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Umpqua Valley Audubon Society

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won’t have art activities for kids in the spring; our regular Swift Watch with more activities will return in September!  Information about roost sites along the Pacific flyway is available on the Vaux’s Happening website.

AND, you might have fun contributing to the citizen science effort to record nightly roost totals at the Clay Place chimney, or any other location where you see swifts roosting.  Counting swifts as they enter a chimney can be tricky, so we recommend you do it with a partner so you can compare your totals.  We find counting by “10s” works best when there are a lot of birds.  You can use a clicker, or just make hash marks on a pad of paper.  In addition to the total number of birds entering the chimney, you’ll need to record the beginning and ending times, time of sunset, and temperature at sunset (all information that is available on a smart-phone).   Your observations can then be reported electronically via https://waacda.wufoo.com/forms/vauxs-happening-observations/.

So, get out there and welcome our little buddies back and cheer them on as they head north for the summer. 

· Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival on June 1-4

The East Cascades Audubon Society will hold its Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival on June 1-4 this spring.  Registration begins on April 1.  See our website at http://www.ecaudubon.org/dean-hale-woodpecker-festival for more details.  Highlights will include field trips to the forest around Sisters and Bend, Summer Lake and the Ochoco Mnts.  Eleven species of woodpeckers are the main draw but over 200 species of birds have been tallied each of the last three years.  Come join us and celebrate the woodpeckers of Central Oregon.


· Next Board Meeting—August 16th   

Board Meetings are regularly on the 3rd Wednesday of the month—skipping December, June & July.  Meetings begin at 5 pm upstairs at Mark Hamm’s office, 1313 W. Harvard, Roseburg.  For more details or to get something on the agenda, contact Diana Wales.


· The 2017 Oregon Shorebird Festival—Charleston at the OIMB Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3

The Oregon Shorebird Festival, founded by the Cape Arago Audubon Society 30 years ago, will once again return to Charleston and the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology  this Labor Day weekend, September 1-3. Cape Arago Audubon is returning as the lead agency in charge of the event as it transitions to the South Coast Birds and Brew Festival in the future.

This year’s event will include the usual pelagic, paddle and land based field trips in the Bay and Bandon areas and much more. Our speaker kicking off the event on Friday night September 1st will be Noah Strycker on Birding Without Borders. Saturday’s event will culminate in the evening with the presentation ’A Year In The Lives on North American Owls’ by Paul Bannick, nominated for the Pacific Northwest Book Award.

More information will be forthcoming, but you may want to mark your calendars now.


· Save the date! September 15-17— Oregon Birding Association (OBA) Annual meeting at Malheur Field Station, Princeton, Oregon

Speakers:  Dr. Claudio Mello and Noah Stryker

Field trips and schmoozing

Make you reservations now!

 More information at 



· Birding without Borders:  An Epic World Big Year—Noah Strycker—October 10, 2017—

Time:  7:00 p.m.

Location:  Holiday Inn Express Conference Room (doors just to the right of the main entrance); 375 W. Harvard Blvd., Roseburg, OR 97470


Noah Strycker is hard at work on a book about his Big Year adventures.  It is due out in the fall, 2017.  SOOOOO, we already have him lined up to do a program right after it is hot off the presses.  Stay tuned for updates.

In 2015, Oregon bird nerd Noah Strycker became the first human to see more than half of the planet’s bird species in a single, year-long, round-the-world birding trip. Anything could have happened, and a lot did. He was scourged by blood-sucking leeches, suffered fevers and sleep deprivation, survived airline snafus and car breakdowns and mudslides and torrential floods, skirted war zones, and had the time of his life. Birding on seven continents and carrying only a pack on his back, Strycker enlisted the enthusiastic support of local birders to tick more than 6,000 species, including Adelie Penguins in Antarctica, a Harpy Eagle in Brazil, a Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Thailand, and a Green-breasted Pitta in Uganda. He shared the adventure in real time on his daily blog, and now he reveals the inside story. This humorous and inspiring presentation about Strycker’s epic World Big Year will give you a real appreciation for the birds and birders of the world.

· Hart Mountain Lake Abert trip— specific dates TBA

Stay tuned for dates and details!  We will travel to Hart Mt. National Antelope Refuge and camp at the Hot Springs Campground. There are 30 sites, pit toilets and no water; water is 4 miles away.

Here’s what we have planned so far:

Travel to Abert Lake to observe the effects of drought and water allocation from its source water. There are major congregations of birds in migration.

Explore the Blue Sky area and see its recovery from overuse and its historical significance.

Visit the second oldest petroglyph site in North America, it’s over 7000 years old. This site is unprotected other than its isolation, it contains what may be the only calendar petroglyph north of the Aztec Empire.

Dinner at Hart Mountain Store in Plush, Or Saturday night (steaks, hamburgers, etc.)

Enjoy the hot springs and Antelope Refuge and some of the most beautiful scenic vistas in Oregon.


**Hart Mt National Antelope Refuge—http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hart_mountain/

**Map/Driving options

1) Directions to Hart Mt National Antelope Refuge from Roseburg


2) Directions from Hart Mt National Antelope Refuge to Hot Springs Campground https://goo.gl/maps/onbmKVNTFez

**Hart Mountain General Store; 28229 Hogback Rd, Plush, OR 97637; (541) 947-2491

For more information, contact Mark Hamm.





Bird photos courtesy of Jim Arneson