BOGS (Birds of Oregon and General Science)
Questions about BOGS?
SPRING SPEAKER SCHEDULE:
May 6: BOGS member Rick Ahrens, will talk on “Bird Migration”
May 20: William Sullivan, “New Hikes in Oregon”. This is a new lecture, bringing former information about hikes up to date after the covid-19 shut down.
He will bring his books to sell and sign, as always.
June 3; Bruce Newhouse,a field ecologist, botanist and environmental planner specializing in ecology, botany, ornithology, lepidoptery and mycology, will present “Native Pollinators and Native Plants: Your Tiny ”Visitors and the Plants they Love”
BIRD WALK: Friday, May 13 9-Noon
(We have bird walks on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Fridays of each month from September through May).
Friday, May 13, we'll meet at 9am at the Millrace Trailhead in Springfield. This is a different starting location than our usual one! The starting point of the Millrace trail is actually just south of Downtown Springfield and the trail heads west through mostly open meadow lands alongside a stream channel and past the former old mill pond Steve says: "Meet at the south end of 5th Street just across the railroad tracks. There are no restrooms at this site! I will have maps available at the May 6 meeting.
We will be done by noon."
CASCADES RAPTOR CENTER VISIT
Steve has arranged for us to tour the Cascades Raptor Center on Friday, May 27, at 10am.
Additional Details from Steve:
"The fee will be determined by how many show up, but it should be in the $5-$8 range per person. Parking is limited in their small lot, but there are additional spots across Fox Hollow at the Ridgeline Trailhead (be careful crossing the road!). I'll have a signup sheet at the next couple meetings; 35 maximum. We will be able to wander around their facility after the program."
SUMMER BIRDING 2022:
Summer Bird Walks this year will be on THURSDAYS.
(We chose Thursday because many people schedule "extended weekend" out-of-town trips which include Fridays or Mondays - or both! Also, Thursdays have been our traditional day for both bird walks and meetings for many years) It looks like we have enough people available to lead at least TWO bird walks each month for June, July and August. If we get more leaders, we can expand this to perhaps three walks per month.
If you would like to throw your hat in the ring to lead a walk this Summer, we'd be glad to hear from you. Contact me by email. Use my email address if you have it, or use the following if you don't have my usual address: firstname.lastname@example.org
PHOTO-BLOG: PHOTOS BY MEMBERS:
I've uploaded Steve's GREAT GRAY OWL photographs on a page which I first created in 2018, but which has been inactive these past few years. (Click on photo-blog link below)
I've also upoaded two photos of newly arrived Evening Grosbeaks taken by BOGS member Ginny McVickar of Pleasant Hill to the photo-blog page, and Photos by Carolyn N, of Osprey, Wood Duck, Band-tailed Pigeon and C. Geese with chicks.
(In the future you can get to the photo-blog by going to the top of this page to the black menu bar
and clicking on "Blog(new)" at the right right end of the menu bar.
I will be adding photos taken by YOU! Any members with a few bird photos they would like to share with everyone
can send them to me at my usual email address,
or send them to email@example.com and I will upload them to the Photo-Blog page on this website.
I've uploaded a trip report documenting a Bird Walk I co-led with Dan and Barbara Gleason on August 26 last Summer.
We walked the trails behind Riverbend Hospital. Dan answered a lot of questions and gave us the run-down
on the atypical flowering and seed production sequence of "FIREWEED"
Here's the link to the trip report:
BOGS Riverbend Trails
Aug 26, 2021
Cedar Waxwing photo by Priscilla Sokolowski
PRESENTATIONS (HAVE RESUMED!)
NEW DAY: MEETINGS/PRESENTATIONS (and bird walks) ARE NOW ON FRIDAYS
NEW ROOM: We meet in the new Great Hall.
Masks are optional but recommended. In these unpredictable times, our policy regarding masks may change according the the prevalence of local cases of Co-Vid.
Meeting times are 9am - 11am.
We have the room from 8:30 to 11:30 and will need to set up and take down our chairs for the meetings.
We had a glorious first meeting on Friday April 1 and I think it is safe to say that everyone's spirits were raised by seeing each other again and enjoying an interesting presentation by the McKenzie Land Trust about their work on the McKenzie watershed after the long-lasting 2021 Holiday Farm Fire.
I'm thrilled that several volunteers have stepped up to
help with arranging speakers for the Fall and several more volunteered to help with registering members
at the door before meetings.
We have been worried because without new volunteers this organization would not be able to continue to function. A HUGE THANK YOU TO THESE VOLUNTEERS!
Carolyn, Diane, Cindy and Neena! (and I think there is one more of you whose name I have not yet been given)
"WhatsApp" App Birding Groups
These groups in our area (all over Oregon) originated in Spring 2021. Prior to the formation of these groups, the two main means of communicating bird sightings were OBOL (Oregon Birdrs Online- which is an email listserve) and eBird.org. Neither of those methods are as instantaneous as the WhatsApp App.
This App allows real-time messaging to a group of people all at once. The advantage is that there is virtually no delay from sending a message to the others getting it. In contrast posts to eBird.org may be delayed several hours in some cases especially if an uncommon bird is reported. The WhatsApp app is free. Download it from the "google playstore" for android, or where-ever iPhone people get Apps. Once the app is downloaded, one has to click an active link to join any of the WhatsApp groups. If you want the link, write to me and I'll tell you who to write to. They change the link for joining now and then to avoid spammers getting in and posting.
