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Lewis's Woodpecker
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Welcome to the East Cascades Audubon Society.  We are a local organization, specializing in Central Oregon ornithology. We gather local data and both sponsor and participate in projects that help protect local bird populations. Join ECAS and help preserve the birds in this region.  We rely on a very active volunteer base.  Check the 'Contact' menu for opportunities

If you find an injured bird, here is a link for steps to follow:

www.nativebirdcare.org/found-a-bird.html

Woodpeckers

knocking on your house - or at your door? Here is a link with lots of info about them and what to do.

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ECAS Annual Membership Meeting

December 16, 7 p.m.

 

Please plan to join us on Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. for the 2021 Annual Membership Meeting. This year’s meeting will take place virtually via Zoom.

 

At this meeting we will be reflecting on the previous year, looking ahead, and electing new board members.

 

Look for another email in the coming weeks with information about our Board of Directors candidates and a Zoom meeting access link and passcode.

 

BIRDERS' NIGHT REIMAGINED

 

Think Wild at Birders’ Night,

October Birders' Night featuring  Jeff Fleischer, the originator and Project Manager of the Winter Raptor Survey, can be viewed here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaJHcp5HxKQ

September's program on Sparrows of Central Oregon with Chuck Gates can be viewed here:

https://youtu.be/bUoWR-AoaXk

Jim Anderson's program on June 17th can be viewed here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJglOBgPDIE

The May program on  Elevational  Woodpecker Nesting can be viewed here on the ECAS YouTube site 

 https://youtu.be/cyl-pHAiakk

 

The January program on the Tongass Odyssey

 https://youtu.be/a8za1ZgoFY

Instructions for downloading Zoom Link here

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Sage-grouse You Tube video with Dr. Stu Garrett
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb5p-fEC18M

 

Wychus Golden Eagle Cam

According to Frank Isaacs of the Oregon Eagle Foundation, the golden eagles using this nest have raised young each year since 2010; 11 years in a row, so far! They are the only nesting pair in Oregon that nested successfully each year of the 10–year Golden Eagle Nest Survey Project (2011–2020).  

If you want to help support this effort, you can donate to ECAS using the Donate button above. This will help pay for the broadband usage needed for this effort.

Eagle Nest History

2020's eaglet, Aspen, fledged on June 13 but is still coming back to the nest occasionally.  The main camera is no longer on but there are video snippets and comments on the site. Thanks to Jim Hammond for recording these videos. 

http://www.goldeneaglecam.org/

2019 - Metolius fledged tis morning, 6/27/19 at 9:09 am. You can follow this link to see the fledge. https://www.goldeneaglecam.org/home/live-camera#comments

You may have to scroll down in the comments aways to find the clip.

 

There were two chicks in the nest in 2019, Wychus and Metolius. After falling from the nest and being rehabbed for 10 days by Gary Landers at Wild Wings, Whychus was  returned to the nest and had a successful fledging.  

Click on the picture below to view a a slideshow about the project's history.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival has been cancelled for 2021.  

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Featured Photographer

Ken Hashagen and Kevin Smith

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Injured Bird??
Follow this link to find local resources. 

 

Autumn 2021Calliope Newsletter 

November 2021 Chatter

News

Local Birding Opportunities

Tom Lawler, ECAS Board President, leads weekly bird walks in the Sunriver area and you can sign up in advance and participate for a small fee.  Check out the schedule at https://snco.org/ on the Events page.

Crooked River Wetlands Bird Walks

Come join us as the Crooked River Wetlands Volunteers and the Prineville Bird Club take you on a bird walk at the Wetlands.  Chuck Gates will be your guide.  (I will be driving the golf cart so feel free to join me if you have mobility problems.  Please drop me an email if you plan to attend.  I just want to have an idea of how many will be present.)   Until further notice, masks will be required at these walks. Click on the above link to the Crooked River Wetlands Bird Walks for further information

Volunteers Needed for ECAS Operations

 

ECAS runs on the strength of our volunteers. Our projects, committees, programs, field trips and special events only happen because of our enthusiastic volunteers. Our members are passionate about enjoying and learning about our wild birds, and interest in helping has never been stronger.   

