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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.
All programs are open to the general public.
2021 Corvallis Christmas Bird Count results
- January Meeting – Jan. 20 at 7 pm, Ryan Baumbusch “Recent Barred Owl Research.” Info, Monthly Speakers
- Willamette Valley Bird Symposium – Jan. 29 Registration
- February Zoom Meeting – Feb. 17 at 7 pm, Dave Mellinger Echoes from the deep: Exploring the oceans through acoustics ” Info, Monthly Speakers
- Second Saturday Field Trip – Feb. 12, Willamette Park (Corvallis). Meet at 8 am at picnic shelter. Register Info
- Winter Wildlife Field Day – Mar. 1-31, 2022. Info
- March Meeting – Mar. 17 at 7 pm, To be announced. Info, Monthly Speakers
Hesthavn Work Parties – Sundays 10am – 2pm, Contact
Jan. 23 – Barn/yard/planting Feb. 6 – Weeds
Feb. 20 – Barn/yard
Audubon Photography Awards Virtual Tour of Winners
Conservation Volunteer Calendar – monthly opportunities, contact information
Canceled / Closed due to COVID until further notice
Regional Field Trips Contact
Hesthavn Nature Center closed, but trails are open dawn to dusk
Recent Barred Owl Research
January 20, 2022
*ZOOM Presentation – 7:00 PM
In 2011, during his undergraduate studies at Humboldt State University in Northern California, Ryan Baumbusch began working with Barred and Northern Spotted Owls. He never imagined he would be working to remove one owl species to save another.
The meeting will begin at 7:00 PM and is open to the general public, although space is limited. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information about accessing the program.
September 2021 Zoom recording
Birdy Care Package
from National Audubon Society
Birds bring us happiness in so many ways—especially in uncertain times. Whether you’re just looking for a lift or in desperate need of distraction, look no further than this birdy care package, from Audubon to you. Baby bird photos, bird dances, spy on nesting Atlantic Puffins, and more!
The big eyes of owls are immovable in their sockets, so for an owl to redirect its gaze, it has to move its head. This baby Burrowing Owl in Florida, standing just outside its underground nest, was turning its head in all directions to peer at the photographer, who was observing from a respectful distance with a powerful telephoto lens. (Ken Kaufman, Audubon Magazine Field Editor) Joy of Birds
Birding Field Trips
Due to the pandemic, our half-day and multi-day trips are canceled until further notice. Field Trips
Summer Birding with ASC!
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
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
Kids! Find the Birds in Corvallis
ASC Education volunteers offered Bird Tails and Trails in four local Corvallis parks during the Natural Areas Celebration Week in May 2021. Activity sheets from those events are still available for you to download. Discover the most common species in that habitat and track down the food, water, shelter, and plants that the park’s bird population needs. Park worksheets are:
* Sunset download * MLK download
* Willamette download * Chepenefa Springs download
Other nature activities:
National Audubon Society Do-it-Yourself Projects
ASC 2021 Winter Wildlife Field Days projects
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Chat Newsletter and Archives