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 contact 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.





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,
mworr2@charter.net).  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
Next count: Wednesday, March 1 - 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.  
FIRST WEDNESDAY COUNT AT AGATE LAKE
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
A Voice for Conservation and Education in the Natural World
Field Trips and Bird Walks
     Hello Rogue Valley Audubon Society members and bird enthusiasts in the Rogue
Valley. I am pleased to inform you of a great birding opportunity here in Ashland. The
city of Ashland owns a large parcel of grassland habitat known as the Imperatrice
property. It is located on the east side of I-5 at the end of East Ashland lane near the
Ashland Greenhouses. I am a new member to the RVAS board, have several years of
professional and recreational birding experience, and will be leading guided bird walks
on this property for the Spring starting Saturday, February 25 at 10:00a.m. The property
offers wide open spaces perfect for raptor viewing with the opportunity to see Golden
Eagles, Rough-legged Hawks, Prairie Falcons, and Ferruginous hawks among many
other raptor species. Visitors can expect excellent views of a large number and
diversity of raptors. Whether you are looking to increase your skills at raptor
identification or simply want to enjoy watching Kestrels and Red-tails kiting and riding
the wind at close range, this property offers one of the best raptor viewing
opportunities in the Ashland area. For those willing to hike a little further, the margin of
the property also offers oak woodland habitat with the possibility of Black-billed
Magpies and Lewis’s Woodpeckers. Accessing and exploring the property will involve
some uphill hiking, possible muddy conditions, and exposed and windy terrain, so
come prepared to exercise and get dirty.
I hope to see you all out there!
Nate Trimble
 (email is nateltrimble@hotmail.com)




Saturday, March 11 -- Birding The Klamath Basin
Leader:  Dick Ashford

Saturday, April 22 -- Rogue River Preserve
Leader: Pepper Trail

Saturday, May 13 -- Given Ranch Park
Leader: Howard Sands   




UPCOMING RVAS FIELD TRIPS AND BIRDING EVENTS
Imperatrice Property Field Trip -- Saturday, Feb. 25