Community Calendar, Events, and Opportunities

2018 Laredo Birding Festival, February 7—10

Please join us in sunny South Texas for our 2018 Laredo Birding Festival. Our young and growing festival prides itself for our:
•    Warm hospitality
•    Small, intimate daily tours with a professional guide
•    Rich avian wildlife
•    Scenic Rio Grande ecosystem
•    Opportunities to discover more species
•    Partnerships with ranchers who give us access to thousands of acres of private, historic ranchland

White-collared Seedeater, Red-billed Pigeon, Crested Caracara, Anhinga, Pyrrhuloxia, Sandhill Cranes, Scaled Quail, Verdin, Peregrine Falcon, orioles (Audubon’s, Altamira, Hooded), kingfishers (Ringed, Belted, Green), hawks (grey, Harris’, Zone-tailed, Red-tailed), sparrows, (Black-throated, Olive) wrens (Cactus and Canyon), migrating waterfowl and warblers, and many other South Texas specialties

Please visit our website to register for your trip:
Or, call the RGISC office at (956) 718-1063 for more information.



Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Lichens Walk

Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Join Daphne Stone on this popular walk through the Arboretum, exploring lichens, their habitats, and ecology. Learn some lichen names and enjoy the moist winter air that makes the Pacific Northwest such a nurturing environment for lichens.  Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum’s Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $5, members free.

:  or 541.741.4110

Winter Wings Festival, February 15-18, 2018

A bird-focused weekend produced by the Klamath Basin Audubon Society in Klamath Falls, OR. The Festival will feature a wealth of activities plus three dynamic keynoters: author and woodpecker specialist Stephen Shunk, Nikon Ambassador and wildlife photographer Moose Peterson; and author and instructor with the Cornell Lab, Kevin McGowan.
Registration opens Dec. 16 at 9 a.m. PST.
FMI:,, or 877.541.2473

Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Winter Twigs Walk

Saturday, February 17, 10 a.m. - noon

Have you ever wondered what plants you’re looking at in winter? During a two-hour walk along the river, Gail Baker will teach you how to identify the many trees and shrubs in the Arboretum in their winter stages. If possible, bring a hand lens and Winter Twigs by H. Gilkey and P. Packard. Some will be on hand for reference, and identification handouts will be provided by the trip leader. Co-presented by the Native Plant Society of Oregon. Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum’s Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $5, members free.

:  or 541.741.4110

Southern Willamette Ornithological Club (SWOC)
Eugene Birders Night


February 19, 7 p.m.

Attendees share recent bird sightings and birding-related topics, followed by Stephen Franzen presenting photographs and tales of his recent birding trip with his wife, Judy, to San Blas, Mexico, and surrounding areas. Habitats include coastline and the San Cristóbal and El Pozo mangrove estuaries, sustainable coffee plantations, and primary forest. The region hosts 300 species of birds.

Location: The historic McNail-Riley House at the NW corner of W. 13th Ave. and Jefferson St., by the old Lincoln School. Park in the five spaces closest to the house, or across 13th Ave. in the Fairgrounds parking lot.



Mount Pisgah Arboretum - Bird Walk

Sunday, February 18, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Join Julia Siporin and Joni Dawning for the Arboretum’s monthly bird walk. People at all levels of birding experience are welcome to join. Vocalizations, habitat, and behavior clues will be used for identification of our winter and year-round residents. Please bring binoculars. Waterproof footgear might also enhance your comfort level. Option to continue the walk until noon for those who are interested.  Rain or shine. Meet at the Arboretum’s Visitor Center. Don’t forget your parking pass. $5, members free.

:  or 541.741.4110


Upcoming Events: 

Olympic Birdfest, April 13-15, 2018

Enjoy guided birding trips, boat tours, live auction, raffle, gala banquet, and more. Our featured speaker: Claudio Vidal will talk about Patagonia & Chile: Birds & Mammals at the End of the Americas. Join our festival pre-trip: a three-day, two-night birding/sightseeing cruise of the San Juan Islands, April 10-12, 2018 or extend your festival with our Neah Bay post-trip on April 16-17, 2018: two days exploring northwest coastal Washington. To learn more and register, visit


Birding Weekend Fundraiser for PLAYA Artists in Residence Program

May 11-13

At Summer Lake, OR, with renowned ornithologist Pepper Trail

FMI: or 541.943.3983