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OUR MISSION: Encouraging residents and visitors to protect and enjoy the birds, wildlife and habitats found along the Central Oregon Coast
IN THE NEWS:

LOCAL

Sunday, Dec. 17, all day ~ ASLC is excited to sponsor the 2017 Lincoln City Christmas Bird Count! The circle for counting birds consists of six areas which include estuaries, bay, freshwater lake, ocean, and coast range forest. We meet for breakfast at 6:30am at our local Pig 'n Pancake. We hope you will join us.

We're looking for volunteers to come out and count with us (see Field Counters, below) or to count the birds in their back yards if they reside within the Count Circle (see info on Backyard/Feeder Counters, below).

FIELD COUNTERS
Meet at the Pig 'n Pancake at 6:30am for breakfast and instructions (7am if you're not planning to eat). We will be organizing teams ahead of time by email so be sure to pre-register. Be prepared for a winter day outdoors on the Oregon coast—warm clothes, rainwear, and waterproof footwear. Bring a bag lunch and snacks. At the end of the day, around 4pm, we'll meet at the Connie Hansen Gardens for some hot food and tall tales!

BACKYARD/FEEDER COUNTERS
We really need as many backyard/feeder counters as possible. If you live within the Count Circle (see circle info) and prefer to stay at home, this job's for you. You can count for only a few minutes or all day long.

More information will be provided to registrants prior to count day. Click here to view the Count Circle map.

REGIONAL

Catch up what's happening at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by clicking here.

Click here to read Klamath Basin Audubon Society's newsletter, The Grebe.

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.

NATIONAL

Want to know the status of bird migrations. Check out BirdCast, the realtime migration forecast by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

 

JIGSAW PUZZLE ENTHUSIASTS
For those who enjoy playing jigsaw puzzles, tackle our November one this month. Good luck!!

 

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IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Injured birds, dead mammals, poaching
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call: State Police: 800-452-7888

Injured Birds along central OR coast, call
Harry Dodson (Lincoln City) 541-921-0048

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
Wildlife Center of the North Coast (Astoria) 503-338-0331

Injured Raptors
Cascades Raptor Center (Eugene) 541-485-1320


photo © ernie rose- injured great horned owl

Get the Lead Out

by Joseph Youren, ASLC Vice President

Condor reintroduction was once again discussed at our most recent Oregon Audubon Council fall meeting.  The fall meeting is reserved for discussing conservation issues and establishing action priorities for our individual chapters and the Council as a whole.

CA condor

California Condors WILL, in the very near future, appear over the Oregon coast as the US Fish and Wildlife and the Yuroc Tribe work with the Oregon Zoo to rear and prepare individuals for release into the wild. These magnificent birds have a historic range from British Columbia to Mexico. It stretches from the Pacific Coast to the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.  At the time of Lewis and Clark, they soared over the Columbia River Gorge and congregated in good numbers on whale carcasses.  Western expansion and resulting loss of habitat, deliberate poisonings, and hunting, decimated their population and by 1980 condors were gone from the wild and very nearly extinct. A captive breeding program has since revived the species and reintroduction programs began in 1991.  Unfortunately, these early reintroduction programs failed as every single individual died from lead they had ingested by feeding on game animals killed with lead ammunition.  Even today, condors released into the wild must be recaptured and treated for lead in their blood.

The greatest danger to these birds today is still ingested lead. As carrion feeders, they typically eat 4 to 5 pounds of meat at a time and then do not feed for days after. Their primary source of food are the carcasses of large animals and most often these are the remains of deer and elk taken by hunters using lead ammunition. When hunters harvest deer or elk they typically discard the internal organs and skeletal remains in the woods.  These remains are then eaten by birds of prey and mammals like wolves, wolverines, and fishers. Unfortunately, so is the lead. Studies show that the meat from animals killed with lead ammunition is contaminated by thousands upon thousands of tiny lead fragments. While these particles are too small to detect with the human eye, they stand out under X-rays. No level of lead is safe. Lead ingested by humans damages the central nervous system.  The danger is particulary great for children.  This short video explains the risks of lead in fish and game:
https://nutritionfacts.org/video/lead-contamination-in-fish-and-game/

The Oregon public has been made aware of the dangers of lead in drinking water and is demanding action but the problem does not stop there. Lead does not have to be used in ammunition or in fishing tackle. Alternatives are readily available. We need to ban the use of lead in these products as we did with paint and gasoline – for exactly the same reason:  no amount of lead exposure is acceptable.  The California Condor is the canary-in-a-coal mine (with a ten-foot wingspan).

A great resource for learning more about condors and challenges we face in bringing them back is the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Pacific Southwest Region which covers California, Nevada, and the Klamath Basin.   https://www.fws.gov/cno/es/calcondor/CondorResources.cfm

Please study the issues, get involved, and help us bring these birds back to the skies over Oregon.