Cutler City birding

Oregon's Youngest Audubon Chapter

Since its inception as a chapter of the National Audubon Society in November of 2005, the Audubon Society of Lincoln City (ASLC) has been active in educating about and and advocating for protections of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats in Lincoln and Tillamook counties. ASLC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Meet the Board of Directors.

ByLaws of the Audubon Society of Lincoln City.

Our Programs

ASLC presents in-school “Wild About Birds” classroom programs at elementary schools in Lincoln and Tillamook counties. It also offers “Basic Birding” adult classes at the Oregon Coast Community College's Lincoln City campus 3 times a year.

Birdwalks are scheduled for the 2nd Saturday of every month except December, when we host a local Christmas Bird Count. We have birdwalks as far north as Tillamook Bay, east to Baskett Slough, south to Seal Rock, and all along the central Oregon coast. See our activities calendar for more information about our classes and birdwalks.

We have annual Christmas Bird Counts in Lincoln City and in Tillamook. Other efforts include BioBlitzes, sea and shorebird monitoring, surveys, and nest box maintenance and monitoring.

Our Conservation priorities include Forests, Coastal Habitat (Marine Reserves, Rocky Habitat, and Estuaries), Climate, and Plastic.

We are an all-volunteer organization. We can use folks like you to assist with all of our programs!

Diversity Makes Us Resilient

As we pursue the critical work of conservation and education, Lincoln City Audubon is guided by the ideals of equality, dignity, and mutual respect. Recognizing the strength that comes from diversity in both natural systems and human communities, we welcome all people, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual preference, age, or citizenship status. We will continually seek to advance and prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion through our programs and partnerships.

Meet the ASLC Board of Directors

Current term of office is in parentheses after each name.


dawn villaescusa, President (2022-2024)
Dawn Villaescusa A retired Business Analyst, dawn worked for the State of Oregon for 28 years. She moved with her husband from the Willamette Valley to Lincoln City in 2009. In Salem, she had adapted her backyard to be wildlife friendly, keeping daily notes of the birds that came to her pond and feeders. Lacking much of a backyard in Lincoln City, she has spent hours exploring area parks, beaches, and open spaces.

Dawn joined ASLC in 2011 and became a board member in 2014. She also volunteers with the Oregon Birding Association as membership coordinator and bookkeeper, and enjoys a variety of citizen science opportunities such as the northwest Winter Raptor Survey, Black Oysteratcher monitoring, and documenting area wildlife for US Fish and Wildlife.

Ruth Shelly, Vice-president & Outreach Lead (2022-23)

Ruth Shelly has spent a lifetime working in museums, and recently retired as Executive Director of Portland Children's Museum. She and her husband Kevin live on Devil's Lake. They enjoy getting to know the local birding spots and fellow birders through ASLC field trips. Having worked in natural history museums and an aquarium, Ruth is committed to engaging children in science, community science programs, and conservation.

She considers herself a novice birder and intermediate photographer, with passion for both and great respect for how much more there is to learn!
Ruth Shelly

Janet Bleck, Secretary (2022-2024)
Janet Bleck Janet Patrice Bleck is a Retired Hospitality Entrepreneur, having opened or acquired and sold five very successful restaurant and catering operations in both Florida and Oregon. Janet was born and raised in Birmingham, Michigan and has lived in Valencia, Venezuela; Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida; McMinnville, Oregon; and now on Siletz Bay in Cutler City which offers her an excellent opportunity for birdwatching.

A self-professed bird geek, albeit a novice and continually learning, it was a passion she developed years ago when she erected her first Purple Martin house on her property in Florida. Janet is looking forward to the opportunity to work with incredibly knowledgeable birders and to offer her experience in working in various service organizations to contribute to Lincoln City Audubon.


Jim Carlson (2022-2024)
Jim Carlson Growing up on the Oregon coast and life-long resident of Netarts for 72 years, Jim has developed a personal relationship with the ocean from his front door. His experience as a commercial fisherman off of the Oregon, Washington and Alaska coasts has given him an intimate understanding of our ocean and the need for conservation and study of our Pacific Coast.

As a conservationist and nonprofit volunteer, Jim was asked to help move the idea of marine reserves along our coast. In his role as a community organizer for Oregon’s central and north coast, he was instrumental in the establishment of 5 marine reserve sites and is still involved with these protected areas. After 10 plus years of active participation in Oregon’s coastal conservation planning, Jim is honored to help Lincoln City Audubon board of directors contribute to the health of our coastal waters.

Steve Griffiths, Conservation Lead (2022-2023)

Steve worked for the Sierra Club for thirty years (twenty-eight years at national headquarters in San Francisco and two at the Hawaii Chapter in Honolulu) before retiring to the Oregon Coast in 2009. He serves on Lincoln City’s Planning Commission and is active in Theatre West.

Steve joined the board in 2016 and was served as Vice-president from 2018 to 2020. He has served as the ASLC Conservation Action committee (ACA) chair since 2018.
Steve Griffiths

Evan Hayduk (2022-2024)
Evan Hayduk Evan was born and raised in Western Washington and has spent his entire career dedicated to restoring natural systems in the Pacific Northwest. After completing his undergraduate at Santa Clara University, Evan returned to Washington for two AmeriCorps terms with the Washington Conservation Corps. He received a Master’s of Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College, and has worked in various ecosystems at Joint Base Lewis McChord, and spent 3 seasons growing plants for sub-alpine meadow restoration at Mt. Rainier.

