Winter Wildlife Field Day 2019
Despite the government shutdown that kept our USFWS
friends off the job for a critical month, we still hope to hold
our Fifth Annual Winter Wildlife Field Day at Finley National
Wildlife Refuge March 9 from 11-3. It’s just nine miles south
Save the date, pass the word, and bring your friends and
family to four hours of free, hands-on fun, exploring the
natural world with the help of skilled volunteers. This year’s
theme is Nature’s predators. Take a close look at critters from
owls and carnivorous insects, to coyotes, bobcats and invasive bullfrogs! This inspiring outing is suitable for all ages.
See live birds, walk the Homer Campbell Trail with expert
guides, touch real animal fur and bones, rebuild tiny skeletons as you dissect owl pellets, get creative, and much more.
ASC volunteers and our partners with Friends of the Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Chintimini
Wildlife Center, and OSU Fisheries and Wildlife Club, continued to prepare for the event through the shutdown and will
soon be rejoined by our partners at Finley and other groups.
The planning team will meet again Feb. 7 to finalize program details and marketing. We will also consider whether
to continue planning the event at Finley or consider an alternate site. IF a change of venue is warranted, we will make
sure the information is broadly distributed, but our fingers
Over 100 volunteers are needed to operate the twelve stations exploring wildlife, from setup to cleanup and 4 hours
of programs in between. If you can join the volunteer team
on March 9, please contact Teri Engbring at firstname.lastname@example.org or refuge Visitor Services Manager Samantha
Bartling at Samantha_bartling@fws.gov. And if you have
questions about the event, call 541-757-7236.
Teri Engbring, ASC Education Team
Check out Winter Animals at Hesthavn
February 17 sees the return of our monthly family friendly
program, with “Animals in Winter.” Explore the mystery of
how local animals survive the coldest, wettest time of the
year in the Hesthavn Nature Center. And feel free to walk our
two acres of maintained trails on your own before or after.
Dale Mitchell leads a team of six ASC volunteers who will
offer a scavenger hunt, animal and habitat matching game,
an art project where guests can create their own perfect
winter habitat, and a special intro to critters that winter in
our area. Bring your friends and family for a fun, interactive,
afternoon in Nature.
The Hesthavn Museum Room will also be open for guests
to check out the dozens of real, taxidermied birds in the
ASC collection, from a snowy owl to falcons. As always, this
free program will be from 1-3 pm at ASC’s Hesthavn Nature
Center at 8590 NW Oak Creek Drive. If weather is good, some
activities will be outside, but the Nature Center has plenty of
room to stay warm and dry inside.
Directions: Take Harrison west from downtown Corvallis and after you cross 53rd, it becomes Oak Creek Drive.
Pass Bald Hill farm and follow the signs for Nature Center.
ASC Education volunteers have been very productive
in the past year and met recently to review their
accomplishments and plan for the coming months.
Here’s a look at what they’ve done lately and hope to
do in 2019 with support of Corvallis
Audubon leaders, members and friends.Hesthavn will be on your left shortly before the end of Oak
Hope to see you there. Programs are still in the planning
stage for March and April. Information will be on the ASC
website and in future CHAT issues
Summary of Our ASC Ed Team 9/17 to 8/18
Accomplishments - Events & Numbers served
- Winter Wildlife Field Day at Finley (800+ people in
- Monthly Family Nature Program at Hesthaven (60)
- Girl Scout Spring and Summer Day Camps (160 + 150
- Get Outdoors Day at Peavy Arboretum (350+ people
- OSU Child Development Center Science Night (100)
- OSU Earth Day – wheel activity (200)
- OSU EXTENSION-4H Science Day Program at Hoover
- Sustainability Fair (150)
- Insights Into Gardening (150)
- Adult Daycare program outreach by Kris (35).
