Green Heron at Staats Lake (by Wally Curtis)
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.
Salem Christmas Bird Count
The 54th Salem Christmas Bird Count takes place on Saturday, December 17. On that date, we will attempt to identyfy and record every bird within the Salem Christmas Bird Count area, a 15-mile diameter circle that is centered near the Oregon state capitol building.
To interact with the Salem Christmas Bird Count Circle (below), click on the icon in the upper right-hand corner of the map.
The Salem Christmas Bird Count is sponsored and coordinated by Salem Audubon Society.
For more information about the Salem Christmas Bird Count and related topics, please refer to the links below:
- December Kestrel article on the 2016 Salem Christmas Bird Count -- click here
- 2015 Salem Christmas Bird Count Sector Breakdowns - click here
- 2015 Salem Christmas Bird Count Summary Results - click here
- Neighboring Christmas Bird Counts - click here
- Contacts for the 2016 Salem Christmas Bird Count:
"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
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/
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.