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Our Conservation History

For over a century, Audubon Society of Portland has been a leading voice promoting conservation of wildlife and the habitats on which they depend for future generations. Our early work led to passage of some of the first bird protection laws in the nation and the establishment of the first National Wildlife Refuges in the West at Malheur, Klamath and Three Arch Rocks.

More recent successes included successful efforts to list the Northern Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet under the Endangered Species Act, leading local efforts to recover the American Peregrine Falcon and pioneering efforts to protect wildlife habitat and access to nature on urban landscapes.

Today we face profound environmental challenges. Our native wildlife populations are threatened by a myriad of threats including urbanization, invasive species, man-made hazards, habitat loss, climate change, and attempts to rollback existing wildlife laws. Reversal of these trends will require action at multiple scales beginning in our own backyards and extending out across the landscape.

The strength of Audubon Society of Portland has always been its active local membership, today more than 10,000 strong. Together we have and can continue to make difference. Audubon provides multiple ways to become involved in conservation ranging from programs to help you to protect and restore wildlife habitat in your backyard and community to programs to protect the more critical wildlife areas in the state and promote critical local, state and federal policies to protect wildlife.

Please join us in building a region where people and wildlife can flourish together.

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