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
Some ECAS activities are resuming soon: watch for announcements in the Chatter, the Calliope and emails from Member Planet for information about events, field trips and activities.
Sage-grouse Update:June 2021
Right now young Sage-grouse chicks east of Bend are following their hen mothers around and eating as many wildflowers (forbs) and insects as possible. They cannot yet digest sagebrush leaves. The males are now out somewhere doing their own thing… The lek counts have been accomplished and results will be available in Sept.
ECAS hopes to develop ways to restore the needed understory forbs to increase our GRSG numbers. We will be planting seeds on cooperating private landowner's parcels in the Brothers area. Crepis seeds are not available commercially. We need help in locating and collecting Crepis seeds this summer. If you are aware of Crepis stands in Deschutes or Crook counties at elevations of 3500 to 5000 feet please let me know about them.
Here is a link to more information about assisting in the seed collection.
Vaux's Swift Northward Migration 2021 Statistics
Local Project Co-ordinator Mary Ann Kruse reports that the data for this year is now available. These data were collected by volunteers via the online survey tool, then analyzed & finally posted by Larry Schwitters, the National Audubon Society (NAS) Vaux’s swift coordinator. Should you have further questions re: the data, please contact Larry @ email@example.com
97 observers made 574 observations @ 37 sites finding 33 active
299,788 Vaux’s swifts were documented going to roost
"1. We had the most Northbound observations ever, ever.
2. Our almost 300,000 documented wee birds was our third highest total for a spring migration.
3. The average swifts per observation (522) was the 7th best since 2008. Right in the middle."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Field Trip Opportunities
At the June 1, 2021 ECAS Board meeting, development of field trips beginning August 2021 was approved.Duration of trips, distance, ride sharing, duration and group size will be planned according to county level CDC guidelines at the time of the trip. Trip waivers will be revised accordingly, and registration will be through Member Planet.
Good birding on your own. Stay healthy and post your birds! Judy
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.
Summer 2021 Calliope Newsletter now available
See the monthly
"June 2021 Chatter"online
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.
Central Oregon Birders On Line
Oregon Birders On Line
Birds of Central Oregon Checklist
(Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties)
Central Oregon Nests & Young Photos
If you find an injured bird, here is a link for steps to follow:
knocking on your house - or at your door? Here is a link with lots of info about them and what to do.
Bring your binoculars to the next Birders’ Night on August 19. We will have a pot-luck picnic and a Birding Palooza at Shevlin Park, Aspen Meadows. You all know what a pot-luck is but what’s a Palooza? It’s a game for birders to learn new skills, show off their skills and meet other folks. We will set up teams of people with varied skill levels and then send them off into the wilds to identify as many species of birds they can find in 30 minutes. All team members must see the bird for it to count. Fabulous prizes will be awarded to the best team(s). So, don’t be shy, come on out and join us starting at 6 pm for an evening of food and games and bring a dish to share plus your own eating utensils.
BIRDERS' NIGHT REIMAGINED
Jim Anderson's program on June 17th can be viewed here:
The May program on Elevational Woodpecker Nesting can be viewed here on the ECAS YouTube site
The January program on the Tongass Odyssey
Sage-grouse You Tube video with Dr. Stu Garrett
The 2021 Golden Eagle Cam is now live and Piper has fledged!
This happened on June 5, 2021, sixty-nine days after hatching. Here is a link to a video of the launch. Thanks again to Jim Hammond for keeping the camera active and to Leslie for keeping the video link up and running. To see more comments from our viewers go to the website. Piper may visit the nest again and we will post videos in the comment section if that happens. https://www.goldeneaglecam.org/home/live-camera#comment-5391991874
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.
2020 Golden Eagle Whychus Nest
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.
Central Oregon Daily News did a nice piece on the project. Here is a link to that segment. centraloregondaily.com/sisters-eagle-cam-offers-some-birdwatching-worth-binging/
Eagle Nest History
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.
Click here for the
Winter Raptor Survey Project
slide show presentation!