 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 as they learn about birds. Link

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  

Check This Space for New Education Activities

Poster for Family Bird Trail Event
Click on poster for larger size.

The Education Team’s goals are “Preserve, Protect, Promote.” Almost everybody loves birds, but most are unaware that birds do amazing things! Flying for instance, made possible with adaptations like hollow bones, massive chest muscles to power the wings, and feathers for balance and steering. They also need big brains to support keen eyesight and rapid reflexes. The ASC Education and Outreach Team is always thrilled to introduce a new audience to the wonders of birds. The Team reaches 1000s of community members with events such as Winter Wildlife Field Day, School and Group presentations, special events held at Hesthavn Nature Center, and partner programs. Contact More info

Directions to Hesthavn,   Education Program

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 located in northwest Corvallis.

Due to Covid, the Nature Center is closed until further notice, but our trails are open from dawn to dusk everyday.
The Nature Center started life as a barn, and now it offers a museum with taxidermied birds, Bluebird Trail and other 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. Admission is free! The Nature Center will be staffed and open to the public for special events. See this space, the kiosk at Hesthavn, and 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

Summer 2022 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, from September through June. Archived newsletters are available in PDF format from April 2003 to the present.

Current Issue
The Chat Newsletter and Archives