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 Swamp Sparrow seen on Salem Christmas Bird Count


Upcoming events (all events are free unless otherwise noted)

Field Trips

  • Sunday, March 3, 8:00 AM - Noon -- Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at Parking Lot 3, at the end of the road into the park.
  • Tuesday, March 19, 8:00 AM - Noon – Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge -- Meet at the Pintail Marsh Parking Lot at 8:00 AM.
  • Wednesday, March 27, 9:00 AM - Noon - Cascades Gateway -- 2100 Turner Rd SE, Salem, OR
  • Monday, April 1, 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM -- Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at Parking Lot 3, at the end of the road into the park.
  • Sunday, April 21, 7:00 AM - Noon – Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge -- Meet at the Pintail Marsh Parking Lot at 8:00 AM.
  • Wednesday, April 24, 5:30 - 7:00 PM -- Fairview Wetlands -- Across the street from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Headquarters at 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, OR

Birder's Night

  • Tue, March 12, 6:30-8:30 PM -- Birder's Night: Klamath Basin: Terns to Trics, Falcons to Ferrugles (Harry Fuller) Meet in the Carrier Room at First United Methodist Church. Please enter the church through the office entrance at 600 State Street.

Other Events

  • Every Wednesday -- Audubon Reserve Work Parties 9:00 – 11:00 AM
  • March 6 -- The Marion County Environmental Services EarthWISE Sustainability Luncheon, Willamette Heritage Center from 12:00-1:00; open to both EarthWISE organizations and the public
  • March 15-17 -- Mid-Valley Yard, Garden & Home Show (look for the Salem Audubon booth in the Columbia Hall)
  • Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 PM -- From Wolves to the Warning to Humanity: Facing the Environmental Crisis through Science, Willamette University - Cat Cavern (900 State St, Salem, OR 97301)
  • Friday, May 24 -- Birds and Wine Event: Baskett Slough and Cherry Hill Winery ($50 per person donation to Salem Audubon) 

2019 Bird Identification Workshops ($10 each, check future Kestrels for further information on each workshop.)

  • March 2 - Songbirds Part 1 (Flycatchers to Chickadees)
  • March 16 - Songbirds Part 2 (Nuthatches to Warblers)
  • March 30 - Songbirds Part 3 (Sparrows to Goldfinches)
  • April 6 - Beginning Bird Class
  • July 27 - Molt and Migration
  • October 5 - Sex Life of Birds

All bird identification workshops are held from 10 am to noon, at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem


  • April 11-14, 2019 -- 37th Annual Harney County Migratory Bird Festival, Burns, OR
  • May 3-5, 2019 -- Grays Harbor Shorebird and Nature Festival, Hoquiam, WA
  • May 2019 -- Malheur NWR field trip
  • May 2019 -- 41st Annual Silver Falls Birding and Wildflower Festival, Silver Falls State Park
  • June 2019 -- Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival, Sisters, OR
  • July 2019 -- Summer Lake Trip

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



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.

Salem Audubon organizes 40+ field trips. Birder's Night and field trips are open to the public.  Birding workshops are offered for a small fee. Consult the monthly newsletter, the Kestrel, for details on Birder's Night, field trips, workshops 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 mission, click on the "Support Us" tab above.

Salem Audubon's long-awaited nature center project at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge has taken a huge step forward with completion of the first phase of construction.

Photo of Phase One Classroom Building

This is the product of an unusual and effective partnership among Salem Audubon, The Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  By the end of 2018, half of Gehlar Hall, the main building of the Center, will be complete.  It's a very classy structure, with an indoor classroom, a covered outdoor learning space, and restrooms.  Most of the cost of this building has come from a bequest made by Mark Gehlar to Salem Audubon many years ago; the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service has provided the rest.  In January, Salem Audubon will deed the building to the Service. 

When we can raise the needed funding, the other half of Gehlar hall will be constructed, along with the David Marshall Classroom to be situated on Peregrine Marsh.  This is a long-term project; all phases will be operated in a three-way partnership.

This Fall and Winter, the Service is restoring most of the site to native wet prairie, upland prairie, oak savanna, and wetland habitats.  In dry weather in 2019, the Service will establish a new entry road, parking, trails, outdoor interpretive features, and other developments with Federal funding.  We expect to open the first phase building shown in the photo to public use in Fall 2019.  Watch the Kestrel for updates. 



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. 


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.