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Ankeny Wildlife Refuge Winter Closure  (by John Matthews) 


Upcoming events (all events are free unless otherwise noted)

  • Wed, Nov 7, 9 - 11 AM -- Audubon Reserve Work Party. Meet at Audubon Nature Reserve, Eola Drive, off Edgewater in West Salem.
  • Sat., Nov. 10, 9:00 AM -- Field Trip: Staats Lake, Keizer. Meet on the steps on the east end of Staats Lake at 9:00 AM. (Ford) Staats Lake is just north of the intersection of River Rd N and Lockhaven Dr in Keizer. From the intersection, go north on River Rd one block to Promenade Way and turn left. The group will meet on the steps next to the lake. There is no public parking lot, but you should be able to park near any business that isn’t open. Please DO NOT park in the lot at the Salem Clinic facility.
  • Tue, Nov. 13, 6:30-8:30 PM -- Birder's Night Speaker Meeting: "Cuba: Discover the Island’s Endemic and Native Species" (by Tim Shelmerdine). Meet in the Carrier Room at First United Methodist Church. Please enter the church through the office entrance at 600 State Street.
  • Tues, Nov.13, 7:00–8:30 PM -- Planting for Pollinators by Lynda Boyer, native seed production manager at Heritage Seedling Farms. Salem Public Library Salem Library, Loucks Auditorium.
  • Wed, Nov 14, 8 AM - Noon -- Field Trip: Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at Pintail Marsh parking lot off of Wintel Rd. Look for "Seasonal Photo Blind" sign on Wintel Rd. (Dolan, Unger and Stevens).
  • Wed, Nov 14, 9 - 11 AM -- Audubon Reserve Work Party. Meet at Audubon Nature Reserve, Eola Drive, off Edgewater in West Salem.
  • Wed, Nov 21, 9 - 11 AM -- Audubon Reserve Work Party. Meet at Audubon Nature Reserve, Eola Drive, off Edgewater in West Salem.
  • Tues, Nov. 27, 9:00 AM -- SAS Short: Fairview Wetlands. Meet at Salem's Airport Rd Park and Ride at 8:30 AM or at the Park at 9:15 AM (Unger). The Fairview Wetlands is across the street from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) Headquarters at 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE (south of Madrona Avenue). Meet in the ODFW parking lot 5-10 minutes before 9:00 AM.
  • Tue, Nov 27, 6:00 PM -- Salem Audubon Board Meeting. Meets at 338 Hawthorne Ave NE, large conference room.
  • Wed, Nov 28, 9 - 11 AM -- Audubon Reserve Work Party. Meet at Audubon Nature Reserve, Eola Drive, off Edgewater in West Salem.
  • Through Nov. 29 -- "Nature Art Exhibit: Birds of Oregon" at The Eco Hub @ Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill Street SE, Ste 107 Salem, OR, 97301. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Regular viewing hours at the Eco Hub are on Tuesday-Thursday from 12-5 PM.
  • Wed, Dec. 12, 8 AM - Noon -- Field Trip: Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at parking lot 3. (Dolan, Unger and Stevens).
  • Sat, Dec 15 -- Salem Christmas Bird Count. Contact: Tim Johnson, tim.the.fisherman@gmail.com
  • Thur, Dec 27 -- Dallas Christmas Bird Count. Contact: Caleb Centanni, caleb@centanni.com 
  • Wed, Jan. 2, 8 AM - Noon -- Field Trip: Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at parking lot 3. (Dolan, Unger and Stevens).
  • Tue, Jan. 8, 6:30-8:30 PM -- Birder's Night Speaker Meeting: Photo-Sharing Program. Meet in the Carrier Room at First United Methodist Church. Please enter the church through the office entrance at 600 State Street.

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 Society Nature Center Concept Drawing

To see phase one drawings -- click here.

These drawings represent the final design of Gehlar Hall at the Ankeny Hill Nature Center.  The view shown here is for the completed building, including the Phase 1 structure that will be constructed in 2018 and the second phase which will complete the building as funds are raised in the future.  Construction of the first phase building is scheduled to begin on 30 July 2018.   Watch this site for updates.

To see phase two drawings -- click here

Phase two and subsequent phases will be completed at a later date, after necessary funds have been secured.



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.