Rogue Valley Audubon Society
   
  • 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.

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 in the parking
lot on the EAST side of the lake.  Enter from Dry Creek Road and drive through the gate
which will be open through the summer and early fall. 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,
mworr2@charter.net).  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

Check back later for a list of RVAS bird walks and field trips
which are scheduled to resume in September.  
UPCOMING RVAS BIRDING EVENTS  
Next walk: August 6, 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 MAY 10 -- SUNDAY MAY 11

Ron Ketchum led a group of 14 birders, including 10 RVAS members, during a weekend
birding trip to the Bandon area along the Oregon coast.  Joining the group was a volunteer
intern working for the State of Oregon's
Snowy Plover project.

The event began at 8:00 a.m. Saturday at Face Rock Wayside in Bandon, and that day's
tour included stops at various overlooks along the shoreline as well as the beaches and the
harbor basin in Bandon.  They also travelled to Cape Arago, Simpson Reef, Shore Acres
State Park and various stops in the Charleston area.

Sunday's birding began at the Old Town docks in Bandon and continued onto Bandon
Marsh National Wildlife Area, Bullards Beach and the Couquille Lighthouse.  Final stop on
Sunday at noon was a visit to the Snowy Plover nesting site south of Bandon.  

Fifty-eight species were seen, and the list included six Tufted Puffins**, four species of
grebes, Snowy Plovers, and a Red-throated Loon still in winter plumage.

The full species list for the trip can be found
here.  

Thanks to Ron for leading this trip for RVAS and to Maggi Rackley for her photos.     
FIRST WEDNESDAY COUNT AT AGATE LAKE
Here are photos from Maggi Rackley of four
of the 58 species seen on the recent RVAS
Coast Trip led by Ron Ketchum.  

Clockwise from left they are Snowy Plover,
Red-necked Phalarope, Whimbrel and
Pigeon Guillemot.
** And speaking of Puffins, there's a
wonderful article (with plenty of great
photos) about the Atlantic Puffin in the
current edition (June) of National
Geographic.