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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)


·  Day of the Condor: Is it Here? - Thursday – April 9th

Susan Haig, Senior Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey

             Location:  Ford Room, Douglas County Library, 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg

             Time:  7:00 pm

Abstract:  The California Condor was last seen in Oregon in the early 1900s. Following that, the species underwent a precipitous decline that left some thinking their numbers would never recover.  An intense captive breeding effort saved them from extinction and the current wild population of condors is deftly managed by zoos and wildlife biologists in the western U.S. This intense hands -on handling is due to the birds needing to be chelated at least once a year to remove lead from their bodies.  Most often this lead has come from lead bullets used in hunting and is impossible to completely remove from the carcass they consume as food. A Blue Ribbon Panel commissioned by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Audubon Society concluded that lead must be greatly reduced in order for the birds to survive a reintroduction to Oregon. The talk by Susan Haig will cover these topics and efforts to bring the birds back to Oregon in the next few years.

Susan Haig is a Senior Scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Corvallis, OR; a Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Oregon State University and a Research Associate of the Smithsonian Institution.  She and her students and postdocs work on issues related to recovery of endangered birds, including California Condors, as well as recovery of Great Basin wetlands.  She just finished a term as President of the American Ornithologists' Union, the oldest and largest professional ornithological society in the western hemisphere.


· UVAS Board Meeting— April 15

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.



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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 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

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



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