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Orange-crowned Warbler (at Minto-Brown Island Park) 


Upcoming events (all events are free unless otherwise noted)

  • Feb 1 -- Salem Audubon annual membership renewal. To renew or join and support Salem Audubon Society, click on the "Support Us" tab.
  • Tue. Apr 11, 6:30-8:30 PM -- Lecture: Birder's Night -- "In Search of Golden Eagles along the Owyhee River" (Stephanie Hazen). First United Methodist Church, 600 State St, Salem.
  • Wed, Apr 12, 7:00 PM -- Lecture: The State of Oregon's Forests (Mike Cloughesy) at Salem Library Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem. 
  • Tue, Apr 18, 7:00-8:30 PM -- Lecture: Chapter Meeting -- "Birding Without Borders: An Eic World Big Year" (Noah Strycker) at Salem Library Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem.Sun,
  • Sat, Apr 22, 8 AM -- Bird Walk: Jefferson Farm (Ray Temple and Stephanie Hazen). Meet at main gate at 11782 Jefferson Hwy 99E, Jefferson, OR
  • Sat, Apr 22, 11 AM - 3 PM -- Earth Day Event: Capitol Subaru, 3235 Cherry Rd NW, Salem
  • Sun, Apr 23, 7-11 AM -- Bird Walk: Ankeny NWR. Meet at Ankeny Hill Rd Overlook Parking Lot (Dolan, Stephens and Unger)
  • Mon, Apr 24, 5:30-7:00 PM -- Bird Walk: Fairview Wetlands (Mike Unger). Meet at Fairview Wetlands across the road from ODFW Hqtrs, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE.
  • Sat, Apr 29, 10 AM-Noon -- Workshop: Songbirds (Nuthatches to Warblers). See details to left.
  • Mon, May 1 -- Birdathon begins. This is one of our chapter's major fundraisers of the year. Participate in one or more of the many scheduled events in May, and pledge generously to support Salem Audubon Society.
  • Wed, May 3, 7-11 AM -- Bird Walk: Minto Brown Island Park.  Meet at parking lot #3 (Dolan, Stephens and Unger)Sat, May 6, 10 AM - Noon -- Workshop: Songbirds (Sparrows to Finches). See details to left.
  • Sat, May 6, 10 AM-Noon -- Workshop: Songbirds (Sparrows to Finches). See details to left.
  • Sun, May 7 -- Birds and Wine Event: Willamette Valley Vineyards. Details in April Kestrel. $50 includes lunch, wine tasting and donation to Salem Audubon Society
  • Wed, May 10, 8 AM -- Bird Walk: Camassia Preserve and Tryon Creek Natural Area (Mike Unger), meet at K-Mart parking lot along Mission Street.
  • Tue, May 16, 7:00-8:30 PM -- Lecture: Chapter Meeting -- "Salem Audubon Society Nature Center Update" (Ray Temple) at Salem Library Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem.
  • Sat, May 20 -- Tour: Spring Birdfeeder Yard Tour. A guided tour of 4 backyards in the Salem area, $40 includes lunch. Space is limited. To register, call Barbara Dolan (971-338-8817). Sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited, Salem.
  • Sunday, May 28, 7:00 am. Bird Walk: Ankeny NWR. Meet at Ankeny Hill Rd Overlook Parking Lot (Dolan, Stephens and Unger). Meet at Ankeny Hill Rd. Overlook.

See the current Kestrel newsletter for details -- click here.


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Varied Thrush (courtesy of Jim Leonard)


