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brochures about Vaux’s Swifts as well as more general information about birding and our natural world.  Each Friday evening local artists will be leading art activities for kids, free of charge. Children ages 5 and up; minors must be supervised by an adult. 

In addition, throughout September, Audubon members will be participating in a West Coast wide data collection effort. We know swifts have lost much of their natural habitat and the number of chimneys available for roosting and nesting is also on the decline.  Little is known about even the most basic habits of Vaux’s Swifts, to say nothing of how many there actually are.  Working in conjunction with our partners up and down the west coast, we hope to fill in some of the data gaps. 


This event is a partnership of Umpqua Valley Audubon Society, the City of Roseburg Parks & Recreation, and Umpqua Valley Arts Association.


For more information, contact Diana Wales at dwales215@gmail.com or 541-677-0263.


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

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.


· Climate Change, Birds & Habitat:  How Global Warming Impacts Birds of the Northwest – Tuesday, October 17th

Time:  6:30 pm

Location:  Umpqua Unitarian Universalist Church - 2167 Watters Ave, Roseburg

Directions:  From I-5, take Exit 125 and turn West onto Garden Valley; then at Kline (the Wells Fargo Bank is on the north west corner), turn left; take an immediate right at Valley View (at the stop sign); turn left at Watters (Watters is the last left before the cul-de-sac); go past Finch Court. Our church is the third building on your left.

Speaker:  John Alexander, PhD; Executive Director, Klamath Bird Observatory

             As Klamath Bird Observatory co-founder, John works with KBO’s Board of Directors, Research Advisor, Science Director, Outreach and Science Communications Specialist, and Executive Administrator overseeing all aspects of the organization's efforts.

             John has been working to integrate bird conservation with natural resource management in the Pacific Northwest since 1992.  He is focused on applying bird conservation science as a tool for advancing ecosystem conservation regionally, nationally, and internationally. His expertise includes participatory action research; ecological monitoring and research using standard bird and habitat sampling techniques; the use of scientific results for overcoming land stewardship challenges; and the development of applied science tools and teaching materials for natural resource management professionals, community members, and students of all ages.

             Through his domestic and international work and leadership John has earned several awards, including the Partners in Flight International Leadership Award, the Joint Fire Science Program’s Best Scientist-Manager Partnership Award, and the US Forest Service’s International Wings Across the Americas the Ducks Unlimited Taking Wing Awards.  John has and continues to participate, often serving in leadership positions, with various initiatives and organizations, including Partners in Flight, North American Bird Conservation Initiative, Avian Knowledge Network, North Pacific Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Intermountain West Joint Venture, US Department of Agriculture Federal Research Advisory Committee, North American Bird Banding Council, Western Bird Banding Association, and Ashland Rotary Community Support Foundation. John also serves as Courtesy Faculty at Oregon State University.

Umpqua Valley Audubon Society is co-sponsoring this program with the Douglas County Global Warming Coalition.


· 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