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Spotted Owls and Fire

By | 2018-11-15T11:15:32+00:00 November 15th, 2018|Home Page, News Page|

The page linked below is an excellent summary of a whole range of studies showing that forest fire is a net benefit to Spotted Owls, refuting the common timber industry (and agency) argument that logging is necessary to "fireproof" Spotted Owl habitat. https://dereklee.scienceblog.com/56/the-science-of-forest-fire-and-spotted-owls

Coos Bay Shorebird Survey November 25.

By | 2018-11-10T18:17:30+00:00 November 10th, 2018|Home Page, News Page|

The Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey is coming up in Coos Bay on Sunday November 25th, 2018! Help count shorebirds if shorebirds count to you! We are searching for citizen scientists to help us survey in Coos Bay. The Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey is part of the Migratory Shorebird Project, a multinational monitoring program led by [...]

November 2018 Conservation Column

By | 2018-11-04T15:21:14+00:00 November 4th, 2018|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Juliet Grable The annual Oregon Audubon Council (OAC) Conservation Meeting was a great success. Twenty-one members from chapters around the state attended the meeting, which was hosted at the Green Springs Inn on the weekend of October 12-14. During the day-long Saturday meeting we reviewed the 2018 Conservation Priorities, identifying are-as [...]

November Chapter Meeting: Woodpeckers of the World

By | 2018-10-29T10:00:14+00:00 October 29th, 2018|Home Page, News Page|

What you will see tonight is 68 species of woodpeckers that we have selected out of the 215 species that exist in the world. Many species of woodpeckers breed in North America. We will show you all of those. We will then take you Central America and on to Africa. After that we will show [...]

Birds and Beers Inaugural

By | 2018-11-01T13:39:58+00:00 October 4th, 2018|News Page|

The inaugural Birds and Beers on September 26 brought twenty people together, many of whom had never met before, for a night of good beer and lively conversation.  The highlight was a Speed Dating game where everyone moved about the room meeting one another and answering different questions such as, "If you could be a [...]

October 2018 Conservation Column

By | 2018-10-01T09:31:12+00:00 October 1st, 2018|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail For this Conservation Column, here is an update on the 2018 conservation actions and priorities of the Oregon Audubon chapters, compiled by Joe Liebezeit of Portland Audubon. On October 13-14, Rogue Valley Audubon will host the annual conservation meeting of the Oregon Audubon Council (OAC) at the Green Springs [...]

October Chapter Meeting: Swifting in the Valley: The Great Update

By | 2018-10-29T09:54:04+00:00 September 26th, 2018|News Page|

Join wildlife biologist Karen Hussey at the October chapter meeting for a glimpse into the amazing life of the Vaux’s Swift. Discover what makes swifts unique, what mysteries remain, and what swifts have to do with hopscotch at Hedrick Middle School. Learn how a grant from RVAS has uncovered unexpected twists and turns and how [...]

RVAS sponsors Vaux’s Happening at local school

By | 2018-09-14T09:33:30+00:00 September 13th, 2018|Home Page, News Page|

RVAS recently funded a project created by Karen Hussey of the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy to work with Hedrick Middle School students to learn about the Vaux's Swifts roosting in their school's chimney. The community carnival to welcome over 3,000 migrating Vaux's Swifts on Sept. 11 was a huge success. View local TV coverage here.   

September 2018 Conservation Column

By | 2018-09-01T18:34:58+00:00 September 1st, 2018|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail The Endangered Species Act under Assault The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is America’s strongest wildlife protection law, and has been remarkably successful in preventing the extinction of species. Only one percent of the more than 1,800 species listed in the United States as endangered or threatened have been declared [...]

September Chapter Meeting: The Birds of Cuba: the World’s Smallest and So Much More!

By | 2018-09-28T17:37:18+00:00 September 1st, 2018|News Page|

Presented by PEPPER TRAIL Join Pepper Trail on a voyage circumnavigating the beautiful island of Cuba. Home to 26 bird species found nowhere else, including the Bee Hummingbird—the smallest bird in the world—and the Giant Kingbird—the largest kingbird in the world. Not to mention trogons, todies, flamingos, lizard-cuckoos, and the cutest little owl you could [...]

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