Audubon takes photo journey to Oregon

If you’d like to “get away” without going too far from home, come to the Audubon Center & Sanctuary on Friday, April 5.

At the 11 a.m. First Friday Lunch Bunch, Stephen Dowlan’s presentation of “Birds of Oregon’s Dry Side” will take participants on a photographic discovery of the birds of Oregon’s Great Basin habitats.

While most people think of majestic volcanic peaks and dense rainforests when they think of Oregon, nearly two thirds of the state is dominated by sagebrush steppe, juniper woodlands, dry conifer forests, vast marshes and wetlands and barren playas. As a result, bird communities are diverse and sometimes quite spectacular. Dowlan will present and discuss some of the common and less common birds that can be seen by an adventurous birder.

Stephen Dowlan is a natural resource specialist with the U. S. Forest Service in northwest Pennsylvania. He works as a planning team leader for Allegheny National Forest, with primary responsibilities in NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) analysis. He received a bachelor of science degree in natural resources from Oregon State University, with a specialty in arid lands ecology.

Although a native of northwestern Pennsylvania, Dowlan was an Oregon resident for 29 years, where he traveled and birded extensively in many remote parts of Oregon and the arid west. His photographs have appeared in several field guides, as well as brochures and conservation and environmental education websites.

Following the program, coffee and tea will be provided for a BYO brown bag lunch. The fee for attending is $7 or $5 for Friends of the Nature Center. Reservations are not required.

The Audubon Center and Sanctuary is at 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown and Warren.

For more information, call (716) 569-2345 or visit www.jamestownaudubon.org.