Bird Walks

Our monthly Bird Walk is held on the third Saturday of each month. All levels of birders are welcome, from novice to expert.

This Saturday’s Bird Walk will start at the Royal Avenue part of the Fern Ridge Wildlife Area. Local birder John Sullivan will be our leader. We will rendezvous at the parking lot at the end of Royal Avenue about 8:30. Because it is the beginning of goose hunting season we will assess our options to 1) bird along the road while avoiding walking along the dikes or 2) to move the walk to another location.

Those wishing to carpool should meet at the usual South Eugene High School parking lot at 8 o’clock.
A state parking permit (available where fishing/hunting licenses are sold or online at ODFW) is required to park in the lot at the end of Royal but there is often unregulated parking along Royal Avenue. It is not a good idea to leave items of value in vehicles at either location.
Birders of all levels are welcome and we will have a few pair of binoculars to loan. A $3 donation per person is suggested to help support Land County Audubon’s education and outreach programs.
For more information contact Jim Maloney at 541-345-6867 or

Bon Voyage to Vaux’s Swifts at Agate Hall: Friday, Sept. 8, nearing sunset

Lane County Audubon Society hosts this annual fall swift event outside Agate Hall. Thousands of Vaux’s Swifts use Agate Hall’s big chimney to roost for the night as they gather prior to migration.
Last year the birds moved through in a big group early in the month, before we could celebrate their journey. This spring we were more fortunate. We were able to enjoy watching 2,500 birds disappear down the chimney the night of our swift event. So we may see several thousand birds entering the chimney, but there is no guarantee!
It is fun to observe the swifts before they fly off to Central and South America for the winter. Lane Audubon will provide handouts with information about the Vaux’s Swifts.

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 7:30pm
Agate Hall

Butterfly Field Trip to Groundhog Mountain--Saturday, July 29

Groundhog Mountain is a terrific place for roadside botanizing and butterfly watching. There are no trails and any hiking will be limited to walking along the road or into a wet meadow. Beginners are encouraged to participate in this outing as a learning experience in butterfly identification.

Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 9:00am
Campbell Community Ctr-carpool

Third Saturday Bird Walk - July 15 - Boat Fern Ridge Lake

Not really a walk, this one. Dick Lamster and Maeve Sowles will lead a bird-watching-by-canoe/kayak trip to Fern Ridge Lake. You will need to furnish your own binoculars, canoe or kayak and lifejackets (required). Each craft also needs an Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit. (See for more information on this required permit.)

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 12:00am
Fern Ridge Lake

Frissell Ridge/Iron Mountain "4th-of-July" Butterfly Count - NABA

This field trip, the second of our "Fourth of July" butterfly counts, will be led by our experienced local NABA officers. Join us for a trip to these flower- and butterfly-rich environments. One group travels by car along Frissell Ridge with frequent stops on gravel roads. The other group will hike to the summit of Iron Mountain in the Cascades. Beginners are encouraged to participate in the outing as a learning experience in butterfly identification.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 8:00am
Campbell Community Center - 155 High Street

Third Saturday Bird Walk - August 19

- After scouting several locations for this Saturday's 3rd Saturday Bird Walk I have decided that we will follow in the footsteps of the Wednesday Birders' Group and walk the relatively new Springfield Path. We'll leave from the trailhead where 32nd turns into Jasper Road (see the included image) and walk towards Clearwater Park. Meet to carpool at South Eugene High School at 8:00 a.m. or at the Trailhead about 8:30.
For more info call 541-968-9249

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 8:00am

Eugene 4th of July Butterfly Count - North American Butterfly Association

This field trip, the first of two "Fourth of July" butterfly counts, will be led by our experienced local NABA officers. Four different count groups will explore for butterflies in the West Eugene Wetlands, Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, East Buford Park, and Spencer Butte. Beginners are encouraged to participate in the outing as a learning experience in butterfly identification.

Free. Please preregister by email at

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 10:00am
Campbell Community Center - 155 High Street

Butterflies and Dragonflies at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum - North American Butterfly Association

Join nature guide Dave Hagen on a walk for kids and families. Explore the diversity of butterflies and dragonflies found at the Arboretum! Nets and bug boxes are provided to get a closer look at these amazing organisms. Jointly sponsored by NABA Oregon and Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. Meet at 1:00 pm at the Mt.

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - 1:00pm
Mt Pisgah

Field Trip to West Eugene Wetlands-North American Butterfly Association

Join NABA Oregon officers for a casual, kid-friendly, educational exploration of Eugene's nearby wetland areas where butterflies are abundant in the early season. With these experts as guides, beginners and experienced butterfliers alike are sure to have an enriching natural-history experience -- one that extends beyond butterfly identification.

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 12:00pm
Red House, West Eugene's Wetlands office