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November 2009 Chat Newsletter Audubon Society of Corvallis

November 2009 Chat Newsletter Audubon Society of Corvallis

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 Audubon Society of Corvallis
VOL. 39November 2009#3
In this issue:
Homer Campbell Trail extension 18Global climate change call to action 18Willamette Valley Birding Trail online 18 Next ASC planting date announced 19Don’t forget the loon print auction this month 21The sins of greenwashing 21 New Bluebird Trail volunteers going strong 21Christmas Bird Count 22Oregon White Oak restoration at Finley 22An evening walk in August 22-23Riparian habitat improvement 23
General Meeting
Thursday, November 19
7:00 – 8:30 pmFirst Presbyterian ChurchPacicNorthwestCondors
 A presentationby David Moen,Oregon Zoo and US Forest Service
The Oregon Zooruns one of only four  breeding programsfor the CaliforniaCondor. The primary objective of that program is to rein-troduce the giant bird in the Pacic Northwest. David Moensearches for evidence of century-old nest sites in order todemonstrate that the Northwest can provide viable breedinghabitat for the condor. Most of these nests are in cliff caves,and nding them means rappelling in from above and, occa-sionally, being dropped into an area by a helicopter.Come and hear David Moen talk about his adventuresand the efforts that are being made at the zoo and all over thePacic Northwest to once again have condors ying free inOregon.Doors open at 6:30 pm for refreshments and visiting.The chapter meeting commences at 7:00 pm, followed by theguest lecture at 7:30 pm. Questions about the series can bedirected to Dave Mellinger at
 or 757-7953.
The chapter meeting is in the meeting hall of the First Pres- byterian Church (upstairs), 114 SW Eighth Street.
The Envelope, Please
You saw the envelope in this newsletter. You know it isend-of-year donation time. We know that these are difculteconomic times and that many of you have given generouslyalready this year. If you are considering additional charitabledonations for tax purposes or as holiday gifts, please think about the Audubon Society of Corvallis. The bottom line isthat, like most non-prots, membership dues help with basicoperations such as mailing the newsletter and room rent for meetings, as well as some of our activities. There are additionalopportunities for outreach and habitat restoration that are inneed of funding. Consider what your donation could support:
$10—Scholarship for one child to attend a class at Hesthavn$50—Printing 100 Birding Corvallis brochures$100—One portable environmental education activity kit$250—Bird Bands and equipment for Bluebird Trail$500—Quality sound system for use at meetings and events
With the talented and dedicated volunteer force working for ASC, your nancial contribution goes a long way. If youwould like to fund a specic project or item, please contactany board member. Thanks to all of you for donating so freelyof your time and money in the past. It is your involvementthat makes ASC such a vibrant organization. Be assured thatwhen you mail a check in the enclosed envelope, that moneywill be used to further enhance the outstanding conservation,restoration and education programs coordinated so ably byour membership.
The Board of ASC 
Homer Campbell Trail
Now Extends (Seasonally) to Cabell Marsh
“I wish we could just keep on going,” is a sentiment oftenheard at the observation blind overlooking Cabell Marsh at theend of the Homer Campbell Memorial Trail at Finley WildlifeRefuge. As of late October, that wish became a reality, thanksto the Refuge and to two very generous ASC donors, JaneWerner and her daughter Ann Werner.Just before the observation blind, a hundred-foot board-walk extension now connects the trail to the gravel berm androad around Cabell Marsh. While wheelchair accessibilityends at the berm, walkers can continue onto the road for athree-plus mile stroll. Well-designed by Refuge staff and builder Ed Rust, the extension is tucked behind willow andash trees so most of its length is barely visible from the marsh.The connection point is far enough from the observation blind that folks in the blind don’t see people popping intotheir view nearby.The Homer Campbell Trail and observation blind areopen all year. However, the refuge closes all direct accessto Cabell Marsh to protect over-wintering waterfowl, so bythe time you read this, the new boardwalk extension will beclosed (Nov. 1 to April 1).In the spring we can look forward to the pleasure of walking from the Homer Campbell Memorial Trail aroundCabell Marsh and also to a new bench along this new route—amemorial bench to the late Elzy Eltzroth will be placed at theeast end of the marsh from which one can view the marsh,the meadows, and the forest. This recycled plastic bench is agift to the refuge and the public from Elsie Eltzroth and her family. A similar bench commemorating Elsie’s long serviceto local Western Bluebirds will be placed where one can sitand watch these birds nesting on the Refuge.
 Linda T. Campbell 
Call your Senator Now!
About Global Climate Change
The Senate is taking up global climate change, carbon emis-sions, and what to do about them. So now would be an excel-lent time to contact our senators and ask them to do somethingabout it. All it takes is calling the Capitol (202-224-3121),asking for Senator Wyden’s or Senator Merkley’s ofce, andthen telling the person that answers that you support takingstrong action against global climate change. You might alsomention the recent National Academy of Sciences report thatsaid the health cost of fossil fuels, mainly from air pollution,is about $120 billion every year. Then hang up and call theother Senator. Your grandchildren will thank you for it (Wellthey probably won’t, but they should.).
