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Umpqua Valley Audubon Society

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             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)

· SHORELINE SCIENCE WORKSHOPS OFFERED THIS SUMMER

             Those who would like to learn more about coastal natural history have an extraordinary opportunity this summer. CoastWatch is offering intensive, three-day  training workshops, led by ecologist Stewart Schultz, an authority on the Northwest’s coastal region. He will be joined by Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator.
             The workshops will be held in Bandon July 18-20, Yachats July 28-30, and Nehalem Aug. 1-3.  Three full days of instruction will cover everything from tidepools and sandy beaches, to estuarine and ocean ecosystems, to geology and forests, to marine mammals and birds. Matters of concern such as marine debris and invasive species will also be discussed. Each session will include field trips, indoor presentations and laboratory experiences (with some variation, depending on the weather).
             While the workshops were developed to provide training to volunteers in the CoastWatch program, they are open to the public, and would be of interest to anyone who is fascinated by the ecology of our coastal region. Teachers can obtain 26 Professional Development Units by taking a workshop; two college credits can also be obtained by teachers or other participants.
             To register online, go to
http://tinyurl.com/orshoresworkshop.
             Stewart Schultz is the author of
The Northwest Coast: A Natural History. His wide-ranging experience in studying the Oregon coast makes him a very knowledgeable guide to the shoreline environment. An Oregonian who grew up playing on the shore near Gearhart, he went to Reed College and obtained his doctorate in botany from the University of British Columbia. He worked on the Oregon coast for the Nature Conservancy, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gaining wide field experience, before pursuing an academic career as a professor at the University of Miami, and now the University of Zadar in Croatia. During the academic year he studies marine ecology, as well as his specialty of plant evolution and genetics, but every summer he returns to the Oregon coast to teach shoreline science.
             Fawn Custer, who will assist him, is an experienced marine educator who taught for 14 years at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
             The workshops will be held:
July 18-20, Bandon High School, 550 9th St., S.W., Bandon
July 28-30, Yachats Commons, 441 Highway 101 N., Yachats

Aug. 1-3, City of Nehalem Meeting Hall, 35900 8th St., Nehalem
             Each workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the first day, and at 8 a.m. on the final two days, and will run until approximately 4:30 p.m. each day.

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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

 

Newsletter—Barbara Taylor

Birders Group—Ron Maertz

Young Birders’ Club—Beth Brown

 

 

 

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

 

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