Cape Arago Audubon Society, Coos County, Oregon

Our mission is to promote appreciation and understanding of the birds and natural environment of Coos County through education, field trips, and local restoration and conservation projects that enhance our community.

Birding Field Trip - Saturday May 14, 8 am
On Saturday, May 14, Joe Metzler will lead a field trip to Johnson Mill Pond to have swallow box day. He will bring his canoe and take some folks out and encourage others to bring boats for a close up tour. He will also discuss nest box design and provide advice. Purple Martins and Tree Swallows up close! Meet Trip Leader Joe Metzler for a day of birding on land and on water. Participants will join a bird walk around the pond and a talk on Purple Martins, Tree Swallows and Wood duck nest boxes. Then join a group paddle to see the birds up close and personal! Bring a personal watercraft (Non- motorized Canoe, Kayak, Small Boat) for a paddle after the walk to see and check nest boxes. Johnson Mill Pond County Park is located 3 miles South of Coquille off HWY 42 between Coquille and Myrtle Point. Call or Text Joe at 541-297- 7148

CAAS Chapter Meeting - Wednesday May 11, 2016 7 pm

May's Cape Arago Audubon Society program will feature Stu Love giving a talk on the New Coquille Wildlife area. The meeting will be held at the Coos Bay library on Wednesday May 11 at 7 PM. We also will have information on a proposed Outdoor School for Everyone ballot measure as well as a report on the Oregon Audubon Council Meeting held in Bandon on April 23.

Outdoor Education provides the kind of experience that can transform a child’s perception of the natural world and help strengthen their connection to the web of life in which we all exist. In recent years, budget cuts have eliminated Outdoor Education for many of Oregon’s students.

Please help provide one week of Outdoor Education for every 5th or 6th grade student in Oregon by signing a petition to place the measure on the Nov. ballot. No new taxes need be enacted. Funding will be provided from state lottery money that is not already designated for state parks, salmon enhancement, etc.

Outdoor Education provides children with a week-long, overnight adventure in an outdoor camp setting. Students will participate in a hands-on science curriculum designed to foster inter-personal skills and engage their interest in nature. 

A petition will be available for residents of Coos County to sign at the next Cape Arago Audubon meeting on May 11, 2016, at the Coos Bay Library.

If you are willing to circulate a petition to help collect signatures in support of placing the measure on the ballot, please see Barbara Taylor at the meeting, or contact me at 541 756-7206 or at Thank you!

Brown Pelican Citizen Science Survey May 7, 5-7 p.m.

The west coast Audubon network, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and ebird are partnering on a new citizen science project to survey for Brown Pelicans on May 7 between 5-7 pm along Oregon's coast.  To learn more about this opportunity visit:  This website includes an easy protocol to follow as well as instructional information on how to enter the survey data directly into ebird.

In Oregon, 17 priority survey locations have been identified (see attached spread sheet - corresponds to map locations on the website listed above) however, surveys can be performed at other sites of your choosing as well. Ebird hotspots are still being created for this project but that will be complete by survey day.  To enter your observations, you'll simply click on the green spot on the website map where you conducted your survey and at the bottom of the window will be a direct link to the ebird hotspot.

This survey will help define the distribution and abundance of Brown Pelicans and track shifts in population structure.  In recent years Brown Pelican productivity at the Channel Islands in California and across the range has been poor, and key forage fish species including anchovy and sardine have collapsed raising questions and concerns about recruitment to the breeding population and ultimately the health of the subspecies.

Please let me know if you are interested and at what sites you would like to conduct the survey.  

Please feel free to forward this email to others that may be interested.

If you have any questions, please contact me.


Joe Liebezeit
Avian Conservation Program Manager
Audubon Society of Portland
5151 NW Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97210

Oregon Audubon Council meeting in Bandon on April 23, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

The Oregon Audubon Council is meeting in Bandon on April 23. Delegates from Audubon chapters from around the state will be attending. Cape Arago Audubon is the host and we will be hosting a no-host bar (beer, wine, soft drinks) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. 

Anyone who is available to help me tend to the drinks will be appreciated. You can call me at 541-297-2342.

After the Council's business meeting, there will be a social hour and catered dinner for the Council starting at 5:30. Again, you are invited to attend and meet the delegates from Oregon's Audubon chapters. The cost of the dinner if you choose to participate is $25.Call me at 541-297-2342 for details.

