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Education

Salem Audubon Society offers wildlife education programs for children as well as bird identification and habitat enhancement programs for all ages. This past year we delivered 60+ programs in local schools.  Our Traveling Education Programs are available to schools, public libraries, civic groups and service organizations. These hands-on, one hour discovery programs can be tailored to fit any age group.

  • Upcoming events (all events are free unless otherwise noted)

    Field Trips:

  • Wednesday, September 4, 7:00 AM – Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at Parking Lot 3, at the end of the road into the park.
  • Monday, September 9, 9:00 AM – Kezier Rapids Park. Meet at 9:00 AM at the far parking lot (at the end of the road leading to the boat ramp).
  • Saturday, September 14,  7:00 AM - Noon – Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the Pintail Marsh Parking Lot.
  • Monday, September 23, 8:00 AM – Illahe Golf Course Bird Walk. Meet at the Illahe Country Club (3376 Country Club Drive South)
  • Monday, September 23, 9:00 AM – Cascades Gateway Park Bird Walk. Meet at Walter Wirth Lake parking lot at 2100 Turner Rd SE (behind Walmart)
  • Tuesday, October 1, 8 AM -- Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at Parking Lot 3, at the end of the road into the park.
  • Friday, October 11 (note date change from Kestrel), all day –Newport Beach area for shorebirds. Preregistsration is required. You will receive trip information after registering. To register, click here.
  • Sunday, October 13, 8:00 AM -- Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the Pintail Marsh Parking Lot.
  • Thursday, October 24, 8:30 AM – Brown’s Ferry Park, Tualatin. We will meet at Salem’s Airport Rd Park and Ride at 8:30 AM to carpool, with a distance of about 47 miles one way to the park. Or you can join us at the park, with our expected time of arrival there at about 9:15 AM.
  • Sunday, November 3, 8 AM - Minto-Brown Island Park. Meet at Parking Lot 3, at the end of the road into the park.
  • Wednesday, November 13, 8 AM -- Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at the Pintail Marsh Parking Lot.
  • Saturday, December 7, 10:00 AM to Noon -- Salem Christmas Bird Count Workshop.  Meet at Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem
  • Birder's Night

  • Tue, September 10, 6:30-8:30 PM – Southern Africa Birds and Beasts. Meet in the Carrier Room at First United Methodist Church. Please enter the church through the office entrance at 600 State Street.
  • Other Events

  • Every Wednesday – Audubon Reserve Work Parties 9:00 – 11:00 AM
  • Sunday, September 1, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM – Making Wildlife Memories. William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge. Artist Suzanne Campbell will teach you how to create your own “Wildlife Memory Box” using recycled materials. This is a fun project for both children and adults. All materials are provided, just bring along a pen or pencil to record your field notes. ase register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SHC9CYK.
  • 2019 Bird Identification Workshops ($10 each, check future Kestrels for further information on each workshop.)

  • October 5 - Sex Life of Birds. Register for this workshop by clicking here.
  • January 18, 2020 - Raptor ID. Register for this workshop by clicking here
  • All bird identification workshops are held from 10 am to noon, at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem

    Festivals

  • September 2019 -- Oregon Shorebird Festival
  • September 13-15, 2019 -- Puget Sound Bird Fest
  • See the current Kestrel newsletter for details -- click here.

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  • 2019 Bird Identification Workshops ($10 each, check future Kestrels for further information on each workshop.)

  • October 5 - Sex Life of Birds
  • All bird identification workshops are held from 10 am to noon, at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr SE, Salem

Other Events

  • Every Wednesday -- Audubon Reserve Work Parties 9:00 – 11:00 AM
  • 2019 Bird Identification Workshops ($10 each, check future Kestrels for further information on each workshop.)
  • October 5 - Sex Life of Birds

 

SEEKING VOLUNTEERS!

Salem Audubon Society gladly serves our community while promoting conservation and the protection of wildlife. But we need your help to make it happen! We’re looking for volunteers to help in various ways, such as assisting with environmental education programs or representing SAS at various local events and other community outreach efforts.

Don’t have experience? We’ll train you! We need support at various levels and with a variety of tasks. We value and appreciate the efforts our members, and we can’t provide the programs we do without you. We would love to have you join us and be a volunteer!

To join our volunteer list, please send an email with your name and email adress to salemaudubonvolunteering@gmail.com.

Please be sure to check out the SAS Volunteer Calendar for upcoming events and opportunities: http://bit.ly/2kTDAC6. 

Salem Audubon Nature Reserve

In West Salem, this seven acre parcel of wooded hillside on Eola Drive off of Edgewater Street (see map) was preserved through the generous contribution of the Gehlar and Schneulle families in 1992.  For the past 15 years, Salem Audubon volunteers have worked to improve this urban forest for wildlife habitat and as an educational resource for the community.  Efforts are underway to eradicate exotic plant species, including particularly invasive English ivy, Scotch broom, and Himalayan blackberry.   In the summer of 2001, volunteers began developing a long-range plan to include neighbors, community groups and schools with preservation and restoration efforts.  The City of Salem Public Works awarded Salem Audubon a Watershed Protection and Preservation Grant to assist in this effort.  Check this site periodically for specific opportunities for help from neighbors, community groups, and schools, or call our office at 503.588.7340.

There are several online birding discussion groups in Oregon.  Two that cover the Willamette Valley are: