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.
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.
Tundra Swan Video
Here is a video of Tundra Swans in a field near Klamath Falls. Klamath Basin Audubon Society member and retired orthopedic surgeon, Karl Wenner, is part owner of a field below his house. For the last couple of years the field has been planted in barley but not harvested. The field was partially flooded and thus created an ideal feeding ground for waterfowl, primarily Tundra Swans. With virtually no water at Lower Klamath Refuge this year, private areas like this have become crucial for the migrating waterfowl. Enjoy the video!
Darrel Samuels, President
Here is the link:
Winter 2020-21 Calliope Newsletter now available
See the monthly
"February 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
IF YOU MISSED THE LAST FEW BIRDERS' NIGHTS PRESENTED IN THE ZOOM FORMAT, HERE ARE LINKS TO THEM.
January 2021 Birders' Night: Alaska’s Tongass National Forest
November 2020 Birder's Night: Avian Color and Color Vision by Patty McGill, PhD link
October 2020 Birders' Night slide show presented by seven ECAS members showing off their best bird photos from their "backyards" link
August 2020 on the Malheur Wildlife Area link .
Sage-grouse You Tube video with Dr. Stu Garrett
The 2021 Golden Eagle Cam is now live!
Petra has returned and is sitting on the nest. 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 brand new
Winter Raptor Survey Project
slide show presentation!