Umpqua Valley Audubon Society Bird Field Trip

When: Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10 am to 3 pm.

To: Ford’s Pond and Plat I Reservoir, Sutherlin, OR

Leader: Jimmie Billstine

Join UVAS and Jimmie Billstine for a field trip to local birding hotspots in Sutherlin: Ford’s Pond and Plat I reservoir. We will take a stroll around Ford’s Pond looking for common fall species of ducks, songbirds and possible shorebirds. Then we will go to Plat I, and compare similar and different species, speculating on why some are at one location and not the other. This is a great trip for beginners as it covers local habitats that are easily accessible.

Meet: at 9:45 am at the Ford’s Pond parking lot off of Church Rd (on the west side). GPS address is 382 Church Rd, Sutherlin. From I-5 take Exit 136, drive west on Hwy 138 and at 1 mile, turn left onto Church Rd. Bring water, snacks, and/or lunch along with your birding optics.

Jimmie Billstine: Hi Everyone! I am really excited to once again be working with the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society, after a 6 year hiatus. I currently live in Tillamook Oregon, and teach Sophomore and AP English at Neah-Kah-Nie High School. I am also the compiler of the Tillamook Bay Christmas Bird Count. I have led birding trips for the Umpqua Valley, the Rogue Valley, and Lincoln City Audubon Societies, as well as the Oregon Birding Association; where I served as President. I first fell in love with the birds and landscapes of Douglas County when I lived and taught in Myrtle Creek and Riddle. My favorite birds are owls, and my favorite Douglas County birding memory is having a momma Great-Horned Owl chase me a mile and a half through the snow at Diamond Lake back to my car at 2am with a broken flashlight.

Trip limited to 10 participants.   This outdoor program will follow all physical distancing and safety protocols dictated by the Oregon Health Administration. Masks and proof of full vaccination required.  Proof of vaccination may be provided by e-mailing the trip coordinator a copy (scan or photo) of your vaccination card, or by bringing the card (or a photo of it on your phone) to the trip meet-up.


This field trip is made possible by a donation in memory of Anna Slemmer, who was an environmentalist and ardent supporter of Umpqua Valley Audubon Society


To sign up or to ask questions contact Stacy Burleigh at  Signups will close when the trip limit is reached, with the option of being added to a waitlist in the event of cancellations.  When you sign up, you will receive a more detailed explanation of our COVID guidelines and our COVID Program Participant Waiver form.

If we must cancel a program due to inclement weather, program leader illness or other unforeseen circumstances, the trip coordinator will contact participants.