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Canvasback at Ankeny NWR (photo by Jim Leonard)


Upcoming events (all events are free unless otherwise noted)

  • Wed, Dec 13, 8:00 AM - Noon -- Bird Walk: Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at parking lot #3 (Dolan, Stephens and Unger).
  • Sat, Dec 16 -- Salem Christmas Bird Count (Barbara Dolan and Tim Johnson).
  • Tue, Dec 19 1:00-3:00 PM -- Field trip to learn about Backyard Habitat Certification Program (Stephanie Hazen). Meet at Airport Rd. Park and Ride at 11:30 AM.
  • Mon, Jan 1, 9:00 AM -Noon -- New Year's Day Bird Walk at Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at parking lot #3.
  • Wed, Jan 3, 8:00 AM - Noon -- Bird Walk: Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at parking lot #3 (Dolan, Stephens and Unger).
  • Tue, Jan 9, 6:30 PM -- Birder's Night: Photo-Sharing Night. First United Methodist Church, 600 State St.
  • Wed, Jan 10, 7:00 PM -- Class: Birds of Oregon (Mike Unger). Straub Environmental Learning Center, 1320 A St. NE. $5 fee for class, $10 for field trip.  
  • Sun, Jan 14, 8:00 AM - Noon -- Field Trip: Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at Ankeny Hill Rd Overlook parking lot off of Ankeny Hill Rd. (Dolan, Stephens and Unger).
  • Tue, Jan 16, 7:00 PM -- Chapter Meeting: Malheur: Past, Present and Future (Bob Sallinger). Meet at Loucks Auditorium, Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty SE. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
  • Tue, Jan 23, 9:00-10:30 AM -- Bird Walk (Short): Cascades Gateway Park (Fred Stephens). Meet at Cascades Gateway Park Walter Wirth Lake parking lot.
  • Feb 1: Salem Audubon Society Membership Renewal
  • Sat, Feb 3, 8:00 AM -- Bird Walk: Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at parking lot #3 (Dolan, Stephens and Unger). 
  • Sat, Feb 3, 10:00 AM - Noon -- Bird Class: Exploring Raptors -- Birds of Prey (Mike Unger). Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE. $10 Fee.
  • Sun, Feb 25, 8:00 AM -- Field Trip: Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at Ankeny Hill Rd Overlook parking lot off of Ankeny Hill Rd. (Dolan, Unger and Stevens).

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



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.

  • Barbara Dolan (Field Team Coordinator) - barbarabird.dolan@gmail.com
  • Tim Johnson (Feeder Count Coordinator) - tim.the.fisherman@gmail.com

For related printable maps, forms and other Count information, please click on the "Resources" tab at the top of this page.

Neighboring Christmas Bird Counts:

  • Dallas CBC: Wednesday, December 27. Meet at Dallas Safeway at 7:00 am. Compiler: Caleb Centanni (503) 385-6523 caleb@centanni.com.
  • Silverton CBC: Friday, December 29. Meet at day of count at 6:40 am at Home Place Restaurant, Silverton. Compiler: Roger Freeman (carrotguy55@gmail.com)
  • Airlie/Albany CBC: Sunday, December 31. Compiler: Paul Adamus (541) 745-7092, adamus7@comcast.net

"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 send an email with your name and email adress to salemaudubonvolunteering@gmail.com.

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


1)  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

2) 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.

3) 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.