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Birding by Ear 2018

Birding by ear will take your birding ability to the next level, especially in forested areas where birds are difficult to see. During the classroom sessions, we donít try to memorize lists of bird sounds; instead, we learn methods to help remember bird sounds, and get a basic understanding of the ways in which birds use sound to communicate. Itís intended to be fun and interesting. Classroom sessions will feature lots of videos and sound clips. During the field trips, all of which are in the Corvallis-Albany area, there will be listening exercises and many opportunities to practice the techniques learned in class. Youíll be amazed by how many birds youíll find by just listening.

You should already be familiar with common local birds to take this class over a 3-week schedule:

  • Wednesday, May 16 classroom session at the Avery House, 7pm - 9pm
  • Saturday, May 19 field trip: wetland birds, 9am - noon
  • Wednesday, May 23 classroom session at the Avery House, 7pm - 9pm
  • Saturday, May 26 field trip: open country birds, 9am - noon
  • Wednesday, May 30 classroom session at the Avery House, 7pm - 9pm
  • Saturday, June 2 field trip: forest birds, 9am - noon

The cost is $65. Please follow this link to register.

Thereís another session of the same course in June, conducted by Neighborhood Naturalist. Click HERE

If you have questions about course content, please contact


We had the pleasure of working with Corvallis School District 4th & 5th grade students from five different schools for our 2nd successful year of an Aquatic Ecology Program on Oak Creek at ASCís Hesthavn Nature Center. This program is made possible by the National Science Foundation through a research grant awarded to Roy Haggerty, PhD, RG, and Hollis M. Dole, Professor of Environmental Geology College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences Oregon State University.

Classes from the following schools attended the 2016 series for a total of nearly 1,000 student hours at Hesthavn: Mountain View, Muddy Creek, Franklin, Jefferson, and Adams. Each class also had the opportunity to visit our bird specimen collection and explore other wildlife collection pieces and props at Hesthavn. The field trips consisted of three hands-on stations: water quality testing; macro-invertebrate collection; and a native plant hike through the riparian habitat along Oak Creek. The focus question explored how to determine if an ecosystem is healthy.

A huge thank you to all of our volunteers for offering their time, talent, and dedication: Jessica Brothers, Teri Engbring, Hannah Clark, Sue Powell, Kate Mathews, Gail Nickerson, Christina Likem, Nina Aragon, Melanie Brown, Ann Brodie, Suzanne Ortiz and Barrett Reeve.

We will continue this series next spring for our third and final year. If you are interested in participating in this wonderful program, please contact our program coordinator, Jessica Brothers at for more information on how you can get involved.

Jessica Brothers, Aquatic Ecology Coordinator


A special team of volunteers put together a dynamite program on ďwater bird adaptationsĒ for the local Girl Scout Summer Day Camp at the scouts Rock Creek Campground. Thanks to volunteers Chris Shank, Phyllis Bailey, Sue Powell, Marcia Cutler, Kate Mathews and Teri Engbring for developing a new curriculum tailored to the campís water theme and delivered in 50 minute sessions 8 times over 2 days, with about 120 girls and another 20 adults. A fun time was had by all in the trees above Rock Creek.

Teri Engbring, ASC Ed Team

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PO Box 148
Corvallis, OR 97339