From Our President: Malheur NWR Is a Birding Paradise

We spent the first week of June in Eastern Oregon touring Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and some of the surrounding areas. This is the fourth year of drought there, and it was obvious that several key areas were lacking water. Along Highway 205 south of Burns in an area called The Narrows, no water was in sight. Two lakes, Malheur and Harney, intersect there and usually there’s water at least 15 feet deep beside the road. In years past, we have seen pelicans fishing there and both Western and Clark’s Grebes were easily seen from the road. Another location with NO water this year is in the northeast portion of the refuge along Lawen Lane, which runs into Ruh-Red Road. In previous years, we have seen Avocets feeding and Ruddy Ducks swimming happily there.

Conservation Column Jul-Aug 2015: BLM Needs Your Comments on Resource Management Plan

Debbie Schlenoff                                541.685.0610                             dschlenoff (at) msn.com


UPDATE: The BLM has extended the comment period for the Draft Resource Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement until August 21, 2015.

While hiking on a shaded trail next to a burbling creek, you reach for your guidebook to identify a striking wildflower.... To find the diameter of an immense old-growth tree, you and your companions encircle it, stretch your arms wide, and reach for one another’s hands.... When a flash of color catches your eye or a warbling note touches your ear, you reach for your binoculars, asking, “What kind of bird was that?” Have you ever done these things? Do you want people to be able to have these kinds of experiences in the future? If so, then reach for your keyboard, write your comments on the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) draft resource management plan, and email them to the BLM.

THIRD SATURDAY BIRD WALK - August 15

The Third Saturday Bird Walks on July 18 and August 15 will be determined by interesting bird sightings posted to OBOL and other pertinent information available before the day of the walk. We will post the location on the LCAS Facebook page and on the website.

Date: 
Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 8:00am
Location: 
South Eugene High School parking lot (corner of 19th and Patterson)

Program Meetings Resume in September

We take a break from our regular Program Meetings for the summer, while our members are busy traveling, birding, and enjoying the warm weather. We begin another series of informative, engaging presentations in September.

On Tuesday, September 22, Harry Fuller will present on Great Gray Owls. We’ll give more details about his talk in the September issue of The Quail. In the meantime, add Harry’s new book to your summer reading list: https://ecowise.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/the-great-gray-owl-book/. 

Date: 
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities

Citizen Science Opportunity on the McKenzie River Ranger District
July 21, 22, 24, 25
August 4, 5, 11, 13

“Hummingbirds Forever”, a program where we search for hummingbirds and investigate their behavior on some recently restored meadows. We will also catch Bumble Bees. Everyone is welcome. 

FMI: Contact Visiting Wildlife Biologist Peter Hamming at 541-822-7251 or Phamming@fs.fed.us

 

Willamette Resources and Educational Network (WREN) 
Saturday, July 25, 8:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Summer Bat Walk at Delta Ponds City Park with special guest leaders Stuart Perlemeter and Aimee Hart

Meet at the Delta Ponds parking lot on Goodpasture Island Road (and Alexander Loop), just north of the auto dealership.

RSVP to 541.338.7047 or info@wewetlands.org. Contact them for information about their many other summer events.

 

Cascades Raptor Center
Last Sunday of each month, through September
12:00 p.m.–4:00 pm.

Family Nature Discovery Days

Each Discovery Day features a different theme and activities for families with children ages 4–11.

July 26: Wildlife Play Hospital. Kids can find an “injured” stuffed animal on the grounds and treat it in the mobile play hospital.

August 30: All About Owls. Explore the world of owls, make a pine-cone owl, and dissect owl pellets. Free ice cream!

Regular admission fees plus $2 activity fee if participating

FMI: 541.485.1320, www.eraptors.org

 

North American Butterfly Association (NABA)
Several dates in July
Butterfly field trips/counts

See the NABA website for details on opportunities to participate in field trips as a citizen scientist. They also offer some family walks.

FMI: www.naba.org/chapters/nabaes

 

Oregon Shorebird Festival
September 4–6, Charleston, Oregon

The 29th Annual Oregon Shorebird Festival will include a full weekend of activities for birders of all skill levels. The festival is headquartered at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston. Activities include expertly guided land-based field trips to Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, New River, and the Coos Bay area. There is a pelagic trip on Saturday for those who want to experience birding on the water.

FMI: http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/shorebirdfestival.htm

 

Southern Willamette Ornithological Club
Eugene Birders Night

Eugene Birders Night is on hiatus but will resume in September. Their regular meeting nights will switch from the second Monday of the month to the third.

 

Get Involved—Volunteer!

Lane County Audubon Society is an all-volunteer organization, and our members are very proud of the energy and diverse talents that volunteers bring to our cause—we couldn’t do it without them. Volunteering with LCAS is a great way to meet new people, give back to the community, and—best of all—have fun! For more information, visit our Volunteer page online at www.laneaudubon.org/support/volunteer or contact Maeve Sowles at 541.343.8664 or president (at) laneaudubon.org.

Audubon Adventure Coordinator NEW!

Audubon Adventures is National Audubon Society’s (NAS) award-winning environmental education program. Audubon Adventures was designed by the environmental experts at NAS and boasts top-quality educational materials. Through our Adopt-a-Classroom Program, Lane County Audubon offers teachers in grades 3–5 an opportunity to participate at no cost to their schools.

LCAS is looking for someone who can link the participating teachers with the generous sponsors of this program. If you have a computer and a little time, this might be the volunteer opportunity you’ve been looking for! It takes flexibility, organization, and a sense of timing to make things work well for the teachers and sponsors.

Outreach to schools and sponsors begins in September. Orders for the kits are placed with NAS in October so that teachers receive their kits as soon as they are available for shipping. Maintaining contact with the teachers throughout the school year is crucial. You’ll want to make sure they’ve received their kits, see if they need any additional help, and check in with them at the end of the school year.

Potential sponsors find out about teachers who would like to participate through The Quail, at program meetings, and through an annual mailing. Please contact Maeve Sowles at maeveanddick (at) q.com if this rewarding position sounds interesting to you. We’ll be happy to provide you with all the information and training you need to manage the program.

Lane Audubon Community Outreach

Help introduce Lane Audubon to community members at local events and present talks on birding and the natural world to small groups upon request. Help develop our “speaker bureau” materials and resources. This is a great opportunity to use your creativity and get involved in community outreach for Lane County Audubon!

Program Committee

The Program Committee works as a team to develop ideas and recruit speakers for the chapter Program Meetings. Programs are scheduled eight times per year. The Program Committee is responsible for engaging speakers and organizing publicity and other logistics well in advance of each meeting. The Board will assist with ideas for Program speakers.

Webmaster NEW!

Join the LCAS team of volunteers! We are currently seeking a Webmaster Committee Chair. Help us maintain and develop the Lane County Audubon Society website. Primary responsibilities include updating the website with current information and software, performing routine data backups, monitoring and reporting on web analytics, and providing suggestions for improved layout and functionality. All skill levels are welcome, although familiarity with basic HTML and CSS, Drupal CMS, and Google Analytics will be especially helpful. Develop your web skills with Lane Audubon!