A Saturday night program will follow the dinner and will feature Free Flight, our local rescue facility, that will include a couple of their live birds of prey. In addition, Eric Mruz, our local USFWS refuge manager, will be providing an update on the Bandon Marsh Refuge. The program will start around 7:00 and is free.

All these events will be at the Bandon Community Center, the Barn.

 Evening Program Saturday April 23, 7:00 p.m.

If you have attended our monthly meetings recently, I have announced that our local Cape Arago Audubon Society chapter will be hosting the quarterly Oregon Audubon Council meeting over the weekend of April 22nd to 25th in Bandon. The Council consists of two delegates from each Audubon chapter in Oregon.

You are probably also aware that CAAS had to cancel its scheduled program and filed trip planned for this month. I wanted to make you aware that there is a program and a field trip associated with the Audubon Council that you are invited to and may want to take advantage of.

The Saturday night program will feature Free Flight, our local rescue facility, that will include a couple of their live birds of prey. In addition, Eric Mruz, our local USFWS refuge manager, will be providing an update on the Bandon Marsh Refuge. The program will start around 7:00 and is free.

Prior to the program and after the Council meeting, there will be a social hour and catered dinner for the Council starting at 5:30. Again, you are invited to attend and meet the delegates from Oregon's Audubon chapters. The cost of the dinner will be $25 and the menu is contained on the attached registration form.

There is also a field trip scheduled for the following Sunday morning that will tour the Bandon area in search of shorebirds, tufted puffins, snowy plovers and anything else we can find. We will meet at 7:30 and finish around noon. The trip is free and lunches are available for $10. Again, details are on the attached form.

Finally, you are invited to attend the Council's business meeting.  Remember though that like all of the other chapters in attendance we will have only two designated delegates able to vote. For this all day, there is a $5 registration free and lunch will be available for $10.

So we do have a program and field trip available this month. Also there is an opportunity to meet chapter delegates from the various other Audubon chapters in Oregon.

If you are interested in any of this, please let me know ASAP over this weekend how many of you (including other family members) as I need to get a head count into our caterers so they can hire an appropriate number of help and order sufficient food. Just send me an e-mail response indicating what you would like to take part in and whether you are interested in any of the meal choices.

Black Oystercatcher Seminar and Field Trip Saturday April 16, 9 a.m.

Our April program is cancelled as our scheduled speaker had a conflict. However, we encourage you to check out the Black Oystercatcher seminar and field trip being sponsored by Shoreline Education for Awareness on April 16. Also, the Oregon Audubon Council is being hosted by our chapter on April 23, 24 and 25th. Our members are invited to their Saturday night program on April 23 that will feature Free Flight and the Birds of Prey. Details on the latter are forthcoming.

Are you interested in finding out more about the Black Oystercatchers that frequent and breed in our area? Join Shoreline Education Awareness on Saturday, April 16th, for another of its 2016 seminar series beginning at 9 AM at the Bandon Library. Diane and Dave Bilderback have been leading Black Oystercatcher reproductive surveys in Bandon for many years and will be presenting at the seminar.

The Bilderbacks will be focusing on Black Oystercatcher behavior and will be sharing results from the 2015 and earlier reproductive surveys. Following their presentation, Diane and Dave will be taking seminar participants out into the field to share and help locate previous breeding sites on the rocks off Bandon’s beaches.

 Doors will open at 8:30 AM for registration. Pre-registration is not necessary. The seminar is free for Shoreline Education for Awareness members! A $5 donation for non-members is recommended. Snacks and coffee/tea will be available. More information is available by calling SEA at 541-260-7770.

Shoreline Education for Awareness is always looking for more volunteer wildlife interpreters. Should you be interested, please join us at this seminar to learn more about opportunities and about this bird species in particular.

Also mark your calendars for Saturday, April 30. From 10 AM to 1 PM, Shoreline Education for Awareness will be having its annual Tufted Puffin Party at Coquille Point.

8th annual Sharing the Coast Conference, Coos Bay March 4-6

You are invited to the 8th annual Sharing the Coast Conference, coming to Coos Bay March 4-6. The public is welcome to share in the wealth of information about coastal science and natural history that the conference provides. The event takes place at Southwestern Oregon Community College (1988 Newmark). 

