From Our President: Nature Depends on Us

Last fall, a 25-acre piece of land across the street from us was clear-cut. It had been a second-growth stand of mixed forest for over 50 years. Some of the trees were very old, so we know that in the past the forest had been only selectively cut. The logging was impossible to ignore and painful to watch and hear. Some of our neighbors had tried to buy the land to preserve the forest, but they lost the bid to the logging company.

Conservation Column May 2015: It’s Time to Invest in the Future of the Earth

Debbie Schlenoff                                541.685.0610                             dschlenoff (at) msn.com


A recent article in Current Biology (Conde et al., 2015) examined the costs of preventing the extinction of about 900 vertebrate species (and their habitats) listed by the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE). They calculated the costs for conservation in the animal’s natural habitats as well as for maintaining insurance populations in zoos. The total was about $1.1 billion, with an average cost per species of $1.3 million. Another report (McCarthy et al., 2012) concluded that about $1 billion per year for a decade would reduce the extinction risk for all globally threatened bird species, and $4 billion per year for a decade would downlist all threatened species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List. A total of $76 billion per year for a decade would establish and protect habitats and ecosystems globally.

Check Out the Bald Eagle Nest on Skinner Butte!

Have you been to the top of Skinner Butte to see the bald eagle nest? Yes? Great!

Haven’t seen it because you couldn’t find it?

Haven’t seen it because you didn’t know where to look?

Well, we can help:

Drive to the top of Skinner Butte, park at the overlook, and follow the paved trail, counterclockwise, to the opening in the trees. (See the arrow on the map.) Use the map to locate the nest tree.

Bring binoculars to get a good look. Bring a scope and get an even better look. Bring a good telephoto camera and a tripod and get a good photo!

 

May Program Meeting: A Benchmark Survey of Oregon’s Birds: The Oregon 2020 with W. Douglas Robinson

The May Program will be presented by W. Douglas Robinson, Professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. The Oregon 2020 project is a legacy science project aimed at creating a high-quality benchmark measurement of the distribution and abundance of Oregon’s birds. The project recognizes several important aspects of where and when we live.

Date: 
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

THIRD SATURDAY BIRD WALK - June 20

Site and leader to be determined

The Third Saturday Bird Walk on June 20 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 (www.facebook.com/pages/Lane-County-Audubon-Society/330177413824?ref=hl) and on the website. We’ll meet at Eugene South High School at 8:00 a.m. as usual for carpooling.

Date: 
Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 8:00am
Location: 
South Eugene High School parking lot (corner of 19th and Patterson)

Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities

Mt. Pisgah Arboretum

Three Saturdays: May 9, May 23, and June 6, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Bird Songs and Calls Workshop

In this 3-part workshop led by Chris Roth and Julia Siporin, learn how to identify and better understand local birds by their songs and calls. They’ll help participants recognize our common (and uncommon) avian friends’ vocalizations—and share many tools for continuing to learn on your own.

Preregistration required. Call 541.747.3817. $35 Members, $40 Nonmembers.

 

LCAS Offers Birding Resources & Apparel

Lane County Audubon has several items available for purchase to help you get ready for spring and summer birding. All proceeds help LCAS fund its educational, conservation, and outreach programs.

You can purchase these items at the LCAS program meetings on Tuesday, April 28, and Tuesday, May 26.

  • High-quality, heavy canvas tote bags with Quail logo ($12)
  • National Audubon hats, one-size-fits-all ($10)
  • T-shirts—LCAS Quail logo and Swift Event theme ($15)
  • 52 Small Birds, by Richard Weeks ($20)
  • Birds of Lane County (half-price sale, $10)

 

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.

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.