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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

The Devils Lake Water Improvement District has share its recent water quality update. Click here to learn more.

Thursday, April 17.  Barry McPherson presents "Sea Kayaking in Scenic Desolation Sound, British Columbia."  Barry will show photo slides of a guided sea kayak tour.  The Desolation Sound area has good wildlife viewing, rich sea life, rugged peaks, thick forests, and remote lakes among the many islands laying between Vancouver Island and the BC mainland.  This Yaquina Birders & Naturalists meeting starts at 7 PM at the Meeting Room of Central Lincoln PUD in north Newport.  Cost: free.  Everyone is welcome!  For more info, call 541-265-2965.

Saturday, April 19.  "Plant & Bird Field Trip along Cape Perpetua's Giant Spruce Trail."  Join Sally Lockyear and Betty Bahn as they lead a Yaquina Birders & Naturalists field trip along a trail that parallels Cape Creek boasting old growth trees with an abundance of native flowers and shrubs. The namesake of the trail is a nearly 600 year old Sitka spruce towering 185 feet tall with a circumference of 40 ft that is also recognized by the state as an Oregon Heritage Tree (http://www.yachats.info/history/Giant_Spruce.html).  The trip will last about 2 hours; the trail is two miles round-trip and is rated as moderately difficult.  All are welcome to this free event, however, a pass or a $5 daily fee is required for parking.  Meet at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center parking lot at 9 AM.  For more information call 541-961-1307.

REGIONAL

Witness the bird migrations at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

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

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

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A Successful Send Off

Portland Audubon and their Magpies have enjoyed dozens of field trips over the past few decades led by Dick Demarest. Dick guided his last group trip to Klamath Falls Basin this past March. Six members of the Audubon Society of Lincoln City enjoyed his leadership, the Doyles, the Sorensens and the Willoughbys.  Participants were led to specific locations on the Lower and Upper Klamath Rivers as well as the Nature Conservancy’s Williamson River site.  As we watched Dick’s orchestration of this whole event, we realized how remarkable it is to have folks like Dick who not only share their love of birds but also their abilities to organize groups, fix radios, maneuver to get closer looks and of course, to schedule regular restroom stops!

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 At least 79 bird species were observed popping out to say goodbye to Dick’s large groups.  These included the usual migratory and local birds as well as a White-Headed Woodpecker in the woods on the west side of Upper Klamath Lake. At the petroglyph rocks the Great Horned Owl once again peaked out of its nesting hole looking quite elegant in the shadows.  We were treated to an incredible display by a Golden Eagle and Prairie Falcons. 
We all greatly appreciated Dick’s time, energy and enthusiasm!!!!  Thanks for the memories, Dick!
We hope you have been inspired by ASLC’s field trips led by local birding enthusiasts such as Mark Elliott and Dick.  THANK GOODNESS, Dick has not retired from our coast field trips!  Check the field trips out on our calendar scheduled the second Saturday of each month.