A collaboration between the CoastWatch program of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition and the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME), the conference features speakers on topics ranging from oceanography and undersea exploration to beach ecology and climate change.  Workshops and field trips will introduce a still wider range of subjects and skills.

 You will find the full schedule online at

Registration is open online,,  or by downloading the form (  and mailing a check.  It will also be possible to register in person at the conference.   

Keynote speaker for the Friday evening (March 4) “community talk,” which is free and open to all, is Fritz Stahr, who manages the Seaglider Fabrication Center at the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography.  Stahr will describe his experiences in studying the ocean through the use of ROVs (remotely operated vehicles), and in introducing students to marine science.  Dr. Stahr’s talk takes place in the Hales Auditorium on the SOCC campus, beginning at 7 p.m.  This event is co-sponsored by the SOCC Geology Lecture Series.

Registration for the full conference begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning (March 5) at the Hales Center for the Performing Arts. Key speakers on Saturday and Sunday include:

·         Oceanographer Bill Peterson, who will describe the changing state of Oregon’s ocean (El Nino, the “Blob,” shifting ecosystems, ocean acidification and more);  

·         Biologist Daniel Elbert, who will examine the ecology of beaches and dunes and discuss efforts to restore the threatened snowy plover to these habitats;

·         Climate scientist and Siletz Tribe member Samantha Hatfield, who will offer new perspectives on how traditional ecological knowledge can be brought to bear on climate change and the coastal environment;

·         Ecologist Steve Rumrill, who will explore Oregon’s bays and estuaries, with special attention to the shellfish they sustain.

       In addition to the plenary presentations, the Saturday and Sunday schedules will be packed with workshops on such topics as marine mammals, tidepool life, marine debris, “beached marine critters” (from squid to sharks to sea turtles) and sessions on teaching marine science aimed at teachers, interpreters and docents.  Field trips will explore both outer shorelines and the nearby estuary. 

The The conference also includes a Saturday evening party, which features an informal talk by Bill Hanshumaker, chief Sea Grant scientist at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, on the role of noise in the ocean, as both a natural effect and a human impact, along with food, drink and a coastal trivia contest.

       Conference fees are $25 for current members of CoastWatch, Oregon Shores and NAME, $45 for members of the general public (who are invited to join either sponsoring organization and take the discount), and $20 for students.  The fee includes Saturday lunch and the Saturday evening party.   Fee for Sunday only is $15 (lunch on your own).  

For more information, visit the CoastWatch website, A full schedule will be posted there.  Or contact Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, (541) 270-0027,

CAAS Chapter Meeting - Wednesday March 9, 2016 7 pm

In its effort to take its programs throughout Coos county, the Cape Arago Audubon Society will be bringing its March meeting to Coquille. The Society will meet at the Coos County Annex at 201 Adams Street at 7 PM on Wednesday, March 9.

The program will feature internationally published wildlife photographer Steven Holt. His presentation will be a mix of stills and video that he has taken over the years at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, in commemoration of the return of the refuge to the birds and the people who love them. He will discuss the wildlife of Malheur and the broader movement to privatize federal lands in the west.

The Cape Arago Audubon Society is the local Coos county chapter of the National Audubon Society with monthly programs at various locations throughout the county. These are followed with monthly field trips to birding hotspots throughout the area and beyond. It also works on restoring and maintaining bird habitat throughout the county.

For more information, call Harv Schubothe (541) 297-2342.

Birding Field Trip - Saturday February 13, 8 am

Cape Arago Audubon Society will have a field trip on the Saturday February 13 following our Wednesday night program, this time to the Coquille Valley.  Tim Rodenkirk will meet interested participants at the Coos Bay library at 8AM and hopefully do some carpooling.  Waterfowl hunting season will be over and we should see lots of ducks and raptors.  We will also look for the Prairie Falcon that was found on the Coquille Valley CBC and see what else we can find.  Bring rain gear, binoculars, a scope if you have one, and snacks/lunch.  We will probably be gone until at least noon, maybe 1PM or so. For those who want to meet Tim in Coquille you can rendezvous at Sturdivant Park about 8:30AM.

