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
As of March 24, 2020 all ECAS activities, all in-person events and meetings are cancelled until further notice.
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
Sage-grouse Lek Cam
The only active Greater Sage-grouse Lek Cam in the US is 30 miles east of Bend.
It is co-sponsored by the USFWS and the Nature Conservancy.
The birds are out there doing their thing!
Here is the link:
Election of new Board members was held by a Member Planet Poll. Meet the 2021 ECAS Board of Directors here.
Field Trip Opportunities
Field trips are being planned for Spring 2021. Recruitment of leaders is always happening so don’t be surprised if you get an email asking if this is an activity you would like to provide on behalf of ECAS.
Questions? Contact Mary at
At the July 2020 ECAS Board Meeting field trips were approved with the following format for COVID 19 precautions:
Local trips only aiming for no more than an hour travel from Bend, although this is flexible because:
The group meets at the location, with no group carpooling other than with partners/family members.
Trips will be of shorter duration (2-3 hours)
Trip size will be limited to 6-8 people, including guests. This will allow for physical distancing; masks should be used.
Notification of trips 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.
Birding By Ear
Spring 2021 Calliope Newsletter now available
See the monthly
"May 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.
knocking on your house - or at your door? Here is a link with lots of info about them and what to do.
BIRDERS' NIGHT REIMAGINED
Birders’ Night will be held on May 20, 7 PM via Zoom
The program presentation will be Elevational Gradients in Birds and Nest-webs in the Eastern Cascades by Kurt Trzcinski and Stephen Shunk
A bird’s range can be described by many factors, including latitude and elevation. Birds around the world have already started to adjust their ranges in response to climate change. We present information gathered from 50 point-count stations on the ranges of birds along a 5500 ft. (1700 m) elevational gradient in the Sisters Ranger District, from Lake Billy Chinook to the Tam MaCarthur Rim. We are collecting more data on elevational ranges this year. We are also initiating a new study on nest-webs, which will quantify the interaction of species through the use of tree cavities. We will find woodpecker nests and monitor their use by secondary cavity nesters in subsequent years. Previous work has demonstrated that a large community of secondary cavity nesters are supported by the cavities created by woodpeckers. We aim to quantify these interrelationships for our region. We discuss options for local birders to participate in the nest reporting part of this study.
About our Presenters: Kurt Trzcinski conducts ecological and environmental research into the effects of human activities on biodiversity and ecosystem function. He is the principal of Trzcinski Consulting and a Professor at the University of British Columbia. Steve Shunk is an accomplished professional naturalist and the principal of Paradise Birding in Sisters Oregon. The project they are working on is sponsored by Professor Matt Orr of OSU-Cascades.
Sage-grouse You Tube video with Dr. Stu Garrett
The 2021 Golden Eagle Cam is now live!
An egg has hatched! A chick was seen the morning of March 28,2021. Feeding has begun, a busy time for both parents.
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!