What's New

Pied-billed Grebe, mother and babies (Jim Leonard)


Upcoming Field Trips, Meetings and Other Events

  • Wed, Aug 5 -- Minto-Brown Park Field Trip (Fred Stephens, Mike Unger and Barbara Dolan)

  • Sat, Aug 26 -- Ankeny NWR Field Trip (Fred Stephens, Mike Unger and Barbara Dolan)

  • Sep 4-6 -- 20th Annual Oregon Shorebird Festival (Glen Lindeman)

  • Tue, Sep 8 -- Birder's Night -- Abian Potpourri: Birds of the American West (Evelynn and Jerry Smith)

  • Wed, Sep 9 -- Minto-Brown Park Field Trip (Fred Stephens, Mike Unger and Barbara Dolan)

  • Tue, Sep 15 -- Chapter Meeting -- Willamette Wildlife Mitigation Program (Laura Tesler)

  • Wed, Sep 16 -- Keizer Rapids Park Field Trip (Mike Unger and Carolyn Homan)

  • Sat, Sep 19 -- Ankeny NWR Field Trip (Fred Stephens, Mike Unger and Barbara Dolan) 

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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Salem Audubon's Facebook Page

Click here.




    From the beauty of a Wood Duck to the joy of a child hearing the collective calls of Canada Geese, the Salem Audubon Society, in Salem, Oregon, 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 and other educational programs.  We involve volunteers in education, advocacy, conservation and restoration projects.

    Salem Audubon is a charitable organization qualifying as a nonprofit under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code. 

    NOTE: Birder's Night and Chapter Meeting will resume in September.

    Birder's Night: a presentation on some aspect 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, held at Carrier Room of the First United Methodist Church, 600 State Street in downtown Salem.

    Our Chapter Meetings are held on 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.  Various nature-related programs are presented. 

    Salem Audubon organizes 35+ field trips annually.  Programs and field trips are open to the public.  Our monthly newsletter, the Kestrel, details our monthly programs and field trips. 

    For more information call the Salem Audubon Society office, 503-588-7340.


     Board Members Wanted 

    Interested in the future of Salem Audubon Society, the Nature Center we will build at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge, and all our other programs and activities?   Here is an opportunity to help steer Salem Audubon down the road to our future.  The Board of Directors recently adopted a strategic plan that looks ahead to September 2016.  This is an exciting time of growth and change, and the Board needs more members to help make it happen.

     Our strategic plan has four goals:

    • Strengthen SAS leadership, increase membership and expand the diversity of residents served by strengthening core programs SAS offers and expanding the scope of programs and experiences offered and their availability to diverse audiences.

    • Build community familiarity and respect for the SAS as a nature education and nature advocacy organization.

    • Complete stepwise development of the Nature Center facility and the programs it will offer.

    • Ensure financial stability by developing long term revenue streams and increasing major donor and business/corporate support.

    To accomplish these goals we need Board members who are willing to champion selected aspects of the strategic plan as well as providing governance across all the issues that the Board undertakes.  We need energy, commitment, and skill sets related to fundraising, community outreach, project and program management, business experience, and problem solving. If you are interested or want more information, please email our administrator, Laurie Buswell, at Laurie@salemaudubon.org with your interests and contact information. 



    1) Minto Island Conservation Area Plan

    On Monday 13 July the Salem City Council will hear a proposal from staff to adopt a management plan for the Minto Island Conservation Area.  This 307 acre parcel was purchased with funds from the Bonneville Power Administration for wildlife habitat.  It adjoins Minto-Brown Island City Park on the north side, and is home to two species of native turtles, and about 150 species of birds use the area.  Two thirds of those nest in or near the area.
    The pedestrian bridge to be built at Riverfront Park will lead to a paved path through the conservation area, south to Minto-Brown Island City Park.

    The City's draft plan is at (http://www.cityofsalem.net/Residents/Parks/ParkTour/Documents/minto-island-conservation-plan.pdf),

    The SAS Board of Directors generally approves the City's approach but has submitted comments that raise these issues:

    • The City must manage the area consistent with the City's legal obligation that management for wildlife habitat values must override recreational management if wildlife habitat is adversely affected

    • There is a serious need to enforce leash laws for dogs, to avoid adverse impact on nesting birds and other wildlife.  This is a chronic problem in Minto-Brown Island Park.

    • Much information regarding native turtles has been collected by Audubon members since the draft plan was written.  The plan needs to be updated to include the most recent information. including species, numbers, and nesting habiats.

    • Mowing and other maintenance must be done according to work windows identified in the City of Portland's  Avoiding Impacts on Nesting Birds During Construction and Restoration Projects.

    • 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.

    Your Board of Directors encourages you to review the plan and testify at the Council meeting.  Whether you are able to testify or not, attending the hearing will signal support for our comments.  And, a call or email to your Council person may help them vote appropriately.


    2) Minto-Brown Island Park Master Plan 

    The City of Salem is currently hosting a survey on the question of preferred uses of Minto Brown Island Park. It is part of the master plan development. 

    The Salem Audubon Society Board of Directors has taken a solid position of advocacy for maintaining Minto-Brown as the premier natural area that we know.  If you examine the previous survey results, it is obvious that this point of view needs to be clearly heard by the City to counteract voices advocating development.  We strongly urge you to take this survey if you care about maintaining Minto-Brown as the premier natural area that we know, and to get involved in the planning process as described on the website.

    Here is the website with the survey: click here

    For more information on conservation topics, please see the "Conservation" tab on this website.


    3) Willamette Valley Horned Lark Survey

    Volunteers are needed to search for color-banded Horned Larks in the mid- and southern Willamette Valley.   For more information -- click here.


    4) Protect the Coastal California Gnatcher

    Developers are seeking to remove the threatened Coastal California Gnatcatcher from the Endangered Species list.  For  information on what you can do to prevent this from happening -- click here.

    Additional information on conservation can be found under the Conservation tab (see above).


     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. 


     Salem Audubon Society Nature Center Update 

    A Nature Center has been a dream for Salem Audubon for more that a decade, dating back to when Mark Gehlar donated $1.35 million dollars to Salem Audubon for this purpose.  Recently, Salem Audubon has moved significantly closer to fulfilling that dream.  Links to the following documents provide information on the latest information on the Natue Center goals and accomplishments.

    Salem Audubon members, other stakeholders and the broader community will have opportunities to provide input to the Nature Center design over the next few months, during the planning process.