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Tufted Puffin at Cannon Beach

Upcoming events (all events are free unless otherwise noted)

Field Trips:

  • Wednesday, July 24, 7:30 PMSAS Shorts: Minto-Brown Island Park. Common Nighthawk Summer Bird Walk. Meet at Parking Lot 3, at the end of the road into the park.
  • Sunday, August 4, 7:00 AMMinto-Brown Island Park. Meet at Parking Lot 3, at the end of the road into the park.
  • Thursday, August 15, 7:00 PM - SAS Shorts: Minto-Brown Island Park. Common Nighthawk Summer Bird Walk. Meet at Parking Lot 3, at the end of the road into the park.
  • Tuesday, August 20, 7:00 AM - Noon – Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge -- Meet at the Pintail Marsh Parking Lot.
  • Wednesday, September 4, 7:00 AM – Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at Parking Lot 3, at the end of the road into the park.
  • Saturday, September 14,  7:00 AM - Noon – Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge -- Meet at the Pintail Marsh Parking Lot.

Birder's Night

  • On vacation through summer.
  • Tue, September 10, 6:30-8:30 PMSouthern Africa Birds and Beasts. 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

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

  • July 27 - Molt and Migration. Register for this workshop by clicking here.
  • October 5 - Sex Life of Birds. Register for this workshop by clicking here.
  • January 18, 2020 - Raptor ID. Register for this workshop by clicking here

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


  • September 2019 -- Oregon Shorebird Festival
  • September 13-15, 2019 -- Puget Sound Bird Fest

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.  Half of Gehlar Hall, the main building of the Center, has been completed.  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.  This summer, Salem Audubon plans to 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.

For the past year, the Service has been restoring most of the site to native wet prairie, upland prairie, oak savanna, and wetland habitats.  After the rains subside next spring, 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 Summer 2020.  Watch the Kestrel for updates. 



We have some great opportunities to volunteer for Salem Audubon Society with some upcoming events. These offer us the chance to connect with our community and discuss their interests in plants, pollinators, and of course, birds!

1) The Mission Street Parks Conservancy (MSPC) will hold their annual plant sale at the Soapbox Derby track at Bush's Pasture Park from 10:00am - 7:00pm on Friday, April 12, and 9:00am - 3:00pm on Saturday, April 13. Ray Temple and Stephanie Hazen will be there and can help with organizing/scheduling interested volunteers. You can read more about the event here: https://www.missionstreetparks.org/spring-plant-sale/

2) Leadership opportunities with Salem Audubon Society representation at the Salem SATURDAY Market. We are hoping to have a booth for Salem Audubon Society at least two days this summer, one in MAY (likely mid-May on the 11th) and one in SEPTEMBER (likely Sept. 21st) at the Salem Saturday Market.  We are looking for about 2 people to help coordinate our participation at these market days. We could assist you in recruiting volunteers, and you would be in charge of organizing the staffing of our booth leading up to and the day of the event. You can choose to coordinate one or both market days. To read more about the market, check out their website: https://www.salemcommunitymarkets.com/

3) The Pollinator Festival, hosted by Dancing Oaks Nursery and Gardens, will be on JUNE 22, 2019, from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Salem Audubon Society is looking for leaders and volunteers to staff a booth. More details is on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/790716464642073/.  

 Please contact Maureen Leong-Kee at SalemAudubonVolunteering@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering! We greatly appreciate our members’ support. Thank you!

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.