From Our President: Maeve and Friends Nature Reads for Winter 2018

I like to ask for book recommendations from friends because we do share some of the same interests! Of course one of the main books being discussed is Noah Strycker’s Birding Without Borders: An Epic World Big Year. If you have not yet read it, make the time. You will not be sorry. In fact you will have a hard time putting it down.

Jim Maloney always offers a thoughtful list of books to watch for:

Project Puffin, by Derrick Jackson and Stephen Kress, is about the reintroduction of Atlantic Puffins to islands in the Gulf of Maine. It’s not a new book, but stories of people trying to undo a destructive past are always welcome.

Fire Birds, by Sneed B. Collard, is especially timely as we hear calls for “salvage” logging after devastating wildfires. It’s an excellent intro to the subject, detailing which avian species depend on and flourish in burns.

Looking for Seabirds, Sophie Webb’s book, is enriched by her hand-rendered illustrations. Her writing style is both friendly and factual.

2017 Eugene Christmas Bird Count

The 76th Eugene Christmas Bird Count (ECBC) on Sunday, December 31, 2017, started on a cold and foggy morning. We had all hoped it would be sunny like the day before, but the fog persisted all day long. Luckily, the 149 field participants also persisted, and we saw 130 species of birds, a total of 71,084 individuals. Another seven species were seen during Count Week.

The details of those sightings are reported by Vjera Thompson, see Resources/Christmas Bird Counts on this website. Vjera was Species Compiler for the first time this year, replacing Dan Gleason, who has been involved with the ECBC for more than four decades. We appreciate his hard work throughout that time.

The 149 field participant total was high, approaching our previous record of 157, set in 2012. The 130 species seen was about the average of what we’ve been seeing over the past 15 years, but high compared to the first 60 years of the ECBC. Despite the cold, foggy conditions, the teams walked 118 miles in 172 hours and drove 571 miles in 69 hours. Six teams even went owling in the dark for 6.5 hours and covered 22 miles.

Program Meeting: Tuesday, February 27, 2018--"Wild Critters"

grizzly bearThis is what Dave Stone has to say about his February Program meeting presentation:

Enough with the birds, already (for now, that is). In my travels over the years, I’ve noticed other wildlife worth photographing. As Yogi Berra says, “You can observe a lot just by watching.”

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 7:30pm
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St

Ecology of the Butterflies of the Marble Mountain Wilderness - Monday Feb. 12th

The Marble Mountain Wilderness is a remarkably diverse part of the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere. In this night's talk Dr. Rob Fernau will introduce its environmental interactions - between land-forms, geology, hydrology, climatology, plant communities and associated butterfly communities. He'll conclude with an analysis of how butterflies are responding to climatic changes based on his > 30 years of research in the Marble Mountains.

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 7:30pm
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St

Third Saturday Bird Walk - February 17, 2018 8 a.m.

Our walk leader will be Vjera Thompson. The location of the walk will be determined by interesting bird sightings posted to OBOL, along with other pertinent information available before the walk date. Details will be posted on the LCAS Facebook page:, and on our website:

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 8:00am

Volunteer Needed! Audubon in the Schools Program Coordinator

The Audubon in the Schools (AITS) curriculum comprises five fun-filled lessons that combine bird biology and basic art techniques. The kids love seeing the bird, egg, feather and bone specimens. They also get to use our colored pencils and art supplies to draw the specimens. Originally developed by our former Education Chair, Kris Kirkeby, the lessons are excellent examples of participatory education.

The program is designed to provide elementary students with a solid introduction to core aspects of bird biology, including feather anatomy and function, bird identification techniques, bird field marks, and habitat.

We have a small and dedicated team of volunteers working on this program, but need that spark from a leader to help us take this wonderful education program to new heights!

The coordinator oversees classroom scheduling and volunteer training, along with teaching lessons to students with the other volunteers.

For more information, contact Maeve Sowles at 541.343.8664, or