northern harrier

(Hover over photos for description and photographer)

 

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?

All programs are open to the general public.

2021 Corvallis Christmas Bird Count results
Meetings

  • 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

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 Contact
Hesthavn Nature Center closed, but trails are open dawn to dusk

Monthly Speaker

Recent Barred Owl Research
Ryan Baumbusch
January 20, 2022
*ZOOM Presentation – 7:00 PM

Northern Spotted and Barred Owl
Barred Owls (right) are not native to the PNW. They are slightly larger, have paler faces, and more orange in their beaks than the native Northern Spotted Owls (left).

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 audubon.corvallis@gmail.com for information about accessing the program. 

Monthly Speakers
September 2021 Zoom recording

Birdy Care Package
from National Audubon Society

The Joy of Birds!

baby Burrowing Owl
Burrowing Owl. Photo: Barb D’Arpino/Audubon Photography Awards

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

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

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

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  

Kids! Find the Birds in Corvallis

Black-capped chickadee
Black-capped Chickadees are found in any area that has trees or woody shrubs. They only stay long enough at seed feeders to grab one and go. (All About Birds)

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

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

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.

Current Issue
The Chat Newsletter and Archives