From Our President: Field Guide to the Future: Half of North America’s Birds Are at Risk from Global Warming

An alarming new report by National Audubon Society (NAS) reveals that hundreds of bird species are threatened by global warming. NAS ornithologists spent seven years studying 588 bird species and found that 314 face significant risk in a warming world. Of those, 126 species are at risk of severe declines by 2050, and a further 188 species face the same fate by 2080, with numerous extinctions possible if global warming is allowed to erase the havens birds currently occupy.

Conservation Column Oct 2014: Human Activities Affect Birdsong

Debbie Schlenoff


Scientists are studying the psychological benefits that accrue when people listen to the sounds of birds. It is thought that hearing birds sing may help us to relax and recover from stress, assist our focus on tasks, and inspire us to think creatively. Given our deep connection to birdsong in poetry, music, and our daily lives, people would be wise to try to understand the potential impact of human activities on this behavior.

THIRD SATURDAY BIRD WALK - October 18

 This Saturday's Bird Walk will take place, rain or shine, at Walterville Pond east of Springfield. Local bird enthusiast Vickie Buck, who visits the Pond often, will guide us on the loop trail. We will meet to carpool at the usual South Eugene High School east parking lot. We'll leave about 8 a.m. and return before noon. Those wishing to meet us at the pond can expect our arrival about 8:40 a.m. or so.

The Pond and parking area is to the north of Hwy 126 and about 16 miles from SEHS. Turn left just after crossing Walterville Canal.

Date: 
Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 8:00am
Location: 
South Eugene High School parking lot (corner of 19th and Patterson)

Program Meeting: A Florida Ramble with Dave Stone

Dave Stone took the spring 2014 term off from his teaching duties and drove (yes, drove!) to Everglades National Park in southern Florida, then up the East Coast, to Lake Erie, and west across southern Canada. He arrived back in Oregon with enough material for two or three programs.
Date: 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

52 Small Birds Now Available

A new book by Richard Weeks, 52 Small Birds, is now available! The book is a memoir of an eight-year quest to photograph and paint the 52 breeding warblers of the United States, and Richard’s beautiful artwork appears throughout the story. According to the author, “This narrative relates how the process of searching for, photographing, and painting birds enhanced and deepened my connection to the natural world.” Published in cooperation with LCAS, 52 Small Birds sells for $22 plus $2 shipping. It’s also available at LCAS monthly meetings for $20. All profits go to LCAS.
 
To order and for more information about the book and author, go to www.rweeksart.com.

Have Some Fun—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 Lane Audubon is a great way to meet new people, give back to the community, and best of all, have fun!
 
If you’re interested in volunteering for one of the opportunities below, or if you have other ideas about ways you can help, contact Maeve Sowles at 541.343.8664 or president (at) laneaudubon.org.
 

Lane County 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! 
 
Booth Coordinator - Help with our booth appearances at local events and festivals. This opportunity involves setting up and taking down the booth four or five times a year and scheduling other volunteers to staff the booth at events. One or two people could share or split these duties. We will provide orientation and training. If you enjoy coordinating activities and working with people, this could be the opportunity for you. For more information, contact Ron Renchler at 541.345.0834 or christyandron (at) qwest.net.
 
Audubon in the Schools Program Coordinator - The Audubon in the Schools (AITS) curriculum, developed by Kris Kirkeby, our former Education Chair, comprises five fun-filled lessons that combine bird biology and basic art techniques. It is designed to provide elementary students with a solid introduction to core aspects of bird biology, including bird feather anatomy and function, bird identification techniques, bird field marks, and habitat. The lessons are excellent examples of participatory education. The coordinator keeps all facets of the program going, including classroom scheduling and volunteer training, and also teaches lessons to students along with the other volunteers. We hope to find a new coordinator who can take this wonderful education program to new heights!
 
Program Chair - The Program Chair recruits speakers for the chapter Program Meetings that are scheduled eight times a year. This person seeks new programs that will enhance our members’ awareness of birding, habitats, natural history, conservation, and other issues, and he or she must be able to engage speakers and organize publicity and other logistics well in advance of each meeting.