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
The 2019-2020 Winter Raptor Surveys are underway!
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.
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 .
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! When this program resumes in the Spring 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.
The Winter Raptor Survey is once again in full swing. Monthly 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 "February 2020 Chatter" online
Winter 2019-20 Calliope Newsletter now available
Meet the 2020 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.