Tim will be undergoing knee surgery at the end of February, so no field trips have been planned for the next couple of spring months. However, Shoreline Education for Awareness will be conducting monthly seminars on Audubon's normal field trip days. This will include marine mammals, Black Oystercatchers and Snowy Plovers with field trips attached to the seminars. Updated information will be forthcoming.

CAAS Chapter Meeting - Wednesday February 10, 2016 7 pm

Ram Papish is nuts about puffins, and you should be too! Join the Cape Arago Audubon Society for its monthly program on Wednesday, February 10 at the Community Center (The Barn) in Bandon  at 7 PM for A Passion for Puffins. 

Tufted Puffin is one of the most colorful and charismatic bird species of the Oregon Coast. Ram Papish will talk all about puffins and read his upcoming children’s book “Puffling.” He will reveal secret techniques for creating illustrations and share many dramatic puffin photographs from Alaska and Oregon.  The presentation is for both children and adults.

An artist/ biologist/author, Ram has been part of several research projects involving Tufted and Horned Puffins. He has held, and been bitten by, many a puffin and its chick. Ram is president of Yaquina Birders and Naturalists. His honors include finishing second-runner up in the 2009 Aleutian Beard and Mustache Contest. He lives near Newport, Oregon with his fabulous wife, Dawn Harris, 18 chickens, two parrots and one Chia pet.

January 2016

The Coquille Valley CBC, including Bandon, is conducted annually on the first Saturday in January, the 2nd, 2016. We generally have the second highest number of species in Oregon following Coos Bay. Harv Schubothe is the compiler and everyone is invited. Experienced leaders who have led teams in one of the twelve areas in the circle in the past are assigned to lead teams in one of the areas again. All other participants from beginner to intermediate to advanced birders are then assigned to each of the teams. Again, the effort is a day-long commitment from dawn to nearly dusk. For those unable to get out in the field, it is possible to count birds in the yard or neighborhood. Those interested in participating can contact

The Curry County - Port Ordford Area - Christmas Bird Count led by our sister Kalmiopsis Chapter Audubon will happen on Sunday 3 January, 2016. Contact Tim Rodenkirk or Ann Vileisis beforehand for info.

CAAS Chapter Meeting - Wednesday January 13, 2016 7 pm

The Cape Arago Audubon Society continues its regular second Wednesday meetings on January 13, 2016 at the 7 Devils Brewery in Coos Bay at 7 PM. This month’s program will be “Matson Creek Wetland and Fisheries Restoration: The Nexus of Public Water Supply Management and Environmental Stewardship.”

Shannon Souza will be the presenter on this restoration project in the Catching Slough area. Ms Souza is a designer of alternative energy systems for Sol Coast. Shannon specializes in alternative energy system design, water rights examination, and project management.


Birding 2015 - February 2016 


December 2015

Umpqua Valley Audubon Society Umpqua River Estuary Boat Trip Sunday December 6th 

Two spaces open (as of 11/22)- hurry! For more information:

CAAS Chapter Meeting - Wednesday December 9, 2015 7 pm

The Cape Arago Audubon Society begins its regular second Wednesday meetings on December 9, 2015 at the Coos Bay Library at 7 PM. Our first program will be “Birding Tanzania: A Small Part in A Big Year” featuring Harv Schubothe and Kelle Herrick.

Harv and Kelle will be sharing their adventures in Tanzania where they joined Noah Strycker in his 2015 year-long quest to find 5,000 different bird species in his travels around the world. Noah and Harv encountered 387 different bird species in Tanzania and many are captured in Kelle’s spectacular photography.

The Cape Arago Audubon Society is the local Coos County chapter of the National Audubon Society with monthly programs at various locations throughout the county. There also are monthly field trips to birding hotspots throughout the area and beyond. We also work on restoring and maintaining bird habitat throughout the county. 

For more information, call (541) 297-2342

Our next CAAS Birding field trip is Saturday Dec 12. Join us for a fun time! Meet at 8:30 AM at the Millicoma Marsh or 8:00 AM at the Coos Bay Library parking lot SW corner to carpool. The gravel road is not recommended for parking. Instead park above the Marsh. For directions or other info, see above link to Local Birding, or call Tim Rodenkirk 541-269-4696.           

Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey, Coos Bay December 17, 2015

The Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey (PFSS) is looking for citizen science volunteers to conduct shorebird surveys. The Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey is a multi-partner project, led by Point Blue Conservation Science; the survey depends on citizen science effort to help protect shorebirds and wetlands all the way from Canada to Mexico. This year Klamath Bird Observatory is assisting with the coordination of surveys at Coos Bay, Oregon.

Time Commitment: ~1-2 days:
1. Review: Learn the protocol and training techniques
2. Scout: Become familiar with your site; make sure you know the access points and how long it will take to cover the area.
3. Survey: One survey on December 17th, 2015 from 11:30am-1:30pm
4. Data Entry: Surveyors will enter their data online into the California Avian Data Center.

The best candidates for the project will:
1. Be confident with their shorebird identification
2. Have their own binoculars and scope (some scopes are available to borrow if needed) and possess reliable transportation
3. Be physically able to walk long-distances carrying a scope and tripod in muddy and often inclement conditions
4. Be willing to follow a protocol to count birds
5. Be comfortable entering data online into California Avian Data Center
6. Have a passion for and dedication to shorebird conservation.

For more information about PFSS please visit
If you would like to participate or have any questions please contact Ellie Armstrong, at 541-201-0866 ext. 5. 

Umpqua Valley Audubon Society  Birder's Night, Thursday, December 17th

Mercy Community Education Bldg. Room #3 (2nd Floor), 
2459 NW Stewart Parkway, next to the Parkway Mobility & Medical Supply
(at the SW corner of NW Stewart Parkway and Renann St. between Del Taco and McDonalds). 
6:30 pm unstructured social time (or earlier if you want to help set up)
7:00 pm open sharing time (stories, sightings, photos, video, artifacts, journals, art, quizzes, questions) UVAS has acquired a new projector so looking at photos and video is much more enjoyable!
7:30 pm Christmas Bird Count Refresher for the Roseburg/Sutherlin CBC Dec. 19th. Even if you are unable to participate in the CBC, everyone is welcome for this review of our local winter birds!
8:15-8:30 pm close up

We are encouraging people to bring in bird-related books or other literature to give away or share. There will be free Oregon Birds magazines. If you would like to borrow a beginner spotting scope contact Matt Hunter at

You may bring something to eat or drink for yourself and/or to share if you like. No red, carpet-staining liquids, please. Questions? Call Matt Hunter 541-670-1984.

There will be two Christmas Bird Counts (CBCs) in Coos County this year. The first, on Sunday, December 20, is the Coos Bay CBC which includes the Bay Area through Charleston and the South Slough. The second, to be conducted on Saturday, January 2, is the Coquille Valley CBC which includes the area between Bandon and Coquille going as far north as 7 Devils Road.

The Coos Bay count is done biannually and is being conducted this year on Sunday, December 20. Tim Rodenkirk is the compiler for the count that generally sees the largest number of species of all the counts done in Oregon. While the CBCs are open to all, Tim generally encourages beginners to come on his monthly Cape Arago Audubon field trips first; these are slower-paced and easier to learn birds on rather than on the CBC day. The CBC is an all-day rain or shine event. We expect participants to hang in there and do their area regardless of weather conditions (otherwise areas of the circle would be overlooked). Because of the large area each group tries to cover, it is pretty fast paced and with not much time for beginners to figure out which bird is which. Tim always has an open invitation to come on field trips that he leads for Cape Arago Audubon - generally the Saturday after our monthly meeting (rain or shine). Tim can be reached at

King Tides citizen science photo project December 23-25, 2015
Help out this citizen science project by taking a photo of King Tides  -- the most extreme tides of the year-- at the highest point on these days. Such photos can help more people grasp the significance of the increased tidal surges that are expected to become far more common with climate change. Photos that show the location of the tide in relation to the built environment (roads, seawalls, buildings) are especially useful in demonstrating impending threats. The ideal photo would be taken from a location where the photographer can return later at an ordinary high tide to take a comparison shot. 

Participants can post photographs online through the King Tide Photo Initiative website,  where project information and the online submission form can be accessed. Be prepared to include the location, date, description, and direction of the photo.

