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Umpqua Valley Audubon Society

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             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)

 

· Roseburg Swift Watch - Fridays – beginning September 4th and continuing the rest of September!

Location:  Fir Grove section of Stewart Park behind the Umpqua Valley Arts Center off of Harvard Avenue

Time:     September 4th and 11th:  6:30pm until sunset

             September 18th and 25th:  6:00pm until sunset

 

Vaux’s Swifts (pronounced “vawks”) nest only in Western North America, migrating to Central and South America for the winter.  Each year, thousands of Swifts gather in the chimney adjacent The Clay Place in the Fir Grove section of Stewart Park off of Harvard Avenue behind the Umpqua Valley Arts Center during their spring migration.  At sunset during migration, Swifts gather in the dozens, sometimes hundreds or thousands, to communally roost.  Typically, these roost sites are, as here, old industrial chimneys.  While numbers vary from year to year, the display can be spectacular.

Umpqua Valley Audubon Society members will be available Friday evenings to serve as interpretive naturalists, with information and brochures about Vaux’s Swifts as well as more general information about birding and our natural world.  In partnership with the Umpqua Valley Arts Association, each Friday evening local artists will be leading art activities for kids, free of charge. Children ages 5 and up; minors must be supervised by an adult.   In addition, throughout September, Audubon members will be participating in a West Coast wide data collection effort. We know swifts have lost much of their natural habitat and the number of chimneys available for roosting and nesting is also on the decline.  Little is known about even the most basic habits of Vaux’s Swifts, to say nothing of how many there actually are.  Working in conjunction with our partners up and down the west coast, we hope to fill in some of the data gaps.  This year, our data collection will include continuously recording temperatures both inside and outside the chimney.  The data will be sent to, and analyzed, by Vaux Happening which has been collecting data at other sites for several years.

 

This event is a partnership of Umpqua Valley Audubon Society, the City of Roseburg Parks & Recreation, and Umpqua Valley Arts Association.

 

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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—Bill Fuller

Board Member/Conservation Chair—Stan Vejtasa

Board Member/Past President—Mark Hamm

Board Member—Beth Brown

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

 

Thanks.

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