Rogue Valley Audubon Society
Note: Field trips and bird walks are free* and open to the public, including beginners and newcomers.
  • Dates and times are subject to change.
  • Bring your own food and water.
  • Binoculars are very useful.
  • Carpooling is encouraged, and passengers should share expenses for fuel.
  • Prepare and dress for the climate and the day's weather forecast; wear sturdy shoes and expect some walking on most trips.
  • Contact the field trip leader for more information pertaining to a specific trip.

*Some special fund-raising field trips and birding events will have modest donation requests or fees. This will noted on the page.

Dog Policy: RVAS prefers that dogs are not present on bird walks. This is to ensure that all participants are happy and comfortable. Participants who
do bring their dog on an outing are requested to keep the dog in the car. Thank you for your cooperation.

                                        Field Trip Coordinator: Maggi Rackley
Field Trips, Bird Walks and
Birding Events

On the first Wednesday of every month, RVAS will conduct  a bird count at Agate Lake
approximately two miles east of the Hwy 62/Hwy 140 intersection.  Meet at the EAST
entrance to the lake (off Dry Creek Road).  The locked gate will be open from 8:00 a.m.
to 8:25 a.m., and the walk will begin at 830 a.m.    

This is an ongoing citizen science project to record the numbers of the different
species observed by the walk participants and enter the data in the Cornell
Ornithological Laboratory's e-bird database. You don't need to be an experienced
birder to join in, but taking part will help you become one.

Coordinator and leader of the First Wednesday walk is Murray Orr (541-857-9050,  Please contact Murray if you are willing to help him with these
tasks, for example, by leading the walk when he is not available, opening and closing
the entrance gate on walk days, or helping him record bird sightings during the walk.

Additional information is here

Saturday, April 19 -- Anne Goff will lead a half-day bird walk at
Cantrall-Buckley Park.  Meet and park at the Ruch Store at 8:15 (depart at
8:30).  Carpool to the park which has an entrance fee (free if you have a
Jackson County Parks parking permit).  For further infomation contact
Anne at < >  

Saturday, April 26 -- Dennis Vroman will lead this day trip to the Klamath
River in California.  The group may visit such sites as the Collier Rest
Area, Ash Creek Bridge, Tree of Heaven Campground and Cayuse Pond.  
There will be only short hikes from parking spots.  Meet at 7:15 a.m. at dirt
parking lot adjacent to Shop N'Kart in Ashland for carpooling.  Dress for
predicted weather and bring needed food and drink.  

Saturday, May 3 -- Birdathon.  Information here.

Saturday and Sunday May 10-11 --Veteran field trip leader Ron Ketchum
will take a reservations-only group to the Oregon coast the weekend of
May 11-12.  The site of the outing will be the Bandon and Charleston
areas.  The approximate group size must be known at least a month in
advance.  To express interest in participation and preference for
destination, please contact either Ron Ketchum at
(phone 541-944-3072) or Maggi Rackley at
(phone 541-855-7935).  Those who register after March 30 may be placed
on a wait list.

First Wednesday Bird Count - Agate Lake
Next walk: April 2, 2014 - 8:30am
Rogue Valley Audubon birding events will take place rain or shine except in case of
dangerous conditions such as unsafe roads or extremely high winds.  Cancellations
or postponements will be posted on this website as early as possible.  
Saturday, March 29 -- Iron Gate Reservoir and Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area

Join leader Pepper Trail for this RVAS birding trip to Iron Gate Reservoir and Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area in northern California.
It's a 45-60 minute drive from Ashland, and the group will bird by car (along the Klamath River and at Iron Gate), and there will also be
a short hike (less than 2 miles) on level dirt roads in the Horseshoe Ranch WA.  Species found on this trip could include Lewis'
Woodpeckers, Bald and Golden Eagles, Rock and Canyon Wrens, Townsend's Solitaire and various waterfowl and grebes on the
reservoir.  Birders will meet at 8 a.m. in the dirt parking lot adjacent to Shop'n Kart in Ashland to organize carpooling, and will return in
mid-afternoon.  Bring lunch and beverages.