Rogue Valley Audubon Society
  • Binoculars 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.

*Some special fund-raising field trips and birding events will have modest donation requests or fees. This will noted on the page.

do bring their dog on an outing are requested to keep the dog in the car. Thank you for your cooperation.

Field Trip Coordinator: Maggi Rackley
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

Sunday, October  12th -- Birding at Emigrant Lake and
other Ashland locations.   Leader:  Harry Fuller

Saturday, November 8th -- Birding at Lost Creek Lake and
Holy Waters.  Leader:  Russ Namitz   
Next walk: October 1, 2014 - 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.  

               Mountain Lakes Birding -- Sat. Sept. 13

 Ron Ketchum led 15 birders to the Dead Indian plateau
 and the Mountain Lakes, and the group included a
 couple from Kansas City and a couple from the Seattle

 Despite the very dry conditions and extremely low water
 levels at Hyatt and Howard Prairie Lakes, there were 52
 species seen.  Also notable was a sighting of a Bobcat
 with a partially-grown kitten in tow.

 Migrant ducks seen included Northern Pintail at Hyatt
 Lake and Ruddy Duck at Howard Prairie.    

Here's the species list from the Sept. 13
Mountain Lakes field trip.  (Note: add
Double-crested Cormorant)

Contrast the high-and-dry Cormorant tree at Hyatt
Lake as seen on the field trip this year (left) with
a view of the tree two years ago (right).

Little Hyatt Lake (lower left) has plenty of water
this year, but Howard Prairie water levels are
extremely low as seen (lower right) in the view
of the boat ramp at Willow Point.