The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail October’s column is from the National Audubon Society, and covers a major new analysis of North American bird populations. The study, just released, confirms what long-time birders know: bird populations are in steep decline in virtually every habitat and every part of the country. Time to redouble our efforts! [...]
OCTOBER Program Tuesday, October 22 at 7:00 pm “MONARCHS AND MILKWEED” Presented by Stephanie Hazen Stephanie Hazen moved to Salem, Oregon in 1977 soon after graduating from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. In Salem she owned and operated a small animal/exotics veterinary hospital until retiring in 2011. Both Stephanie and her husband Ray [...]
RVAS Conservation Chair Pepper Trail is featured in this USFWS web article. The article details his job at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Forensic Lab in Ashland, Oregon, and how he ended up there. Way to go Pepper!
SEPTEMBER Program Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 pm “Birding Malheur and Harney County in Any Season” Presented by Harry Fuller We will explore this wonderful mix of sagebrush steppe, freshwater marsh, conifer-clogged canyons and sub-alpine meadows. Here Great Basin birds mix with those of the Pacific Slope: Black and Forster’s Terns, Sandhill Cranes and Trumpeter [...]
It is that time of year for Vaux's Swift conduct their evening swirling acrobatics during fall migration. Rogue Valley Audubon Society members are collecting data every night this month for the citizen science project Vaux's Happening (https://www.vauxhappening.org/) and eBird at Hedrick Middle School in Medford. Feel free to join them and watch the the chimney [...]
This year’s Vaux’s Swift Family Fun Night sponsored by Rogue Valley Audubon Society at Hedrick Middle School in Medford is Monday, Sept. 9. Join us for a joyous evening of watching the aerial display of hundreds of swifts circling and dropping into the school’s famous brick chimney. Hear about why this Medford stopover on their southern migration [...]
The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Welcome back from summer! Except for that brief period of smoke from the Milepost 97 fire, what a lovely summer it has been! Fingers crossed for continued smoke-free skies, and a cool, wet September. I wish I had such good news on the conservation front, but sadly the Administration’s [...]
Juliet Grable, co-chair of our Conservation Committee and editor of The Chat wrote a very interesting article about being a volunteer firefighter with the Greensprings Fire and Rescue unit. Juliet's experience gives her an in-depth knowledge of the challenges that face so many of our rural communities when they have to deal with wildfires. Read "Into [...]