Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb 3, 5, 10, 12 ~ Birding Basics at Oregon Coast Community College. Birds of the Oregon coast were the focus during this 2-week class. Participants had access to bird guidebooks and binoculars and learned how to use them. The final day of class was a field trip identifying birds in the area.
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.
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IMPORTANT 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
photo © nagi aboulenein - bald eagle
Lat Day of the
Great Backyard Bird Count!
Show how much you care about birds by counting them for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). The 18th annual count is taking place February 13 through 16. Anyone in the world can count birds at any location for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count and enter their sightings at www.BirdCount.org.
photo by jack doyle
The information gathered by tens of thousands of volunteers helps track changes in bird populations on a massive scale. The GBBC is a joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society with partner Bird Studies Canada. Bird watchers from 135 countries participated in the 2014 count, documenting nearly 4,300 species on more than 144,000 bird checklists–that’s about 43% of all the bird species in the world! In addition to the U.S. and Canada, India, Australia, and Mexico led the way with the greatest number of checklists submitted.
“We especially want to encourage people to share their love of birds and bird watching with someone new this year,” says Dick Cannings at Bird Studies Canada. “Take your sweetheart, a child, a neighbor, or a coworker with you while you count birds for the GBBC. Share your passion and you may fledge a brand new bird watcher!”
The Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature and show some love for the birds this Valentine's Day. Participation is free and easy. To learn more about how to join the count, download instructions, a slide show, web buttons, and other materials, visit www.birdcount.org. While you’re there, get inspired by the winning photos from the 2014 GBBC photo contest.
Apparently this fella loves
our central Oregon coast weather!!
Since November of last year, this Tundra Bean Goose has decided to take up residence at the Nestucca Wildlife Refuge amongst the Cackling Canada Geese. Distinguishing it from the Canada Geese is quite easy once you know what to look for. As you look at this image, you can first see that its head is a tawny brown rather than the typical black and white of the Canada Goose. Secondly, look at its legs and feet compared to that of its neighbors . . . orange, not black! And, lastly, you'll notice an orange band around its bill that the Canada Goose does not have, nor that of the similar image of the White-fronted Goose. This goose is very rare along our west coast since it's generally found in western Europe and northern Asia. Now doesn't that make you feel special?!!!