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.
"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 PreySaturday, Feb 2510 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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/
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.