This project is sponsored by Surfrider, Coastwatch and Oregon’s Coastal Management program.  For more info, contact: Fawn Custer, CoastWatch, (541) 270–0027, Andy Lanier, DLCD, (541) 934–0072,
or Ryan Cruse, Surfrider, (503) 729–7471,

The first ever Reedsport Christmas Bird Count will happen on Wednesday 30 December, 2015. Contact Matt Hunter for info:

CAAS Chapter Annual Membership Meeting - Wednesday November 11, 7 pm

Birders in and near Coos County should mark their calendars for the annual membership meeting of the local National Audubon Society chapter. The Cape Arago Audubon Society will be meeting on Wednesday, November 11th at the Community Center in Bandon at 7 PM. This meeting is open to the public and all wishing to get involved in birding activities in the area are encouraged to attend.

Birding activities for the coming year will be discussed. This includes monthly field trips to locations throughout Coos and Curry counties as well as monthly programs on issues and topics of interest to birders. Details on planned National Audubon activities will also be outlined including Christmas Bird Counts, North American Migration Counts and Backyard Bird counts.

Come join fellow birders from around the county at this information-packed get together. For more details, call Harv Schubothe at 541-297-2342.

Birding Field Trip - This Saturday October 24, 8 am

The Cape Arago Audubon Chapter field trip for this month will be this Saturday on the north spit of Coos Bay. Tim Rodenkirk will lead the trip, meeting at 8 AM at the Coos Bay library. We will bird until about 1 PM and will bird a bit around other areas of Coos Bay weather permitting. Bring snacks, water and rain gear.

Pelagic Birding Trip - This Saturday October 25, 7:30 am

Matt Hunter has put together a pelagic trip out of Charleston this coming Sunday October 25th. Matt lives in Roseburg and interested folks from there and elsewhere around the state will be coming over to the coast.  There was still space left the last we heard. The cruise is planned to run from 7:30 to 5:30 (10hrs.) and the cost is $120. Of course weather is unpredictable this time of year, so if it does not go, there will be a full refund. Contact Matt ASAP if you are interested:

Learn about the California Condor - Thursday April 30, 7 pm.

The Cape Arago Audubon Society will host a presentation at 7p.m. on Thursday April 30th by Susan Haig, PhD, senior scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey, on efforts to save the California Condor.   This program will be held at the Coos Bay Library. 

Originally found along the entire west coast and beyond, the California condor disappeared from Oregon in the early 1900s. Only a captive breeding effort has saved the species from extinction.  Condors are very social and excellent parents. The current wild population of about 200 birds is intensively managed by wildlife biologists and vets. 

This intense handling is due to the birds needing to be chelated at least once a year to remove lead from their bodies, largely from lead bullets used in hunting animals that the birds then consume as carrion.  A blue ribbon panel commissioned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Audubon Society concluded that lead must be greatly reduced in order for the birds to survive a reintroduction to Oregon.  The talk by Dr. Haig will cover these topics and efforts to bring the birds back to Oregon in the next few years. 

Haig is a senior scientist with USGS, a professor of wildlife ecology at OSU, and a research associate of the Smithsonian Institution.  She directs research projects on recovery of endangered birds as well as recovery of Great Basin wetlands.  She recently completed a term as president of the American Ornithologists’ Union, the oldest and largest professional ornithological society in the western hemisphere. 

The event is free and open to the public.  

Spring Migration Early Bird Field Trip Saturday May 2
Tim Rodenkirk will lead an EARLY field trip to Powers and Coquille on Saturday, May 2. This is great timing for spring migration in Coos County, but the best birding is between dawn and 10 AM. So we will meet at Coos Bay Library at 6:30 AM to carpool. if you want to go on the field trip and you live near Hwy. 42 between Coos Bay and Powers, we can arrange to meet up with you on the way. Call Tim (541 260-5763) by April 30 to make arrangements.

Godwit Days, April 15-21: Travel south to Arcata/Eureka, California, in April to take part in this very popular annual birding event. It's a birding extravaganza, with something for everybody, but it fills up fast. Go to Trip Reports for an account of last year's events plus info on highlights for 2015. Or go to http// to sign up now.

REMEMBER: first Saturday of every month, the South Slough Reserve leads birding outings either in the Charleston area or at the reserve. Check their website for details.

Noah Strycker's Big Year: You've heard of Big Years. But maybe you haven't heard of this version, in which avid birder (I don't know, does avid even begin to describe it?) Noah Strycker is on a voyage around the world to see 5,000 species of birds (yes, that's five thousand) in their natural habitats. You can follow him on his blog at

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