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Mar
25
Sat
Imperatrice Property Bird Walk
Mar 25 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Leader: Nate Trimble

Email Nate at nateltrimble@hotmail.com if you plan to come.

The Imperatrice Property is a large , wide open expanse of healthy grassland habitat. It is an excellent place to view several raptor species including Prairie Falcon, Golden Eagle,  Rough-legged Hawk, and Ferruginous Hawk as well as other grassland birds such as Western Meadowlarks.

Participants can expect at least a quarter mile of fairly steep uphill hiking an some very sticky mud so come prepared to exercise and get dirty. Prepare for potentially cold and windy conditions.

Parking: There is space for about four cars on a small pullout at the street corner. If that is full, cars can be parked on the side of the road on Irish Lane.

Mar
28
Tue
Chapter Meeting: Galapagos Wildlife: A Sampling @ Congregational Church
Mar 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join George and Sally Peterson at the March chapter meeting to see their adventure trip of a lifetime—the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. Their vacation last May included hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and panga rides, all with the intent to view wildlife. Photos from these activities will be part of the slide presentation.

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.

Apr
22
Sat
Rogue River Preserve Birding Field Trip
Apr 22 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

Leader: Pepper Trail

Birds & the Rogue River

 

Email ptrail@ashlandnet.net if you would like to attend.

Look for Lewis’s Woodpeckers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Wood Ducks and Pygmy Owls during this private tour of the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy’s Rogue River Preserve, exploring vernal pools, oak woodlands, chaparral and the riparian forest along the Rogue River.

Limit: 15

Difficulty: Moderately easy and flat at a slow birding pace walking on roads, trails, and off-trail.

Directions: Car pool from Dollar Tree at 7338 Crater Lake Hwy, White City, OR  97503. The parking lot is accessible from both highways, but the entrance and parking lot fronts HWY 140. Meet in the northeastern portion of the parking lot by 7:30 a.m.

Other: No restrooms are available. There may be a porta-potty present. Bring binoculars, your favorite bird book, water, and snacks. Weed seeds and ticks may be present so long pants and closed-toed sturdy shoes are advised.

Imperatrice Property Bird Walk
Apr 22 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Leader: Nate Trimble

Email Nate at nateltrimble@hotmail.com if you plan to come.

The Imperatrice Property is a large , wide open expanse of healthy grassland habitat. It is an excellent place to view several raptor species including Prairie Falcon, Golden Eagle,  Rough-legged Hawk, and Ferruginous Hawk as well as other grassland birds such as Western Meadowlarks.

Participants can expect at least a quarter mile of fairly steep uphill hiking an some very sticky mud so come prepared to exercise and get dirty. Prepare for potentially cold and windy conditions.

Parking: There is space for about four cars on a small pullout at the street corner. If that is full, cars can be parked on the side of the road on Irish Lane.

Apr
25
Tue
Vaux’s Swifts in the Rogue Valley presented by Karen Hussey @ Congregational Church
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Presenter is Karen Hussey.

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
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.

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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