Rogue Valley Audubon Society

Note: Field trips and bird walks are free* and open to the public.
        Beginners and newcomers are welcome.

Dates and times are subject to change.
Bring your own food and water.
Binoculars and field guides are very useful.
Carpooling is encouraged, and passengers should share expenses for fuel.
Prepare and dress for the climate and the day's weather forecast.
Wear sturdy shoes and expect some walking on most trips.

Contact the field trip leader for more information pertaining to a specific trip.

Field trips are subject to change.
Before going check either this web site or call the Field Trip Chair Russ Namitz.

*Some special fund-raising field trips and birding events will have modest donation  
requests or fees.  This will be noted in the event description.

Dog Policy: RVAS prefers that dogs are not present on bird walks.
This is to ensure that all participants are happy and comfortable.
Participants who do bring their dog are requested to keep the dog in the car.
Thank you for your cooperation on this issue.
Field Trips, Bird Walks and
Birding Events

On the first Wednesday of every month, RVAS will conduct  a bird count at Agate Lake
approximately two miles east of the Hwy 62/Hwy 140 intersection.  Meet in the parking
lot on the EAST side of the lake.  Enter from Dry Creek Road and drive through the gate
which will be open through the summer and early fall. The walk will begin at 830 a.m.    

This is an ongoing citizen science project to record the numbers of the different
species observed by the walk participants and enter the data in the Cornell
Ornithological Laboratory's e-bird database. You don't need to be an experienced
birder to join in, but taking part will help you become one.

Coordinator and leader of the First Wednesday walk is Murray Orr (541-857-9050,  Please contact Murray if you are willing to help him with these
tasks, for example, by leading the walk when he is not available, opening and closing
the entrance gate on walk days, or helping him record bird sightings during the walk.

Additional information is here


  Saturday, December 20 -- Medford CBC

    Saturday, January 3 --  Ashland CBC

 For details, see the CBC page on this site
Next walk: January 7, 2015 - 8:30am
Rogue Valley Audubon birding events will take place rain or shine except in case of
dangerous conditions such as unsafe roads or extremely high winds.  Cancellations
or postponements will be posted on this website as early as possible.  


RVAS field trip chair Russ Namitz led a group of 18 birders to Lost Creek
Lake and the Holy Waters section of the Rogue River, and all were rewarded
with great looks at two Northern Pygmy-owls, a pair of female Surf Scoters,
and several Common Loons.

The Pygmy-owls, "tooted in" for fantastic scope views, were in the trees
west of Holy Waters.  When not occupied with the owls, the group enjoyed
several waterfowl species on the river including more than a dozen
Barrow's Goldeneyes and a single male Common Goldeneye.

The Scoters and Loons were seen from the "flats" (exposed lake bed)
of Lost Creek Lake.  Many American Pipits were among the Passerines
in the area.  Both scoters were feeding close enough to the shoreline to
provide good photo opportunities for Russ, Norm Barrett, and George

 Annual Dipper Walk -- Saturday, January 3, 2015

Join leader Bob Quaccia for his 15th annual Dipper Walk
which will be part of the Ashland Christmas Bird Count.
Meet at the Ashland Plaza at 9 a.m. for a slow-paced walk
along Ashland Creek in Lithia Park to count American

Dipper Walk participants have the option of joining Bob
as he continues his general survey for the Ashland CBC
after the morning event.
If it flies, we've got it covered !

Early in the walk, Norm
Barrett gave an impromptu
course in late season
dragonfly identification.

This Shadow Darner was
lethargic in the early morn-
ing cool weather, allowing
for up-close viewing (and
photographing), but it
eventually warmed and
said good-bye to Norm's

Photos by Russ Namitz (left)
and Norm Barrett   

Great scope views of two  
Northern Pygmy-owls were
the highlight of the field trip.

These photos by George Peter-
son (left) and Norm Barrett
(right) are of one of the two
owls that were "tooted in"
while the RVAS group was
walking the road on the west
side of Holy Waters.  

This bird was clearly more
interested in the calls and
presence of the second owl    
than in the group of birders
watching its every move.   

Russ Namitz will lead a Christmas Count Rarity Search on
Sunday, January 11.  The half-day plus birding trip will
concentrate on the Ashland area and move north to the
Medford area (time permitting) as the group looks for some
of the elusive and/or rare species found on the Ashland and
Medford Christmas Bird Counts.  Meet at the unpaved area
adjacent to the Shop'N Kart parking lot in Ashland.  Meeting
time is 8:00 a.m., and participants will be asked to carpool.
Plan to be out until about 2:00 p.m.