What's New

 Tundra Swans at Baskett Slough (courtesy of Jim Leonard)


Upcoming Field Trips, Meetings and Other Events

  • Tue, December 9 -- Birder's Night: Birds of Prey: Up Close and Personal (Sky Hunters)
  • Wed, Dec 10 -- Minto-Brown Park Field Trip (Barbara Dolan and Fred Stevens)
  • Sat, Dec 20 -- Salem Christmas Bird Count -- see Salem CBC map
  • Mon, Dec 22 -- Ankeny NWR (Barbara Dolan and Fred Stevens)
  • Wed, Jan 7 -- Minto-Brown Park Field Trip (Barbara Dolan and Fred Stevens)
  • Sat, Jan 17 -- Keizer Ponds and Brambles (Rich Ford)
  • Sun, Jan 18 -- Ankeny NWR (Barbara Dolan and Fred Stevens)
  • Tue, Jan 20 -- How to Create Beautiful Sustainable Landscaping That Attracts Wildlife and Pollinators (Dean Wentworth)
  • Jan 22-25 -- Northeastern Oregon Field Trip (Glen Lindeman)
  • Feb 5 -- Minto-Brown Park Field Trip (Barbara Dolan and Fred Stevens)
  • Feb 12-15 -- Winter Wings Festival, Klamath Falls (Glen Lindeman)

Check the Kestrel for details -- click here.


Thanks to local businesses! 

Salem Audubon Society wishes to thank the following businesses for their support of our chapter.  We encourage our members and friends to patronize these businesses whenever possible.

  • Book Bin, Salem
  • Capitol Subaru, Salem
  • Cook Stationary, Salem
  • Copper Creek Mercantile, Keizer
  • Great Harvest Bread, Salem
  • LifeSource Natural Foods, Salem
  • Sportsman's Warehouse, Salem
  • Terra Gardens Nursery, Salem
  • Wild Birds Unlimited, Salem


    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 Carrier Room of the First United Methodist Church, 600 State Street in downtown Salem.

    Our Chapter Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month, September through November, and January through May, at 6:30 p.m., with programs starting at 7 p.m. in Loucks Audutorium at the Salem Public Library in downtown Salem.  Various nature-related programs are presented. 

    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.




    Join us online at Salem Audubon's Facebook Page

    Click here


    Salem Audubon Nature Center Update:

    A Nature Center has been a dream for Salem Audubon for more that a decade, dating back to when Mark Gehlar donated $1.35 million dollars to Salem Audubon for this purpose.  Recently, Salem Audubon has moved significantly closer to fulfilling that dream.  Links to the following documents provide information on the latest information on the Natue Center goals and accomplishments.

    Salem Audubon members, other stakeholders and the broader community will have opportunities to provide input to the Nature Center design over the next few months, during the planning process.


    Salem Audubon Nature Reserve Christmas Tree Raffle:

    Be the first in your neighborhood to have a genuine SAS Reserve Cut-Your-Own Live Christmas Tree.   Help support efforts to restore the Oak Woodland habitat at the SAS Reserve on Eola Drive in West Salem by buying one or more raffle tickets.   Three lucky winners will harvest a Douglas fir of their choice from the Reserve with the assistance of the Reserve Work Crew in choosing, cutting, hauling and affixing to your vehicle.

    Tickets will sell for $1 each and are available from the SAS Office, 2110 State St, Ste 110, during Office Hours, Monday-Thursday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm (call before going 503-588-7340 to confirm that Laurie Buswell will be there).   Tickets are also available online here through PayPal, with a minimum purchase of 10 tickets for $10.00.   The final ticket sale and drawing will be held at Birder’s Night, Tuesday, December 9 (see article).  Winner does not have to be present.

    The proceeds from the raffle will help finance maintenance and restoration at the Salem Audubon Reserve, an “Oak Legacy”, a valuable example of the native Oregon White Oak savannah and woodlands which dominated the Willamette Valley for over 10,000 years prior to the coming of the Europeans and which supported a highly diverse ecosystem of local plants, insects, birds and other wildlife.