May 8 - International Migratory Bird Day 2010 (IMBD)
Theme: The Power of Partnerships
International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) was created in 1993 by visionaries at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Now a program of Environment for the Americas (EFTA).
International Migratory Bird Day 2009
A project of Environment for the Americas - see www.birdday.org
Theme: Celebrate Birds in Culture
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Union 50 Club by Devils Lake opens at 8am
Directions: Turn East at the D River Wayside traffic signal onto SE 1st St to blue building
Free and open to the public
Report by the Chemeketans: DEVILS LAKE "BIRDING BY BOAT", May 9
This was our popular 16th annual joint Chemeketan and Salem Audubon Society "BIRDING BY BOAT" canoe/kayak trip to celebrate INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY at Devils Lake by Lincoln City. This year’s theme was Birding Cultures. As twenty-six of us paddled through the lake’s wetlands of yellow water lilies and iris, we saw several nesting waterfowl and a cute family of just hatched Canada geese goslings! The resident eagles also greeted us. Lunch was at the lakeside community center with Devils Lake Water Manager Paul Robertson and Audubon wood duck expert Al Rice, who shared his amazing wood duck box nesting videos. We also watched a DVD of our Chemeketan last year’s Devils Lake paddle, which was filmed by member Susan Watkins and Salem Capitol Community TV (CCTV Channel 21). Thanks to our annual host, the Preservation Association of Devils Lake. And thanks to our Chemeketan boat trailer driver, new member K.C. Meaders. Trip leaders: Laurelyn Schellin and Stuart Charleston.
Report by PADL: International Migratory Bird Day was made possible by donations from PADL members Al Rice and Charmian Mass. Thanks to PADL member Smokey Aschenbrenner for help and the Union 50 Club. Also thanks to PADL member Chester Noreikis for volunteering with clean-up. Thanks to Judy and Russ Cleveland. Thanks to Trillium Natural Foods for refreshments. The weather was sunny with blue skies, but the wind was something else. Maybe the rain is not so bad.
Special Program at 1pm: “Oregon’s Wonderful Woodies” by Al Rice
Wood Duck program in full – showing not only slides of this "most beautiful Waterfowl in North America" but also live videos taken with miniature cameras implanted in the nest boxes showing ducklings climbing out of their nests and jumping headlong to the water or ground at their mother’s call. This is your chance to learn more than you really might want to know about these amazing birds, filmed entirely right here on Devils Lake.
10am: Devils Lake Kayak and Canoe trip – East Devils Lake State Park
Meet PADL member Al Rice and Salem Chemeketans Outdoor Recreation Club (www.chemeketans.org) at East Devils Lake State Park for a lake orientation before touring the lake by boat. Bring a sack lunch to eat at the Union 50 Club before returning to East Devils Lake State Park. Need an approved life jacket with whistle attached, and 15-foot tie-up rope.
11am: PBS “Nature” film “American Eagle” by Emmy Award winner Neil Rettig
Everything about them is big. They are one of nature’s largest raptors, with wings that can span eight feet, and nests that can weigh up to a ton. Unique to North America, the bald eagle is the continent’s most recognizable aerial predator, with a shocking white head, electric yellow beak and penetrating eyes. Yet most people know little about it beyond its striking appearance.
You can read about the filmmaker on the PBS website.
Photographed by three-time Emmy Award winning filmmaker Neil Rettig, “American Eagle” is the first HD hour on bald eagles ever. In this behind-the-scenes exclusive, Rettig talks about the making of the film while he captures footage of the spring migration along the Mississippi River. Rettig shares his favorite experiences from the filming and explains why he believes wildlife filmmakers have a special responsibility to move people to think about the natural world, now more than ever.
2pm: “Devils Lake IMBD 2008” – Chemeketans plan to bring a DVD copy of last year’s event that was made for and televised on Salem Community TV. Al Rice and the Devils Lake Water Improvement District manager Paul Robertson appear in the film.
Dawn to Dusk: Walk the boardwalk and view the new wetland interpretive signs at West Devils Lake State Park. An Oregon Coast Birding Trail site (www.oregoncoastbirding.com). Park at the D River Park or Open Space – north of the D River, east of Hwy 101. See a rare sphagnum peat wetland habitat found in only a few places on the Oregon Coast.
Dawn to Dusk: Walk one or two Year-round Volkssport walks - start at the Sea Gypsy Motel (www.theseagypsymotel.com) by the D River. Two 10K (6.2 miles) non-competitive, self-guided walks. Register in the lobby and pick up a map with self-guided instructions. Beach or town walk options. Park at the D River Wayside. Free unless IVV credit. See www.ava.org or www.walkoregon.org website.
