October 14, 2023 – Monthly Bird Fieldtrip

Umpqua Valley Audubon’s  A Year of Birding at Ford’s Pond October 14, 2023 - Monthly Bird Fieldtrip 9 am - No registration needed   This bird fieldtrip will start out watching the Solar Eclipse Annularity that occurs at approximately 9:16-9:20 am (assuming no clouds). Bring chairs and eye protection glasses.  We will head down the path to bird at 9:30 am. The partial eclipse ends at 10:39 am. It will be interesting to watch/hear what the birds do during and after the eclipse. The front end of the eclipse begins at 8:06 am, if any of you early birds would like to join leaders to observe from the beginning. October 14 is also the Global Celebration of Fall World Migratory Bird Day. Our count...

A Year of Birding at Ford’s Pond; Monthly Bird Fieldtrips – 2nd Saturday of each Month

Save the Dates: Oct. 14, 2023 (eclipse/birding), Nov. 11, 2023, Dec. 9, 2023, Jan. 13, 2024, Feb. 10, 2024  Mar. 9, 2024, Apr. 13, 2024, May 11, 2024, June 8, 2024, July 13, 2024 Aug. 10, 2024 Sept. 14, 2024.  Join Umpqua Valley Audubon for a monthly morning field trip to Ford’s Pond in Sutherlin to experience the birds and the seasons together.  People new to birding are always welcome to join in, as are families with children.  Loaner binoculars are available for adults and children. We will have local birders in attendance, but we also encourage a group effort to spot and ID birds. Walks will be approximately 2 hours long. Participants can leave when they need to. Currently the ADA...


Want an opportunity to combine birding with helping a small winery harvest their grapes?  This is your chance! Triple Oak Vineyard is suddenly faced with harvest, a week or two earlier than expected.  Owners Betty Tamm and Geoff Faraghan would love help harvesting.  In addition to lending a hand to our “sister-winery”, this will give us an opportunity to learn more about how ecologically focused vineyards preserve oak woodlands and co-exist with birds (many species of which are pretty voracious grape-eaters).  Of course, we’ll also be doing a bit of bird-watching/listening while we harvest. Dates (TBD):  Grapes need to be harvested when they’re ready – and there will be three different...

Roseburg Fall Swift Watch & Umpqua Valley Migratory Bird Celebration 2023 Fridays – September 8, 15, & 22 beginning at 6:30 pm

The swifts are back at the Clay Place chimney in the Fir Grove section of Stewart Park!!!!!!!  Details:   Vaux’s Swifts generally enter the chimney close to sunset.  In September, sunset will be about 7:40 pm on September 8th and closer to 7:15 pm by the 22nd.   Weather permitting, the "Swifts Sisters and Friends" will join us with Americana music beginning around 6:30. Swift Watch: Vaux’s Swifts (pronounced “vawks”) nest only in Western North America, migrating to Central and South America for the winter. At sunset during migration, Swifts gather in the dozens, sometimes hundreds or thousands, to communally roost. In urban settings, these roost sites are often in old industrial chimneys....

Rebecca Heisman, author of “Flight Paths” – January 4, 2024

Umpqua Valley Audubon Society is partnering with the Roseburg Public Library to present Rebecca Heisman, author of "Flight Paths".  Her program will be presented via Facebook Live.  Flight Paths: How a Passionate and Quirky Group of Pioneering Scientists Solved the Mystery of Bird Migration is her first book and tells the incredible scientific story of how we know what we know about bird migration. Stay tuned for more details.

Reintroduction of Sea Otters – Elakha Alliance – October 11, 2023

UVAS is partnering with the Roseburg Public Library for a program "Reintroduction of Sea Otters" presented by the Elakha Alliance.  The program will be October 11, 2023 in the Ford Room of the Roseburg Public Library.  Stay tuned for more details.

Board Meetings

Board Meetings are generally on the 3rd Wednesday of the month— skipping December, June & July. Meetings begin at 5:30 pm. Meeting locations vary.  For more details or to propose something for the agenda, contact Diana Wales at dwales215@gmail.com.  

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 our seas and shores; and collaborating with foresters, rangers, farmers, and other landowners to make working lands work for birds.