Since 2016, Evan has been the Council Coordinator for the MidCoast Watersheds Council, working with partners to complete major restoration projects in the Council’s nearly one-million-acre footprint on the coast. When he isn’t working at MCWC, you will likely find him tending to his backyard veggie garden, birding, or walking with his wife and dog on the beach. Or you may not be able to find him at all, as he spends as much time as possible backpacking and camping in remote locations all around the world.

Rick Mark (2022-2024)

Rick has been keeping an eye on the birds for about 40 years, dating back to when he learned about raptors on Hawk Mountain in Pennsylvania, where he lived until the early ‘90s. It was in Pennsylvania where he started his 30-year newspaper career. He spent eight years in Southern Indiana, where his interest in nature continued, culminating in a website he created for identifying wildflowers at a local nature preserve. You can still take a look at " A Guide to the Wildflowers of Twin Swamps."

Rick moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2000 and to Lincoln City in 2012. Where else can you wake up every morning to go watch eagles or whales, or explore tide pools, or just go watch the ocean pound against the rocky shore. What an incredible place. Rick is semi-retired, but he does work as a paralegal for a couple of local lawyers (including wife Britt). He is in his 4th year as a Lincoln City city councilor. And he is the treasurer of the board of directors for Neighbors for Kids in Depoe Bay.
Rick Mark

Halle Renn, Membership Coordinator (2021-2023)
Halle Renn Halle is a Wildlife Technician for the U.S. Forest Service in Hebo, Oregon. She has lived in the area since 2017 when she moved from Ohio to work for the Forest Service. She graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Conservation Biology but says that her passion has always been birds.

Halle is currently busy at work conducting point count surveys of birds within our forests for an ongoing study. She spends her free time bird-watching and monitoring Snowy Plovers and Black Oystercatchers. Halle joined the ASLC Board in June 2019.

Nora Sherwood, Education Coordinator (2022-2024)

Nora is a nature artist and science illustrator living in Lincoln City who has always loved birds. She connected with the Lincoln City Audubon Society after taking the Birding Basics class in 2014 and joins the groups on outings as often as she can. She has painted many local birds for gallery shows, as well as for commissioned work.

She changed careers after many years in high-tech (geographic information systems) after she obtained her certificate in science illustration from the University of Washington in Seattle. She and her husband live steps from the beach and right next to one of Lincoln City’s designated open spaces; the birding is great right out her front door.
Nora Sherwood

Dennis White (2021-23)
Dennis White Dennis is now retired and volunteering for several non-profit organizations, most notably Friends of Otter Rock (FOR) for which he is working on the formation and early stages of that coastal advocacy group. Dennis serves as FOR president.

He has served on our ASLC Rocky Habitat core team for the past year, actively advocating for our two Marine Conservation Area proposals at Cape Lookout and Cape Foulweather.

Joseph Youren (2021-23)

Joseph Youren is a retired teacher and principal from Idaho who was drawn to the ocean in retirement moving to Lincoln City with his wife in 2013. He was introduced to birding by his seventh grade life science teacher who drilled his students on bird identification whenever there was down time in his class.

He has been a member of ASLC since 2015 after taking the Birding Basic class at the community college. He is a passionate advocate for the protection of our public lands and waters as well as the flora and fauna that call these places home. Joseph served as our Vice-president for two years and now serves on both the Conservation and Education teams.
Joseph Youren

Other Volunteer Leaders

Mark Elliott, Field Trip Guide
Mark Elliott ASLC's field trip guide, Mark Elliott, has been birding for 35 years. He has been active in Audubon for 20 years and served on the board for 10 years before stepping down in 2019. He teaches raptor identification and basic birding at Oregon Coast Community College. Mark also leads field trips for Yaquina Birders and Naturalists in Newport, Oregon and at the Birding and Blues Festival in Pacific City.

Mark stays active in citizen science by participating in annual Christmas Bird Counts and has been recording data for COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team) for 9 years. He now lives on the Oregon coast.

Ernie Rose, Graphic Designer

Moving to Lincoln City from Cornish, Maine in 2005, Ernie joined ASLC from 2009-2017. As a board member during that time, he designed and maintained our newsletters and website. In essence, he brought over 35+ years of graphic design experience to the organization. He also contributed many photos of the monthly bird walks as well as the birds and other wildlife that were sighted during those events.

In 2016, Ernie retired from the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology yet stays busy with his graphic design and photography business, Rose Designs. Ernie continued to work with ASLC on the Citizen Science committee in 2018-19. Ernie retired from the ASLC board in 2021 but continues to serve as our graphics designer.
Ernie Rose

Caren Willoughby, Field Trip Coordinator, Instructor
Caren Willoughby Caren is a retired elementary school teacher and has lived in Lincoln City since 1974. Birding was something she wanted to learn more about and that eventually led to an opportunity to get back into schools and pass on that birding knowledge to children and then adults through Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC).

Caren joined the ASLC board in 2008 and continues to serve as our education coordinator, teaching “Wild About Birds” in Tillamook and Lincoln County 5th grade classrooms, "Our Neighbor the Osprey" for Lincoln City kindergarten and 3rd graders, and “Birding Basics” for adults at Oregon Coast Community College. She retired from the Board in 2022 but continues to serve as our field trip coordinator, education mentor, and instructor.

Diversity Makes Us Resilient

As we pursue the critical work of conservation and education, Lincoln City Audubon is guided by the ideals of equality, dignity, and mutual respect. Recognizing the strength that comes from diversity in both natural systems and human communities, we welcome all people, regardless of race, gender identity, sexual preference, age, or citizenship status. We will continually seek to advance and prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion through our programs and partnerships.
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