Boiler Bay birding

ASLC holds Board Meetings

at 5pm on the first Thursday of each month.
NOTE: All of our Audubon birdwalks (noted as "ASLC Second Saturday Bird Walk" and "Lincoln City Bird Walk" below) are free and open to the public. No prior experience is needed and you do not need to pre-register unless indicated. The walks are led by experienced birders and we provide the free use of binoculars and field guides. Dress for the weather as we hold our birdwalks rain or shine.

~ 2019 ~



Friday, April 26, 9-11am
Lincoln City Bird Walk ~ Cutler City Wetlands Open Space and Josephine Young Memorial Park
. Cutler City Wetlands offers a unique habitat - wooded wetlands. Large trees host species such as Pileated Woodpecker while the marshy brush is home to Common Yellowthroat, Wrentits, and other songbirds. We'll look for recent spring arrivals, then move on to Josephine Young Memorial Park where we will watch for migrating shorebirds.

Easy walk, family-friendly. This walk is sponsored by Lincoln City Parks and Recreation and Explore Lincoln City, and is led by ASLC.

Directions: Meet at the pull-out on SW 63rd, west off of Hwy 101.

Saturday, April 27, 1-2:30pm
The Ocean and the Climate Crisis ~ Coast Range Association
One year ago the Coast Range Association hosted a highly successful Lincoln City Climate Forum on global warming’s impact to coastal communities. To a full house, OSU climate researchers and state political leaders discussed coastal threats and current responses to the climate crisis. Since the Ocean Forum, the 4th National Climate Assessment was issued and a wave of new ocean related research has arrived. Additionally, dramatic national proposals and movements have appeared to address the climate crisis.

Chuck Willer will present:
1. What’s new in the 4th National Climate Assessment? And, what new information on Ocean impacts is now available? Recently, leading scientists have issued a global warning that nations had 12 years (now eleven) to change course or else face possible runaway atmospheric warming. What does this mean? Chuck will provide a lay person’s explanation with a focus on sea level rise and ocean acidification and their potential impact on coastal communities.
2. In the past year dramatic new political events have occurred addressing global climate change. Nationally, 91 Democratic Senators and House members have signed on in support of a Green New Deal climate proposal. Internationally, a vibrant climate-focused youth movement has arisen. Young people are increasingly alarmed about their future prospects. What is the Green New Deal and what are the issues the youth movement demand be addressed?
3. A question and answer period after Chuck’s brief presentation will allow the public an opportunity ask questions and share views. The Coast Range Association wants to know what you believe are solutions equal to the crisis? Let’s talk.

Chuck’s presentation is free and open to the public and promises to be timely and informative for all coastal residents. For further information: contact Jim Carlson (503) 801-5538,

Location: Community Room, Driftwood Public Library, 801 SW Hwy 101 #201, Lincoln City, Oregon


World Migratory Bird Day Events

May is Rise Above Plastics month and the theme for the 2019 World Migratory Bird Day is Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution. We have three featured events:

Saturday, May 4, 11am to noon
Plastic Paradise at the Bijou Theatre

You won't want to miss this thoughtful, engaging documentary movie Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. "This timely and informative documentary follows a young and engaging female investigative journalist as she travels to the mid-Pacific to learn about the garbage patch and its impact on the environment. Throughout, she sets just the right tone — telling and showing us the bad news of plastic — and letting us know what we as individuals can do about it." -- Steve Griffiths, ASLC Conservation Chair

This showing is FREE and is brought to you by:
- Audubon Society of Lincoln City
- Haystack Rock Awareness Program
- Lincoln City Green Drinks
- Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District
- Oregon Coast Aquarium
- Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition/CoastWatch
- SOLVE Oregon
and courtesy of the Bijou Theatre.

Location: Bijou Theatre, 1624 NE Highway 101, Lincoln City OR. Admission is FREE.

Saturday, May 11, 8:30-10am
Migratory Bird Bird Day Walk ~ Friends of Wildwood Open Space

This is a relatively easy walk through forest and forest edge right in the heart of Lincoln City on the Head to Bay Trail. We should see and hear year round woodland residents such as Pacific Wren and Downy Woodpecker, and enjoy spring arriving warblers and Osprey.