Upcoming Field Trips, Meetings and Other Events

  • Sun, Dec 6 -- Ankeny NWR field trip (Fred Stephens and Barbara Dolan)
  • Tue, Dec 8 -- Birder's Night: Photo Sharing
  • Sun, Dec 13 -- SAS Shorts: Ankeny NWR field trip, Eagle Marsh Kiosk (Fred Stephens and Tim Johnson)
  • Tue, Dec 15 -- Chapter Meeting: please note, there is no December Chapter Meeting
  • Wed, Dec 16 -- Minto Brown Island Park field trip (Fred Stephens and Barbara Dolan)
  • Sat, Dec 19 -- Salem Christmas Bird Count 
  • Mon, Dec 28 -- Dallas Christmas Bird Count (contact Brandon Wagner, bmwboarder@gmail.com)
  • Wed, Jan 6 -- Minto Brown Island Park field trip (Fred Stephens and Barbara Dolan)
  • Wed, Dec 30 -- Silverton Christmas Bird Count (contact Roger Freeman, carrotguy55@gmail.com)
  • Sun, Jan 17 -- Ankeny NWR field trip (Fred Stephens and Barbara Dolan)
  • Tue, Jan 19 -- Chapter Meeting: Sand Rollers, Suckers and Sculpins - Exploring the Diversity and Ecology of the Willamette Basin's Native Non-game Fish (Brian Bags, ODFW)
  • Tue, Jan 26 -- SAS Shorts: Cascades Gateway Park field trip (Fred Stephens)

Check the Kestrel for details -- click here.


Thanks to local businesses! 

Salem Audubon Society wishes to thank the following businesses for their support of our chapter.  We encourage our members and friends to patronize these businesses whenever possible.

  • Capitol Subaru, Salem
  • Great Harvest Bread, Salem
  • LifeSource Natural Foods, Salem
  • Salem Electric, Salem
  • Sportsman's Warehouse, Salem
  • Terra Gardens Nursery, Salem
  • Wild Birds Unlimited, Salem




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    From the beauty of a Wood Duck to the joy of hearing the collective calls of Canada Geese, the Salem Audubon Society is dedicated to sharing the wonders of the natural world with the entire community and supporting a healthy ecosystem.

    The Salem Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society.  Our mission is to connect people to Nature, through education focused on birds, other wildlife and their habitats, and conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems.  To this end, we promote the enjoyment of wildlife and the stewardship of the environment with birding field trips, nature walks,  monthly meetings and a variety of traveling educational programs.  We involve volunteers in education, advocacy, conservation and restoration projects.

    Salem Audubon Society is a charitable organization qualifying as a nonprofit under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code. 

    Birder's Night: a presentation on various aspects of birding, followed by an informal sharing of bird observations and questions. Meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, September through May, at the Carrier Room of the First United Methodist Church, 600 State Street in downtown Salem.

    Chapter Meeting: a presentation on various nature-related topics.  Meets the third Tuesday of the month, September through November, and January through May, at 6:30 p.m., with programs starting at 7 p.m. in Loucks Audutorium at the Salem Public Library in downtown Salem.

    Salem Audubon organizes 40+ field trips annually.  Programs and field trips are open to the public.  Our monthly newsletter, the Kestrel, details our monthly programs, field trips and other chapter activities. 

    For questions or more information call the Salem Audubon Society office, 503-588-7340.

    To join Salem Audubon Society, renew your membership or otherwise support our cause, click on the "Support Us" tab above.


    Upcoming workshops:

    Note: These upcoming songbird workshops can be taken independently, without having taken the previous songbird workshop(s).

    Songbirds: Nuthatches to Warblers -- Saturday, April 29

    Focuses on thrushes, thrashers, pipits and warblers. What the heck is a pipit? This class will show you. We will study the classification and identification of these birds with color slides and audio recordings. Come along as we continue our tour through the world of songbirds.

    Songbirds: Sparrows to Goldfinches -- Saturday, May 6

    Sparrows, buntings, orioles, blackbirds and goldfinches will be in the spotlight. Can you tell a Fox Sparrow from a Song Sparrow, this workshop will show you how to tell the difference. Like the other workshops in the series, we will investigate the classification and identification of these birds using sight and sound. These birds include some of the gaudiest, as well as some of our most difficult birds to identify (especially the sparrows).

    Presenter: Mike Unger

    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Fee: $10 per person, includes materials.

    Reservations requested. Please call Salem Audubon at (503) 588-7340. Leave your name and telephone number and state which workshop(s) you wish to attend or email Salem Audubon at laurie@salemaudubon.org. Walk-ins are welcome!

    For more information, call Mike Unger at (503) 930-8998


    Birds and Wine at Willamette Valley Vineyards – Sunday, May 7

    One of Salem Audubon Society's signature fundraising events of year is "Birds and Wine" held at one of our local wineries. This spring we will visit Willamette Valley Vineyards.   

