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Juvenile American Golden-Plover

(seen recently at Ankeny NWR)

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Upcoming events (all events are free unless otherwise noted)

  • Wed, Sept 6, 7:00-11:00 AM -- Bird Walk: Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at parking lot #3 (Dolan, Stephens and Unger).
  • Tue, Sept 12, 6:30 AM -- Lecture: Sagebrush in Prisons: Unlikely Heroes Saving Sage Grouse (Stacy Moore). Meet at First United Methodist Church, 600 State St. Enter church from State Street.
  • Sat, Sept 16, 7:00-11 AM -- Bird Walk: Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at Ankeny Hill Rd Overlook parking lot off of Ankeny Hill Rd. (Dolan, Stephens and Unger).
  • Tue, Sept 19, 7:00 PM -- Lecture: Coastal Conservation Issues and Strategies - The Land=Sea Conneciton (Paul Engelmeyer). Loucks Auditorium, Salem Library, 585 Liberty St SE.
  • Sat, Sept 23, 11 AM- 3 PM -- Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge Open House 
  • Mon, Sept 25, 9:00-10:30 AM -- Short Bird Walk: Cascades Gateway Park. Meet at the lakefront parking lot, 2100 Turner Rd SE, near Walmart (Fred Stephens).
  • Tue, Oct 3, 8:00 AM - Noon -- Bird Walk: Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at parking lot #3 (Dolan, Stephens and Unger).
  • Sat, Oct 7, 10 AAM - Noon -- Oregon Birds: Land Birds ID Workshop, $10 fee. Meet at Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters at 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE (Mike Unger).
  • Sun, Oct 15, 8:00 AM - Noon -- Bird Walk: Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at Ankeny Hill Rd Overlook parking lot off of Ankeny Hill Rd. (Dolan, Stephens and Unger).
  • Wed, Oct 18, 7:30 AM -- Oregon Coast Field Trip, Lincoln City to Newport. Meet at Salem Airport Rd Park and Ride (Lindeman and Johnson). 
  • Thur, Oct 26, 8:00 AM - Noon -- Short Bird Walk: Brown's Ferry Park, Tualatin. Meet at carpool from Salem Airport Rd Park and Ride (Barbara Dolan).
  • Sat, Nov 4, 10 AM - Noon -- Christmas Bird Count Workshop. Meet at Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters at 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE (Mike Unger).
  • Sun, Nov 5, 8:00 AM - Noon -- Bird Walk: Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at parking lot #3 (Dolan, Stephens and Unger).
  • Wed, Nov 15, 8:00 AM - Noon -- Bird Walk: Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at Ankeny Hill Rd Overlook parking lot off of Ankeny Hill Rd. (Dolan, Stephens and Unger).
  • Tue, Nov 28, 9:00-10:30 AM -- Short Bird Walk: Fairview Wetlands. Meet at Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters parking lot at 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE (Mike Unger).
  • Sat, Dec 16 -- Salem Christmas Bird Count (Barbara Dolan and Tim Johnson).

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

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New webpage feature (below) -- the Cornell Lab of Ornothology Bird Tracker, showing birds that have been reported to eBird (www.ebird.com) recently at our nearby refuge.

 

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.

"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

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SEEKING VOLUNTEERS!

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. 

CONSERVATION CORNER 

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.

http://audubonportland.org/news/audubon-society-of-portland-statement-on-the-verdict-in-the-malheur-occupation-case

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) 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.

4) 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.

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  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. 

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