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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)


The owners and managers of Elk Island in Roseburg are attempting to manage the area for the benefit of the local community, as well as attract out-of-town visitors that may contribute to the local economy. The island itself hosts a wide variety of native and ornamental tree species, open mowed areas, as well as patches of unmanaged shrubs. The adjacent river and river bed include patches of willows, gravel and cobble bars with puddles, and the remaining flow of the South Umpqua River. While this can be a somewhat "slow" time of year bird-wise, the diverse habitat and the water at and near Elk Island make it a great place to bird any time of year (when it's not flooding!). Meet for carpooling at the Roseburg BLM office by 0715, or meet under the Oak Street Bridge, west side of the river at 0730. We will walk around the area for 2-3 hours. Sturdy shoes are recommended. Questions? Call Matt Hunter, 541-670-1984.


· UVAS Board Meeting— Monday, August 17th, moved from August 19th

The August board meeting is going to be a potluck/meeting at Stan and Kathy Vejtasa’s.  If you’d like to attend, please contact Diana Wales in advance of the meeting for directions, etc.  Board meetings are generally the 3rd Wednesday of the month (skipping December, June and July) from 5:15 to 6:30 at Mark Hamm’s office, 1313 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg (use the side door, meeting is upstairs).  For more information or to get something on the agenda, contact Diana Wales.


· Birder’s Night—Thursday, August 20th

Save the Date! The next Birder's Night will be Thursday, August 20th. Yes, Thursday! Tuesdays book up very quickly, and it was necessary to switch to Thursday to finish out 2015. It will still be at Mercy Community Education Room #3.  Further details to come. If you have a program you would like to give, or an idea of a program or activity you would like to see at Birder's Night, please contact Matt Hunter via this list or at (541) 670-1984.  The remaining two 2015 meetings are scheduled for Thurs. Oct 15 and Thurs. Dec 17 (CBC Refresher).  Happy Birding!


· Roseburg Swift Watch - Fridays – beginning September 4th and

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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—Bill Fuller

Board Member/Conservation Chair—Stan Vejtasa

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@umqpuaaudubon.org

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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.