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Cackling Geese (Photographed by Stephanie Hazen) 


Upcoming events

  • Feb 1 -- Salem Audubon membership renewal due date. To renew or join and support Salem Audubon Society, click on the "Support Us" tab.
  • Thur, Feb 23, 9 - 11 AM -- Field Trip: SAS SHORTS, Minto-Brown Island Park.  Meet at parking lot #3 (Barbara Dolan) 
  • Thur, Feb 23, 7 - 8 PM -- Lecture: Chapter Meeting -- "How Woodpeckers Can Save the World" (Stephen Shunk) at Salem Library Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem. NOTE DATE CHANGE.
  • Sat, Feb 25, 10 AM to Noon: Lecture -- Exploring Raptors -- Birds of Prey presented by Mike Unger. Meet at ODFW, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE ($10 fee). See course description to the left.
  • Sun, Feb 26, 8 AM - Noon -- Field Trip: Ankeny NWR. Meet at Ankeny Hill Rd Overlook Parking Lot (Dolan, Stephens and Unger)
  • Tue, Feb 28, 7 AM until late afternoon -- Field Trip: Coast Trip to Neskowin. Meet at the K-Mart parking lot along Mission St in front of the Jack-in-the-Box. We will drop off extra vehicles at the Park and Ride Lot on Airport Rd. before leaving town. (Ken Chamberlain and Barbara Dolan)
  • Sun, Mar 5, 8 AM to Noon -- Field Trip: Minto Brown Island Park.  Meet at parking lot #3 (Dolan, Stephens and Unger)
  • Fri, Mar 10, 10 AM - 6 PM -- Native Plant Sale sponsored by Marion SWCD. Bauman Farms, 12989 Howell Prairie Rd, Gervais, OR
  • Tue. Mar 14, 6:30 - 8:30 PM -- Lecture: Birder's Night -- "My Big Year, Take Two" (Glen Lindeman). First United Methodist Church, 600 State St, Salem.
  • Wed, Mar 15, 7:00 PM -- Lecture: Outdoor Adventures -- Hiking  (Bill Sullivan and Zach Urness) at Salem Library Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty Street SE, Salem. Sponsored by Salem Environmental Education. Admission: $5 (students free). 
  • Mar 17-19, Mid-Valley Yard, Garden and Home Show, Oregon State Fairgrounds. Visit the Salem Audubon Society booth. Admission and parking are free.
  • Tue, Mar 21, 8 AM to Noon -- Field Trip: Ankeny NWR. Meet at Ankeny Hill Rd Overlook Parking Lot (Dolan, Stephens and Unger)
  • Thur, Mar 21, 7 - 8 PM -- Lecture: Chapter Meeting -- "An Intimate Look at Nesting Peregrin Falcons" (Wayne Hoffman) at Salem Library Loucks Auditorium, 585 Liberty St. SE, Salem.
  • Mon, Apr 3, 7 - 11 AM -- Field Trip: Minto Brown Island Park.  Meet at parking lot #3 (Dolan, Stephens and Unger)
  • Sun, Apr 23, 7 - 11 AM -- Field Trip: Ankeny NWR. Meet at Ankeny Hill Rd Overlook Parking Lot (Dolan, Stephens and Unger)
  • Wed, Mar 29, 5:30 - 7:00 PM -- Field Trip: SAS SHORTS, Cascades Gateway Park, 2100Turner Rd SE, near Walmart, Lowe's and the Salem airport (Fred Stephens) 
  • Sat, May 20 -- Tour: Spring Backyard Birdfeeders. $40 includes lunch. Space is limited. To register, call Barbara Dolan (971-338-8817).

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. Note date change in February when we meet on Thursday, February 23.

    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, see the December 2016 Kestrel -- click here


    A Class on Birds of Oregon -- Exploring Raptors/Birds of Prey

    Saturday, Feb 25

    10 AM - Noon

    Did you know that Oregon is home to numerous raptors including hawks, owls, falcons and eagles throughout the year? This class will highlight the best sites to look for them. Do you have trouble separating a Red-shouldered Hawk from a Red-tail? We investigate the tricky identification challenges that these birds present. How fast can falcons fly? How come vultures don’t get sick when they eat dead things? We answer these questions as well as others and learn about the classification, identification and lifestyles of these fascinating birds. We also learn the identification of some of these raptors by sight and sound. 

    Cost: $10 (Cash or check) - Reservations requested. Please call Salem Audubon at (503) 588-7340 and leave your name and telephone number and state that you wish to attend the raptors class, or email laurie@salemaudubon.org. For more information, call Mike Unger at (503) 930-8998.

    Speaker: Mike Unger, Mike has been birdwatching for many years. He gained an interest in birdwatching while spending his winters in Southeast Arizona, one of the premier birdwatching areas in the nation. Mike’s background is in administration and training.

    Location: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem

    Upcoming classes:

      Songbirds 1, 2 and 3 on April 1 and 22nd and May 6th

      Shorebirds (New) - July 29th

      Land Birds - Woodpeckers, doves, quail... (New) - October 7th




    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 --www.cityofsalem.net/Residents/Parks/ParkTour/Documents/minto-brown-master-plan.pdf


      Marion Soil and Water Conservation District Grant Award 

    In December, Salem Audubon was awarded a generous grant by the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District (Marion SWCD).  The grant of $795 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.