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
August 27 Community Bird Walk with Think Wild, Shevlin Park
Think Wild Community Bird Walks in collaboration with ECAS are family-friendly opportunities to learn more about the native bird species in the area and about fascinating natural spaces in and around Bend. There are openings for the first morning walk at 8am; register on the Think Wild website. The group will meet at the Shevlin Park Aspen Hall parking lot. The walk will last for approximately one hour. Don't have binoculars? Think Wild has them to borrow. You can reach Sadie by phone at 541-933-5437.
Portland Audubon is hosting a series of birding programs in Harney County (and adjacent area) this summer. Their 100 Birds of Summer series is designed to be inclusive and provide a diversity of opportunities for everyone . To see complete information in their flyer click here.
Bluebird Box Monitoring
ECAS’s Bluebird Nest Box project needs a new volunteer to monitor 15 Bluebird nest boxes for next season. The area is located between Sisters and Tumalo on Deschutes National Forest land, part of an old forest fire burn and is mostly level ground. The nest boxes are set back via short walks from drivable gravel and dirt roads. This 22-year-old bluebird trail is the only ongoing bluebird project in Central Oregon that is monitored weekly during the nesting season. The season is from April to the end of July. Records are kept for each box and the information is reported to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology on an annual basis.
The tasks involved are: recording which species of bluebird, Mountain or Western is nesting in each box, counting eggs and recording nestling success or failure. At the end of the season the boxes are cleaned out. The person who has been monitoring the l5 boxes will train interested volunteers. Please call Carolyn Rochelle if interested, 541 815 4540 or email: email@example.com and put Bluebirds in the Subject.
New Website Volunteer
A dedicated group of ECAS volunteers have been working to develop a new website for ECAS. They have chosen a local company, Astir, to be the professional developer and maintainer. The committee has put in countless hours getting the current web content ready for the transition and once that happens, a volunteer will be needed to be the liaison between ECAS activities, documents and photos and the professional web maintenance person. No web development knowledge is necessary, but anyone with some prior experience would find this job easier. However, training will be provided. If you would be interested in helping with this please contact ECAS at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
Central Oregon Birders On Line
Oregon Birders On Line
Birds of Central Oregon Checklist
(Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties)
Central Oregon Nests & Young Photos
If you find an injured bird, here is a link for steps to follow:
knocking on your house - or at your door? Here is a link with lots of info about them and what to do.
Monthly Birders’ Nights Reimagined
There won’t be an August Birders’ Night Program. On September 15th join us at the Environmental Center as LeeAnn Kriegh, author of The Nature of Bend and The Nature of Portland, shares bird photos (many from ECAS members) and the best and funniest bird-related stories she uncovered while researching and writing her two books. If you don't know the full and controversial story of the grave-stealing ornithologist after whom our native solitaire is named, or the inspiring story of the grieving mother who turned her attention to Song Sparrow research, you're in for a treat. Zoom connection information will be sent out later.
If anyone has suggestions for future programs, please contact Gordon Wetzel at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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:
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.
John DeLuca's April presentation on bird friendly plantings can be viewed here
PepperTrail's March Birders' Night presentation 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
October Birders' Night featuring Jeff Fleischer, the originator and Project Manager of the Winter Raptor Survey, can be viewed here:
September's program on Sparrows of Central Oregon with Chuck Gates can be viewed here:
Jim Anderson's program on June 17th can be viewed here:
The May program on Elevational Woodpecker Nesting can be viewed here on the ECAS YouTube site
The January program on the Tongass Odyssey
Sage-grouse You Tube video with Dr. Stu Garrett
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
slide show presentation!