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Activist opportunities and citizen science projects.

Audubon activists at rally  - Tinsley Hunsdorfer
Audubon activists attend a rally about protecting public forests - Tinsley Hunsdorfer

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Volunteer Activists

Audubon Activists: Receive action alerts about ways to advocate for wildlife and habitat across the state. Sign up!

Friends and Advocates of Urban Natural Areas (FAUNA): FAUNA is an informal group of individuals and local grassroots organizations dedicated to protecting and restoring urban watersheds for fish, wildlife and people, and more fully integrating built and natural environment in the Portland Metropolitan Region. Join FAUNA by completing our online form and you will receive regular updates and action alerts related to protecting and enhancing urban greenspaces and watersheds in our urban and urbanizing communities.


Citizen Science

Portland Audubon has long been a pioneer in getting citizens involved in wildlife research. Our projects focus on the intersection of our urban environment with the ecology, biology, and natural history of birds and other wildlife in the Portland metro area.

These efforts play an invaluable role in helping us track, understand and manage our local wildlife populations, as well as help influence public policy. Participation in these projects is a great way to have fun, learn about the natural world, and make a difference for wildlife. Oregon hosts 486 species of birds - making it the fifth richest in avian diversity in the nation - 209 of which spend part or all of their lives in the Portland area! You don’t need a PhD.  All you need is a desire to learn, a love of birds and the patience to observe the natural world. Learn more.


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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