Volunteers are invited to help gather data for the largest Short-eared Owl study in the world! This community science project covers eight states. To participate, potential surveyors sign-up for a survey grid and complete two 90-minute road-based surveys from March through May. All of the specifics can be found on the project website: WAfLS project website. Sign up asap for the most location options!
To learn more and to sign-up: Contact Nate Trimble by email at nlt@KlamathBird.org or by calling 541-201-0866 ext. 5;
Visit the Project WAfLs Website https://www.avianknowledgenorthwest.net/citizen-science/short-eared-owls
Check out our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ProjectWAFLS/
Protect Great Gray Owls in Oregon: The southern Cascades in Jackson County are home to one of the most significant (and easily observed) populations of Great Gray Owls in Oregon. This population is particularly concentrated in the vicinity of Howard Prairie Lake east of Ashland. Part of that area was included in the 2017 expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, but several adjacent blocks in BLM ownership were left out. Not coincidentally, these have some of the oldest, biggest trees, the most valuable for logging. BLM's Griffin Half Moon timber sale targets those blocks, including areas known to be occupied by Great Gray Owls. KS Wild and the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council are currently engaged in litigation against this sale.
I want to express my gratitude for many levels of support Lane County Audubon Society (LCAS) receives from our members and volunteers.
Every November we send our annual donation request to support our education, conservation, and outreach programs. Our members always respond generously to this request, and we are deeply grateful for the continued support of many people. Lane Audubon thanks you, members, for your financial support!
In early November, Lane County Audubon hosted the 2019 Oregon Audubon Council (OAC) in Eugene. In attendance were representatives from nine of the twelve Oregon chapters as well as representatives from Washington State Audubon. The goal of the annual OAC meetings is to bring together state chapter members in order to discuss conservation concerns, to receive progress updates on ongoing issues, and to determine how we can best help to make a difference.
Harry Fuller will give us a look at the rich and diverse bird populations of Harney County—the Great Basin species we never get on this side of the Cascades. This includes the birds that pass through during migration, and those that are year-round residents.
Site and leader will be determined by interesting bird sightings posted to OBOL and other pertinent information available before the day of the walk. Details will be posted on the LCAS Facebook page: facebook.com/pages/Lane-County-Audubon-Society/330177413824, and on the website: laneaudubon.org.
Each year at the Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show, hundreds of vendors with earth-friendly products gather to promote their wares and provide information on environmental and sustainability topics. Lane County Audubon Society’s booth will be part of the action again this year.
Eva Schultz, longtime Lane County Audubon Society member, died October 6, 2019. Her membership in LCAS dated back to 1974. She was continuously active and volunteered over the decades. Eva was an elementary school teacher and valued education. In earlier years, she shared her birding interest by leading bird walks and giving slide presentations in elementary schools and senior care centers. In recent years, she continued to participate with LCAS by helping to prepare The Quail for mailing. Eva and her birding friends attended Lane Audubon Program meetings and the Annual Volunteer Potluck. Eva always came in the door with a smile on her face! We will miss her warm and welcoming presence.
Alan Contreras wrote: