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Birding by Ear 2018

Birding by ear will take your birding ability to the next level, especially in forested areas where birds are difficult to see. During the classroom sessions, we donít try to memorize lists of bird sounds; instead, we learn methods to help remember bird sounds, and get a basic understanding of the ways in which birds use sound to communicate. Itís intended to be fun and interesting. Classroom sessions will feature lots of videos and sound clips. During the field trips, all of which are in the Corvallis-Albany area, there will be listening exercises and many opportunities to practice the techniques learned in class. Youíll be amazed by how many birds youíll find by just listening.

You should already be familiar with common local birds to take this class over a 3-week schedule:

  • Wednesday, May 16 classroom session at the Avery House, 7pm - 9pm
  • Saturday, May 19 field trip: wetland birds, 9am - noon
  • Wednesday, May 23 classroom session at the Avery House, 7pm - 9pm
  • Saturday, May 26 field trip: open country birds, 9am - noon
  • Wednesday, May 30 classroom session at the Avery House, 7pm - 9pm
  • Saturday, June 2 field trip: forest birds, 9am - noon

The cost is $65. Please follow this link to register.

Thereís another session of the same course in June, conducted by Neighborhood Naturalist. Click HERE

If you have questions about course content, please contact

Winter Wildlife Field Day was HUGE

With the full cooperation of Mother Nature on a mild, dry winter day, guests poured into the Finley National Wildlife Refuge by the hundreds (over 800 actually) for our fourth annual exploration of Nature. We had 11 hands-on learning stations covering a wide range of information and activities, something for everyone.

We SO appreciate the 100 dedicated, skilled and enthusiastic volunteers who made it all happen. Some have put in hundreds of hours in planning and preparation over the last six months! I wish we had room to name each wonderful individual, but this is a full newsletter! All I can say is thanks to each of you and hope you feel sincerely appreciated for your help and contributions. What an impact you made!

Thanks also to our wonderful US Fish and Wildlife Service partners at Finley, especially hard-working, always smiling Visitor Services Manager Samantha Bartling and our supportive refuge complex Project Leader Damien Miller.

Big thanks to local groups who have partnered with us all four years: OSU Bird Nerds, Friends of Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Chintimini Wildlife Center, and Starker Forests, Inc. We have also enjoyed key vehicle parking help for our two biggest years from Albany Boy Scout Troop 365.

We also welcomed several new partner organizations at the event this year: Oregon State University Extenion Service, 4H, OSU Society of American Foresters, and the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District.

We also want to thank Corvallis businesses that donated supplies and materials for the dayís activities: Wild Birds Unlimited, Winco, Bi-Mart and Wilco.

We have already had a debriefing meeting with key volunteers and are open to all feedback that will help us do an even better job next year! We have several intrepid volunteers who have offered to help on the 2019 WWFD, but weíll take a break first and start on that in September. Thanks to the ASC leadership and members for their unwaivering support of our big event.

Teri Engbring, ASC Education Team

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Audubon Society of Corvallis
PO Box 148
Corvallis, OR 97339