NOTE: Please note the special time! And after the bird walk, check out our Migratory Bird Day Festival at the Community Center, 10am!

Location: The Open Space is located on NE West Devil's Lake Rd across from NE 26th. There are few parking spaces so you might want to park at the Community Center and walk via NE 22nd.

Saturday, May 11, 10am to 2pm
Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution

Our 2019 festival will be at the Lincoln City Community Center. Learn about how plastic impacts migrating birds, other wildlife, and each of us who live on or visit the coast. Find out what work is being done in addressing the problem of plastic pollution. And discover ways that you can become part of the solution!

The festival will feature fun kids activities, presentations, door prizes, and more. Light refreshments will be served.

- Everyone will have a chance to win a variety of door prizes, including T-shirt and bag from Trillium, variety of household items such as bamboo utensils, reusable food wraps, metal straws, shopping and produce bags, and much more. (must be present to win).
- Raffle sales (do not need to be present to win) – two night deluxe accommodations at Salishan Resort.
- Interact with Chintimini Wildlife Center’s live raptors.
- Celebrate our kids as well as our birds and habit through the huge Lincoln City Habitat Mural created at last year’s festival and completed by St James Santiago School children.
- Interactive booths with information and people to answer your questions on our three topics:
-- Why does plastic pollution matter?
-- What is being done about it?
-- What can I do?
- Enjoy kids activities including “Message in a Bottle” art project with Pooka Rice, Haystack Rock Awareness Program, free face painting, and our Wingspan mural where kids of all ages can compare their "wingspan" to that of birds like Bald Eagles.

10:00am – doors open, kids activities begin
10:30am – Why does plastic pollution matter? presentation
11:00am – Browse booths, first round of door prize drawings
11:30am – What is being done about it? presentation
Noon – Light refreshments, more time to browse, second round of door prize drawings
12:30pm – What can I do? panel discussion clean-up, advocacy, and ways to reduce single-use plastics in the home
1:00pm – Browse booths, final door prize and raffle drawings
1:30pm – We we will wrap up the day showing some of the artwork created by the children during the festival.

The festival offers fun for the entire family! It is free to the public and no registration is required.

If you'd like to be part of the festival, whether planning, sponsoring an activity, donating door prizes, or sharing your own experiences with reducing single-use plastics, let us know? Contact us at or join our ASLC Migratory Bird Day Planning group.

Birding Basics - Adult education class

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons May 21, 23, 27, and 28 from 1:30 to 3:00pm
Do you find yourself listening to an odd chirp while walking or gardening? Are you fascinated by the random rustlings in the bushes? Do you notice and enjoy the birds in your world, but wish you knew more about these clever and busy neighbors?

This is just the class for you! Participants will learn how birds behave so it will be easier to find, watch, and identify the birds you are seeing.

ASLC instructors Caren Willoughby, Laura Doyle, and Mark Elliot will teach identification, adaptions, and habitat of the birds of the Oregon Coast during this two-week class. Participants will have access to bird guides and binoculars and will learn how to use them. The final day of the class will be a field trip to practice using binoculars and field guides and identify birds in the area.

Cost of the class is $40 plus $10 for materials. Register here!

Location: Oregon Coast Community College North Center, 3788 SE High School Drive, Lincoln City, OR.

Friday, May 24, 9-11am
Lincoln City Bird Walk ~ The Villages Open Space and Road's End State Recreational Area
. This easy stroll takes us through meadows, woods, and marshes ultimately arriving at the ocean beach. We should see Black-headed Grosbeaks, Anna’s Hummingbirds, warblers, sandpipers, gulls, and more as we walk through mixed woodlands, forest, marsh, and coastline.

Easy walk, family-friendly. This walk is sponsored by Lincoln City Parks and Recreation and Explore Lincoln City, and is led by ASLC.

Directions: Meet at the west end of West Devil’s Lake Road (just past the golf course).


