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
Save the Date of the next ECAS Field Trip!
WINTER BIRDING IN WALLOWA COUNTRY 2020
DATES : tentatively Jan 27 to 31 (can change due to road conditions)
SIZE LIMIT : 12 birders
Leader: Judy Meredith
** Watch for email notification via Member Planet to ECAS members, to be announced in mid-December**
*Contact the trip leader if the trip fills and you are interested in going if someone cancels*
Starting Oct. 9, meeting time will change to 8 AM. Join us at Nancy P's Cafe' & Bakery in Bend for a wide variety of outings in our local area. Details of upcoming trips are posted a day or two prior on COBOL.
Sunriver Bird Walks
Join Tom Lawler for Saturday morning bird walks around Sunriver. With Tom’s keen eye and guidance, you will spot and learn to identify a variety of species found in the wetlands, meadows, and forests surrounding the Nature Center. Whether you are new to birding or an experienced birder, there is always something exciting to see through your binoculars! Registrations can be made at
Birding For Preschoolers every Monday in Drake Park at 10 am
The Green Ridge Hawk Watch has completed another year of raptor counting. Thanks to the many volunteers who made this a successful project and to David Vick, project organizer. For complete statistics click here.
Lights Out Bend now IDA
LIGHTS OUT BEND (LOB) has transitioned to INTERNATIONAL DARK-SKY ASSOCIATION (IDA) OREGON CHAPTER.
Their mission statement is: "to preserve the magnificent dark skies of Oregon and diminish light pollution for the health, safety, and well-being of all life". LOB, started by Mary Ann Kruse several years ago and aided by dedicated volunteers, has accomplished much in securing community partners in the effort to protect birds from the distraction of light pollution from artificial sources. Now part of the Dark Sky Association, this next step will allow the effort to continue on a larger platform and with greater opportunities for education and advocacy.
Web Address: www.darkskyoregon.org/
2019-2020 Winter Raptor Survey
The Winter Raptor Survey is once again in full swing. December 2019 results and other Survey information can be viewed at this link.
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.
2019 Project Data for Bluebird Nestboxes is now available.
Lake Abert, one of ECAS's bird survey projects, was the subject of Ron Larson's presentation at the November Birders' Night. He gave a very informative overview of its history and importance as a food source for migrating birds. Here is a link to a synopsis of his program and a link to a Lake Abert Video.
Jim Anderson's Nesting Box Guide now available.
See the Monthly "December 2019 Chatter" online
Winter 2019-20 Calliope Newsletter now available
Meet the 2019 ECAS Board of Directors
February 20, 2020
Birding 101, eBird Basics
Tom Crabtree and Judy Meredith
This will be a hands on and practical learning session. All are encouraged to bring their device. We will set up a short birding field trip the weekend before it, can use that week of Wednesday birding, and/or can even meet early before birders might for 30 minutes of birding. We want everyone to have it feel real to them with real birds and locations to enter. Some new / recent eBird users will offer 1:1 help to get people started. Tom is our local volunteer eBird reviewer and long time user. He will provide some updates and answer any tricky questions. This "class" will be first is a series of 2 or perhaps 3 sessions.
2019 Golden Eagle Cam
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 this year, Wychus and Metolius. After falling from the nest and being rehabbed for 10 days by Gary Landers at Wild Wings, Wychus was returned to the nest and had a successful fledging. A link has been established to view the nest here.
If you want to help support this effort, you can donate to ECAS using the Donate button above.
The 2018 Eaglets fledged in June, 2018. Aries, the first hatched, left the nest in the very early morning on the 13th. Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwGmQReBQ8c&t=7s.
Charity fledged on June 23. Here is her video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aT_RewHQWRc&feature=youtu.be
Click on the picture below to view a a slideshow about the project's history.