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Lewis's Woodpecker
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Williamson's Sapsucker (male)
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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

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Autumn 2022 Calliope Newsletter 

December 2022 Chatter

Strategic Plan Adopted

Bird-related Events

Christmas Bird Counts are being scheduled.  Check out the Oregon dates here.  

Birding Basics: Field Experiences

Attention Novice Birders and Birders new to Central Oregon!

ECAS members have been asking for educational opportunities in birding, especially for people new to birding or new to birding in Central Oregon. Last year Lynda Paznokas offered a four- part Zoom class called Birding Basics. This year we are developing a series of sessions to encourage people to get out and learn those basics in the field on real birds in their environments. The series will be called “Birding Basics: Field Experiences.”

For at least January-June, we will have one Field Experience each month, each lasting roughly 2 hours. Each will be in a different Central Oregon birding location such as Drake Park, Old Mill, First Street Rapids, Hatfield Ponds, Crooked River Wetlands Complex, and Shevlin Park. The sessions will be led by different ECAS volunteers, focusing on a variety of birds, and incorporating a new skill or resource information with each session. We want ECAS members who are not new, to help lead these experiences, either the birding and/or the skills/resources. This will provide an opportunity for the longer-time ECAS members to share their expertise and for there to be a nice interaction between the old and new members.

For example, the first outing will be January 29th (corrected from an earlier version) at Drake Park with a focus on waterfowl identification. The skill will be using binoculars and scopes. This session will be led by Gordon Wetzel. Look for details and Member Planet sign-up in the January newsletter, The Calliope. The maximum participant sign-up will be 20 but we anticipate some attrition, of course, providing for a smaller group. These field experiences are open to ECAS and non-ECAS members. No pets. Please spread the word to new birders you might know and those birders who may be new to Central Oregon. Also, if you are interested in learning more about this program and would consider leading the birding and/or the skills/resources, contact Gordon Wetzel (gordonwetzel@gmail.com) or Lynda Paznokas (lpaz@bendnet.com).

DO YOU HAVE INTEREST IN A 2023 BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS?

 

Because interest in bird photography has always been so strong among ECAS members who enjoy sharing their photography, ECAS is considering offering a bird photography class that we would schedule for a date in 2023. We would appreciate if you could answer our short survey so that we can judge potential interest and get some guidance about what type of class or classes to offer.

 

Survey Link

Crooked River Wetlands Walks

The monthly Wetlands Walks will switch to winter hours and dates, the first Saturday of the month, November through April.  We’re moving everything forward two hours to let it warm up a bit before we head out on the walks.

Gather at the Wetlands Parking Area - 9:45AM.  Walk begins – 10:00AM and ends at noon.

 

Volunteers Needed 

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 ecaudubon@gmail.com

News

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.

Jim Anderson's Nesting Box Guide now available. Also click here for a video of Jim interviewed on Oregon Field Guide.

 

Volunteer Data for 2021

 

2016 Annual Report 

Injured Bird??
Follow this link to find local resources. 

If you find an injured bird, here is a link for steps to follow:

www.nativebirdcare.org/found-a-bird.html

Woodpeckers

knocking on your house - or at your door? Here is a link with lots of info about them and what to do.

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Monthly Birders’ Nights Reimagined

There won't be a December Birders' Night due to the Christmas Bird Counts taking place

 

In January, Marina Ritchie, a nature writer living in Bend, will tell us stories and excerpts from her book, Halcyon Journey: In Search of the Belted Kingfisher. The meeting will be on January 19 at 7 PM. More information will be in the January Calliope and on the website.

If anyone has suggestions for future programs, please contact Gordon Wetzel at gordonwetzel@gmail.com .
 

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Chuck Gates' excellent presentation on sparrows that was provided via a Zoom class is now available as a YouTube program. Here is the link to it:

https://youtu.be/R6erRj2Wedg

Here a link to the November Birders’ Night  on  Vaux’s Swifts with Larry Switters.

Here is a link to the Mountain Quail in Eastern Oregon program in October 20th by Mikal Kline of ODFW.

A link to LeighAnn Krieigh's September program is here:

https://youtu.be/7vcMgw_yRTo

July’s program was  Marty St. Louis and Jim Greer on Summer Lake and the Oregon Recreation and Conservation Fund respectively. 

Here is a link to the program if you missed it.

https://youtu.be/cQZmPtE1lyg

 

John DeLuca's April presentation on bird friendly plantings 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 

https://youtu.be/ujN-i2pGh_Q

 

October Birders' Night featuring  Jeff Fleischer, the originator and Project Manager of the Winter Raptor Survey, can be viewed here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaJHcp5HxKQ

September's program on Sparrows of Central Oregon with Chuck Gates can be viewed here:

https://youtu.be/bUoWR-AoaXk

Jim Anderson's program on June 17th can be viewed here:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJglOBgPDIE

The May program on  Elevational  Woodpecker Nesting can be viewed here on the ECAS YouTube site 

 https://youtu.be/cyl-pHAiakk

 

The January program on the Tongass Odyssey

 https://youtu.be/a8za1ZgoFY

Instructions for downloading Zoom Link here

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Sage-grouse You Tube video with Dr. Stu Garrett
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb5p-fEC18M

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Want to Volunteer? Click here 

 

2022 Wychus Golden Eagle Cam 

 

Stormy fledged Wednesday, June 29 at ~5:48 am.  You can see the video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SunskY3ihpk

You may also see the video in the comments on the website and read the reactions of our many viewers who have been waiting expectantly for this event.  https://www.goldeneaglecam.org/home/live-camera#comments 

 

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
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