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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)

· Winter Wings Festival—February 12-15, 2015—Klamath Basin

Featuring Richard Crossley and Jennifer Wu.  For more information or to register, go to WinterWingsFest.org.


· UVAS Board Meeting—February 18th

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.  For more information or to get something on the agenda, contact Diana Wales.


· SAVING THE PACIFIC FLYWAY: SUPERHIGHWAY IN THE SKY— Michael Sutton, National Audubon Society Vice-President for the Pacific Flyway—Wednesday, March 11, 2015

             Location:  Ford Room, Douglas County Library

             Time:  7:00 pm

             Description:  The Pacific Flyway is an aerial superhighway stretching nearly 10,000 miles from Alaska to Patagonia.  It encompasses fewer U.S. states and more Globally-Important Bird Areas than any of the other three flyways in North America.  Each year at least a billion birds of some 350 species travel the Flyway during their annual migrations, north in the spring to their nesting grounds and south in the fall to their winter homes. 

             But this represents only a fraction of the birds that used the Flyway a century ago.  Some species, such as the Black-footed Albatross and Least Tern, are in serious trouble.  Even many common birds, such as the Western Sandpiper, have become far less abundant.  Habitat loss, water diversion for agriculture and development, diminishing food resources, and climate change all threaten the birds of the Flyway.

             To combat this alarming trend, Audubon has been working for nearly 110 years to safeguard birds and their ecosystems in North America and beyond.  Join Audubon Vice President Michael Sutton for an evening to celebrate recent victories on behalf of birds and discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead along the Pacific Flyway.  We’ll discuss National Audubon’s new Climate Campaign and what you can do to help address the most serious threats to our birds today.

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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



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.