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Birding by Ear 2017

Sponsored by the Audubon Society of Corvallis and the Avery House Nature Center. Lisa Millbank and Don Boucher will instruct this class.

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, 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.
3-week class

  • 2017-2018 Schedule TBA To register:

    If you have questions about course content, you can contact Don Boucher at or 541-753-7689


    Thanks to an incredible team of dedicated volunteers and partner organizations, the 2017 Winter Wildlife Field Day at Finley NWR was a huge success.

    Over 450 visitors came to the refuge for the 4-hour event March 18, 150 more than last year! More than 70 volunteers contributed their time, skills and energy that day (plus several who helped with prep but couldnít come Saturday). Volunteers donated over 950 precious hours for WWFD 2017, half on March 18, and the rest over nearly 6 months of planning and preparation.

    Despite heavy rain braved by the setup team, temperatures were mild and rain miraculously stopped soon after guests began to arrive. Comments from children and adults as they left were enthusiastically positive. We accomplished our goals of making interaction with nature fun, educational, and exciting. Iím not sure who was more energetic, guests or volunteers, but the result was magical. We were welcomed by a dedicated refuge staff at all levels.

    Special thanks to Visitor Services Manager Samantha Bartling and her intern Beatrice Serrano-Martinez, Project Leader Damien Miller and Deputy Laila Lienesch. They were joined by 70 skilled and hard-working volunteers from Audubon Society of Corvallis, several OSU groups (including our official partners in Bird Nerds, Society of American Foresters, Organic Growers Club, and College of Ag Sciences), the Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Chintimini Wildlife Center, Albany Boy Scout Troop 365, and Starker Forests, Inc. As Corvallis Gazette-Times noted in a full page WWFD story on March 19, this was a strong community-wide effort with many dedicated and capable partners.

    Thanks also for loaned equipment from OR Fish and Wildlife (pelts and skulls), and Streamwebs (pond kits), and beekeeper Jim Faulkner. So many USFSW staff and volunteers went the extra mile and it showed. Special thanks to the key planning team members: Jeremy, Sam, Beatrice, Sue (and Matt for doing our awesome graphics), Nancy, Mamo, Mark, Christina, Suzanne, Marcia, Phyllis, Spencer, Marie, Mike, Karl, Kris, Gail, Ann, Amanda, Jim, and Bob. What a team! Sorry we donít have room to list each volunteer by name here, but you know who you are and how much you are appreciated by your teammates and winter Wildlife Field Day guests.

    Great job, everyone!

    Teri Engbring, ASC Education


    We had the pleasure of working with Corvallis School District 4th & 5th grade students from five different schools for our 2nd successful year of an Aquatic Ecology Program on Oak Creek at ASCís Hesthavn Nature Center. This program is made possible by the National Science Foundation through a research grant awarded to Roy Haggerty, PhD, RG, and Hollis M. Dole, Professor of Environmental Geology College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences Oregon State University.

    Classes from the following schools attended the 2016 series for a total of nearly 1,000 student hours at Hesthavn: Mountain View, Muddy Creek, Franklin, Jefferson, and Adams. Each class also had the opportunity to visit our bird specimen collection and explore other wildlife collection pieces and props at Hesthavn. The field trips consisted of three hands-on stations: water quality testing; macro-invertebrate collection; and a native plant hike through the riparian habitat along Oak Creek. The focus question explored how to determine if an ecosystem is healthy.

    A huge thank you to all of our volunteers for offering their time, talent, and dedication: Jessica Brothers, Teri Engbring, Hannah Clark, Sue Powell, Kate Mathews, Gail Nickerson, Christina Likem, Nina Aragon, Melanie Brown, Ann Brodie, Suzanne Ortiz and Barrett Reeve.

    We will continue this series next spring for our third and final year. If you are interested in participating in this wonderful program, please contact our program coordinator, Jessica Brothers at for more information on how you can get involved.

    Jessica Brothers, Aquatic Ecology Coordinator


    A special team of volunteers put together a dynamite program on ďwater bird adaptationsĒ for the local Girl Scout Summer Day Camp at the scouts Rock Creek Campground. Thanks to volunteers Chris Shank, Phyllis Bailey, Sue Powell, Marcia Cutler, Kate Mathews and Teri Engbring for developing a new curriculum tailored to the campís water theme and delivered in 50 minute sessions 8 times over 2 days, with about 120 girls and another 20 adults. A fun time was had by all in the trees above Rock Creek.

    Teri Engbring, ASC Ed Team

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