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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


Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 6-15th, 1:30-3pm ~ ASLC Birding Basics at Lincoln City OCCC Center.
Do you find yourself listening to an odd chirp while walking or gardening? Are you fascinated by the random rustlings in the bushes? Do you notice and enjoy the birds in your world but wish you knew more about these clever and busy neighbors? This is just the class for you! Participants will learn how birds behave so it will be easier to find, watch, and identify the type you are seeing. Bird identification, adaptations, and habitat will be introduced. Birds of the Oregon Coast will be our focus during this 2-week class. Participants will have access to bird guides and binoculars and will learn how to use them. The final day of class will be a field trip to identify birds in the area. Cost: $30, plus $10 materials fee paid to instructor at first class. To register or receive more information, call 541-994-4166.

Saturday, October 10th, 9-11am ~ join ASLC field leader Mark Elliott for birding at Whalen Island and Clay Myers State Park Natural Area. Clay Myers Natural Area is a birding hot spot. Our birding experts say that Whalen Island is THE place for October coastal birding! Beginning birders are welcome. Binoculars and guidebooks are available for those who don’t have their own, and carpooling is usually an option.
Directions: from Lincoln City travel north on 101 about 15 miles to Pacific City turnoff. Turn left and travel about 2.8 miles to a stop sign with a Shell station on right. Turn left, travel over bridge and turn right onto Cape Kiwanda Dr. Passing the Pelican Pub on left-hand side, travel about 4.6 additional miles to launch site. You’ll come to a 4-way stop. Continue north to and through Tierra del Mar. About 1.5 miles after Tierra del Mar, you will turn left at brown sign reading “Whalen Island Clay Myers.” Park in parking lot next to restrooms. From the North in Tillamook, travel about 10.5 miles south on Hwy 101 to the turn off. Turn right onto Sand Lake Rd toward Cape Kiwanda/Pacific City and travel an additional 4.3 miles to a stop sign. At the stop sign, turn left towards Pacific City/Sand Lake and travel 3.4 miles to brown sign reading “Whalen Island/Clay Myers.” Turn right and park in the parking lot next to restrooms. If you pass through Tierra del Mar, you have gone too far!


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

Read about the sightings and reports that have been reported in the Yaquina Birders and Naturalists' Sandpiper monthly newsletter.

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

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

photo © nagi aboulenein - bald eagle

What to Do? A Common Question.
This summer's finds on the Oregon beaches

The phone number for the Audubon Society of Lincoln City has received many more calls than usual these past several months from both residents and visitors to the Oregon Coast.  Many people are concerned when they find injured or dead birds and they want to help the bird or alert someone who can. 

Most of the calls this summer have been from people walking on the beach who find dead or dying football sized birds that look like miniature penguins.  These birds are Common Murres.  They spend winters out  in the ocean but are relatively easy to see during summer because they nest in colonies on near-shore rocky islands such as those at Yaquina Head Natural Area. Volunteers who monitor dead birds that wash up on Pacific shores for the University of Washington COASST program are used to finding both adult and juvenile dead Common Murres on the beaches during summer months.  This year, however, COASST volunteers have found about three times the usual number of dead Common Murres.  

On August 15, KGW News reported that the birds turned into Astoria's Wildlife Center of the North Coast were emaciated and starving. Common Murres have been having a much tougher time in the past few years because of predation during nesting from Bald Eagles and gulls, but Herman Biederbeck, ODFW biologist for the north coast, says that this year’s warm "El Nino" ocean temperatures mean that the ocean is just not producing as many of the small fish that Common Murres feed on.

There being no local rescue/rehab resources for injured or distressed seabirds within a 45-mile radius, it’s hard to see a bird on the beach in distress and not want to help. Usually the best anyone with no special gear or training can do is to try to protect the struggling bird from predators and scavengers by scaring off gulls, dogs, etc. If the bird is still alive and can be protected from further damage, there may be a small chance that it can recover enough to return to the ocean to feed.