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Remembering Deb

Remembering Deb

Deb Sheaffer, Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Veterinarian, passed away on July 5, just a little more than a month after she learned that the cancer she had battled so bravely last summer had returned. Our deepest condolences go out to Deb's husband Ron, her children, Nate and Mary, and all those who knew and loved her.

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Greater Protections Sought for Threatened Marbled Murrelets in Oregon

Greater Protections Sought for Threatened Marbled Murrelets in Oregon

Conservation groups submitted petitions today asking the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the Oregon Board of Forestry to take new measures to better identify and protect important forest areas for protected marbled murrelets.

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Oregon Appeals Court Set to Rule on Plan to Sell off Elliott State Forest

The Oregon Court of Appeals is set to decide the legality of a 788-acre timber sale on the Elliott State Forest following a court hearing last Friday.

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Cormorant Nesting Colony Targeted by Federal Agencies Suffers Complete Failure

Cormorant Nesting Colony Targeted by Federal Agencies Suffers Complete Failure

Audubon Society of Portland calls on federal agencies to permanently stop the slaughter of cormorants and immediately launch a comprehensive investigation of the killing program

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Great Blue Heron Week: June 1 - June 12

Great Blue Heron Week: June 1 - June 12

Join us for Great Blue Heron Week and explore Portland's official bird as you discover natural areas all around the city.

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National Marine Fisheries Service Releases Biological Opinion Requiring Stronger Floodplain Protections for Salmon and Communities

On April 14, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) concluded that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) must change its implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program in Oregon to better protect imperiled salmon, steelhead and Southern Resident Killer Whales. In its biological opinion (BiOp), NMFS concludes that FEMA’s flood insurance program violates the Endangered Species Act by subsidizing development in floodplains that jeopardize the continued existence of salmon, steelhead and Southern Resident Killer Whales and adversely modifies the designated critical habitat of anadromous fish species in Oregon. The BiOp includes a list of reforms FEMA should implement that will not only protect federally listed salmon, steelhead, and killer whales but will also reduce flood risks to people and property.

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US Army Corps Begins 2016 Cormorant Slaughter

US Army Corps Begins 2016 Cormorant Slaughter

On Wednesday April 7, the US Army Corps and USDA Wildlife Services began shooting Double-crested Cormorants near East Sand Island. Federal agents in boats are using shotguns to shoot birds out of the sky as they fly and forage in the Columbia River Estuary. Conservation groups have expressed deep disappointment that the Federal Government would initiate the 2016 killing season despite the fact that the federal court has indicated that it hoped to rule on the legality of the lethal control program before the killing began in 2016.

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West Coast Forage Fish Protections Mean Big Things for Seabirds

West Coast Forage Fish Protections Mean Big Things for Seabirds

After more than three years of hard work, Audubon Society of Portland and our partners, including Pew Charitable Trusts, Audubon California, Oceana, and Audubon Washington, have secured a huge win for forage fish species. As of May 4, 2016, dozens of forage fish species will gain federal protection under a new rule from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Portland Audubon's Statement on Environmental Debate

Portland Audubon's Statement on Environmental Debate

Audubon Society of Portland is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. As such, we do not endorse candidates. However, we do participate in the election process to ensure that environmental issues are well considered and that the public understands how candidates will approach these issues.

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Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the End of the Occupation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the End of the Occupation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

February 11, 2016: The last occupiers of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge surrendered to federal authorities this morning, ending the illegal armed occupation of Malheur. Audubon Society of Portland appreciates law enforcement officials who worked to bring this illegal occupation to a close, Malheur Refuge staff and their families who were displaced by this occupation, and the local community who strongly rejected this occupation.

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Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Awards up to $6 Million Grant for Collaborative Conservation to Improve Aquatic Health and Wetlands in Harney County

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Awards up to $6 Million Grant for Collaborative Conservation to Improve Aquatic Health and Wetlands in Harney County

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) voted Tuesday (January 26, 2016) to allocate more than $1.6 million to support a diverse partnership working to improve habitat values and water quality in Malheur Lake and other Harney Basin wetlands.

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Opportunities to Get Involved with Malheur National Wildlife Refuge with the Audubon Society of Portland

Opportunities to Get Involved with Malheur National Wildlife Refuge with the Audubon Society of Portland

January 5, 2016: Audubon Society of Portland's connection to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge reaches all the way back to our advocacy for its establishment in 1908. In fact, we were founded in 1902 in part to advocate for Malheur.

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Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the Occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the Occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

January 3, 2016: We hope for a safe, expeditious end to this armed occupation so that myriad of local and non-local stakeholders can continue to work together to restore Malheur in ways that are supportive of both the local ecology and the local economy

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Portland Audubon Advocates for Outdoor School for Every Child in Oregon

Portland Audubon Advocates for Outdoor School for Every Child in Oregon

How does a state become a national leader in conservation? By giving youth a foundation in environmental education.

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Reform Portland’s Tree Code To Preserve Large Healthy Trees

Reform Portland’s Tree Code To Preserve Large Healthy Trees

Audubon Society of Portland is working with neighbors and tree advocates on reforms to save our city’s large and healthy trees. On January 12 the Planning and Sustainability Commission will consider a stop-gap proposal to help preserve more large and healthy trees by raising mitigation fees for developers. This temporary measure will be put in place to until Title 11’s preservation standards can be reformed.

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Prevent Industrial Development in Wildlife Habitat

Prevent Industrial Development in Wildlife Habitat

Please help us send a strong message to the Portland City Council that the community supports the approach to industrial lands outlined in the current draft of the Comprehensive Plan which focuses on cleaning up more than 900 acres of contaminated sites, intensifying use of the existing industrial land base, and limiting conversions of industrial land to other uses, rather than converting irreplaceable natural areas to industrial use.

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Historic Resolution: City of Portland Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

Historic Resolution: City of Portland Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure

On November 12, the Portland City Council voted 5-0 to pass a resolution that puts in place the strongest municipal ban on new large-scale fossil fuel infrastructure in the United States.

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Your Voice Needed to Pass Historic Ban on Fossil Fuels

On November 4 the Portland City Council will consider two resolutions that would put in place the strongest policies against fossil fuel shipments in the country.

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OPB Releases First Footage of Cormorant Slaughter

OPB Releases First Footage of Cormorant Slaughter

OPB has posted the first footage of federal agents using shotguns to kill Cormorants near East Sand Island.

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Audubon Society of Portland Disagrees with Decision Not to List the Greater Sage-Grouse

Audubon Society of Portland Disagrees with Decision Not to List the Greater Sage-Grouse

This morning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it does not intend to list the Greater Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act.

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