    Willamette Valley Vineyards has partnered with the Cascades Raptor Center in Eugene to place rehabilitated raptors in the vineyard for natural protection. The released raptors help to create a balanced eco-system by controlling pest populations. At this event, you will learn more about Willamette Valley Vineyards' Raptor Release Program, and their sustainable "LIVE" certified growing practices.

    Wine Enthusiasts magazine recently declared the Willamette Valley as its wine region of the year. If you are not familiar with the wines of the Willamette Valley, this event will give you a great opportunity to try some of our area’s finest, as well as to walk through the vineyards, learn about WVV’s Raptors in the Vineyard program, and enjoy a delicious lunch and wine tasting.

    Fee: $50 per person (includes lunch, wine tasting and a contribution to Salem Audubon Society)

    Attendance is limited. To make reservations or ask questions, contact our chapter treasurer, Tim Johnson, at (503) 507-8552 or tim.the.fisherman@gmail.


    "Connecting People with Nature"

    Salem Audubon Society Nature Center Concept Drawing

    For an update on the Nature Center development, see the December 2016 Kestrel -- click here



    Salem Audubon Society gladly serves our community while promoting conservation and the protection of wildlife. But we need your help to make it happen! We’re looking for volunteers to help in various ways, such as assisting with environmental education programs or representing SAS at various local events and other community outreach efforts.

    Don’t have experience? We’ll train you! We need support at various levels and with a variety of tasks. We value and appreciate the efforts our members, and we can’t provide the programs we do without you. We would love to have you join us and be a volunteer!

    To join our volunteer list, please email Laurie Buswell at laurie@salemaudubon.org.

    Please be sure to check out the SAS Volunteer Calendar for upcoming events and opportunities: http://bit.ly/2kTDAC6. 


    1) Malheur Occupation Verdict--Use of Public Lands

    The Board of Directors of the Salem Audubon Society endorses and supports the views expressed in this message from Audubon Portland.  We encourage our readers to pay attention to pubic lands issues and to express their views to their elected representatives.  Ray Temple, Board President.


    2)  The State of North America’s Birds, 2016

    This is the first comprehensive report assessing the conservation status of all bird species that occur in Canada, the continental United States and Mexico. The report shows that more than one third of all North American bird species need urgent conservation action and calls for a renewed, continent-wide commitment to saving our shared birds and their habitats. It is a call to action to governments, private industry and the public to come together to support a beloved shared resource: our migratory birds.  See: https://www.fws.gov/birds/news/160519SOTB.php

    3) Battle Creek Park Master Plan

    The City of Salem is seeking public input on a new Master Plan for the development of Battle Creek Park in south Salem.  

    For information about the planning process, upcoming public meetings and an on-line survey, click here.

    4) Minto Island Conservation Area Plan

    On July 13, 2015, the City Council approved the City's Minto Island Conservation Area Plan.  Salem Audubon was represented on the Technical Advisory Committee for this Plan.  The Plan complies with key provisions of the Conservation Easement for the Conservation Area.  Salem Audubon was successful in advocating for:

    • Managing the large basin within the Conservation Area as a wetlands, providing suitable habitat for our wintering waterfowl.

    • Much information regarding native turtles has been collected by Audubon members since the draft plan was written.  Salem Audubon will advocate for a plan which includes continued monitoring of the native turtles species, numbers, and nesting habitats.

    • Mowing and other maintenance will be done according to 'work windows' calendar so it does not occur while birds are nesting.

    If any further trail development is to be proposed, it must not affect the core wildlife habitat values for which the parcel was purchased.  New information about turtles must be considered, and wildlife concerns must trump recreational desires, under terms of the purchase.  The Board recommends no further trail development.

    5) Minto-Brown Island Park Master Plan

    On November 27, 2015, the City Council approved a new Minto-Brown Island Master Plan.  That plan can be found here.


      Marion Soil and Water Conservation District Grant Award 

    In March, 2017, Salem Audubon was awarded a generous grant by the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District (Marion SWCD).  The grant of $1,000 will pay for room rental and speaker stipends for Birders' Night presentations and speaker stipends for Chapter Meeting presentations through next September.  This award will relieve our annul operating budget of these costs.  The grant was awarded through Marion SWCD's Conservation Learning Education and Resources (CLEAR) Grant program.  This program awards funding to other organizations that provide conservation education and foster natural resource conservation.