 

We would like to have one or two people working together, to help match members who want to volunteer, with projects or programs where volunteer help is needed.  Guidance will be provided.  

 

ECAS also would like to have another group of volunteers form a "Social Media/Online Media Committee.” This committee would be responsible for our message getting out on Facebook and maintaining the website. If we want to get involved in other social media outlets then this committee would be responsible for that, too. If you would be interested in helping with this you can leave a message at ecaudubon@gmail.com

More Volunteers needed!

The Friends of Malheur NWR have re-opened the Nature Store at Refuge HQ and are in need of volunteers. Our needs are greatest in May, June, and July and it is best if we can have full month commitments from individuals. Contact 

Janelle L Wicks

FOMR Executive Director

www.malheurfriends.org

541.493.4230

Updates

Field Trips

Although the ECAS Board approved field trips as of August 1, in actuality recruiting leaders has been more successful for Spring 2022 with several trips planned: for Smith Rock State Park , Fort Rock (both of these will involve nesting observation); Sisters/ Santiam Pass area, and a tour and introduction to the Bluebird Nest Box Trail.  More local trips are in the works and when registration is scheduled, you will be the first to know!

 

In the meantime, Fall migration is in process so don't forget to visit our local hotspots!

 

Interested in leading a field trip but would like a buddy to do it? Contact  mvshivell@gmail.com

CANCELLED 

Wednesday Birders 

Good birding on your own. Stay healthy and post your birds! Judy

Reminders:

Do not share your optics with others. 

Keep 6+ feet away from others.

If you are sick, stay  home. 

Ideally, go outside daily and enjoy birds alone or just with your close friends or family.  

Bird-related Events

The Audubon Society of Lincoln City is sponsoring the following events:

November 16th, 6:30 PM

Beyond the Beach: King Tides and Response to Ocean Rise

Peter Ruggiero, professor at Oregon State University, will share on how coastal communities can increase their resilience to catastrophic risk from tsunamis as well as chronic risks of coastal erosion, flooding and ocean rise with climate change. The evening will open with an introduction to the Oregon King Tides Project, a citizen science tool to help communities plan for the future.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1544829332558213

 

December 8, 6:30 PM

Beyond the Beach: Oregon’s Rocky Coast

Dave Fox (Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife), Roy Lowe (retired USFWS and photographer), and Dick Vander Schaaf (The Nature Conservancy) will present a panel discussion on the ways  special places along the Oregon coast are designated to be protected for the marine life that is dependent on them. Find out where these places are located and how to enjoy them in a responsible manner so their bountiful resources are available for generations to come.

https://www.facebook.com/events/565828217855729

 

January 12th, 6:30 PM   

Beyond the Beach: Mysterious Undersea Kelp Forests

Oregon's Kelp Forests: Past, Present, and Future

Sara Hamilton, PhD student from Oregon State University and a subtidal ecologist, will fascinate you with descriptions of what Oregon's kelp forests used to look like, how are they doing today, and how can Oregonians influence what they will look like 100 years into the future? She is passionate about studying kelps and will share about current research conducted by divers on the southern Oregon coast, and about restoration and recovery of kelps in Oregon.

https://www.facebook.com/events/439252887845715

New Membership Process 

The ECAS Membership Committee and the ECAS Board of Directors have chosen to use a new membership management system from Member Planet. Each ECAS member can now create their own account.  A special notice to all of the ECAS membership was sent out  Monday, November 26, explaining how the process works.  Here is a link to that document.

 

Election of new Board members was held by a Member Planet Poll. Meet the 2021 ECAS Board of Directors  here.

Jim Anderson's Nesting Box Guide now available. Also click here for a video of Jim interviewed on Oregon Field Guide.

 

Volunteer Data for 2020

 

2016 Annual Report 

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Click here for the
Winter Raptor Survey Project
slide show presentation!

Want to Volunteer? Click here for the form.