Admission is free, refreshments will be available, and everyone is welcome.
See www.birdday.org for educational pdf downloads.
Hosted locally by the Preservation Association of Devils Lake
International Migratory Bird Day 2008 by the Lake
Date: Saturday, May 10, 2008, Union 50 Club
Report: Twenty-six Chemeketans (700 member outdoor club based in Salem) brought kayaks and canoes from Salem, Keizer, Turner, McMinnville, Sublimity, Stayton, Dallas, and Silverton to tour Devils Lake. Also, attendees from Tillamook, Lincoln City, Otis, and Neotsu. Laurelyn Schellin from the Chemeketans advertised the event in the Salem Register Guard as well as the Chemeketans website. The Chemeketans president attended. PADL members Al Rice and DLWID manager Paul Robertson met the group at East Devils Lake State Park. Devils Lake resident Niki and Dave Price wrote an article in their Oregon Coast Today publication. Jim Fossum from the Newport News Times wrote an article before the event and took pictures the day of the event. Salem Community TV filmed the trip and introduced Al and Paul as naturalists. PADL may receive a copy of their video. Additional attendees came from Lincoln City, Neotsu, Otis, and Tillamook. The weather turned rainy. Served hot drinks because of the cold - apple cider, hot chocolate and marshmallows and shade-grown coffee. Had fresh fruit, cherry tomatoes, cheese and crackers, chocolate (endangered species and lady bug) and soft drinks. Much of the food came from Trillium Natural Foods Grocery. The movie "Fly Away Home" was shown while serving popcorn. After the film Al Rice gave a short talk about his wood duck nest box program. Sent the IMBD program book about habitat to PADL members. Funding provided by Charmian Mass and Raylene Erickson. PADL members attending were Elvera McCamman, Charmian Mass, Al Rice, Paul Robertson, Betty Wachs, Smokey Aschenbrenner, Chester Noreikis, Barbara and Robert Landhuis. Special thanks to Charmian Mass for donations and program input. Thanks to Elvera McCamman for help with serving food. Thanks to Smokey Aschenbrenner for help setting up the room and making coffee. Thanks to Judy and Russ Cleveland for public relations. Ms Schellin requested that Al Rice present his wood duck nest box video program next year.
Place: Union 50 Club - 1115 SE First St, east at the "D" River traffic light
The Union 50 Club will be open from 10am to 5pm
Theme: "Tundra to Tropics: Connecting Birds, Habitats, and People" - see www.birdday.org
Migratory birds travel long distances between breeding and non-breeding sites throughout the Western Hemisphere. In 2008, IMBD will explore the birds that make these fantastic journeys, the habitats on which they depend, and the people who are important to the conservation of birds and their habitats along the way. The 2008 theme provides a wonderful opportunity to recognize the important habitats in your locale and the groups and individuals that contribute to their protection. Explore what each habitat offers migratory birds, whether it is a place to rest, a nesting site, or a winter home. See www.birdday.org Spring North American Migration Count
View the PowerPoint presentation by the Bird Day organizers
Kayak and Canoe Devils Lake
10am - East Devils Lake State Park
View wood duck nest boxes
1pm - Film "Fly Away Home"
Shade grown coffee
The Preservation Association of Devils Lake (PADL) invites the public to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, May 10. This year's theme is "Tundra to Tropics: Connecting Birds, Habitats, and People."
Kayakers and canoers are invited to meet PADL member Al Rice at East Devils Lake State Park at 10am for a Devils Lake orientation – including information about viewing wood duck nest boxes by boat. The Salem Chemeketan outdoor club is offering "Devils Lake Birding by Boat." The Union 50 Club at 1115 SE 1st, (turn east at the D River Wayside traffic signal to the blue building south of the D River), will be open from 10am to 5pm. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a free cup of shade-grown coffee as well as other refreshments. The movie "Fly Away Home" will be shown at 1pm. All activities are free. For information call 994-6178 or 992-3535. Visit http://www.devilslakeor.us and http://www.birdday.org.
Migratory birds travel long distances between breeding and non-breeding sites throughout the Western Hemisphere. In 2008, IMBD will explore the birds that make these fantastic journeys, the habitats on which they depend, and the people who are important to the conservation of birds and their habitats along the way.
History of International Migratory Bird Day - IMBD
IMBD was created in 1993 by visionaries at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.
