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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)


·  ECEC Elkton Riverfront Bird Walks - Spring & Summer 2015

ECEC (Elkton Community Education Center) will host several guided bird walks for interested folks to see and hear resident birds and those who are visitors to the unique habitat along the Umpqua River in Elkton.  All walks begin at Alfred Tyson City Park and proceed along River Road to ECEC – about 1 to 1½ hours round trip.  Bring binoculars and wear waterproof or hiking shoes. Guide for the tours will be John Mello, retired CDF&W marine biologist and longtime birder.     

Bird Walk dates – April 22nd, May 6th, May 20th, June 10th, June 24th  (all Wednesdays)

Meet at 10am at Tyson Park

Walks will be rescheduled if likely chance of rain is forecast!  For more information, contact John Mello.

· 50th Annual Glide Wildflower Show—April 25-26

Glide Community Center, Glide, Oregon

Featuring more than 600 species of Native Oregon Wildflowers.  For more information.

· Umpqua Estuary Paddle: Sunday, May 3--Spring Shorebird Migration

             Looking for paddlers and a land team (or a shuttle volunteer).

Description: The Umpqua River Estuary is an Oregon Important Bird Area (http://audubonportland.org/local-birding/iba/iba-map/umpqua) located in coastal Douglas County. We will take an 8-mile journey from Salmon Harbor, riding the tide upstream, taking out at the Gardner boat ramp in the afternoon. In the river channel we expect to see plenty of ducks, loons, grebes, gulls, and cormorants, as well as Caspian Terns, Ospreys, and perhaps a Bald Eagle overhead. As we move upstream we will encounter narrow strips of mudflat along the river edge, then two larger expanses of mudflat. On these mudflats we expect to see Western Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Greater Yellowlegs, Dunlin, Whimbrel, and perhaps other shorebirds and waterfowl. Large groups of Harbor Seals, with their varied colors and patterns, are typically observed. You can see photos from a 2013 spring trip here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthewghunter/sets/72157633361295235/, and a complete checklist with notes here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13934416.

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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—Kathy Vejtasa

Treasurer—Linda Smith

Board Member/Conservation Chair—Stan Vejtasa

Board Member/Past President—Mark Hamm

Board Member—Beth Brown

Board Member—Bill Fuller

Douglas County Bird Records Team—Matt Hunter

Douglas County eBird Hotspot Team—Matt Hunter

Newsletter—Barbara Taylor




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.