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
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.
Monthly Birders’ Nights Reimagined
By Gordon Wetzel
Birders’ Night in May will be IN-PERSON at The Environmental Center (TEC) of Bend!! TEC has new technology that will also allow a Zoom meeting, so those who are not able to attend in person can Zoom in. Here isthe link for the May meeting
Birders’ Night in May will be on May 26 (the 4th Thursday) at 7pm. Popular speaker
Elise Wolf of Native Bird Care Avian Rescue in Sisters will explore the diverse journeys of some of our local bird youth. Elise will also have answers to some common baby season questions and yard tips. In Elise’s words:
“Baby birds are endearing, their cuteness and antics bring smiles to our faces. But, make no mistake, being a baby bird is the most dangerous, vulnerable stage of their lives. From hatchling to their final launch as fledglings, each species is unique in their development, challenges, and paths to adulthood. Join Elise Wolf of Native Bird Care Avian Rescue in exploring the diverse journeys of some of our local bird youth.”
John DeLuca's April presentation on bird friendly plantings can be viewed here
PepperTrail's March Birders' Night presentation can be viewed here.
Here is a link to Mark Kerstens' February 17, 2022 presentation at Birders' Night on Black-backed Woodpecker research.
January 20, 2022 Birders’ Night featuring
Back to the Night: Why Preserving the Stars is Not Just for the Birds can be viewed here
October Birders' Night featuring Jeff Fleischer, the originator and Project Manager of the Winter Raptor Survey, can be viewed here:
September's program on Sparrows of Central Oregon with Chuck Gates can be viewed here:
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
We need your help!
We’re asking your help in a multi-year project studying woodpecker nesting in the Sisters Ranger District. ECAS is a major supporter of this project through the Laughrige Grant program, and other supporters include Oregon Birding Association, OSU-Cascades, and the US Forest Service. You can help us by letting us know the location of woodpecker nests you spot while you are birding in the Sisters Ranger District. This includes nests currently used by woodpeckers. The location of nests you tell us about will remain private and will be used only for our research project.
What We Need
The most important information you can provide is the location of nests. We will revisit the locations you report several times in the next few months to make detailed observations of breeding behavior. Thus, when you spot a nest, or possible nest, TAKE A PICTURE WITH YOUR PHONE! Email us the picture, along with information about how to contact you and how to find the tree, including nearest road or trail. If Location Services are active on your phone when you take the photo, your photo will also provide GPS coordinates.
Activities are starting to resume!
A popular spring activity, Birding by Ear led by Dave Tracy, is ready to resume. It will take place on Tuesday mornings starting on March 8th and continue into June or until the migrants are no longer singing. All participants must complete an ECAS activity waiver to attend. Following the link, this form is fillable on line and once submitted, will be stored electronically in the Member Planet database and is good for the length of the activity. Masks are optional at this time and birders are asked to stay home if they or anyone in their household have recently had any signs or symptoms of COVID.
The group will meet at Sawyer Parkalong the Deschutes River starting at 8:00 am. Attendance is FREE and ALL AGES and skill levels are welcome to attend. Bring your binoculars and be prepared for chilly weather, so dress warm with gloves and appropriate footwear. Typical time and distances will vary, but generally the walk will from 1.5-3 miles long over the course of a 1.5-2 hour walk.
After a hiatus of a couple of years the ECAS sponsored Summer Lake Shorebird Survey is returning this spring. Marty St. Louis. Long time manager of the SLWA, will be organizing the volunteers. If you are interested here is the information:
Where: Summer Lake Wildlife Area
What: Volunteers conduct counts of all shorebirds and waterbirds across the entire Summer Lake Wildlife Area.
When: Saturday & Sunday, May 21 and 22, 2022
Why: The Summer Lake Shorebird Survey has been conducted annually since 2009.
How: Volunteers count from vehicles along roads, and/or by foot hiking along dikes and levees cross country and/or wading through marsh and shallow ponds in order to survey all types of wetland habitats. In the past, bicycles, canoes and kayaks have been used in a few areas. Binoculars are essential and the use of spotting scopes in many areas is encouraged. Volunteers meet at River Campground on Summer Lake Wildlife Area at 7:30 am and are assigned specific areas to survey.
Historically, most volunteer have camped at one of the Wildlife Area’s four primitive sites. Others have chosen commercial lodging at the Lodge at Summer Lake.
In the past, the group has found near 120 species of birds throughout the weekend of birding.
Please contact Marty St. Louis for additional details and information.
Marty St. Louis: PO Box 68, Summer Lake, OR 97640
Cell phone: (541)-219-0879 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival is back! It will be held June 2-5, with Registration opening April 9, 2022 at 8 am PDT. For complete trip descriptions go to this page.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, June 4, 7 PM at The Belfry in Sisters: Keynote Address by Steve Shunk, author of A Peterson Reference Guide to the Woodpeckers of North America, will talk about his experiences with the birds of the East Cascades. This is a social event starting at 5:30 PM with no-host bar and light hors d'oeuvres.
2022 Wychus Golden Eagle Cam
On April 11, the first egg has hatched at the golden eagle nest on Whychus Canyon! Check it out: https://www.goldeneaglecam.org/home/live-camera#comments
To view the comments, click on the "sort by newest" on the right hand choice under your login name.
Petra laid an egg on Friday, February 25. To see a video of this go to youtu.be/EQAwPvaODFE
Follow this link to see the camera
According to Frank Isaacs of the Oregon Eagle Foundation, the golden eagles using this nest have raised young each year since 2010. They are the only nesting pair in Oregon that nested successfully each year of the Golden Eagle Nest Survey Project (2011–2021).
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.
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!