Program Meetings

Our monthly program meetings have something for everyone. During the last year we hosted programs by naturalists, wildlife artists and expert birders on a variety of topics from bird fossils in Oregon to the birds of Thailand.

Coming to a program meeting is a fun way to get involved with Lane County Audubon. Meetings are free and open to all so bring along your friends.

We meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month between September and May. Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. at the Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.

 

Penguins in Antarctica with Noah Strycker -- a Preview

At the start of this year, a team of penguin scientists, including our own Noah Strycker, surveyed colonies in the Antartic. Noah will present our September program. This video produced by Greenpeace "Disappearing Penguins" tells the story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTx3B6-CyxU

Date: 
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: 
TBA and Zoom

Zoom Program Meeting Hawaiian Birds with Rick Ahrens--video on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocSldlR69iI

It’s been a long time since we have been able to travel to exotic places. Now is your chance to vicariously see and appreciate some of the birds of Hawai‘i. Rick Ahrens presented his unique view of these birds. See the link for a bird’s-eye perspective of this legendary paradise.

Most people have heard of Darwin’s finches, but many are not aware of Hawai‘i’s honeycreepers. Both families of birds benefitted from being on isolated islands, evolving into many separate species. The honeycreepers of Hawai‘i include some of the most unique and endangered birds in the world. This isolated archipelago is also home to numerous nesting seabirds: albatrosses, tropicbirds, shearwaters, petrels, and others. Many familiar and wide-ranging shorebirds and waterfowl visit during the winter months. Isolated islands provide unique laboratories for evolutionary experimentation and the development of endemic species.

Date: 
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Zoom

Zoom Program: Saline Lakes, Flamingos, and Life in Extreme Environments Wednesday, April 28, 7:00 pm

Saline lakes occur in some of the world’s driest regions yet are home to globally important assemblages of an array of endemic taxa, ranging from microbes to wading birds. Saline lakes may also be especially vulnerable because the species occupying them are dependent upon lake salinity remaining within a narrow window. Lake salinity, in turn, is largely determined by variation in water availability, meaning that environmental irregularities that influence water levels can lead to rapid changes in the local biotic community. In this context, the increasing demand for lithium batteries poses a potential risk to the biota of saline lakes: most lithium is mined in and around saline lakes and, especially, from saline lakes in the "Lithium Triangle" of the Andes of Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina. This presentation will explore how water availability and lithium mining influence the three species of flamingos that breed in the Lithium Triangle — the Andean (Phoenicoparrus andinus), James’ (P. jamesi), and Chilean Flamingos (Phoenicopterus chilensis). Given the essential function of flamingos as top-consumers and their critical role in the local eco-tourism industry, the projected future increases in the demand for lithium batteries pose grave threats to regional biodiversity and human economic well-being. Our results thus provide a much-needed assessment of the effects of lithium mining on saline lake ecosystems and hint at the impacts of even the most ‘sustainable’ technologies when they must meet global demands. 

Date: 
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Zoom

Programs available on YouTube

May 2021 Zoom program meeting--watch it here: Hawaiian Birds with Rich Ahrens  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocSldlR69iI

April 2021 Zoom program meeting--watch it here: Saline Lakes, Flamingoes, & Life in Extreme Environments with Nate Senner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEsVQnT6gJ4

March 2021 Zoom program meeting is available here: eBird Resources wih Vjera Thompson  https://youtu.be/NhUGSJwEef8

February 2021 Zoom program meeting is available here: New Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades with William Sullivan  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UY-9N1IhcM

January 2021 Zoom program meeting is available here: Polyglottal Passerines – Mimicry Is Not Just for Mockingbirds with Rich Hoyer  https://youtu.be/2RAR_bGEnj8

December Zoom program meeting is available here: Of Ravens, Wolves, and People  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIwKeopeJ9E

November Zoom program meeting is available here: Ultimate Africa: Tanzania & Uganda  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iha62Xtv4pI

October Zoom program meeting available here: All Tied Up in Knots: Seven Years with Calidris canutus  https://youtu.be/hNOoonhbb2o  

September Zoom program meeting Dead Trees: Why We Need Them  https://youtu.be/efbd2V_KJAI

Date: 
Friday, December 11, 2020 - 7:00pm

Zoom Program Meeting Tuesday March 23, 2021: Exploring eBird — An Extravaganza of Resources

Watch the program here:

https://youtu.be/NhUGSJwEef8

Vjera Thompson grew up in Springfield, in a homeschooling family that encouraged her interest in birding. Early on, Vjera’s mom connected her to Audubon walks, counts, and supportive birders. Vjera recently participated in her 25th Eugene Christmas Bird Count!  After graduating from Eugene Bible College (now New Hope), she spent a winter working in St. John, Virgin Islands, before settling down in Eugene. She works for 9Wood, a local custom wood ceiling company, but finds time every day to contribute at least one checklist to eBird. She enjoys local “patch” birding by bicycle, but has also ventured to Ecuador to visit her parents and see some new birds.