The most interesting group for our area is the "Lane County RBA" group. (RBA means Rare Bird Alert). There are no special requirements for joining. Each group has guidelines mostly pertaining to inclusivity and no hate speech. The RBA type groups ask members to limit their posts to information specific to a rare bird being seen; i.e.; the location, time and any tips for finding the bird. There are "OPEN" bird chat groups as well (such as "Lane County OPEN Birdchat" for Lane County), and in those groups any kind of discussion pertaining to birds can be posted freely.
There are also WhatsApp groups for the "MidValley" area, (both "Open" and "RBA"). These are a group of counties to our north.
Another "OPEN" group serves the entire state. There are several groups also for the Oregon coast, Central Oregon and a few for the Portland area.
If you want the link for any of these groups, write to me and I'll find out who you will need to contact to join.
SLIDESHOWS FOR 2021 Spring/Summer BIRD WALKS
For convenience, I have always posted links to recent slideshows added to the website further down on (this) home page. There is a much more complete listing of BOGS bird walk slideshows and trip reports on this website, going back to 2013. I am putting a link to that immediately below, but it can also be accessed directly from the black menu bar at the top of this page. Simply click on the "BOGS-LINKS" item in that black menu bar. The listings on that page are chronological with most recent at the top. (The link below takes you to that same page)
The further back in time you go on this website, the more pages you will find which need repair. On some pages the entire slideshow is missing. On other pages all the formatting is gone - font types, sizes and colors are wrong as well as text boxes and background colors. It took me a very very long time to figure out why these things were happening. I'm happy to say, I have finally found the sources of ALL these types of problems and will be restoring the pages - a few at a time. My repair work will be directed at the most recent material first. I think all of 2021, 2020 and 2019 are already repaired but some work needs to be done yet on pages from 2018 and even more so for the years preceding 2018. UPDATE: Dec.2021: I recently fixed most of July-Dec of 2018.
BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT BOGS - (during NORMAL TIMES)
Below I have included a list compiled by both Doris and myself, of all the places Steve Barron has taken us, as well as a few additional places we have gone only during previous Summers.
Here is a list of places BOGS has gone birding in the past
Is that a (give bird name) that I hear singing?
BIRD SONGS: Online Resources - listen to any bird's songs or calls
If you have a smartphone, there are numerous apps for birding which can play the songs and calls of birds,
but if you don't have one, you can go online and explore the songs and calls of any bird.
Here are two exceptionally good websites for this:
The McCaulay library includes not only recordings of songs and calls, but also has photographs and videos of birds, mammals, reptiles
and amphibians! Here is the "How to" page with instructions for using this website:
CLICK HERE FOR: Winter Raptors: A Mini-Tutorial by Priscilla Sokolowski Meant for those not very familiar with Hawks and other raptors found in the Southern Willamette Valley from November to March, and who want some helpful "look-for-this" kinds of details. This tutorial includes the most common Winter-only species. It does not include some of the year-round hawks such as Cooper's, Sharp-shinned or Red-shouldered Hawks; nor does it include Owls. Some who have worked through this tutorial have found it very helpful and easy to use. Check it out before our Raptor Runs this Winter!
ACCESSING eBird Data to Find Birds
MOST RECENT SLIDESHOWS AND TRIP REPORTS ADDED TO WEBSITE:
NOTE: Click on the "BOGS-LINKS" menu item on the black menu bar
at top of the page for the most complete listing of BOGS slideshows and trip reports
dating back to 2013.
In the list below,the more recent additions are nearer to top; but not precisely in chronological order. Also the following list only goes back about two years
Three November Birding Trip SLIDESHOWS
Five OCTOBER BOGS bird walk slide shows
ROAD SCHOLAR TRIP TO MAINE: "A Birder's Dream; Birding Down East Maine"
ROAD SCHOLAR TRIP TO MAINE: "A Birder's Dream; Birding Down East Maine" - PART 2
Don Laufer: Ruff Park
Raptors: Belts and Diamond Hill area roads,
THE LATEST BIRDS REPORTED to eBIRD in Lane County
Back in February or April, the folks who do the computer programming at Cornell's eBird.org website, re-did much of the website.
While their work made improvements, especially in the ease of use by smartphones, one unfortunate result is that the widgets
by BirdTrax, which use eBird data, no longer function. This will probably be a permanent state of affairs, so I have removed the widgets
from the "Recent Sightings" page of this website. I still have a frame with working links from the eBird.org site,
so plenty of information can still be gleaned that way.
RECENT SIGHTINGS reported to eBIRD for Lane County
RECENT SIGHTINGS reported to eBIRD for Lane County
ALL BOGS TRIP REPORTS & SLIDESHOWS
ALL Non-BOGS SLIDESHOWS from Trips, Festivals, Projects
Original Home Page
About the thumbnail photos:
The rows of thumbnail-sized photos adorning the home page are some of my best photos or else some of my most interesting. Most of them were taken on non-BOGS birding outings. If you click on a thumbnail it will give you a full screen view of the image. Use the back button/arrow on your browser to return to the home page.