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.





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
UPCOMING RVAS BIRDING EVENTS
Next count: Wednesday, April 1, 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.  
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

Dennis Vroman and Zia Fukuda will lead a RVAS field trip to Whitehorse
County Park on Saturday, April 11.  Whitehorse is a Josephine County
Park located on the Rogue River west of Grants Pass.

Dennis is a longtime Rogue Valley birder and co-author of Guide to the
Birds of the Rogue Valley, and Zia is a former BLM and Forest Service
employee who resides in Grants Pass and was a trip leader at the   
recent Winter Wings festival.  

Meet Dennis and Zia at the boat ramp parking area (no Josephine
County Parks parking permit needed at this spot) at 8 a.m.  Carpooling
sites will be the Shop N Kart in Ashland at 6:45 a.m. or the small parking
area just off Poplar Drive and adjacent to the north Fred Meyer             
(I-5, Exit 30)  at 7:15 a.m. (look for the Goodwill truck).  There won't be
any leaders at the carpooling sites, so make your arrangements as you
meet there.

The group will bird along the river while looking for both waterbirds on
the river and riparian species along the river banks.  We'll also bird up to
the campground, looking for species that prefer mixed
conifer-hardwood forests.

Whitehorse County Park is located approximately six miles west of
downtown Grants Pass along Lower River Road.  Go west on Avenue G
which becomes Upper River Road.  Upper River Road then merges with
Lower River Road.  For further information contact Dennis at
dpvroman@budget.net       
Saturday, April 11 -- Whitehorse County Park (Grants Pass)

PROPOSED OVERNIGHT TRIP TO THE COAST

Ron Ketchum will lead a weekend birding trip to the Bandon/Charleston
area if at least ten people sign up.  The event will be Saturday, April 25 (full
day of birding) and Sunday (half-day birding and return). Contact Ron by
April 11 for more information and/or to be placed on the confirmed list.  

Phone:  541-944-3072        EMail:   rketchum@charter.net
Here's a recent eBird report from Whitehorse County
Park submitted by Dennis Vroman

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22314948