Boiler Bay birding
NOTE: All of our Audubon birdwalks are free and open to the public. No prior experience is needed and you do not need to pre-register unless indicated. The walks are led by experienced birders and we provide the free use of binoculars and field guides. Dress for the weather as we hold our birdwalks rain or shine.

Our walks are family friendly and generally are quite easy walks (unless indicated).

~ 2022 ~

COVID Alert: Until the Covid 19 cases decrease, masks may be required at events and we may be unable to have binoculars to loan out. We will post updates that affect our activities for each event here and on our Facebook pages.



Friday, January 7, 9-11am
Lincoln City Bird Walk ~ Regatta Park and Devil's Lake Lincoln City
Join us as we walk the little-known old-growth trail at Regatta Park. We will look for wintering songbirds and enjoy a visit to 400 year old Sitka lovingly named Nuu-k’wii-daa-naa~-ye’ (Our Ancestor). After the walk, we’ll check the lake for waterfowl and Bald Eagles.

Location: Meet in the Regatta Park parking lot off of West Devils Lake Rd in Lincoln City.

This walk is sponsored by Lincoln City Parks and Recreation and Explore Lincoln City and is led by Lincoln City Audubon.

Saturday, January 8, 9-11am
"Second Saturday" Bird Walk ~ OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center and Yaquina South Jetty
Join us for birding along Yaquina Bay on OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Nature Trail. Yaquina Bay regularly hosts thousands of wintering waterfowl. We will walk the nature path that begins at Hatfield Marine Science Center parking lot and then will drive to the Yaquina River South Jetty.

Winter storms can bring unusual birds to the area. We hope to see Harlequin and other diving ducks, loons, phalaropes, gulls, and other wintering birds. Previous years sightings have included swans and geese in addition to winter residents along the nature trail. This trip offers short easy walks to viewing areas.

Location: Meet in the Hatfield Marine Science Center parking lot in Newport Oregon.

This walk is part of our regular "Second Saturday" birdwalks led by Lincoln City Audubon.

Beyond the Beach: Oregon's Mysterious Undersea Kelp Forests
Wednesday, January 12, 6:30-7:30pm
We're partnering once again with Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition and Oregon Coast Community College to bring you a series of webinars we're calling "Beyond the Beach."

The third in our series of "Beyond the Beach" webinars that focus on our nearshore waters beyond our sandy beaches. These rocky intertidal and teeming subtidal habitats are largely unseen, but are a critical part of our coast.

Bull kelp are large seaweeds that grow in “forests,” forming canopies in the Oregon coast's rocky subtidal waters. They draw deep curiosity from scientists because of their immense contributions to ocean health, and their dwindling numbers around the world. Recently, 35 years of satellite imagery has led to new insights into how Oregon's kelp forests work and how they are changing. Factors like climate change, heatwaves, storms, disease, otters, and urchins are changing the landscape of Oregon's kelp forests. So what did Oregon's kelp forests used to look like, how are they doing today, and how can Oregonians influence what they will look like 100 years into the future?

Sara Hamilton is a PhD student from Oregon State University, and a subtidal ecologist co-advised by Dr. Kirsten Grorud-Colvert and Dr. Bruce Menge. She studies kelp forest ecology in nearshore Oregon, focusing on population dynamics of bull kelp and trophic ecology of purple urchins. She is passionate about studying kelps and will share about current research conducted by divers on the southern Oregon coast, and about restoration and recovery of kelps in Oregon.

Brought to you by Lincoln City Audubon, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, and Oregon Coast Community College.

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The New Private Forest Accord: A Watershed moment for the Future of Oregon's Forests.
Wednesday, January 27, 6:30-7:30pm
The Audubon Society of Lincoln City and Oregon Wild invite you to a webinar about Oregon’s new Private Forest Accord on Thursday, January 27, 2022, from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Oregon Coast Community College’s Office of Engagement will facilitate the Zoom presentation and registration.

Management of Oregon’s state and private forests has been mired in controversy for decades. As a result, fish and wildlife habitat suffered, water quality degraded, and many rural communities struggled with regulatory uncertainty. There was plenty of debate, but little changed…until now. Private forest representatives, small forestland owners, conservation leaders, and fishing organizations—tired of fighting—put aside their differences and sought common ground. After months of negotiations, the coalition reached an agreement known as the Private Forest Accord (PFA) that heralds a new way of business for nearly 10 million acres of private forests. You can read more about the Accord here [PDF].

Join this webinar to learn how the PFA will safeguard water quality, provide rural communities with greater economic certainty, and protect threatened and endangered fish through a Habitat Conservation Plan. Panel speakers were at the table throughout the negotiations. They will share how this historic agreement came to be, what it means, and what still needs to happen to make it a reality as Oregon moves forward into a new era of forest management.

Webinar panelists:
> Sean Stevens, Executive Director, Oregon Wild, is a lifelong Oregonian and outdoor recreational enthusiast. Sean is passionate about his leadership role with Oregon Wild, which works to protect and restore Oregon's wildlands, wildlife, and waters as an enduring legacy for all Oregonians.
> Kelly Burnett, Research Fish Biologist, formerly worked with the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station in Corvallis. Kelly’s research centers on understanding the relationships between salmon and their freshwater habitats, landscape analysis of aquatic habitats, and land management in order to better design and evaluate policy options.

Learn how forest practices in Oregon are changing for the better, and what you can do to help support this historic turning point in state management of our abundant natural resources. The hour-long webinar includes a question and answer session.

Brought to you by Lincoln City Audubon, Oregon Wild, and Oregon Coast Community College.

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