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Upcoming events (all events are free unless otherwise noted)

  • Sat, Nov 4, 10 AM - Noon -- Salem Christmas Bird Count Workshop: Tips and Techniques. 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).
  • Tue, Nov 14, 6:30 PM -- Lecture: Birder's Night -- Here Be Dragons: Birding on the Edge of North America (Bill Proebsting). Meet at Loucks Auditorium at the Salem Public Library (Please note change of venue for this month only).
  • 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).
  • Sat, Nov 18, 10:00 - 11:30 AM -- Short Bird Walk: Staats Lake, Keizer. Meet at east steps overlooking the lake (Rich Ford).
  • Tue, Nov 21, 7 PM -- Lecture: Chapter Meeting. Hunting Birds with a Camera: How William Finley and Herman Bohlman Used Photography to Save Oregon's Birds (Laura Cray). Loucks Auditorium, Salem Library, 585 Liberty St SE.
  • 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).
  • Wed, Dec 13, 8:00 AM - Noon -- Bird Walk: Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at parking lot #3 (Dolan, Stephens and Unger).
  • Sat, Dec 16 -- Salem Christmas Bird Count (Barbara Dolan and Tim Johnson).

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


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.

  • Barbara Dolan (Field Team Coordinator) - barbarabird.dolan@gmail.com
  • Tim Johnson (Feeder Count Coordinator) - tim.the.fisherman@gmail.com

For related printable maps, forms and other Count information, please click on the "Resources" tab at the top of this page.

Neighboring Christmas Bird Counts:

  • Dallas CBC: Wednesday, December 27. Meet at Dallas Safeway at 7:00 am. Compiler: Caleb Centanni (503) 385-6523 caleb@centanni.com.
  • Silverton CBC: Friday, December 29. Meet at day of count at 6:40 am at Home Place Restaurant, Silverton. Compiler: Roger Freeman (carrotguy55@gmail.com)
  • Airlie/Albany CBC: Sunday, December 31. Compiler: Paul Adamus (541) 745-7092, adamus7@comcast.net

"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

Ankeny Open House



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 send an email with your name and email adress to salemaudubonvolunteering@gmail.com.

Please be sure to check out the SAS Volunteer Calendar for upcoming events and opportunities: http://bit.ly/2kTDAC6. 


You may recall that Salem Audubon's Birders' Night presentation in September was by Stacey Moore, who described the Institute for Applied Ecology's Sagebrush in Prisons Project.  Their project is a unique partnership between the IAE and prisons throughout the West.  Inmates produce sagebrush starts that are subsequently used to jump-start revegetation of sage-steppe that has been burned by range fires on BLM land.  This is particularly important for sagebrush obligate species such as sage grouse, which is already at high risk from development.

The Trump Administration is busily dismantling sage-grouse habitat protections adopted through collaboration among state, federal, and private interests and intended to forestall listing under the Endangered Species Act.  In a recent development, the Sagebrush in Prisons Project has been denied the Federal funding that has enabled it's evolution and successes.

Here is a request for donations to continue the project.  Please read it, followup on the links, and consider donating (see below).

 Ray Temple. Board President, Salem Audubon Society

Greater Sage-Grouse, Tom Reichner

The Institute for Applied Ecology needs your support.  In the last 3 weeks, our Sagebrush in Prisons Program has had its funding withheld by the US Department of Interior, and will not continue in 2018. This means the loss of vital sage grouse habitat restoration, and the end of a very inspirational education program for 13 prisons in 6 states.  In this unique program, inmates learn about and grow sagebrush plants to restore greater sage-grouse habitat, particularly for rehabilitation after wildfires.  Sagebrush do not regenerate after fire.  

Inmates in the program have grown nearly one million sagebrush plants since 2014. This is imperative for sage-grouse, as sagebrush is their winter food and cover. Sagebrush in Prisons is a win-win: large-scale habitat restoration for sage-grouse, and a powerful way for inmates to gain ecological education and job skills by caring for native plants, working with soil, and giving back to the land and the community. 

“The sagebrush program has been very good for my soul.  This project has done more than rescue the sage grouse, it’s allowed us men to do and be something positive.  Through this project, men’s lives begin to have worth; we see that we can be positive and benefit the world instead of bringing it down.” 

 This OPB segment explains why this program and sagebrush transplants are so important. The program has garnered much local and national press, including Outdoor Life magazine, the Argus Observer, BLM’sNorthwest Magazine, and East Idaho News. Read more here about the plight of the greater sage grouse. Read a letter from another involved inmate here.

 We are hosting a Call to Action Happy Hour on Monday, October 23 at 6 pm, and you are invited.  Please join us at IAE board member Sarah Greene’s home on 7700 NW Ridgeview Road, by Bald Hill Farm, to hear about the program our grass-roots campaign to keep it running! We will serve fall hors d’oeuvres and beverages. I will follow up with a call; please RSVP to me at michelw@appliedeco.org. We hope you can attend. If you cannot attend but would still like to support Sagebrush in Prisons, you can select it from a drop-down menu on our Donations page.

Let me know if you have any questions and thank you for your continued support of IAE! – Michel Wiman, IAE Communications and Fundraising Coordinator


1)  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

2) 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.

3) 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.

  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.