Vjera has been using digital bird databases since they first existed.She was an early adopter of Birdnotes.net, which started in Oregon in 1999, and now is an expert user and a volunteer reviewer for eBird. 

Date: 
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Zoom

Prep for March 23 Program meeting on eBird

The March 23, Tuesday, Lane County Audubon Meeting will be about eBird, the free bird database from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Vjera Thompson will be the program speaker. Her program will explore many resources available via the eBird program. 

If you want to do the eBird homework before the program meeting, there is a very good short introductory video about eBird here: https://ebird.org/about

However, if you are interested in submitting data to eBird, she urges you to view the free tutorial, called eBird Essentials: 

https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/product/ebird-essentials/

There will undoubtedly be many questions for Vjera even after viewing the tutorial. We want you to send your questions directly to Dennis, to compile them and get them to Vjera several days before the Audubon meeting, preferably by March 17, Wednesday.The email address for Dennis is dennisarendt@gmail.com

Date: 
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 - 6:00pm
Location: 
Live on Zoom

Zoom Program: William Sullivan on New Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades

February Program available on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UY-9N1IhcM

Author and hiking guru William L. Sullivan takes us on a tour of new or dramatically changed trails in the area between Salem and Bend. All are featured in the newly released fifth edition of his guidebook, 100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades. Completely revised, this new edition to the area between Bend, Salem, and Eugene includes lots of new trails to make up for those that have been closed or changed by recent fires. Included are a new path along the Deschutes River north of Bend, a new bird refuge trail at Salem, and several reopened trails to wildflowers in the Cascades. He discusses the effects of wildfires and the Forest Service’s new permit system. Along the way, expect anecdotes about local history, plants, and outdoor lore.

Date: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Zoom

Zoom Program Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 7:00 pm

Program recording available here: https://youtu.be/2RAR_bGEnj8

Polyglottal Passerines – Mimicry Is Not Just for Mockingbirds

While birding at Finley National Wildlife Refuge in his teens, Rich Hoyer heard the most amazing thing – a Purple Finch incorporating sounds of a California Scrub-Jay in its jumbled song. He thought he had discovered something new, since such behavior wasn’t mentioned in any field guide. Since then he’s been fascinated and intrigued by mimicry in birds, collecting personal observations and recordings of the phenomenon. In this audiovisual presentation, Rich Hoyer will present examples of mimicry in songbirds from throughout the Americas and share his enthusiasm for this curious and often entertaining behavior.

Born and raised in Oregon, Rich Hoyer earned bachelor’s degrees in German and Zoology at Oregon State University. Following a few years as an itinerant biologist and summer guide on Saint Paul Island, Alaska, he moved to Tucson, Arizona and has been working as a professional birding tour leader for WINGS for the past 23 years.

Date: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Zoom

Zoom Program Friday Dec. 11 Live at 7:30pm

Of Ravens, Wolves and People

LCAS and the Eugene Natural History Society are cosponsoring a Zoom program by John Marzluff  "Of Ravens, Wolves and People."

John Marzluff is a professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington (Go Dawgs). His talk will report on the travels of ravens as they forage among wolves, pumas, and people.

He has studied how humans affect birds through habitat fragmentation and increased urbanization, as well as the challenges of conserving birds on islands. Currently he is focusing on the habits of common ravens in Yellowstone National Park. Some ravens in the park commute long distances to exploit human and canine hunters, agricultural subsidies, sewage ponds, and dumps. Travels of 60 miles per day are not unusual. Others beg at picnic grounds and pullouts. One rings a bell for roast beef at the home of a tavern waitress. 

He has written or co-written six books about birds, most focusing on his favorites, the crows and ravens. While his work has focused primarily on corvids (ravens, crows, and jays), he has also worked with falcons and hawks throughout the world. Conversely, he is interested in all the ways that birds affect people. How, for instance, birds influence art or language.

Date: 
Friday, December 11, 2020 - 7:30pm
Location: 
Live on Zoom

Zoom Program Meeting Tuesday Nov. 24: Ultimate Africa

 

Ram Papish will guide us on a tour of what he terms “the greatest wildlife spectacle in the world.” He will show us herds of wildebeest, zebra, and antelope stretching endlessly in every direction, and give us an opportunity to witness the eternal struggle between predator and prey on the expansive plains of Tanzania.

Looking beyond the megafauna, he’ll share photos of the wonderful and abundant birdlife of the African savannahs, wetlands and rainforests. And, as a bonus, his presentation will offer a window into the mysteries of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda. 

Wearing his science hat, Ram worked as a wildlife biologist studying birds and other wildlife, primarily in Alaska for more than 20 field seasons. Pivoting to his writing and artistic endeavors, he has also authored and illustrated two children’s books:

Date: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Live on Zoom

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