Cutler City birding

Oregon's Youngest Audubon Chapter

Since its inception as a chapter of the National Audubon Society in November of 2005, the Audubon Society of Lincoln City (ASLC) has been active in educating about and and advocating for protections of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats in Lincoln and Tillamook counties. ASLC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Meet the Board of Directors.

ByLaws of the Audubon Society of Lincoln City.

Our Programs

ASLC presents in-school “Wild About Birds” classroom programs at elementary schools in Lincoln and Tillamook counties. It also offers “Basic Birding” adult classes at the Oregon Coast Community College's Lincoln City campus 3 times a year.

Birdwalks are scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of every month except December, when we host a local Christmas Bird Count. We have birdwalks as far north as Tillamook Bay, east to Baskett Slough, south to Seal Rock, and all along the central Oregon coast. See our activities calendar for more information about our classes and birdwalks.

We have annual Christmas Bird Counts in Lincoln City and in Tillamook. Other efforts include BioBlitzes, sea and shorebird monitoring, surveys, and nest box maintenance and monitoring.

Our Conservation priorities include Forests, Coastal Habitat (Marine Reserves, Rocky Habitat, and Estuaries), Climate, and Plastic.

We are an all-volunteer organization. We can use folks like you to assist with all of our programs!

Meet the ASLC Board of Directors

Current term of office is in parentheses after each name.
President/Treasurer dawn villaescusa (2020-2022)
Dawn Villaescusa A retired Business Analyst, dawn worked for the State of Oregon for 28 years. She moved with her husband from the Willamette Valley to Lincoln City in 2009. In Salem, she had adapted her backyard to be wildlife friendly, keeping daily notes of the birds that came to her pond and feeders. Lacking much of a backyard in Lincoln City, she has spent hours exploring area parks, beaches, and open spaces.

Dawn joined ASLC in 2011 and became a board member in 2014. She also volunteers with the Oregon Birding Association as membership coordinator and bookkeeper, and enjoys a variety of citizen science opportunities such as the northwest Winter Raptor Survey, Black Oysteratcher monitoring, and documenting area wildlife for US Fish and Wildlife.

Vice-president Steve Griffiths (2020-2022)

Steve worked for the Sierra Club for thirty years (twenty-eight years at national headquarters in San Francisco and two at the Hawaii Chapter in Honolulu) before retiring to the Oregon Coast in 2009. He serves on Lincoln City’s Planning Commission and is active in Theatre West.

Steve joined the board in 2016 and was elected Vice-president in 2018. He also serves as the ASLC Conservation Action committee (ACA) chair.
Steve Griffiths

Secretary Nora Sherwood (2020-2022)
Nora Sherwood Nora is a nature artist and science illustrator living in Lincoln City who has always loved birds. She connected with the Lincoln City Audubon Society after taking the Birding Basics class in 2014 and joins the groups on outings as often as she can. She has painted many local birds for gallery shows, as well as for commissioned work.

She changed careers after many years in high-tech (geographic information systems) after she obtained her certificate in science illustration from the University of Washington in Seattle. She and her husband live steps from the beach and right next to one of Lincoln City’s designated open spaces; the birding is great right out her front door.

Halle Renn, Membership Coordinator (2019-2021)
Halle Renn Halle is a Wildlife Technician for the U.S. Forest Service in Hebo, Oregon. She has lived in the area since 2017 when she moved from Ohio to work for the Forest Service. She graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Conservation Biology but says that her passion has always been birds.

Halle is currently busy at work conducting point count surveys of birds within our forests for an ongoing study. She spends her free time bird-watching and monitoring Snowy Plovers and Black Oystercatchers. Halle joined the ASLC Board in June 2019.

Tom Rice (2020-2022)

Tom worked as a dealer personnel training facilitator for Chrysler for nearly 20 years until his retirement in 2016. An Oregon native, he moved last year with his wife Cheri to a home on Devil's Lake that his family originally purchased in 1970.

Over his 50 years of involvement with the lake and Lincoln City, Tom developed a deep appreciation for the birds of the area, particularly the waterfowl on the lake. He is active with the Devils Lake Water Improvement District as well as the Devils Lake Neighborhood Association. Tom joined the ASLC board in February of 2020.
Tom Rice

Ernie Rose, Newsletter Editor (2019-2021)
Ernie Rose Moving to Lincoln City from Cornish, Maine in 2005, Ernie joined ASLC from 2009-2017. As a board member during that time, he designed and maintained our newsletters and website. In essence, he brought over 35+ years of graphic design experience to the organization. He also contributed many photos of the monthly bird walks as well as the birds and other wildlife that were sighted during those events.

In 2016, Ernie retired from the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology yet stays busy with his graphic design and photography business, Rose Designs. Ernie continued to work with ASLC on the Citizen Science committee in 2018-19, and was reelected to the ASLC Board in June 2019.

Ruth Shelly (2020-22)

Ruth Shelly has spent a lifetime working in museums, and currently serves as Executive Director of Portland Children's Museum. She and her husband Kevin escape to their home on Devil's Lake as often as they can. They've enjoyed getting to know the local birding spots and fellow birders through ASLC field trips. Having worked in natural history museums and an aquarium, Ruth is committed to engaging children in science, citizen science programs, and conservation.

She considers herself a novice birder and intermediate photographer, with passion for both and great respect for how much more there is to learn!
Ruth Shelly

Caren Willoughby, Education Chair (2019-2021)
Caren Willoughby Caren is a retired elementary school teacher and has lived in Lincoln City since 1974. Birding was something she wanted to learn more about and that eventually led to an opportunity to get back into schools and pass on that birding knowledge to children and then adults through Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC).

Caren joined the ASLC board in 2008 and continues to serve as our education coordinator, teaching “Wild About Birds” in Tillamook and Lincoln County 5th grade classrooms, "Our Neighbor the Osprey" for Lincoln City kindergarten and 3rd graders, and “Birding Basics” for adults at Oregon Coast Community College.

Joseph Youren (2020-21)

Joseph Youren is a retired teacher and principal from Idaho who was drawn to the ocean in retirement moving to Lincoln City with his wife in 2013. He was introduced to birding by his seventh grade life science teacher who drilled his students on bird identification whenever there was down time in his class.

He has been a member of ASLC since 2015 after taking the Birding Basic class at the community college. He is a passionate advocate for the protection of our public lands and waters as well as the flora and fauna that call these places home.
Joseph Youren

Other Volunteer Leaders

Mark Elliott, Field Trip Coordinator
Mark Elliott ASLC's field trip guide, Mark Elliott, has been birding for 35 years. He has been active in Audubon for 20 years and served on the board for 10 years before stepping down in 2019. He teaches raptor identification and basic birding at Oregon Coast Community College. Mark also leads field trips for Yaquina Birders and Naturalists in Newport, Oregon and at the Birding and Blues Festival in Pacific City.

Mark stays active in citizen science by participating in annual Christmas Bird Counts and has been recording data for COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team) for 9 years. He now lives on the Oregon coast.
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