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 all ECAS activities, events and meetings are cancelled until further notice.

Happenings

Spring 2020 Field Trips are Cancelled

March 29   Fort Rock State Park             Tom Lawler      CANCELLED

*April 25  Crooked River Wetlands   Craig  Miller   CANCELLED

*April 26  Willow Springs   Jan Rising CANCELLED

*May 31   Smith Rock State Park              David Vick     CANCELLED

CANCELLED  Birding by Ear

The East Cascades Audubon Society kicks off another season of Birding By Ear guided birdwalks on  March 3, 2020.  Dave Tracy will be leading walks each Tuesday thru mid-June, and we look forward to seeing what migrants show up over the course of the upcoming spring season. Meet at Sawyer Park along the Deschutes River starting at 8:00am (view a map): Attendance is FREE and ALL AGES, and skill levels are welcome to attend. Bring your binoculars and dress appropriately for the weather.

 

CANCELLED Old Mill Bird Walks

Old Mill Bird walks are scheduled for April 10 & 24, and May 1, 15 & 29, 2020.

The Old Mill District and ECAS sponsor these Spring bird walks along the Deschutes River migratory corridor. The walks are from 10am - 12 noon . 

CANCELLED   Summer Lake Shorebird Survey

The Summer Lake Shorebird Survey will be the weekend of May 30-31, 2020. This is a rare year when the last weekend in May is not Memorial Day weekend. If you are interested in helping out with this fun event contact 

Mike Bogar.   Mike at aviNord.net

Wednesday Birders

Until further  notice, ECAS Wednesday Birding will not take place. Carpooling and gathering in numbers is forbidden now,  not safe or healthy, and none of us wants to make anyone else sick. 

The ECAS board has decided to cancel all ECAS events for the foreseeable future. The governor has placed restrictions on us, even for outdoor activity or for gatherings of >10, etc. Once the restrictions are lifted, and it is safe to gather, we will resume with the scheduled trips. 

Good birding, on your own, stay healthy and post your birds! Judy

Reminders:

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.  

 Sunriver Bird Walks  Suspended until further notice.

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! When this program resumes in the Spring registrations can be  made at

www.sunrivernaturecenter.org/index.php/visit-the-nature-center/our-programs/sunriver-birding

This program is suspended until further notice.

Birding For Preschoolers every Monday in Drake Park at 10 am

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. 

 

Volunteer Data for 2019

See the Monthly "March 2020 Chatter" online

 

Spring 2020 Calliope Newsletter now available

Meet the 2020 ECAS Board of Directors 

2016 Annual Report 

Featured Photographer

Ken Hashagen and Kevin Smith

are featured for February

Want to Volunteer? Click here for the form. 

Birders' Night is cancelled until further notice.  We will try to reschedule the programs

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

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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The Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival has been cancelled for 2020.  

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A message from ECAS Board President, Tom Lawler:

"After consultation with the Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival Committee, the ECAS Board has made the difficult decision to cancel this year's Woodpecker Festival. Unfortunately the Woodpecker Festival must take place during a specific time period, in early June, when activity is taking place for nesting and/or feeding young. We face too much uncertainty in the weeks ahead to have guides and participants invest time and money and have to cancel at the last minute. And, of course, we want everybody to be safe and healthy! This made canceling the festival most prudent. I encourage everybody to get outside and go birding, while practicing "social distancing" and not sharing optics!"

Tom

ECAS Board President

2020 Golden Eagle Cam 

AS of 4/8/20 two chicks have hatched.  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/ 

 

Here is a link to the cam.  

http://www.goldeneaglecam.org/

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 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.  

 

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.

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The East Cascades Audubon Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to bird conservation in Oregon 

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