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Apr
25
Tue
Chapter Meeting: Swifting around the valley @ Congregational Church
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Biologist Karen Hussey

Presented by Karen Hussey

Join wildlife biologist Karen Hussey for a glimpse into the amazing life of the Vaux’s Swift. Discover what makes them unique, how they are doing, what we still need to know, and how you can help locally! Karen will introduce a citizen science project and recruit volunteers who want to experience the migration magic here in the Rogue Valley.

Karen Hussey is a wildlife biologist with 13 years of experience working with birds as well as many other species ranging in size from moose to fairy shrimp. She’s been in the valley for eight years and currently is part of the stewardship team at Southern Oregon Land Conservancy. Hussey is a co-leader of the Medford Winter Raptor Survey run by East Cascades Audubon and serves on the board of the Oregon Chapter of The Wildlife Society. Other volunteer projects keeping her busy include fisher research, shorebird surveys, and of course Vaux’s Swift counts!

The Congregational Church meeting hall is located on the north side of East Jackson street just west of Barneburg Rd.  Make a left turn into the church parking lot at the tree in the middle of the road.

May
3
Wed
Bird Walk: First Wednesday at Agate Lake @ Agate Lake
May 3 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Bird Walk: First Wednesday at Agate Lake @ Agate Lake

Leader:  Murray Orr

These walks take place on the first Wednesday of each month. In this ongoing citizen science project, the numbers of different species observed by walk participants are entered in the Cor-nell Ornithological Laboratory’s eBird database. Birders wishing to join Murray should meet him at the picnic area off Dry Creek Road on the east side of the lake. Walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and end before noon.

May
5
Fri
It’s Back: Birdathon 2017 @ Jackson Creek Pizza
May 5 – May 6 all-day
It’s Back: Birdathon 2017 @ Jackson Creek Pizza | Medford | Oregon | United States

Birdathon is…

a) a chance to celebrate Southern Oregon’s spring migration in the company of other birders

b) a competitive sport

c) an important fundraiser for the Rogue Valley Audubon Society

d) all of the above

Birdathon returns on Saturday, May 6. If you’ve never participated in this annual event, why not make 2017 your year? The object of Birdathon is for sponsored teams to count as many species as possible within a 24-hour period. Teams can range widely or stick close to home, so long as they stay in Jackson County.

In a nutshell, here’s how it works:

Form teams. Call your best birding buddies, or recruit a newbie. Most teams include two to five birders, although a single individual may also comprise a team.

Find sponsors. A person can sponsor your team with either a fixed donation or an amount per species your team sees.

Count species. The event officially begins on Friday, May 5 at 6:00 pm and ends 24 hours later, but you count species any time within that window.

Celebrate! Join the other teams at Jackson Creek Pizza, at 317 E. Main, Medford, Saturday evening for tale-swapping, prizes and mild bragging.

Birdathon 2016 featured eight stellar teams:
The Binosaurs, the Falcons, the Great Gray Owls, the Old World Warblers, the Outlaw Biker, the Professional Amateurs, the Wandering Tattlers, and the We Just Want to Have Fun! Collectively these teams raised over $2818 for RVAS, with the top fundraising team raising $1454! There were 185 total species seen or heard in the 24 hour period, with the Binosaurs being the winning team, coming in with 159 of those. The Great Grays were second with 152; and Falcons were third with 147 species. Other team totals were 109, 86, 81, 65, and 58.

FAQs

What if I’m not an experienced birder?
The fierce competition among the “hard-core” teams is legendary, but you need not be an elite birder to participate in Birdathon. In fact, your ability to find sponsors is just as important as your ability to identify warblers.

How do I find a team?
Give us a call or drop us an email and we’ll help match you with a team.

Can my family be a team?
Yes! We want to encourage kids and families to participate in Birdathon. And remember, you can choose any length of time, whether all day, half a day, or an hour.

I don’t want to get my boots muddy, but I’d still like to contribute.
Consider sponsoring a team or sending in a donation. Look for donation forms in the April issue of The Chat, and at upcoming Chapter meetings.

I still don’t get it.
Look for more details in upcoming issues of The Chat. If you have a burning question, feel free to contact Katy Reed at kmreed24@hotmail.com or 541-245-5095 or Linda Kreisman at 541-482-6456.

May
7
Sun
Lower Table Rock Bird Walk @ Lower Table Rock
May 7 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

Lower Table Rocks is a great location for birders to celebrate the return of Spring. This trail provides one of the best examples of healthy oak woodland habitat in the Rogue Valley and the many bird species this habitat provides. We will be slowly meandering our way along the Lower Table Rocks trail listening for the many varied songs of oak woodland birds.

