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Bald Eagle
 

The Audubon Report: Birds and Climate Change
by Jack Simons

America is in the midst of an oil boom of global proportions. We are now extracting over a million barrels of oil each day from western North Dakota in an area called the Bakken oil fields. The oil industry uses technology called hydraulic fracturing to extract oil from a layer of shale more than 10,000 feet beneath the tall grass prairie. Already 8,000 wells have been drilled while more than 40,000 could be drilled within the next 20 to 30 years.   

Critical breeding habitat for millions of birds, the Bakken landscape may become even more important for birds as the planet continues to warm. Using data from a new seven year study by Audubon scientists, the Report suggests North Dakota may become a "rare island of viable habitat and suitable climate conditions, one of the few remaining refuges."

Once again,  Scientists have been telling us for years that the ranges of many species, including butterflies and bears, are shifting north toward  the poles...and, that bird migrations are changing over time and course. "To make predictions about the effects of climate change on animals, scientists need years, if not decades, of solid, detailed data on where and when species have been in the past, and such data are very rare. Except when it comes to birds." 

Audubon's new climate study uses models to predict "how changing climate will likely influence bird ranges." Scientists used standardized observations from decades of data from  two massive databases: the North American Breeding Bird Survey and the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. These two databases, combined with 17 climate variables...(See full story.) 

   


Bird of the Week: Vaux's Swift
by June Whitten

This year There may not be too much to add about Vaux's Swift after the fine presentation made by Larry Schwitters to the Pendleton Bird Club on February 12. Hopefully, some of  this information will be helpful to birders, especially Umatilla County birders, now that interest is very high on Vaux's Swifts. Editor's note: For a superb write-up on Larry's presentation to the Pendleton Bird Club, see Kathy Aney's article in the February 21, 2015, edition of the East Oregonian.

The nest and nestlings seem to be one area that little information was given. This may be in part due to the difficulty in studying Vaux's Swifts and their nesting habits. They prefer to build the nest in hollow tree stumps in old-growth forests. These areas are becoming harder and harder to locate, so it appears the swifts are adapting to using some chimneys as nesting sites as well. )

Vaux's Swifts are communal birds in roosting as well as in nesting. There may be numerous pairs nesting in one location, but just as swallows can find their own nest and nestlings among  the numerous nests, it is believed the swifts do as well. The swifts gather nesting material, mostly small twigs and conifer needles, on the wing and find a suitable location in a hollow tree or chimney to glue the twigs together with saliva. The nesting material...(See full story.)                   

 


   

 
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  New Species Sighted Last Week

 

New
Bird Species Sighted in Umatilla County From Feb 17 to Feb 23:

R Short-eared Owl, 2/15
R Barn Owl, 2/18
R
Long-eared Owl, 2/18
R Western Bluebird, 2/21
R Mountain Bluebird, 2/22

Total species sighted so far in 2015: 141

Birders: Kindly note a new species was reported for Umatilla County on Jan 2, 2015: Black-headed Gull. This is species #314 sighted and reported in Umatilla County.

And in 2014, Bird Club members reported 262 species in Umatilla County –– a new County Year record for the Club! 



    
   Way To Go Club Members!

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Posted: February 24, 2015



Calendar of Events

         
 
March Bird Club Meeting

 7:00 p.m., Thursday,
March 12, 2015


The 7th Annual
Humongous ID Challenge


Created By: Jack Simons

Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton

 


April Bird Club Meeting

 6:30 p.m., Thursday,
April 9, 2015


*Potluck at 6:30*

Hummingbird Banding
in Idaho


Presented By: Carl Rudeen

Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton

 

 
         
 
May
Bird Club Meeting

 7:00 p.m., Thursday,
May 14, 2015


Hummingbirds
as Pollinators


Presented By: Barbara Clark

Pendleton First Christian Church
215 North Main Street, Pendleton

 
 


 
 
         
 
 
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