What's New


Ankeny Wildlife Refuge Winter Closure  (by John Matthews) 


Upcoming events (all events are free unless otherwise noted)

Field Trips

  • Wed, Dec. 12, 8 AM - Noon -- Field Trip: Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at parking lot 3. (Dolan, Unger and Stephens).
  • Wed, Jan. 2, 8 AM - Noon -- Field Trip: Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at parking lot 3. (Dolan, Unger and Stephens).
  • Sun. Jan. 13, 8:00 AM – Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge -- Meet at the Pintail Marsh Parking at 8:00 AM.

Birder's Night

  • Tue, Dec, 11, 6:30-8:30 PM -- Birder's Night: The Habitat Associations, Dispersal Patterns and Diets of Western Purple Martins in Oregon (Lorelle M. Sherman) -- Loucks Auditorium - Salem Library, 585 Liberty Street SE, Salem - (Note -- Change of Venue for This Month Only)
  • Tue, Jan. 8, 6:30-8:30 PM -- Birder's Night: 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.

Other Events

  • Every Wednesday -- Audubon Reserve Work Parties 9:00 – 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, December 8 -- Holiday Festival at Silver Falls State Park
  • Sat, Dec 15 -- Salem Christmas Bird Count. For information, contact: Tim Johnson, tim.the.fisherman@gmail.com
  • Thur, Dec 27 -- Dallas Christmas Bird Count. Contact: Caleb Centanni, caleb@centanni.com
  • Sat, Dec 29 -- Silverton Christmas Bird Count. Contact: Roger Freeman, carrotguy55@gmail.com 
  • Saturday, January 19, 2019, 10 AM - noon --  Oregon Birds: See Learn and Share - Exploring Raptors: Birds of Prey, ODFW, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem

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

  • January 19 - Raptor ID
  • March 30 - Songbirds Part 3 (Sparrows to Goldfinches)
  • March 2 - Songbirds Part 1 (Flycatchers to Chickadees)
  • July 27 - Molt and Migration
  • March 16 - Songbirds Part 2 (Nuthatches to Warblers)
  • October 5 - Sex Life of Birds


  • February 14-17, 2019 -- Winter Wings Festival, Klamath Falls, OR
  • April 11-14, 2019 -- 37th Annual Harney County Migratory Bird Festival, Burns, OR
  • April 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 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.