Cutler City birding

Oregon's Youngest Audubon Chapter


Since its inception as a non-profit organization in November of 2005, the Audubon Society of Lincoln City (ASLC) has been active in educating young and old about birds, other wildlife, and their habitats along the central Oregon coast.

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.

Meet the ASLC Board of Directors

Current term of office is in parentheses after each name.
President dawn villaescusa (2018-2020)
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 (2018-2020)


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.
Steve Griffiths

Secretary Nora Sherwood (2018-2020)

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.
Nora Sherwood


Debora Bergeron, Membership Coordinator (2018-2020)
Debora Bergeron Debora is a novice to birding. She moved to the Oregon coast in the Spring of 2015. She took her first bird walk with the Audubon Society of Lincoln City (ASLC) in the summer of 2015. This sparked her interest and she signed up for the Birding Basics class offered by ASLC that Fall at the Oregon Coast Community College.

Debora wrote an article for the ASLC newsletter in 2016 describing her welcoming experience with this chapter of Audubon (see newsletter here). She regularly joins ASLC monthly bird walks and learns more every trip. She joined the ASLC board in 2018 and is now serving as our membership coordinator.

Laura Doyle (2018-2020)

Laura Doyle has been enjoying life at the coast as a full-time resident for fifteen years. She has served arts and environmental causes for many years as a volunteer and as a board member for Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council, Cascade Head Music Festival, and Neskowin Chamber Music.

For the past nine years she has also been volunteering with ASLC 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 and with University of Washington’s COASST citizen science program. Laura joined the ASLC board in 2014.
Laura Doyle


Mark Elliott, Field Trip Leader (2018-2020)
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 has served on the board for 6 years. 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 7 years. He now lives on the Oregon coast.


Mark Nicholson, Conservation Action Committee Chair (2018-2020)
Mark and his wife, Debra, both retired in early 2019 from positions with the city of Lincoln City, where Mark was the Emergency Management Preparedness Coordinator. Mark had worked for the city for eleven years.

Mark joined the ASLC Board in 2017. In June 2019, he accepted the chair position for the Conservation Action Committee, which he had served on since its inception in 2018.
Mark Nicholson


Halle Renn (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.

Ernie Rose, Newsletter Editor (2019-2021)

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.
Ernie Rose


Jeanne Sprague (2018-2020)
Jeanne Sprague Jeanne has worked in Parks and Recreation for over 20 years in VA, WV, Portland Oregon, and now Lincoln City. Her passion for birds started when she met her husband, and he introduced her to bird watching with a gift set of binoculars. They now have 5 bird feeders, along with 4 hummingbird feeders, in their yard.

Her passion for the Audubon Society of Lincoln City started when she joined one of their monthly birdwalks. Jeanne joined the board in 2018.

Richard Townsend (2019-2021)

Richard recently retired after 20 years as the Lincoln City planning director. Before working for the city he practiced law with an emphasis on land use planning. He has several years experience as a natural resource management consultant. He has been on the Samaritan N Lincoln Hospital board since 2004, served 12 years on the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology board, and was a founding member of the Coastal Communities Cultural Center (now Lincoln City Cultural Center) board.

He has a law degree as well as a Master of Public Administration degree and a B.A. in Public Service. While in college he was a hike leader in the Santa Monica Mountains for the Sierra Club’s Angeles Chapter. Richard joined the ASLC Board in June 2019.
Richard Townsend


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.
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