As with many other groups, Lane Audubon has struggled over the past sixteen months to maintain our educational and outreach activities due to the COVID pandemic. We were not able to visit schools and have special events as in past years. The Audubon in the Schools Program was the primary one that was suspended. We do hope that in the Fall if schools are open and if our volunteers feel safe, we can once again bring that program into classrooms.
Our 2021 Program Meeting season from January to May was successful. That will start up again in September. We made the transition to Zoom Programs in September 2020 and that format has gone well. It is not the same as gathering in person for conversation, laughs and cupcakes, but we have had very good virtual attendance with the bonus of YouTube recordings that folks can watch at their convenience. Dennis Arendt has worked hard to arrange schedules and rearrange speakers using the Zoom technology. He also edits the Zoom recordings and posts them on YouTube. He continues to offer Lane Audubon engaging and interesting programs and speakers. Debbie Schlenoff is our Zoom Program techie and her help has been essential! During our May Program, we had a poll asking whether folks would attend an in-person program in the fall, and the tally was split almost in half! While we hope we can gather again at the Garden Club for Programs in September, we will be in wait-and-see mode. Stay tuned because in September we will have new Programs scheduled, whether via Zoom, in person, or a combination of the two!
Some of us occasionally enjoy the convenience of buying take-out food and bringing it home to the family. It’s not so convenient though, when the take-out place is located up to 100km (over 60 miles) away. That is the daunting challenge faced by Marbled Murrelets (MAMU), seabirds that nest in the old growth forest of the coastal mountains but forage at sea.
Details to be determined. Check the LCAS website and/or Facebook page closer to the date.
FMI or to sign up for any of the walks, please email Bex at firstname.lastname@example.org. No interested birders will be excluded and new birders are always welcome.
Our newish First Saturday bird walks are a celebration of the recently adopted Lane Audubon Inclusivity and Diversity Statement. We encourage women, members of the BIPOC and LGBTQIA communities (and their allies) to join these, particularly anyone who has felt intimidated at the thought of joining previously existing walks.
Maeve and I had planned to have the four-decades historical Birding-by-Canoe field trip to Fern Ridge Lake this coming July. However, when I checked out the launch site on Coyote Creek south of the Lake, I saw that the water is already too low to safely navigate the creek and the boat dock is gone. The Lake is only expected to get lower as the summer progresses, so we are not going to schedule this very popular birding trip this year.
We have cancelled this trip in the past due to low water at Fern Ridge (2005, 2013 and 2020). In 2005 and 2013 we went to Gold Lake instead. It is off Highway 58 near Willamette Pass. It is a fun lake to canoe (no motors allowed) and a good place to bird watch, so we are considering going there in July. We won’t make that decision until late June. If we decide to do this, we will advertise on the LCAS website, Facebook and Instagram.
I just finished yet another book on the subject of bird migrations. Scott Wiedensaul’s second book on the subject is, A World on the Wing, published this year, 2021. Why two books on the same subject? Because so much has changed in the intervening 20 years.
I read that first book, too, when it came out: Living on the Wind – Across the Hemisphere with Migrating Birds. Its focus was on avian migration that occurs primarily in the Western Hemisphere. In the second book he has expanded his subject to the global stage. This change reflects not only the more appropriate scope for some of the world’s most long-distance avian travelers, but also the increased range of Scott’s own travels from China’s Yellow Sea tidelands to the Mediterranean killing grounds, to Africa, the mid-Atlantic islands, and more.
Another impetus for revisiting the subject was changes in the ways people track and monitor birds. Over those 20 years, the evolution in tracking technology has led to ever smaller, lighter, and more sophisticated bits of hardware that could be attached to ever-smaller birds as well as the larger ones. It’s the similar hi-tech evolution that led to our current smart phones and flying drone video cameras.
Often while editing The Quail, I wish I had more local photos. Starting an LCAS photo library seems like a good solution. Several people already send me photos. Cary Kerst is an appreciated regular.
If you have clear pictures of birds that you would enjoy sharing, email them to me. Also, please take photos when leading or participating in LCAS activities. Seeing local people involved in enjoying nature together may well encourage more to join us. Send to email@example.com.