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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)

· Winter Wings Festival—February 12-15, 2015—Klamath Basin

Featuring Richard Crossley and Jennifer Wu.  For more information or to register, go to WinterWingsFest.org.


· FIELD TRIP: STEWART PARK WILDLIFE AREA (near Fred Meyer in Roseburg)
Friday, February 13, 2015, 0830-1000

We will spend an hour and a half along the east side of the two ponds, mostly looking at waterfowl, but other birds will be around as well. I expect 6 or more species of ducks, as well as Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested Cormorant, and Wilson's Snipe. Western Bluebirds, Dark-eyed Juncos, and Yellow-rumped Warblers are often around. This will be a good time for new birders who are just beginning to learn different species of ducks and other water birds, but all skill levels are welcome. Bring binoculars and field guide if you have them. Meet at the south end of the parking lot at 0830. Questions? Contact Matt Hunter 541-670-1984, matthewghunter@gmail.com.


· UVAS Board Meeting—February 18th

Board meetings are generally the 3rd Wednesday of the month (skipping December, June and July) from 5:15 to 6:30 at Mark Hamm’s office.  For more information or to get something on the agenda, contact Diana Wales.


· Birders Night, Thursday, Feb 19th

Please join us for the next Birders Night, Thursday, February 19th, 2015, Room 3 in the Mercy Community Education Building (located next to the old Office Depot south of the corner of NW Stewart Parkway and Renann St.).  Room open at 6:30 pm for visiting, get in gear at 7 pm, over about 8:30 or 9 pm, out soon after.

This gathering will include some "Open Time" and some tips from Matt Hunter on how to learn to bird by ear. We will also have a short discussion on your desires and ideas for the future of Birders Night, and some ways to input into the process.

Open Time: Anyone can show photos, or drawings, tell stories, ask questions.... You may even have a photo of a bird you want help to identify. To show photos, you can either bring them on a jump drive/ flash drive, or email them to me so I can put them on my computer. Individual sharing will involve something like 1 to 5 minutes per person, for whoever wants to do so. (Matt will have a backup of bird photos/quizzes). If you want to do something longer, contact me about doing a longer entertainment/education piece at

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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.