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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)

· Spring Swift Watch 2017— Friday evenings—

           April 14—May 26

When:  Around sunset every Friday evening from mid-April through the end of May

Where: Clay Place chimney in the Fir Grove section of Stewart Park off Harvard Avenue behind the Umpqua Valley Arts Center

Vaux’s Swifts (pronounced “vawks”) nest only in Western North America, migrating to Central and South America for the winter and then back to the Pacific Northwest and Canada for the summer.  Each year, Swifts use the chimney behind the Umpqua Valley Arts Center in the Fir Grove section of Stewart Park off of Harvard Avenue as a communal roost site during their annual northern and southern migrations.  Dozens or hundreds of Swifts drop into the chimney at sunset to spend the night.  Historically, communal roost sites were in storm or fire damaged big old trees.  As big old trees have become less numerous, the birds have adapted to using old industrial chimneys.  Unfortunately, these are also becoming less common.  While numbers vary from year to year, the display can be spectacular – particularly in the fall.  Fall roosting is more predictable in terms of numbers and timing – generally within a few minutes of sunset.  In the spring, roosting numbers and timing vary more, although still generally around sunset and still amazing to watch.             

Umpqua Valley Audubon Society will host an informal spring Swift Watch Friday evenings beginning in mid-April and continuing through the end or May or early June, depending on migration numbers.  Audubon members will be at the chimney Friday evenings doing counts in conjunction with the Vaux’s Happening project.  We

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Click here to join Audubon and the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society. If necessary, please select T56 as the Chapter code from the dropdown menu on the form.

Umpqua Birds!  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—Bill Fuller

Board Member/Conservation Chair—Stan Vejtasa

Board Member/Past President—Mark Hamm

Board Member—Stacy Burleigh

Board Member—Beth Brown

Douglas County Bird Records Team—Matt Hunter

Douglas County eBird Hotspot Team—Matt Hunter



To contact us:

P.O. Box 381

Roseburg, Oregon 97470


E-mail: info@umpquaaudubon.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.