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.
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
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 .
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
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
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
Birding For Preschoolers every Monday in Drake Park at 10 am
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.
See the Monthly "March 2020 Chatter" online
Spring 2020 Calliope Newsletter now available
Meet the 2020 ECAS Board of Directors
Birders' Night is cancelled until further notice. We will try to reschedule the programs
The Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival has been cancelled for 2020.
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!"
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.
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.