Umpqua Valley Audubon Society

About UVAS

Umpqua Valley Audubon Society

Umpqua Valley Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society serving central and coastal Douglas County, Oregon.

The Umpqua Valley Audubon Society was incorporated as an Oregon non-profit on March 19, 1977.  We received our 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue exemption by determination letter issued in July 1981.  We most recently revised our by-laws on September 14, 2011.

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;
  • Collaborating with foresters, rangers, farmers, and other landowners to make working lands work for birds.
 
Board members following a training

Board Meetings

Board Meetings are generally on the 3rd Wednesday of the month—skipping December, June & July. Meetings begin at 5:30 pm; locations vary.  For more details, to confirm the next meeting date, time, or location, or to get something on the agenda, contact any of the board members.

Bill Fuller receiving service award

UVAS Leadership

President—Diana Wales

Secretary—Stef Neyhart

Treasurer—Bill Fuller

Board Member/President Emeritus—Mark Hamm

Board Member/Field Trip Coordinator —Stacy Burleigh

Board Member/Education Outreach – Donna Prchal

Board Member/Conservation Chair – Ellen Porter

Board Member – Liz Gayner

Program Coordinator – Kathy Vejtasa

Outreach Coordinator (AmeriCorps) – Tracy Maxwell

AmeriCorps Outreach Coordinator

Tracy Maxwell is a nature-loving kayaker, pickleball player, and mother of two adult daughters.  Her Journey to the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society (UVAS) began with a deep love of nature from her early childhood and has remained a constant passion throughout her life. 

She was a Naturalist and K-12 Teacher most of her adult life, working primarily in Northern California.  She relocated to Roseburg, Oregon, to be closer to her family last year. 

She remains as captivated by the natural world as she was as a young child.  She seeks to share that passion with every person possible in hopes of generating more support for environmental conservation and protection.

This year, Tracy is returning for her second term of service with AmeriCorps and the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society.  It is her goal to continue to improve community outreach for UVAS. 

If you would like to contact Tracy, she can be reached at tracy.maxwell@ucancap.org, or you can leave a voice message at 541-672-7065 (which is the primary phone line for  Umpqua Watersheds.)

Everyone is Welcome!

Recognizing the strength that comes from diversity in both natural systems and human communities, we welcome all people, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual preference, age, levels of physical, cognitive, and social ability, or citizenship status. We continually seek to advance and prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion through our programs and partnerships.

We acknowledge the people who came before us on this land called the Umpqua, whose name graces our organization and the river that flows through this land. Here for thousands of years, loving this land and living in harmony, the Umpqua are still giving us gifts of action and wisdom. We make this land acknowledgment in recognition of the Umpqua.

“The proper use of science is not to conquer nature but to live in it”
Barry Commoner

Our Key Priorities

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Green Energy

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No Plastic

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Ecosystem

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We Take Action. To Make Better Changes

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Our Volunteer

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Ava Anderson

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Richard Aigner

Volunteer Coor.

Ava Anderson

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