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OUR MISSION: Encouraging residents and visitors to protect and enjoy the birds, wildlife and habitats found along the Central Oregon Coast
IN THE NEWS:

LOCAL

Sunday, Dec. 17, all day ~ ASLC is excited to sponsor the 2017 Lincoln City Christmas Bird Count! The circle for counting birds consists of six areas which include estuaries, bay, freshwater lake, ocean, and coast range forest. We meet for breakfast at 6:30am at our local Pig 'n Pancake. We hope you will join us.

We're looking for volunteers to come out and count with us (see Field Counters, below) or to count the birds in their back yards if they reside within the Count Circle (see info on Backyard/Feeder Counters, below).

FIELD COUNTERS
Meet at the Pig 'n Pancake at 6:30am for breakfast and instructions (7am if you're not planning to eat). We will be organizing teams ahead of time by email so be sure to pre-register. Be prepared for a winter day outdoors on the Oregon coast—warm clothes, rainwear, and waterproof footwear. Bring a bag lunch and snacks. At the end of the day, around 4pm, we'll meet at the Connie Hansen Gardens for some hot food and tall tales!

BACKYARD/FEEDER COUNTERS
We really need as many backyard/feeder counters as possible. If you live within the Count Circle (see circle info) and prefer to stay at home, this job's for you. You can count for only a few minutes or all day long.

More information will be provided to registrants prior to count day. Click here to view the Count Circle map.

FOR LATEST CBC UPDATE, click here.

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Saturday, December 30, 7am-4pm ~ Yaquina Bay Christmas Bird Count.  The Yaquina Bay CBC needs volunteers to help count birds in the Yaquina Bay area on Saturday, December 30.  We are especially in need of feeder counters.  The field count lasts from 7 AM to 4 PM with a social gathering and countdown to follow.  The Yaquina Bay Count Circle extends from just north of Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area southward to Seal Rocks and eastward to Toledo.  This event is sponsored by the Yaquina Birders and Naturalists and we need your help to make it a successful count. 
If you are interested contact Dawn Harris at oregoncoastbirding@gmail.com to sign up or to get more information. 

REGIONAL

"Get the Lead Out" is an article written by ASLC vice president Joseph Youren on Oregon's proposed reintroduction of California Condors to our region. Click here to learn more about the birds and how lead ammunition by hunters is a danger to these magnificent birds.

Catch up what's happening at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by clicking here.

Click here to read Klamath Basin Audubon Society's newsletter, The Grebe.

Whether you are a resident state birder or a visitor, you might be interested in finding out what birds were sighted where in the state and when. Click here for up-to-date reports.

NATIONAL

Want to know the status of bird migrations. Check out BirdCast, the realtime migration forecast by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

 

JIGSAW PUZZLE ENTHUSIASTS
For those who enjoy playing jigsaw puzzles, tackle our December one this month. Good luck!!

 

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Injured birds, dead mammals, poaching
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call: State Police: 800-452-7888

Injured Birds along central OR coast, call
Harry Dodson (Lincoln City) 541-921-0048

Injured Bird and Mammal Rehab Centers:
Chintimini Wildlife Center (Corvallis) 541-745-5324
Wildlife Care Center (Portland) 503-292-0304
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center (Salem) 503-540-8664
Wildlife Center of the North Coast (Astoria) 503-338-0331

Injured Raptors
Cascades Raptor Center (Eugene) 541-485-1320


photo © ernie rose- injured great horned owl

These Citizen Science Projects
are for the Birds

(excerpts from epa.gov, gbbc.birdcount.org, birds.cornell.edu/, national audubon)

Often, you will see and read articles on this website about such coming events such as the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), the International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), Project Feederwatch, etc. Each event welcomes novice and expert birders to take part in taking time to count the number of bird species they see at any one day, at what time, and at what location. As an example, you might record that you’d seen 15 Chestnut-backed Chickadees at your feeder in Lincoln City, OR during the past 15 minutes, from 9:15-9:30am. So what you may ask, and what do you do with the info beyond just keeping it for your own curiosity?

Without realizing it, you have just compiled data that is useful and significant to organizations that record the overall status of bird species throughout our country, throughout the world, organizations such as the National Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the EPA, as well as your own local Audubon or similar birding chapter.

By submitting your information to such organizations, you become an active member of “Citizen Science.” Huh? What is Citizen Science?

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Citizen Science is when volunteers participate in a specific project to collect data which is further analyzed by scientists to expand scientific knowledge which ultimately helps make new discoveries beyond the status quo. ASLC encourages its chapter members and community volunteers to participate in the bird counting projects in which it participates.

Watching birds is a joy unto itself--but you can easily make it mean so much more just by reporting the birds you see to Project FeederWatch. This popular citizen-science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology launches its 29th season on November 14. More than 20,000 FeederWatchers contribute their data by reporting the highest number of each species they see at their feeders during periodic two-day counts through early April. It's simple to do and is a great activity for families and school groups. Whether you're already a dedicated bird watcher or would like to give it a try, sign up now at FeederWatch.org to support the scientific study and conservation of birds with your observations.

December's Citizen Science project is the Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Up through the 19th century, many North Americans participated in the tradition of Christmas "side hunts", in which they competed at how many birds they could kill, regardless of whether they had any use for the carcasses and of whether the birds were beneficial, beautiful, or rare. In December 1900, the U.S. ornithologist Frank Chapman, founder of Bird-Lore (which became Audubon magazine), proposed counting birds on Christmas instead of killing them. Since then the counts have been held every winter, usually with increasing numbers of observers. This year in Lincoln City, CBC is scheduled for Sunday, December 17 (see info at left under Local News).

In its twentieth year on February 16-19, 2018, the international Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place with bird watchers from around the world giving real-time reports of where birds are. Scientists and bird enthusiasts can learn a lot by knowing where the birds are. Bird populations are dynamic; they are constantly in flux. No single scientist or team of scientists could hope to document and understand the complex distribution and movements of so many species in such a short time. During the count, you can explore what others are seeing in your area or around the world. Share your bird photos by entering the photo contest, or enjoy images pouring in from across the globe.

International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD), the signature program of EFTA (Environment for the Americas), is the only international education program that highlights and celebrates the migration of nearly 350 species of migratory birds between nesting habitats in North America and non-breeding grounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Each year IMBD explores a different aspect of migratory birds and their conservation. Birders will participate in this project on May 19, 2018.

A Rare Visitor, Indeed!

Throughout the summer, a few people had said they saw a Golden Eagle along the coast between the south side of Cascade Head and Neskowin. But because Golden Eagles are more desert birds, other folks thought that they were just confusing immature Bald Eagles with Golden Eagles. Well, this fall proved otherwise! A Golden Eagle was sighted laying on the side of Hwy 101 in Neskowin. The emaciated eagle was picked up by ODFW and transported to Chintimini Wildlife Center in Corvallis where it is currently being rehabilitated.

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