Cape Arago Audubon Society, Coos County, Oregon

Our mission is to promote appreciation and understanding of the birds and natural environment of Coos County through education, field trips, and local restoration and conservation projects that enhance our community.

Birding 2015

Learn about the California Condor - Thursday April 30, 7 pm.

The Cape Arago Audubon Society will host a presentation at 7p.m. on Thursday April 30th by Susan Haig, PhD, senior scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey, on efforts to save the California Condor.   This program will be held at the Coos Bay Library. 

Originally found along the entire west coast and beyond, the California condor disappeared from Oregon in the early 1900s. Only a captive breeding effort has saved the species from extinction.  Condors are very social and excellent parents. The current wild population of about 200 birds is intensively managed by wildlife biologists and vets. 

This intense handling is due to the birds needing to be chelated at least once a year to remove lead from their bodies, largely from lead bullets used in hunting animals that the birds then consume as carrion.  A blue ribbon panel commissioned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Audubon Society concluded that lead must be greatly reduced in order for the birds to survive a reintroduction to Oregon.  The talk by Dr. Haig will cover these topics and efforts to bring the birds back to Oregon in the next few years. 

Haig is a senior scientist with USGS, a professor of wildlife ecology at OSU, and a research associate of the Smithsonian Institution.  She directs research projects on recovery of endangered birds as well as recovery of Great Basin wetlands.  She recently completed a term as president of the American Ornithologists’ Union, the oldest and largest professional ornithological society in the western hemisphere. 

The event is free and open to the public.  

Spring Migration Early Bird Field Trip Saturday May 2
Tim Rodenkirk will lead an EARLY field trip to Powers and Coquille on Saturday, May 2. This is great timing for spring migration in Coos County, but the best birding is between dawn and 10 AM. So we will meet at Coos Bay Library at 6:30 AM to carpool. if you want to go on the field trip and you live near Hwy. 42 between Coos Bay and Powers, we can arrange to meet up with you on the way. Call Tim (541 260-5763) by April 30 to make arrangements.

Godwit Days, April 15-21: Travel south to Arcata/Eureka, California, in April to take part in this very popular annual birding event. It's a birding extravaganza, with something for everybody, but it fills up fast. Go to Trip Reports for an account of last year's events plus info on highlights for 2015. Or go to http// to sign up now.

REMEMBER: first Saturday of every month, the South Slough Reserve leads birding outings either in the Charleston area or at the reserve. Check their website for details.

Noah Strycker's Big Year: You've heard of Big Years. But maybe you haven't heard of this version, in which avid birder (I don't know, does avid even begin to describe it?) Noah Strycker is on a voyage around the world to see 5,000 species of birds (yes, that's five thousand) in their natural habitats. You can follow him on his blog at

Website last updated April 2015.