Friday, June 7, 9-11am
Lincoln City Bird Walk ~ Regatta Park and Devil's Lake
. Regatta Park, with a wonderful playground, picnic area, and beach access for swimmers and boats, is a favorite spot for local families. What is less well known are the nature trails in the park. We will walk through the woods looking for warblers, flycatchers, and other songbirds. Then we will check the lake for waterfowl and raptors such as the Osprey and Bald Eagles that nest nearby.

Easy walk, family-friendly. This walk is sponsored by Lincoln City Parks and Recreation and Explore Lincoln City, and is led by ASLC.

Directions: From Hwy 101 turn east on to NE 14th st. and drive about .6 mile. The park is on the right (driveway is difficult to see, so watch for the huge silver dragon). We will meet in the parking lot.

Saturday, June 8, 9-11am
ASLC Second Saturday Bird Walk ~ Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (Lighthouse)
Yaquina Head is known for its easy viewing of nesting seabird colonies of Common Murre, Pelagic and Brandt’s Cormorant, Pigeon Guillemot, Western Gull, and Black Oystercatcher. The highlight for some are the Peregrine Falcons which have nested on the cliff face beside the Interpretive Center for several years.

Directions: Yaquina Head is located north of Newport off Hwy 101. Turn west at the traffic signal onto Lighthouse Drive. After stopping at the entrance booth, continue up to the Interpretive Center parking lot. Vehicle entrance fee will be waived for ASLC birdwalk participants.


Saturday, July 13, 9-11am
Lincoln City Bird Watching Clinic ~ Alder Island Loop Trail
. Audubon Society of Lincoln City invites you to join us at Alder Island Loop Trail on Millport Slough, part of the Siletz National Wildlife Refuge. This easy one mile trail loops through riparian and wetland habitat along the Siletz River. This is one of our easiest walks, with flat, gravelled paths. We will look for Warbling Vireo, a variety of warblers, raptors, and Great Blue Herons.

Easy walk, family-friendly. This walk is sponsored by Explore Lincoln City and Lincoln City Parks and Recreation and is led by ASLC.

Directions: Meet in the parking lot on the east side of Hwy 101 at the south end of the Siletz River Bridge.


Saturday, August 10, 9-11:30am
Lincoln City Bird Watching Clinic ~ The Knoll Open Space
. Audubon Society of Lincoln City invites you to join us on our most difficult bird walk of the year. We will climb The Knoll at the north end of Lincoln City. The Knoll is part of the Cascade Head Management Area, and was purchased by Lincoln City several years ago as one of the cities Open Spaces. The complete loop hike is about 2-1/2 miles through second growth forests and upland meadows with no facilities or water.

Compared with other Lincoln City bird walks, this hike will be longer and more difficult with uneven ground and elevation gain, so hiking boots and sticks are suggested. We will look for Canada (Gray) Jay, Swainson’s Thrush, Brown Creeper, and swallows.

This walk is sponsored by Explore Lincoln City and Lincoln City Parks and Recreation and is led by ASLC.

Directions: From Hwy 101, turn north at the stoplight onto NE West Devils Lake Blvd. Drive up the windy road to the locked gate where we will meet.


Saturday, September 14, 10am to noon
Second Saturday Bird Walk ~ Sitka Sedge State Natural Area
. Audubon Society of Lincoln City invites you to join us as we visit Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, Oregon’s newest State Park. The trail winds through tidal marsh, mudflats, dense forest, and sand dunes to the ocean. Will look for Marsh Wrens, Great Blue Herons, raptors, warblers, and other migratory birds.

Please note time change.

Directions: The park is located 1 mile north of Tierra del Mar (north of Pacific City) on the left side of Sandlake Rd. We will meet in the parking area.

Friday, September 20, 9-11am
Lincoln City Bird Watching Clinic ~ Hostetler Park (D River) and Devil's Lake State Park
Join us for a walk through diverse habitat along D River, crossing a hidden boardwalk through unique wetlands, then on through the campgrounds to Devil’s Lake. We will look for migrating birds and early fall arriving songbirds and waterfowl.

Easy walk, family-friendly. This walk is sponsored by Explore Lincoln City and Lincoln City Parks and Recreation and is led by ASLC.

Directions: Meet at the NE 1st street parking area on the east side of Hwy 101 in Lincoln City.

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