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Umpqua Valley Audubon Society

Connecting people with nature to inspire protection of our natural world


                The Umpqua Valley Audubon Society welcomes birders and nature enthusiasts to occasional field trips, programs, birding classes and other activities that encourage enjoyment, appreciation and protection of the beautiful valleys of the Umpqua.

                Umpqua Valley Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society serving central and coastal Douglas County, Oregon.  For 100 years, Audubon has protected birds, wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of all life.  Among National Audubon’s priorities are:  saving the most important places for birds; combating climate change and mitigating its impacts; building bird-friendly communities and cities; protecting or seas and shores; and collaborating with foresters, rangers, farmers, and other landowners to make working lands work for birds.

Upcoming Events and Field Trips (color coded)

· Vagrants High Cascades- Operation Northern Waterthrush—May 28, 29, and 30 Overnight Tent and Trailer Camping Field Trip

The Landscapes: There are a variety of habitat “islands” present in the High Cascades where vagrants could occur. Already noted in the “Eastside Vagrants” Field Trip summary were the three major lakes and their surrounding geological features of the area, but there are also some unique higher elevation stands of willows in the Panther-Emile area, and the “Big Swamp” headwaters of the Willamette River, that offer potential for unique species.

The Birds: Some late spring passerine migrants are still moving through the area at this time, but many more are on territory singing. This is the best time of year to find rarities. The target bird is the Northern Waterthrush. A small population of Northern Waterthrush birds breed only THIRTY MILES away from the epicenter of where we will be birding, along with any other potential wayward species.

Pertinent Particulars: The cost for a three night reservation with guided field trips is $100 per camp-spot. There are only 5 spots left! Contact Jimmy Billstine at billstinj@gmail.com to reserve. 

Every year intrepid Oregon birders head to the oases of Eastern Oregon hoping to find rarities. This year, instead of making a 14 hour round trip, the UVAS is going to look for rarities closer to home in eastern Douglas County.  This will be a Friday-Saturday-Sunday night camping trip based at the Deer Flat Campground Groupsite, which is about 50 minutes from Roseburg. People are free to join for part of the day Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, as they wish.


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Click here to join Audubon and the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society. If necessary, please select T56 as the Chapter code from the dropdown menu on the form.

Umpqua Birds!  This website has information on birds and birding in the Umpqua River Basin, Douglas County, Oregon. This new website already has useful information such as a downloadable chart of seasonal occurrence of birds in central Douglas County, links to eBird sightings, and links to site guides for Douglas County, and will have much more over the coming months. Check it out and enjoy birds and birding in Douglas County!  www.umpquabirds.org

UVAS leadership:

President—Diana Wales

Secretary—Kathy Vejtasa

Treasurer—Bill Fuller

Board Member/Conservation Chair—Stan Vejtasa

Board Member/Community Outreach Coordinator—Jimmy Billstine

Board Member/Past President—Mark Hamm

Board Member—Beth Brown

Douglas County Bird Records Team—Matt Hunter

Douglas County eBird Hotspot Team—Matt Hunter

Newsletter—Barbara Taylor




To contact us:

P.O. Box 381

Roseburg, Oregon 97470


E-mail: info@umpquaaudubon.org

We’d like to add you to our e-mail list. 


If you’d like to receive e-mail notices of upcoming events, please send your name and e-mail address to:  info@umpquaaudubon.org



Learn  more about your favorite avian visitors with Audubon's online bird ID guide, covering over 800 North American species. Explore descriptions, photos, range maps and bird songs at http://birds.audubon.org/birdid.