On November 22nd, ASLC took part in a field trip organized by Lisa Mulcahy, REEF (Restoring Ecosystems and Educating Future Conservation Leaders) education programmer and sponsored by the Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council's REEF program. Jamon Ellingson, teacher at King's Valley Charter School wanted students from the 6-8th grade Life Sciences class to focus on the impacts of restoration on animals or animal-based activities. At the ASLC "Birds of Crowley Creek" station, Dawn talked about the different birds that use the area at different times of the year and how important it is to keep track of birds that use the wetlands.Jack taught how to use and care for binoculars. As is usually the case, the kids loved using the binoculars. Jack was feeding these kids knowledge like it was candy in his pocket.
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REGIONAL • NATIONAL
The 114th Annual Christmas Bird Count (CBC) takes place nationwide from December 14th through January 5, 2014. Download and view Audubon's PowerPoint history of the CBC. Lincoln City has scheduled its bird count for December 15th.
Whether you are a resident state birder or a visitor, you might be interested in finding out what birds were sighted where in the state and when. Click here for up-to-date reports.
MPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Injured birds, dead mammals, poaching, call:
State Police: 800-452-7888
Injured Bird and Mammal Rehab Centers:
Chintimini Wildlife Center (Corvallis) 541-745-5324
Wildlife Care Center (Portland) 503-292-0304
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center (Salem) 503-540-8664
Cascades Raptor Center (Eugene) 541-485-1320
Citizen Science is for the Birds!
Each year, in December, citizens throughout the Americas gather together for a friendly competition in counting the number of bird species sighted in one day. This may sound like a trivial exercise in pitting one area's count against another's but it has deep scientific significance.
This year marks the 114th annual Christmas Bird Count. Each participating citizen taking part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.
Locally, we will meet at Lincoln City's Pig 'n Pancake at 6:30am on December 15th to take part in this 2013 Christmas Bird Count (CBC). There, you will become members of a team of birders and other like-minded folks, assigned to an area to perform the count. You'll be counting all of the birds you see according to species throughout the day. For early registration, click here.
We are looking for volunteers to come out and count with us or to count the birds in their backyards if they reside within the Count Circle. Circle consists of six areas which include estuaries, bay, freshwater lake,"‘sea watch" and coast range.
At the end of the day, around 4pm, we’ll meet at the Cascade Head Ranch River House (end of Savage Road, off N Three Rocks Road, at the mouth of the Salmon River) for some chili and tall tales!
What to bring: Binoculars, of course! (ASLC has some to loan out.) Be prepared for a day outdoors on the Oregon coast in the winter. That means warm clothes, rainwear, and waterproof shoes. The Counts are generally held as scheduled, rain or shine. Bring a bag lunch and snacks. Last but not least, bring an enthusiastic attitude and a willingness to search quietly and patiently for birds. All CBCs are free.
Dawn Villaescusa will be point of contact for the Lincoln City CBC, so please contact her to receive more detailed information and to sign up. Email Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org