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Cormorants on East Sand Island: Update and Next Steps

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When: May 16, 2017 from 06:30 pm to 08:30 pm

Join us for a meeting on the East Sand Island Double-crested Cormorants. We will discuss past campaigns, management plans, and strategies to advocate and stop the unnecessary killing of cormorants in the future.

Where: Heron Hall at the Portland Audubon Nature Sanctuary (5151 NW Cornell Rd.)

Last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that the East Sand Island Cormorant Nesting Colony suffered catastrophic failure with upwards of 16,000 Double-crested Cormorants abandoning their nests which were then quickly predated by scavengers such as gulls and crows. The complete collapse of the colony was preceded by weeks of intense killing and harassment of cormorants on and around East Sand Island with federal agents killing nearly 3,000 birds with shotguns and destroying more than 1,000 cormorant nests. 

Join us at this presentation to learn about Portland Audubon’s past campaigns to stop this slaughter, including litigation on the management plan, how larger environmental assessments on the Columbia River system could play into this management plan, and ways you can advocate to stop the unnecessary killing of cormorants in the future!

Double-crested Cormorant
Photo by Adam Stunkel
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