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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)



             This will be an all-day cruise around the lake, stopping at concentrations of waterfowl as well as several terrestrial locations for restroom stops and land and marsh birding. This date was chosen for the typical influx of large numbers of waterfowl, and before it gets too awfully cold. Birds observed from a boat and from Thielsen View Campground at Diamond Lake in October 2013 are listed here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15457611. Most interesting on that trip were the yodeling loons, thousands of coots, and hundreds of grebes. Diamond Lake also has species such as Mountain Chickadee, Cassin's Finch, and Clark's Nutcracker that we don't often see at lower elevations. Cost for this trip will be $20 to $50/person for the boat trip (depending on how many people sign up). Bring lunch, water, and appropriate clothing. We will depart Diamond Lake Marina at 0800 Saturday morning on one (or more) of their 9-passenger "patio boats," and arrive back there between 3 and 4 pm, depending on weather, birds, and the decisions of participants. Once we have a list of participants, we'll see if anyone will want to carpool just for the day, and if others might want to spend the night and bird the area Sunday as well. Preregistration required: call or email Matt Hunter at 541-670-1984, matthewghunter@gmail.com, with your name, phone number, and email, and any questions. NOTE: Weather at that time of year is quite unpredictable; it is possible that the marina may close down before this date, in which case we would try to adjust the date earlier.

· CLIMATE CHANGE, ETHICS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE – Thursday, November 6th, 6:30 p.m.

           Douglas County Library

             Presented by the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition

             Mary Christina Wood, Phillip H. Knight Professor of Law at the University of Oregon School of Law - Professor Wood will discuss how climate change

is a matter of social justice and our ethical obligation to be part of the solution

currently being used to hold governments in the United States and worldwide accountable for reducing carbon pollution.

· SAVING THE PACIFIC FLYWAY: SUPERHIGHWAY IN THE SKY— Michael Sutton, National Audubon Society Vice-President for the Pacific Flyway—Wednesday, December 10th

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Click here to join Audubon and the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society.  Please select our Chapter code (T56) on the drop-down menu on the form!  If the hyperlink doesn’t work (the “web goddess” for this website is a novice), please send an e-mail to info@umpquaaudubon.org, and we’ll e-mail you the membership link.

Umpqua Birds website launched!  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—Linda Smith

Board Member/Conservation Chair—Stan Vejtasa

Board Member/Past President—Mark Hamm

Board Member—Beth Brown

Board Member—Bill Fuller

Douglas County Bird Records Committee—Matt Hunter

Douglas County eBird Hotspot Committee—Matt Hunter

Newsletter—Barbara Taylor




To contact us:

P.O. Box 381

Roseburg, Oregon 97470


E-mail: info@umqpuaaudubon.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.