The GOLDEN EAGLE AUDUBON SOCIETY  is dedicated to building an understanding, appreciation, and respect for the natural world in order to conserve and restore natural ecosystems for birds and other wildlife.


An Open Letter to the Illegal Occupiers of Malheur NWF

January 18, 2016

At this writing, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge has been occupied illegally by armed militants for more than two weeks.  Golden Eagle Audubon Society is deeply saddened by the disruption that these unorganized, selfish intermediaries are causing to the personnel and families of those who work on and around the Refuge and to the people of Harney County, Oregon. First and foremost, the health, safety and liberty of hard-working Americans are our primary concern and we are thankful that no harm has come to anyone involved.  GEAS expresses our gratitude to the law enforcement personnel for their sacrifice and to all those seeking a non-confrontational solution to these shameful and illegal actions.

We are deeply offended by the militant group’s actions that are disrupting Malheur’s unique and vital role as bird and wildlife habitat.  Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is a true wildlife oasis, visited by millions of migrating birds throughout the year while also serving as year-around home for hundreds of plant and wildlife species.  Malheur’s status as a very special place goes beyond its establishment by President Theodore Roosevelt as a National Wildlife Refuge; it is cared for and collaboratively managed by a broad a partnership of public and private stakeholders.  GEAS applauds and supports the Audubon Society of Portland’s participation and leadership in conservation of the Refuge. We strongly support the Audubon Society of Portland in their vehement rebuke of the self-styled ‘militia’ occupying the headquarters compound at Malheur.

The occupier’s incoherent and unconvincing justifications for seizing the Refuge headquarters in the first place are at best ungrounded. Though they argue for local control of western lands, very few of the occupiers are from Oregon and they don’t have the support of local residents or organizations.  The irony is clear here if we can look past the safety and criminal issues: Malheur is currently being co-managed by locals through a Comprehensive Conservation Plan. The plan and the spirit of collaboration it demonstrates is an exemplary solution to the very difficult task of managing western lands simultaneously for wildlife diversity, ecosystem health and resource production.  Natural resource management is getting ever more difficult as older doctrines and traditional land-uses crash into the realities of increasing human population and resource demands.  One thing is clear though.  Armed takeovers have no place in the new American west.  We, its residents, are asking a lot from this land that once flowed free and produced in abundance. We all – landowners, recreationalists, conservationists and birdwatchers – value so deeply the serenity our natural lands provide us.  Golden Eagle Audubon Society supports collaborative, stakeholder-driven and science-based approaches to resource management resolutions, as demonstrated by the Malheur plan.  It is democracy in action and therefore anathema to the militants who insist on their narrow, self-interested ideology.

So, to you, the armed, unwanted intruders: you are impeding our ability to enjoy the diverse natural and cultural resources of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, a right of all Americans. You are impeding the broad community’s ability to care for and nurture it for wise, balanced values.  Golden Eagle Audubon deplores your actions as well as your ill begot intentions. Please leave our National Wildlife Refuge.


Golden Eagle Audubon Society Board of Directors


Audubon Society of Portland, Full Statement 

- Eyes on Conservation podcast interview with Bob Sallinger of Portland Audubon:


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2016 GEAS Banquet & Silent Auction 

March 12, 6pm, Banquet Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Dial, The Evolution of Flight

Dr. Kenneth Dial will be talking about ‘Waxing and Waning of Wings: Ecology and Evolution of Avian Locomotion’.  

Dr. Kenneth Dial is a professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Montana. His research program has focused on the biomechanics, ecology and evolution of avian flight. Ken took a keen interest in aeronautics and biology as a teenager. For more than 20 years, he was acting director of the UM Flight Laboratory as well as director of UM Field Research Station at Fort Missoula. He teaches graduate classes in evolutionary ecology in East Africa. With more than 30 years of experience as a pilot, Ken is certified to fly several types of jet aircraft, but prefers backcountry flying into hidden dirt and grass airstrips. Ken hosted 26 episodes of “All Bird TV” on the Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet. He currently is transitioning from his professorial duties to wildlife conservation efforts in Tanzania, Kenya, southern California and western Montana.

Join us for a fun-filled evening, with a social hour and silent auction beginning at 6pm and dinner served at 7pm.


My Kitchen Window by Hilda Larson

Hilda Larson began writing a column for the Golden Eagle Audubon Society in the 1980s. She began writing a column for the Southwestern Idaho Birds Association in 2007. She also drew cartoons and sketches of birds and birders for the newsletters. She continued writing for both groups until her death in 2014.

Sue Norton and Cathy Eells have compiled a collection of Hilda Larson's columns and sketches from the newsletters. (Book design and layout by Niels Nokkentved.)  It also contains a history of Al Larson and Hilda's project of setting up blue bird trails in Idaho. 

The book will be of interest to people who like to watch birds and other wildlife and those who would like a glimpse into the world outside the windows in Hilda's life. She writes with great warmth, curiosity, and humor. Consider buying a copy for yourself and for the birdwatchers on your holiday shopping list.

You can order a copy by contacting Sue Norton at 378-4248 or at or Cathy Eells at 459-4435 or Copies are $13. Sue will mail one to you for $16. Proceeds will go to GEAS and SIBA.

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