 Dave Mellinger 
Willamette Valley Birding Trail
Now available on-line
The Willamette Valley Birding Trail is now available onlineat
. Manyfamiliar sites are presented in a new context. ASC providedstartup funds for trail development and ASC member JoelGeier led and coordinated the work. The printed brochure isexpected in early 2010.
 Bill Proebsting 
Volunteer Needed
Calling all prospective Chat editors
Would you like to edit the Audubon Society of Corvallis Chat,the monthly newsletter that you are reading at this moment?Please volunteer for this rewarding job! In the time we’veheld the post, we’ve had fun and learned a lot. There are many perks, and there is no dress code. Plus, as a Chat editor, youget to see the news rst, in its embryonic, email form. If youare interested, please contact us at
 Neil and Joan
Field Trip Schedule
Monthly Year-Round Saturday Field Trips
 Nov 14: Meet at the Benton Center at 7:30 amDec 12: Meet at the Benton Center at 7:30 amOur Saturday morning local eld trip meets the secondSaturday of every month at the Benton Center parking area,757 Polk Ave, Corvallis at 7:30 am. This eld trip is especiallyinteresting for beginner birders and birders new to Oregon’smid-valley area. We spend a lot of time identifying local birds by sight and song. We visit the valley national wildliferefuges—Finley, Baskett Slough, and Ankeny, as well as other  birding areas throughout the year. Contact Rich Armstrong atricharmstrong@comcast.net or 541-753-1978 with questions.
Spring 2010 Weekend Field Trips
Mar 19 21: Bandon/South CoastApr 16 –18: Klamath BasinApr 30 – May 2: Rogue ValleyMay 20 23: Malheur NWR June 18 20: Summer Lake/Ft Rock/Fremont NFSFred Ramsey leads all the spring weekend trips. Fred has been leading these eld trips for ASC for over 35 years. Heis an amazing eld trip guide, sharing his knowledge aboutnding birds in their habitat and pointing out wildowers, butteries, mammals, and reptiles. The eld trips ll up earlyin the fall. Sign-up sheets are available at the general meet-ing or email Fred Ramsey with your requests at ramsey5@comcast.net.
Please note:
The Rogue Valley and Malheur trips require deposits byFebruary 28, 2010.The Rogue Valley trip includes a play at the OregonShakespeare Festival in Ashland. The play this year will be
. A deposit of $40 is required for the play.The Malheur deposit is $50. Each deposit must be made payable to Fred Ramsey at 3550 NW Glen Ridge Pl., CorvallisOR 97330.
 Rich Armstrong 
Hesthavn News
Hesthavn work party
The nal work party for the year is scheduled for 
November21, from 9 am to 1 pm
. Join us in cleaning up leftover invasive blackberry, teasel, thistle and false brome.Our October 24 work party of 21 planted 26 shrubs of Hairy Manzanita, Blue Blossom, and Buckbrush that border the parking lot. These are drought resistant evergreen nativeshrubs that attract bee and buttery pollinators. The work  party did a great job removing false brome from a section thatwas lled in like a grass lawn carpet! The 13 OSU studentsand eight Auduboners volunteer services are immensely ap- preciated.A Fall planting in this cleared section with native Califor-nia Oatgrass, American Slough grass, and Northwest Prairiemix will ll in and crowd out new false brome seedlings.Our nal Saturday open house for the year will also beon
November 21 from 10 am to 1 pm
. Please come out tovisit the nature center’s bird specimen museum and display of eggs and nests. Take a walk along the trail to discover the fallexperience of wildlife, trees and shrubs, stream bank habitatand native plants. Check out our new rainwater catchmentssystem that is used for the irrigation of native trees.Map directions are available at www.audubon.corvallis.or.us The nature trail is open daily to the public.Stacy Moore and Lori McGovern have joined our educa-tional team adding opportunities for new classes for children,families and adults. The Nature Center would appreciate other volunteers with an interest in sharing nature experiences.Please contact me if you are interested in volunteering withour educational program. We offer nature classes to schoolsand other community groups as well.If you are looking for an opportunity to volunteer duringa weekday at the Nature Center we have plenty of tasks tooffer someone who could help with weeding invasive weeds,mowing, watering native trees and shrubs, and other odd jobs.Contact me at 541-752-0470
 Paula Vanderheul 
Next ASC Planting
At Finley Refuge, February 20
Finley National Wildlife Refuge ofcials have selected Febru-ary 20th for the third annual ASC/Finley planting effort. The past two years have seen a large turnout of Audubon birdersas well as local students and citizens. The lovely weather in previous years has encouraged participation, as has the goodfood served by ASC. Past years’ plantings featured nectar  plants such as Kinkaid’s Lupine, Nelson’s Checkermallow,Showy Milkweed, and Henderson’s Shooting-Stars. These plants assist the rare Fender’s Blue buttery, which has beennear extinction for several years. This coming year’s plantingwill feature plants for the Fender’s Blue as well as others asneeded by the refuge. Planting will start at 10AM and nish atnoon, when food will be served, rain or shine. Volunteers areneeded for planting, food service, and parking duties. Audubon believes in restoring ecosystems and you are important to theeffort. If you can spare two hours for the planting program, please contact John Gaylord at 541-745-5088. Car pools will be set up. The Fender’s Blue, ASC, and Finley thanks you.
 John Gaylord 
 Bewick’s Wren photo by Matt Lee

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