BOGS (Birds of Oregon and General Science)
Questions about BOGS?
Co-Vid Information: PLEASE NOTE:
We assume you will be fully vaccinated and ask that if you are not, then please do not attend these bird walks or raptor runs until you have been vaccinated.
I will not be updating this website with the latest Co-Vid restrictions or guidelines. There are plenty of places you can get that information.
With the rapidly increasing number of cases of the DELTA VARIANT, it would be wise to maintain social distancing of 6 - 10 feet, and if not doing so, wearing masks is then all the more important.
INDOOR PRESENTATIONS HAVE BEEN CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!
This is due to the surging case numbers of the Delta Variant in Lane County.
The PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE, of BOGS
I think most of you would agree that BOGS has served you well for as long as you've been going on bird walks and attending the informative and entertaining presentations. How many years have you been benefitting from the efforts of the volunteers who have kept this organization going?
BOGS very likely serves different needs for different people. For some of us, the social aspect, the sharing of a common interest and sense of community that creates might be as important as enjoying the birds on our walks. Others may meet their social needs through strong family and community connections, so enjoying being out in nature and enjoying the birds is the service provided by BOGS, or what means the most to them.
BOGS as an organization was founded in 1992, after originating from Floyd Weitzel's
Senior Birding Classes taught through Lane Community College. BOGS has an interesting history, which you can read ***
HERE: https://priscillanhk.com/bogs-history.html ***
Delta Ponds (north)
June 24, 2021
BOGS must be providing something important to its members for it to continue almost THIRTY YEARS on the efforts of a few unpaid volunteers.
Does BOGS still provide enough to you for you to make a little effort to keep it going? We aren't asking for money, or blood donations, we're asking you to to consider giving some of your time. Most of what needs to be done could be done by a few volunteers working for perhaps a term or two at a time.
Would you consider leading a bird walk once in a while? Steve’s recovery from surgery may take a couple months.
October 14 and 28 and beyond, remain unscheduled.
Please consider volunteering to make yourself the "point person" for a BOGS bird walk!
(Scroll further down this page for a complete list of all our favorite birding locations) Much of the value in BOGS bird walks lies in the enjoyment of being outdoors, watching birds, getting some exercise, and doing some socializing with others while sharing this common-interest activity.
Do not worry about not being able to identify all the birds. We have quite a few participants who can identify most, if not all, of the birds we see and everyone helps out when we find ourselves challenged. Just volunteer and then BE THERE. People will be happy just to have you there, even if you do a minimum of formal "leading". One thing that is appreciated is helping to spread the word when a cool bird has been found. Sometimes small groups are so involved in socializing (I confess I am guilty of this myself) that they don't hear when another neat bird has been found, so it helps to have someone bring their attention to the action.
Doris has indicated her desire to step down at the end of Fall term. She has been serving us as treasurer since 2012 and for many of those years she has been doing all the work of scheduling our speakers for the indoor presentations. I think that particular job could be broken up into two parts done by different people; one or two people making "cold calls" to potential speakers (whether new or former speakers) to assess their interest/willingness to make a presentation to us and forward the names of those so willing to another person who would then make the arrangements to schedule them for a particular date.
Please give some thought to helping this organization continue serving the senior community by providing enjoyable outings
watching birds and entertaining,informative presentations.
With a few of you volunteering each term to help contact speakers and arrange their speaking date, your commitments do not have to be for extended periods of time.
Several of us are talking about having a meeting soon to discuss strategies to keep BOGS going. We will probably meet outdoors at some place like the covered pavilion at Alton Baker Park. If you would like to participate in this meeting please Contact Doris via email, or write to Priscilla at: email@example.com
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.