DEVILS LAKE "BIRDING BY BOAT" CANOE-KAYAK , May 10
Twenty-eight birding boaters celebrated International Migatory Bird Day at Devil’s Lake, our annual trip with the Salem Audubon Society. Our naturalist guides were bird photographer and wood duck expert Al Rice and Devils Lake Manager and water chemist Paul Robertson, who kayaked with us. Salem CCTV Chn. 22 filmed our trip, so you’ll be able to join us vicariously on an upcoming broadcast. A reporter from the coastal News Times also interviewed us. Thanks to the Devils Lake Preservation Assn. for the educational exhibits, refreshments, and showing of the migratory bird film "Fly Away Home." On this first 2008 paddle trip, our NEW CHEMEKETAN BOAT TRAILER WAS CHRISTENED by club president Ken Ash, canoe-kayak chair Laurelyn Schellin, and trailer designer/builders George Susbauer and Rod Johnson. After years of borrowing the Salem Boy Scout boat trailer, we finally have our own for carpooling! Many thanks to George and Rod for this wonderful addition to our paddle program. Enjoying the day were members K. Ash, R. Johnson, G. Susbauer, M. Murphy, J. Forest, B. Brockway, S. Watkins, D. Yost, G. Shaw, E. Knox, M. Hague, A. and C. Hernandez; guests Al Rice, Paul Robertson, Augie Rohan, Louann and Mitch Rohse, Don Schildmeyer, Candi Charlton, Sheryl Graham, Amy Amolel, Susan Fischer, Stuart Charleston, Raylene Erickson, Jim Possum; and leaders Laurelyn Schellin and Ed Graham.
International Migratory Bird Day 2007
Dates: Friday, May 11, 2007 & Saturday, May 12, 2007
Place: Union 50 Club - 1115 SE First St, east at the "D" River traffic light
Theme: "Birds in a Changing Climate" - see www.birdday.org
View the PowerPoint "Birds in a Changing Climate" presentation by the Bird Day organization
The event was advertised on the front page of the News Guard Currents and Oregon Coast Today
Friday night: About 50 people attended the spaghetti dinner and about 45 stayed for the "Shorebird" talk by Dawn Grafe from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Dawn Grafe's PowerPoint presentation pictured shorebirds and a map of North America showing their migration in red and their breeding ground in green. Most breed in the arctic, but not all - some go north and inland. Dawn can imitate bird sounds. She talked about their feeding habits and how their beaks are shaped for eating.
PADL member Chester Noreikis made a purple martin (largest swallow) nest box. Dawn Grafe said it was the best box she had ever seen and that he could make and sell them. Need to get a picture of the box to her. She contacted PADL about purple martins. A researcher in Newport sent nest box plans.
with a cold wind
Bird walk at 7am to D River Open Space had one person.
Bird walk at 8am at Siletz Bay had about 6 people led by Dick Demerest.
9:30am - Oregon Coast Birding Trail Dedication had about 15 at the Siletz Bay dock.
10am - Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury talk about global warming "An Inconvenient Truth" attended by about 25 people, some with second homes in the area. He uses a Mac. His wife Katy is so nice.
11am - 22 Chemeketans in kayaks and canoes arrived at the Union 50 Club from Salem (they met PADL member Al Rice at East Devils Lake State Park around 9:15am)
Noon - served Mo's clam chowder, sandwiches, chocolate, sodas, lemon water, shade-grown coffee, cheese and crackers, apples, cookies, apple croissants
Noon - 2pm - Hot Club De Jour (PADL member Jim Kuoni played music with 3 others) Listeners wanted to know if they had CDs to sell - not yet but gathering funds was the reply. Others were interested in having them travel to their area to play.
2-3pm - Kathleen Nickerson gave a Bird Day organization PowerPoint presentation about birds and climate change to about 15 people including some of the Salem kayakers.
About 5 children attended and colored and made an EPA energy wheel.
The Book End sold books both days (with a percentage going to Audubon).
Audubon bought IMBD T-shirts to sell.
Paul Robertson brought the Devils Lake Water Improvement District display.
Devils Lake & D River: red-winged blackbird, bufflehead, American crow, bald eagle, American goldfinch, western gull, Steller's jay, mallard, pigeon, American robin, sparrow (little brown bird), European starling, barn swallow
Siletz Bay: Bonaparte's Gull, common loon, red-breasted merganser, osprey, brown pelican, Caspian tern
May 12 - Devil's Lake "Birding by Boat" Trip - Laurelyn Schellin (Chemeketans) & Al Rice, Leaders
Twenty-two birders celebrated International Migratory Bird Day by "Birding by Boat" on Devil's Lake.
