Nov. 27, 2014: On the morning of Nov. 26, reports of dead and dying crows began occurring at Chapman, Lownsdale and Waterfront Parks in downtown Portland. A number of agencies and organizations responded, including Multnomah County Animal Services, Portland Parks and Recreation, Portland Police, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Audubon Society of Portland. Over the course of the day, between 30-40 crows and a single gull were recovered from various locations around the downtown core. A small number of additional reports of dead crows occurred in NE and SE Portland. Most of the crows were either dead at the time of retrieval or died shortly after being recovered. Live birds all demonstrated severe neurological symptoms including seizures.
Nov. 13, 2014: The Audubon Society of Portland's main campus, located at 5151 NW Cornell Road, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 13 due to icy roads and forecasted winter weather.
Nov. 6, 2014: The Audubon Society of Portland has completed a six-year citizen science effort to monitor Great Blue Heron rookeries in the Portland metropolitan region, an area that is home to many such nesting colonies. The findings indicate the region’s heron population is currently stable.
Nov. 4, 2014: We need your help to stop Portland from paving over critical natural areas and restricting our ability to protect and restore our urban rivers, streams and wildlife habitat. On Nov. 4, the Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold its final hearing of 2014 on the city’s Draft Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is the city’s 20-year land use plan. This is the plan that will provide the foundation for many of the city’s most important decisions over the next two decades. Unfortunately, a better name for this plan would be the “Portland Paving Plan.”
Nov. 3, 2014 - by John Osborn, President, Board of Directors: In September I moved into the role of President of the Board of Directors of the Audubon Society of Portland. It’s an honor to take on this role, and a pleasure to work with the talented and dedicated colleagues who serve on the Board with me. Special thanks to David Mandell, who recently became our past Board President, for his leadership and considerable contributions to the organization.
Oct. 6, 2014: The future of Oregon’s Elliott State Forest is in jeopardy. The 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest is an amazing place. It contains more than 41,000 acres of old-growth forest and some of the most productive and pristine streams for Coho and Chinook in the Coast Range. However, the State of Oregon, which owns the Elliott, is considering a variety of options for future management of the Elliott including selling the Elliott to private timber interests. In fact, more than 1,400 acres have already been sold to timber companies.
Sept. 25, 2014: At a Sept. 13 meeting, the Pacific Fishery Management Council took another step toward securing protections for seven species of currently unmanaged forage fish by deciding to incorporate them into existing fishery management plans. This move forwards our goal of protecting these species from unregulated fishing, and it’s great news for seabirds and other top marine predators that depend on forage fish for food.
Sept. 10, 2014: We need your help to save West Hayden Island… again.
Sept. 9, 2014: Lower Klamath Lake has been allowed to go dry, and more than 5,000 birds have already died from related disease outbreaks. Please tell the Department of the Interior that Klamath needs water now.
Sept. 2, 2014: The Port of Portland has announced that Pembina Pipeline plans to build a propane gas terminal near the Port’s Terminal 6 facility; Pembina will bring propane to the terminal by train, and the Port will then ship it to Asia. When complete, the project will send a full unit train of propane a day through our community. The Audubon Society of Portland is calling for a transparent public process before the project is approved.
Aug. 29, 2014: Felipe Guzman is a 19-year-old TALON Intern at Portland Audubon who is about to complete his second season in the Wildlife Care Center. Felipe started his internship with no experience with birds and has grown into an integral part of the care center team during its busiest months. In this news story, he reflects on his experiences at Audubon.
Aug. 1, 2014: The Pacific Fishery Management Council will be meeting Sept. 13 to consider management options for forage fish species, a critical food source for seabirds. Please send an email urging the Council to adopt stronger protections for forage fish.
July 31, 2014: Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Audubon Society of Portland!
July 21, 2014: As announced in November 2013, Executive Director Meryl Redisch departed the Audubon Society of Portland this month after 11 remarkable years that saw the organization double in size and reach a variety of milestones. Liz Field has been appointed as Interim Executive Director.
June 27, 2014: We need your help to stop the cormorant slaughter on East Sand Island.
June 27, 2014: This month, the Audubon Society of Portland's Wildlife Care Center made a major upgrade to the quality of services it provides to injured wildlife: We installed a new digital X-ray machine! The machine will allow us to take and review detailed images of injured animals in seconds, manipulate images for greater clarity on the computer, and share the images instantaneously with medical experts, specialists, law enforcement agencies, and researchers anywhere on the planet with just a mouse click.
June 13, 2014: The US Army Corps of Engineers has announced that it intends to kill upwards of 16,000 Double-crested Cormorants on East Sand Island at the mouth of the Columbia River. Audubon Society of Portland strongly opposes this proposal and urges its members to oppose it as well.
June 3, 2014: Conservation groups filed a notice of intent to sue Seneca Jones and Scott Timber today to prevent the imminent clearcutting of three large parcels of Elliott State Forest lands that were recently sold to these companies. The notice presents evidence that the clearcut logging conducted by both companies will harm federally protected Marbled Murrelets, seabirds that come inland to nest and breed in mature and old-growth forests. The Endangered Species Act prohibits actions that injure or kill threatened species, including destruction of occupied habitat.
May 21, 2014: After a long and arduous road to recovery, a female Bald Eagle in the care of the Audubon Society of Portland is ready to return to the wild. The rehabilitated raptor will be released May 25 at 11 a.m. in Kelley Point Park, and the public is invited to attend.
April 30, 2014: In January 2013, the Audubon Society of Portland launched a study of lead’s impact on Oregon raptors, Turkey Vultures and ravens, the local birds most likely to eat the remains of animals shot with lead ammunition. Audubon has released a preliminary report on findings from the study’s first year, and in keeping with the weight of evidence from lead research conducted in other locations, the results clearly indicate that a ban on the use of lead ammunition for hunting should be considered in Oregon.