Participants can expect some colorful and musical locals such as Lazuli Bunting, Lesser Goldfinch, and Spotted Towhee as well as many other oak woodland birds including Oak Titmouse, Violet-green Swallow, California Towhee, Acorn Woodpecker, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, and many others. Expect some light, slow uphill hiking with many stops to listen and look for birds.

This trip is recommended for birders of all ability levels. The semi-open habitat makes it possible to locate many singing birds by sight and is an excellent place for beginner birders to start to match bird sounds with visual cues.

May
13
Sat
Field Trip: Givan Ranch Park
May 13 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Leader:  Howard Sands

Givan Ranch consists of beautiful pine-oak acreage and riparian habitat along the Rogue River. It is located on Agate Road north of Medford. Expect a leisurely walk of two to three miles over mostly flat terrain. Walking shoes should be fine, but if we have a lot of rain in the days leading up to the field trip, rubber boots might be in order. Folks should bring water and food if they want, and be advised that there are no restroom facilities.

Meet at Howard’s house at 10655 Agate Rd. at 8 a.m., as Givan Park does not have very much parking. We’ll carpool over to the park, which is just a 1/2 mile up the road. If you have question please call Howard at 541-821-0174.

May
17
Wed
Field Trip: Mt. Shasta Wildlife Refuge @ Mount Shasta Wildlife Refuge
May 17 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Guided Nature Walks

Leader: Joey Russell

Please join local bird enthusiast Joey Russell for a free guided nature walk on Wednesday, May 17th from 8 a.m.-noon to observe and learn about local and migratory songbirds.

Meet at the Shasta Valley Wildlife Refuge (1724 Ball Mountain Little Shasta Rd, Montague) rain or shine and bring binoculars if you have them.

For more information, please call (530) 842-5763 or visit website.

May
23
Tue
Annual Picnic @ TouVelle State Park
May 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Annual Picnic @ TouVelle State Park

All members and guests are welcome

This annual picnic replaces our May chapter meeting. Come celebrate our valley birds.

Bird Walk

5 p.m. (sharp!)
 A guided bird walk will wind through the park and along the Rogue River. .

Potluck dinner

6 p.m.
 Bring a dish to share, plus your own plate, cup and utensils. Tea and lemonade will be provided. The potluck will take place in the main area of the park; enter on the east side of Table Rock Road. Look for the group at a shelter.

Parking

There is a daily parking fee unless you have an Oregon State Parks pass or a Jackson County Parks pass.

Jun
7
Wed
Bird Walk: First Wednesday at Agate Lake @ Agate Lake
Jun 7 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Bird Walk: First Wednesday at Agate Lake @ Agate Lake

Leader:  Murray Orr

These walks take place on the first Wednesday of each month. In this ongoing citizen science project, the numbers of different species observed by walk participants are entered in the Cor-nell Ornithological Laboratory’s eBird database. Birders wishing to join Murray should meet him at the picnic area off Dry Creek Road on the east side of the lake. Walks begin at 8:30 a.m. and end before noon.

Read past field trip reports here.

Sep
28
Thu
MEDFORD CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT @ Posted in Fall
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am
MEDFORD CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT @ Posted in Fall

Rogue Valley Audubon proudly coordinates two Audubon Christmas Bird Counts. Dates for the 2017 counts will be posted here in the fall.

MEDFORD CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

The area for the Medford count is a circle 15 miles in diameter, centered approximately a mile west of the junction of Highway 140 and Highway 62 in White City. The circle is divided into 15 sections with teams of birders, each with an experienced leader, counting birds in each section.

All birders are welcome to participate, and newcomers will be assigned to a group by the Medford count coordinator.

Those who live in the count circle and have bird feeders can do a feeder watch and add their sightings to the count.  CBC feeder watch instructions and a tally sheet can be obtained by contacting Bob Hunter  (contact information below).

Medford CBC Coordinator:  Bob Hunter, 541-826-5569, or email at:  bobhunter@embarqmail.com

ASHLAND CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT

The count circle is centered at the northwest corner of Emigrant Lake, so the count area includes both the northeastern slopes of Mount Ashland and the western slopes of the Cascades (as far east as Little Hyatt Lake).  Also in the official area are the steep Siskiyou Mountain woodlands, extensive farmland-grassland-oak savannah habitats in the eastern
section, and the entirety of the city of Ashland with its parks and gardens and riparian habitats.

Birders who wish to count those birds that visit their backyard feeders are also encouraged to join the Ashland CBC lineup.

Newcomers are always welcome to participate in this traditional citizen science effort.  To join a counting group or further information, contact Carol Mockridge at the email addresses below.

Ashland CBC Coordinators:

Carol Mockridge: mockridge50@hotmail.com

John Bullock:   jabtrout@gmail.com

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