We would like to thank the Lincoln City Audubon Society and the Devil's Lake Preservation Association for their wonderful hospitality again this year, and for the delicious Mo's clam chowder, chicken lunch, desserts and many other refreshments they provided for us. We had a chance to meet personally with Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury who gave "An Inconvenient Truth" presentation." Audubon had an informative "Climate Change & the Songbirds of Oregon" slide program we also participated in. While paddling and birding around the lake, we saw the 40 wood duck nesting boxes put up by Salem Auduboner Al Rice, who lives on the lake. The colorful yellow iris and water lilly wetlands contained many nesting birds and waterfowl. In our canoes and kayaks, we were able to glide right up to them for close looks. One flock of wood ducks especially drew our attention when a sole bufflehead was noticed in its midst. But by far the most amazing highlight of the afternoon was when a large eagle flew right over a kayaker's head, landed in the water by our boats, and then proceeded to meticulously wash itself for a good 10-minutes while we watched. The eagle then sunned itself with outspread wings in a nearby lakeside conifer tree, drying its feathers. That close eagle encounter will long be remembered!
(PADL member Lenny Nelson cooked spaghetti (with and without meat). County health inspected the Union 50 Club kitchen (Nelson had a food handler permit and county permit to serve food). PADL member Charmian Mass donated $50 for food from Trillium Natural Foods (Chris Christensen) - got an assortment of cheese, crackers, apples, apple croissants, cookies and spritzer drinks. Audubon received the donations from the spaghetti dinner and paid the Union 50 Club $100, and brought and served cinnamon rolls, shade grown coffee, Mo's clam chowder, sandwiches, chocolate, sodas for a donation. Audubon paid the musicians.)
Recommendation for next year:
1. Union 50 Club dock: two ladders for kayakers and more moorage tie ups for boats (Chester Noreikis working on)
2. Additional educational booklets for adults (not just school children)
3. 6:00-8:00am bird viewing at Boiler Bay with scopes
4. Schedule children's activities in the afternoon as families are usually busy Saturday morning although also compete with soccer
Bird list - Salmon River to Depoe Bay by Range Bayer - www.orednet.org
1. New boardwalk at West Devils Lake State Park
PADL donated $1,000 to the trail
2. Oregon Coast Birding Trail - see www.oregoncoastbirding.com - download the central coast pdf. Note the feather in the logo. Nice!
Read the Oregon Coast Visitor Association's press release at www.visittheoregoncoast.com
Speaker: Dawn Grafe, Refuge Operations Specialist, Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Newport
Presentation about "Shorebirds" and the "Oregon Coast Birding Trail" which Dawn helped coordinate.
is the height of migration for hundreds of species of birds and one of
the best times to be out birding. The
Oregon coast is a stopover site for tens of thousands of shorebirds that
migrate north to breeding grounds on the arctic tundra and the coast
is the final destination for tens of thousands of seabirds that nest on its coastal
rocks and islands. Join Dawn Grafe of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
as she shares the wonder of this seasonal migration in a colorful slide
presentation that highlights the shorebirds and seabirds that you can see during
spring migration and the best places to see them.
PADL members attended several planning meetings, nominated and evaluated sites.
Several sites on the website and brochure are in the Devils Lake watershed.
• D River Wayside
•. West Devils Lake State Park
•. East Devils Lake State Park and Rock Creek Marsh (Seid Creek Open Space)
• Spring Lake Open Space
3. Speaker: Secretary of State Bill Bradbury
Lincoln City Mayor Lori Hollingsworth invited him to speak
Friday, May 11 - Union 50 Club, 1115 SE 1st
5:00 - 6:30 pm - Spaghetti Dinner ($5 suggested donation)
6:30 - 7:00 pm - Displays, book sales by The Book End
7:00 - 9:00 pm - "Shorebirds" and Oregon Coast Birding Trail - this is the third in a series of talks by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Dawn Grafe, Refuge Operations Specialist, Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
7:00 - 9:00 am - Bird walk to D River Wayside, Open Space and State Park
8:00 - 9:00 am - Birding trip to Siletz Bay (meet at SW 51st, near Mo's)
9:00 - 9:30 am - Dedication of Coastal Birding Trail on the dock near Mo's
9:30 - 11 am - Chemeketan kayakers from Salem meet at East Devils Lake Road with PADL member Al Rice, public welcome to join them
10:00 - 3:00 pm - Children's activities - Cool Kids for a Cool Climate
10:00 - noon - An Inconvenient Truth
Oregon's Secretary of State Bill Bradbury will speak about global warming. Bradbury was in the first class of slide show messengers trained personally by former Vice President, Al Gore.
Noon - 2:00 pm - Music by "Hot Club De Jour". Gypsy Jazz music from the 1930's and 40's, as well as American jazz standards
2:00 - 3:00 pm - Climate change and the songbirds of Oregon
Grown coffee and other refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Participating partners to date: PADL, Audubon Society of Lincoln City, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Click here for info about past events
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