What's New

 Bushtit (female) at nest (courtesy of Jim Leonard)


Upcoming Field Trips, Meetings and Other Events

  • Thur, April 30 -- Camassia Preserve/Mt. Talbert Field Trip--CANCELED
  • Wed, May 6 -- Minto-Brown Park Field Trip (Fred Stevens, Mike Unger and Barbara Dolan)
  • Sat, May 9 -- The Friends of Willamette Valley NWR Open House -- click here for more informaiton
  • Sat & Sun, May 9-10 -- Silver Falls Mother's Day Birding and Wildflower Festival
  • Sat, May 16 -- Tualatin NWR Birding Festival -- click here for more information
  • Sun, May 17 -- Birds and Wine event at Left Coast Cellars
  • Sat, May 23 -- Ankeny NWR Field Trip (Fred Stevens, Mike Unger and Barbara Dolan)
  • Sun, Jun 7 -- Minto-Brown Park Field Trip (Fred Stevens, Mike Unger and Barbara Dolan)
  • Sat, Jun 20 -- Ankeny NWR Field Trip (Fred Stevens, Mike Unger and Barbara Dolan)
  • Wed, July 1 -- Powell Butte Nature Park and Leach Botanical Garden Field Trip (Mike Unger)

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
  • Cooke Stationery, Salem
  • Copper Creek Mercantile, Keizer
  • Great Harvest Bread, Salem
  • LifeSource Natural Foods, Salem
  • Salem Electric, Salem
  • Sportsman's Warehouse, Salem
  • Terra Gardens Nursery, Salem
  • Wild Birds Unlimited, Salem





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    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: a presentation on some aspect of birding, followed by an informal sharing of bird observations and questions. 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.


     Goat attack on English ivy at SAS Nature Reserve Planned 

    After years of hard work, invasive blackberries and Scotch broom are largely under control at the SAS Nature Reserve, but English ivy threatens all native plants in the Reserve, both woody plants and wild flowers.  Rented goats provide an effective form of weed control.  They are nimble-footed eating machines that can easily access the very steep 2-acre portion of the Nature Reserve that is the last stronghold of English ivy.  75 goats can clear two acres of ivy in about a week, at a cost of $2,500.  For twice that amount, we could have the goats return for a second grazing.

    Click here for related photos of Nature Reserve goat project.

    Salem Audubon asks for your help raising the funds necessary to cover this cost.  To support this effort, please write a check to Salem Audubon Society and mail it to 2110 State Street, Ste 110, Salem, OR 97301.  Write "goats" on your check to ensure the money is used for this purpose.

    You can also use a credit card through PayPal by clicking on the "Donate" link below.


                          Your donation is tax deductible.



    1) Minto-Brown Island Park Master Plan 

    The City of Salem is currently hosting a survey on the question of preferred uses of Minto Brown Island Park. It is part of the master plan development. 

    The Salem Audubon Society Board of Directors has taken a solid position of advocacy for maintaining Minto-Brown as the premier natural area that we know.  If you examine the previous survey results, it is obvious that this point of view needs to be clearly heard by the City to counteract voices advocating development.  We strongly urge you to take this survey if you care about maintaining Minto-Brown as the premier natural area that we know, and to get involved in the planning process as described on the website.

    Here is the website with the survey: click here

    For more information on conservation topics, please see the "Conservation" tab on this website.


    2) Willamette Valley Horned Lark Survey

    Volunteers are needed to search for color-banded Horned Larks in the mid- and southern Willamette Valley.   For more information -- click here.


    3) Protect the Coastal California Gnatcher

    Developers are seeking to remove the threatened Coastal California Gnatcatcher from the Endangered Species list.  For  information on what you can do to prevent this from happening -- click here.

    Additional information on conservation can be found under the Conservation tab (see above).


     Marion Soil and Water Conservation District Grant Award 

    In December, Salem Audubon was awarded a generous grant by the Marion Soil and Water Conservation District (Marion SWCD).  The grant of $795 will pay for room rental and speaker stipends for Birders' Night presentations and speaker stipends for Chapter Meeting presentations through next September.  This award will relieve our annul operating budget of these costs.  The grant was awarded through Marion SWCD's Conservation Learning Education and Resources (CLEAR) Grant program.  This program awards funding to other organizations that provide conservation education and foster natural resource conservation. 


     Salem Audubon Society 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.