Total of community members served by ASC Ed in
the past year = 3,205
List of ASC Ed events and plans for 9/18 to 8/19
(lead volunteers listed when known)
- Sept. 29, 10-2, Open House at Hesthaven (Valerie
with Tricia, Kris, Sue & Nancy)
- 2019 Winter Wildlife Field Day at Finley (Teri coordinates
with Sam at Finley with help from ALL, &
graphics by Sue. Planning begins in September for
March (date to be set)
- Monthly Family Program at Hesthavn, third Sunday,
October-May) (Mitchells and Beth)
- Oct. 2018 Boy Scout Birding Badge with Albany
Troop (Nancy and Bob Brown)
- Develop Raptor ID Workshops (Kris & Teri)
- Get Outdoors Day at Peavy Arboretum (Valerie)
- Develop Nature program for seniors (road show &
field trips) for Corvallis and Albany Senior Centers,
Stoneybrook, and Grace Adult Day Ctr (Valerie, Tricia
and Carla Olson)
- Update and manage ASC Bird Specimen Collection
– review, and arrange repair, or replacement as
needed, plus set loan and use criteria (Laura, Nancy,
Marcia and Mark)
- Develop Art in Nature Program at Hesthavn (Kris &
- OSU Earth Day
- Explore Corvallis School Science program with 4H
extension service (Valerie & Nancy)
- Sustainability Fair table at Sustainability Coalition
- Master Gardener program: Insights into Gardening in
spring (Kate and Marcia)
- Girl Scout events including Spring and Summer Day
- Closely coordinate with education and outreach programs
with staff and Friends group at Finley (Kris &
Teri) and with other natural resource agencies in area
(Val & Teri)
If you want more information or would like to join
the ASC Ed team, contact us at volunteerasc@gmail.
com or check in with us at the monthly member meetings.
A Sad Passing
Our talented and dedicated ASC education team has
lost a shining star and treasured friend, Valerie Mitchell,
who died in California on Christmas Day of a sudden
and unexpected stroke. We are all in shock.
Valerie, a retired science teacher, has been a key
volunteer, capably designing and warmly delivering
dozens of education programs and activities over the
last two years. Her patience, knowledge, experience,
enthusiasm, generosity and reliability were just what
we needed, and she leaves a huge hole in our hearts.
She had also joined the Audubon Board in August
and will be sorely missed there as well. We are all
deeply saddened by this tragic loss and our hearts go
out to her beloved life partner, Dale, whose creativity
and artistic talents blended so well with her curriculum
expertise in enriching our program efforts.
On a brighter note, please don’t forget to hold March
9 for the 2019 Winter Wildlife Field Day at Finley NWR
from 11-3. More info coming next month.
Teri Engbring, Education Team
Winter Wildlife Field Day was HUGE
With the full cooperation of Mother Nature on a mild, dry winter day, guests poured into the Finley National Wildlife Refuge by the hundreds (over 800 actually) for our fourth annual exploration of Nature. We had 11 hands-on learning stations covering a wide range of information and activities, something for everyone.
We SO appreciate the 100 dedicated, skilled and enthusiastic volunteers who made it all happen. Some have put in hundreds of hours in planning and preparation over the last six months! I wish we had room to name each wonderful individual, but this is a full newsletter! All I can say is thanks to each of you and hope you feel sincerely appreciated for your help and contributions. What an impact you made!
Thanks also to our wonderful US Fish and Wildlife Service partners at Finley, especially hard-working, always smiling Visitor Services Manager Samantha Bartling and our supportive refuge complex Project Leader Damien Miller.
Big thanks to local groups who have partnered with us all four years: OSU Bird Nerds, Friends of Willamette Valley National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Chintimini Wildlife Center, and Starker Forests, Inc. We have also enjoyed key vehicle parking help for our two biggest years from Albany Boy Scout Troop 365.
We also welcomed several new partner organizations at the event this year: Oregon State University Extenion Service, 4H, OSU Society of American Foresters, and the Benton Soil and Water Conservation District.
We also want to thank Corvallis businesses that donated supplies and materials for the day’s activities: Wild Birds Unlimited, Winco, Bi-Mart and Wilco.
We have already had a debriefing meeting with key volunteers and are open to all feedback that will help us do an even better job next year! We have several intrepid volunteers who have offered to help on the 2019 WWFD, but we’ll take a break first and start on that in September. Thanks to the ASC leadership and members for their unwaivering support of our big event.
Teri Engbring, ASC Education Team