From Our President: The Gift of Volunteers...

Each year at the Lane Audubon volunteer recognition party, as many as 80 attendees crowd the Eugene Garden Club to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year. These volunteers deserve much of the credit for Lane Audubon’s long-standing reputation as the area’s most effective grassroots advocate for birds and the protection of their habitats. Every volunteer plays a vital role in making our organization strong.

Can you volunteer time to work toward Lane Audubon’s goals? Volunteers bring the gifts of time, energy, expertise, and commitment to our organization. We’re always eager to welcome new volunteers into the fold. There are opportunities available for anyone with a little time and the inclination to help. We’ll provide the guidance, training, supplies, and anything else you need to get started.

As the new year begins, there are three specific areas that need volunteer assistance:

Conservation Column Dec 2014-Jan 2015: Elliott State Forest—Too Valuable to Sell

Debbie Schlenoff

Some people argue that we need to privatize the publicly owned 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest and sell it to timber interests to generate money for our school funds. The argument does not hold water (although our forests do!) when one considers the actual value of our forests to the public. So what does a forest do for us? It cleans the air; it cleans the water; it traps pollutants. It slows the devastating effects of climate change by storing and sequestering carbon. It maintains soil quality and nutrient cycling. It supports the insects, bats, and birds that pollinate our food crops and other flowering plants. It also supports the wildlife that disperses seeds and controls pests.


Site and leader to be determined.

This Saturday's walk will be at Delta Ponds near Valley River Center. Our leaders will be Rebecca Waterman and Nick Paget who visit the ponds often.
We will meet at the gravel parking area on the east side of Good Pasture Island Road just north of the pedestrian/bike bridge at about 8:30 a.m.  There will also be a carpool meetup at the usual South Eugene High School east parking lot at 8:00 a.m.  Parking is limited so carpooling or biking is a good thing.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 8:00am
South Eugene High School parking lot (corner of 19th and Patterson)

January Program Meeting: Birding Cuba with Rick Ahrens

The island nation of Cuba is fascinating, both culturally and ecologically. For the last 50 years, it has been protected from the tsunami of US tourism by an embargo. Only recently opened to American birders, Cuba is an essential stopover or wintering habitat for almost 300 migratory species from North America. It is home to 28 endemic species, including the world’s smallest bird, the Bee Hummingbird.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 7:30pm
Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

Visit LCAS at the Good Earth Show, January 23–25

Plans are underway to host the Lane County Audubon booth at the 10th annual Good Earth Home, Garden & Living Show on January 23–25, 2015, at the Convention Center at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene. The show is one of the most popular annual events in Lane County to promote sustainability.

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 5:00pm
Lane County Fairgrounds Convention Center