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.
Common Winter Birds of Eastern Oregon Class Offering
Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is excited to offer an online birding course, Common Winter Birds of Oregon, taught by Dr. Thomas Bancroft. The class will take place over 5 consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning on 11/2 and ending on 12/7, skipping 11/23. The sessions will be virtual over Zoom for 90 minutes. Materials being shared via Google Classroom.
Here's the info link to the website: malheurfriends.app.neoncrm.com/np/clients/malheurfriends/event.jsp?event=4&
Here's the Facebook Event www.facebook.com/events/583186786212946?ref=newsfeed
GREEN RIDGE RAPTOR SURVEY
After a one year hiatus, East Cascades Audubon Society is pleased to announce the resumption of our Fall Raptor Migration Survey in 2021. Our first weekend of operation will be on the 11th and 12th of September. Hopefully, wildfire smoke and the latest Covid spike will be behind us by then. However that doesn't seem to be the case as of September 9th. The expectation is that all volunteers will be vaccinated and we will follow state and Health Authority guidelines. No rides will be given from Indian Ford Campground.
We will continue through the first three weekends of October with the fourth weekend being optional based on the count and weather forecasts. Details, directions and other logistics can be found on the ECAS webpage under the PROJECTS tab. We can always use more eyes to the skies to spot and track raptors moving through. Hope to see you up there!
David Vick, Project Leader
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
See the monthly
"September 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.
BIRDERS' NIGHT REIMAGINED
October Birders' Night will feature Jeff Fleischer, the originator and Project Manager of the Winter Raptor Survey. This will be on October 21st via Zoom.
Click ECAS Birders Night to join the program
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
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
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.
Click here for the
Winter Raptor Survey Project
slide show presentation!