Watch the Birdies!
Opportunities abound to locate, watch, draw, and photograph birds in our region and throughout Oregon! Eleven half-day, monthly field trips are primarily geared toward novice birders, but everyone is welcome to participate. Six to eight multi-day, regional field trips are scheduled each year during peak birding times. ASC members also participate in bird surveys, including the Christmas Bird Count and the Birdathon. Find birding hotspots by using the Corvallis and Albany pamphlet and links to other resources.
Half-day field trips are scheduled on the second Saturday of the month from August through June. These trips are geared to people who want to learn more about birds by visiting locations in easy reach of Corvallis. Duncan Evered, a field ornithologist and educator with 40 years of experience, will lead these trips with the help of local birder Caryn Stoess. Long-time ASC member and experienced guide Fred Ramsay leads long-weekend field trips from March through August to the best regional birding spots in Oregon. Travel is in rented vans, and we pool expenses, stay in comfortable motels, and enjoy meals at local restaurants. All levels of expertise are welcome to participate on these trips. Sign up is required.
National Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is the longest running citizen-science survey in the world. Most of the 50 U.S states, Canada, Guam, and the Caribbean participate. The CBC is held between December 14 and January 5, inclusive, and each count lasts one day.
The other major ASC birding event is the Birdathon, which raises money for Hesthavn Nature Center. Put together a team or go solo, get people or organizations to sponsor you, then bird during an April weekend to be announced.
Birding Sites Around Corvallis & Albany
This guide was published in 2012 by the Audubon Society of Corvallis. Written and illustrated by two local naturalists, it lists sites near Corvallis and Albany that are publicly accessible and reliable places to see birds. Many other areas nearby also offer excellent birding. Ask another birder (clue: someone scanning the area with binoculars) for their favorite places to visit. Experienced birders cherish our local natural areas, and there are many convenient opportunities for beginners and visitors to learn and enjoy the local birds.
Inside the pamphlet, there is a map of the areas. Descriptions of 16 birding sites contain a key to type of bird (forest, wading, etc.) and whether mammals, wildflowers, amphibians, and reptiles can be found there. Wheelchair accessibility is also noted.
Finding Bird Hotspots
Are you planning a trip overseas and want to see where interesting birds might be in the area? Do you want to contribute your sightings to help prioritize conservation efforts where they are needed? How about having a free service that keeps track of your sightings and archives your photos and sounds too?
If you want to look at the data but not enter sightings, it is not necessary to open an account. To find a birding hotspot, click Explore in the header menu, then enter either a bird species or a location. Refine your search by location, date range, and more. You can also view the tutorials about hotspots, uploading your sightings, and managing your checklists.Open eBird
ASC welcomes many partners to help us spread our message to diverse audiences. In turn, we link to many of our partner websites to provide a convenient way to answer your questions without reinventing the wheel!
Posting your bird sightings provides a great opportunity for ASC members and prospective members to share the results of their birding adventures. Not only is this fun, it is also important data to monitor population trends and for early warning of changes.
Joel Geier is the Field Notes compiler for the ASC Chat newsletter. In every Chat, he lists weather conditions and flowering plants that might have contributed to wildlife reports in the past month. He also highlights a species of conservation concern. By categorizing sightings by Lingering Birds, Migrants, Arrivals, Emergents, Nesting Activity, and Deaths, he makes the sightings a story instead of just a list!
You can post your observations for the Chat:
- to the Mid-Valley birding list (subscribe to the free list online)
- e-mail them to joel.geier(at)peak.org
- send by snail mail to 38566 Hwy 99W Corvallis 97330
- or call (541) 745-5821
Report an Injured, Rare, or Banded Bird
If you find an injured or abandoned bird, contact:
Chintimini Wildlife Center, located at 311 NW Lewisburg Ave, Corvallis, OR 97330 and is open for admitting an injured or orphaned animal every day from 9am – 7pm.
PHONE: (541) 230-1220
Wildlife Hospital: (541) 745-5324
If you find a rare bird, one you can’t identify, or any other animals, contact:
Joel Geier at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also contact him if you want to submit bird observations to The Chat newsletter.
If you find a banded bird, go to:
If you see a bird with a deformed beak, contact:
Colleen Handel, USGS
The USGS investigators have been testing birds of various species for a virus that is strongly correlated with the occurrence of the deformities. Keeping track of the species, numbers, and distribution of birds affected is very helpful in their research.