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Umpqua Valley Audubon Society

Connecting people with nature to inspire protection of our natural world


             The Umpqua Valley Audubon Society welcomes birders and nature enthusiasts to occasional field trips, programs, birding classes and other activities that encourage enjoyment, appreciation and protection of the beautiful valleys of the Umpqua.

             Umpqua Valley Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society serving central and coastal Douglas County, Oregon.  For 100 years, Audubon has protected birds, wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of all life.  Among National Audubon’s priorities are:  saving the most important places for birds; combating climate change and mitigating its impacts; building bird-friendly communities and cities; protecting or seas and shores; and collaborating with foresters, rangers, farmers, and other landowners to make working lands work for birds.

Upcoming Events and Field Trips (color coded)

· Vaux’s Swift northward migration has begun! 

Normally we don’t see migratory swifts in significant numbers until very late in April or early May.  However, this year, the migration has already begun in earnest.  210 swifts roosted in the Clay Place chimney behind the Umpqua Valley Arts Center off Harvard Avenue, Roseburg, at sunset on April 16th.  If you want to turn in an observation for this migration for the Clay Place roost site (or any other roost site!), you can go to the website at http://vauxhappening.org/Contact_Us.html and click on the "Submit an Observation Report."  Or you can just click this.  https://waacda.wufoo.com/forms/vauxs-happening-observations/


· Glide Wildflower Show—April 26 & 27

             Glide Community Building, 20062 N. Umpqua Hwy., Glide Oregon

             For more information—www.glidewildflowershow.org.


Actually, it is we that will be sitting, in our lawn or camping chairs, waiting, listening, and watching for flocks of Greater White-fronted Geese to fly over during their annual spring migration. These birds leave their wintering grounds in the Klamath Basin and fly NNW over our air space to the coast or Willamette Valley and then north to their breeding grounds. Most flocks consist of 50-200 birds. Some flocks fly at relatively low elevation, a few hundred yards above, while most are a quarter or half-mile high, some higher, only viewable with binoculars. Come join us to watch this migration spectacle, learn to recognize the call of the Greater White-fronted Goose and spot their often uniquely curved flock formations (see photos from spring 2013 at http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewghunter/sets/72157633559343599/). We will meet near where Dovetail Lane turns into Scardi Blvd. on the north side of the Umpqua Golf Resort. Take I-5 exit 136 at Sutherlin and go west on Hwy 138 for 1.1 miles. Turn right on Dovetail Lane and go about 0.5 miles to the top of the hill. You can park on the edge of the road and set up a chair near your car or in the nearby open space. Come whenever you like. Someone from Audubon will be there between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Bring binoculars and spotting scope if you have one. Stay as long or little as you like. No charge for this event.


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Click here to join Audubon and the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society.  Please select our Chapter code (T56) on the drop-down menu on the form!  If the hyperlink doesn’t work (the “web goddess” for this website is a novice), please send an e-mail to info@umpquaaudubon.org, and we’ll e-mail you the membership link.

Umpqua Birds website launched!  This website has information on birds and birding in the Umpqua River Basin, Douglas County, Oregon. This new website already has useful information such as a downloadable chart of seasonal occurrence of birds in central Douglas County, links to eBird sightings, and links to site guides for Douglas County, and will have much more over the coming months. Check it out and enjoy birds and birding in Douglas County!  www.umpquabirds.org

UVAS leadership:

President—Diana Wales

Secretary—Beth Brown

Treasurer—Kathy Vejtasa

Board Member/Conservation Chair—Stan Vejtasa

Board Member/Past President—Mark Hamm

Board Member—Linda Smith

Board Member—Bill Fuller


Newsletter—Barbara Taylor

Birders Group—Ron Maertz

Young Birders’ Club—Beth Brown




To contact us:

P.O. Box 381

Roseburg, Oregon 97470


E-mail: info@umqpuaaudubon.org

We’d like to add you to our e-mail list. 


If you’d like to receive e-mail notices of upcoming events, please send your name and e-mail address to:  info@umpquaaudubon.org



Learn  more about your favorite avian visitors with Audubon's online bird ID guide, covering over 800 North American species. Explore descriptions, photos, range maps and bird songs at http://birds.audubon.org/birdid.