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Upcoming Field Trips, Meetings and Other Events

  • Tuesday, April 15 -- Chapter Meeting: "Oregon for the Curious" by William Sullivan (Meeting this month only held at Salem Library, Louck's Audutorium)
  • Fri-Sun, April 25-27 -- Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival, Hoquiam, WA (Wes Craven)
  • Wednesday, April 30 -- Field trip to the Oregon Coast, 7:30 am at South Salem K-Mart parking lot (Wes Craven)

Check the Kestrel for details -- click here.




Beginning Bird Class

Learn how to find and identify birds.  Find useful websites and handy guidebooks.  Each class covers both a general birding topic and an intro to identifying 10-12 backyards.  Learn to recognize a mallard from a shoveler.  Distinguish a Song Sparrow from a House Sparrow.  Along the way, learn new facts about some of our common birds.  For example, you'll learn about the amazing migration of the Rufous Hummingbird.  There will be two Saturday field trips to test new birding skills.

Classes are held Thursdays, 7-9 pm, in the Carrier Room at The First United Methodist Church, 600 State St, Salem.

Fee is $14 per class session (students free).

Class schedule:

  • April 17: Bird photography
  • April 24: Surprising things about bird intelligence and behavior
  • May 1: Bird migration
  • May 8: Bird songs

Reservations are requested but not required.  Please call Salem Audubon at (503) 588-7340 and leave your name and dates you will be attending, or email laurie@salemaudubon.org.



Spring Bird-a-thon

The Spring Bird-a-thon is the major fundraiser of the year for Salem Audubon.  For more information about the 2014 SAS Bird-a-thon, click here.

You can donate to the Bird-a-thon online by clicking on the "Donate" button below.  Thanks for your support.




    From the beauty of a Wood Duck to the joy of a child hearing the collective calls of Canada Geese, the Salem Audubon Society, in Salem, Oregon, is dedicated to sharing the wonders of the natural world with the entire community and supporting a healthy ecosystem.

    The Salem Audubon Society is a chapter of the National Audubon Society.  Our mission is to connect people to Nature, through education focused on birds, other wildlife and their habitats, and conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems.  To this end, we promote the enjoyment of wildlife and the stewardship of the environment with birding field trips, nature walks and other educational programs.  We involve volunteers in education, advocacy, conservation and restoration projects.

    Salem Audubon is a charitable organization qualifying as a nonprofit under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code. 

    Birder's Night, an informal sharing of observations, questions and a program on some aspect of birding, meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month, September through May, held at Willamette University's Cat Cavern in the Putnam University Center, Dining Rms 1 & 2 (2nd floor of the University Center).

    Our Chapter Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month, September through May, at 6:30 p.m., with programs starting at 7 p.m. in the Anderson Room in the Salem Public Library in downtown Salem.  Various nature-related programs are presented.  Note: there is no Chapter Meeting in December.

    Salem Audubon organizes 35+ field trips annually.  Programs and field trips are open to the public.  Our monthly newsletter, the Kestrel, details our monthly programs and field trips. 

    For more information call the Salem Audubon Society office, 503-588-7340.


    Special Fundraising Raffle.  Salem Audubon is holding a raffle for this beautiful painting by Betty Cougle to help raise funds for its educational and recreational programs, helping to fulfill its mission of connecting people with birds and nature.  Tickets are $25 each, and only 40 tickets are available.  You may purchase tickets at Birder's Night and Chapter Meetings, where the painting will be on display.  The drawing will be held on the Chapter Meeting subsequent to the last ticket sold.  Purchase a raffle ticket online by clicking on the "Buy Now" button below.  Note: you do not need to have a PayPal account to use this option.  Call Laurie at (503) 588-7340 with any questions.