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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

Saturday, June 9,  9-11am ~ ASLC bird walk at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (Yaquina Lighthouse).  Yaquina Head is known for its easy viewing of nesting seabird colonies of Common Murres, Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorants, Pigeon Guillemots, Western Gulls and Black Oystercatchers. The highlight for some are the Peregrine Falcons which have nested on the cliff face beside the Interpretive Center for the last 5 years.  Yaquina Head Lighthouse is located north of Newport off Hwy 101.  Turn west at the traffic signal onto Lighthouse Drive.  Follow road to toll booth (requires recreation pass or vehicle entrance fee of $7.00) and continue on to Interpretive Center parking lot.

Saturday, June 16, 9-11am ~ Regatta Park with Devils Lake birdwalk led by ASLC guide Mark Elliott. Binoculars and field guides are available to use. This free event is sponsored by ASLC, Lincoln City Parks & Recreation and Lincoln City Visitors & Convention Bureau. Call 541-992-9720 for more information.

Thursday, June 21, 5pm ~ Annual Meeting of ASLC Members. Click here to download the 2018 ASLC Annual Board Elections and Annual Meeting Notice.

REGIONAL

Thursday-Sunday, May 31-June 3 ~ 8th Annual Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival.  This popular event will be held in Sisters, Oregon. Festival participants have a choice of twenty guided tours in search of 11 different species of woodpeckers and 200 other birds that make central Oregon a birding hot spot. Sponsored by East Cascades Audubon Society, this festival offers a fun, friendly, casual atmosphere that is all about the birds. The trips are affordable and guided by two local volunteers with the proceeds supporting the many ECAS projects and programs fostering bird conservation. Online registration opens April 2 at 9 am PDT and more information is on the website:  http://www. ecaudubon.org/dean-hale- woodpecker-festival. You can email questions to dhwf2018@gmail.com.  Trips fill quickly.

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

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

Click here to read Corvallis Audubon's newsletter, The Chat.

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 from the American Birding Association.

If you are interested in looking at Oregon bird sightings reported to OBOL (Oregon Birders Online), click here.

eBird includes reports of common and uncommon birds that are usually not posted to OBOL. Click here for recent reports and "hotspot" locations.

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 April 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

 

Observations ~ Fascination ~ Admiration
Canada Goose Mates
by Lloyd Wayne Odom

My documentation on this subject is strictly personal observations, neither professional nor scientific in content. My love for nature has been a very positive influence in my life for many years, especially wildlife. Out of thousands of possible subjects, my focus today will be on a mated pair of Canada geese. Their love and dedication to each other for life is on display for a five week window.

For approximately five weeks of closely observing this lovely pair during their nesting activity, from building the nest to hatching their goslings, the outward and inward beauty of these amazing geese is impressive and uplifting to the human spirit. Both the beautiful, and not so pretty side of nature will be revealed after five weeks.

RE canada goose

Their construction skills are very evident to observe in the nest. The female will faithfully sit on and care for the eggs for about 28 days during inclement weather, including wind, rain, cold, and hot combined. Temps varied from the low 30’s to a one day 83% high.

Notice several important steps in the nest structure process. The nest must be high enough to allow for water level fluctuation in any wetland. Also, it must provide a natural drainage for rain water.

On site material harvested for nest structure. Notice the reeds are neatly sawed or cut off and used for nest material. This is very impressive: not having to transport anything to nest site. The geese have serrated, or saw-toothed bills, for such purposes. Notice also the carefully woven or webbed reeds from nest to water? This works as a natural ladder or climbing assist for ingress/egress. Click here to read the full article.

The male on 24-hour guard duty male canada goose

This Message from the
Department of Land Conservation and Development

On behalf of 10 Oregon’s Audubon Chapters and our more than 15,000 members across the state, we appreciate the opportunity to submit comments regarding the TSP Rocky Shores Amendment. We are encouraged to see Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) is moving ahead with this process and providing multiple opportunities for public comment. It is clearly time that Chapter 3 of the TSP Rocky Shores Management Strategy be updated as the current draft is over 25 years old and many sections of the chapter are outdated, lack clarity, and do not provide adequate protections in light of threats to our rocky shores that have grown or emerged since the original draft was written in 1994. Since that time human usage of coastal rocky habitats has increased significantly and environmental threats due to a changing climate (e.g. ocean acidification, warming ocean surface temperatures) and other related stressors (e.g. hypoxic zones) have intensified. To read the full message, click here.

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