Dec. 3, 2013: The Cape Perpetua Land/Sea Symposium held on Nov. 15, 2013 at the Yachats Commons was a great success. The event promoted local stewardship efforts and raised awareness about current research being conducted within the Cape Perpetua near-shore and adjacent watersheds. As the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve, Protected Area, and Seabird Protected Area move from designation to implementation - officially on Jan. 1, 2014 - this gathering was an important opportunity to ramp up that process.
Dec. 2, 2013: Join fellow conservationists on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Oregon State Land Board Meeting in Salem to speak out against the proposed sale of 2,700 acres of the Elliott State Forest. The Audubon Society of Portland, along with its partners, is holding a rally prior to the meeting to encourage Governor Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown, and Treasurer Ted Wheeler to protect critical forestlands on the Elliott State Forest that are being considered for sale. We will then head to the meeting at 10 a.m., where attendees will be able to testify during the public comment period.
Nov. 27, 2013: Yesterday morning, Senator Ron Wyden released the O&C Land Grant Act of 2013. Audubon Society of Portland strongly opposes this this legislation, which will increase clear-cutting logging, weaken environmental protections on O&C lands and reduce Oregonians’ ability to participate in decision-making on these public lands. It weakens longstanding protections enshrined in the Northwest Forest Plan and further jeopardizes declining populations of Northern Spotted Owls and Marbled Murrelets.
Executive Director to transition after 11 years of building Portland Audubon into leading conservation organization in region
Nov. 22, 2013: The Board of the Audubon Society of Portland has reluctantly accepted the resignation of Executive Director Meryl Redisch, according to Board Chair David Mandell, who expects that Meryl will continue with the organization in a part-time role focused on resource development and capacity-building. Meryl’s transition from the Executive Director role will take place at the end of the current fiscal year, on June 30, 2014. The board will engage a national search firm to help identify her successor.
Portland Audubon Eastside Conservation Education Coordinator, Gladys Ruiz, honored with Skidmore Prize
The Skidmore Prize program is a community involvement initiative sponsored and administered by Willamette Week. Each year since 2004, several businesses in the Portland area have come together to recognize the efforts of outstanding young adults who devote their work and time to charitable nonprofit organizations that directly benefit the Portland community. We are proud to announce that our own Gladys Ruiz is one of four winners of this year’s Skidmore Prize.
In 2009, the Audubon Society of Portland and Columbia Land Trust launched a joint program to provide expert advice, incentives, and recognition to urban property owners who want to restore their yards for wildlife. Today, nearly 1,700 properties covering about 335 acres within Portland and Lake Oswego are enrolled in this program. These 1,700 mini-habitats are creating a network of corridors for forging and nesting. This month, the Backyard Habitat Certification Program’s accomplishments are being recognized by Portland Monthly magazine! We were selected for Portland Monthly’s annual Light a Fire Award.
Oct. 16, 2013: The West Hayden Island process is still underway, with Portland City Council now holding work sessions about the annexation and rezoning of this critical wildlife habitat for development. At a session last week, it was troubling to see that after nearly five years of public process, there is absolutely no plan in place to fund critical infrastructure or mitigation for community and environmental impacts. Council was told the key to success was to "trust the Port."
Sept. 27, 2013: The Portland City Council will be adopting a resolution endorsing the Birdsafe Building Guidelines that the Audubon Society of Portland developed with the city last year. The resolution will be read at City Hall at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2. There will be some brief invited testimony.
Sept. 23, 2013: The Audubon Society of Portland recently joined in a celebration commemorating the successful protection of the Big Creek conservation area on Oregon’s central coast, made possible by the long-term collaboration of environmental groups, public agencies and private individuals. Paul Engelmeyer, Portland Audubon’s Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary manager, has advocated to protect the parcel since 1988 and helped facilitate the acquisition of the property. Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary is located in one of Big Creek’s neighboring watersheds.
Sept. 4, 2013: Please write Senators Wyden and Merkley today and urge them to ensure adequate water for the Klamath National Wildlife Refuges. Thousands of migrating birds are dying on the Klamath National Wildlife Refuges and millions more are at risk due to severe drought conditions. Over 80 percent of the waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway uses the Klamath Basin during the fall migration and more than 500 bald eagles winter in the Basin. Tragically, Lower Klamath Lake and Tule Lake—considered among the most important waterfowl habitat in North America, have been allow to go virtually dry.
Aug. 1, 2013: The Audubon Society of Portland, Cascadia Wildlands and Center for Biological Diversity brought a lawsuit against the State of Oregon last year for illegal clear-cutting in federally listed Marbled Murrelet habitat on the Elliott, Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests. As a result, the courts found that our lawsuit was likely to be successful and have placed an injunction on eleven timber sales. However, rather than agreeing to adopt legal logging practices, the state is now considering selling off portions of our publicly owned State Forests. Take action and email the State Land Board today.
July 23, 2013: Today, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service released the Final Environmental Impact Statement outlining control activities for Barred Owls to protect Northern Spotted Owls. Audubon Society of Portland has tracked this issue closely and submitted extensive comments in the past. Audubon Society of Portland places the highest priority on keeping the Northern Spotted Owl from going extinct. We are also concerned about lethal control activity that would result in the death of thousands of protected Barred Owls.
July 22, 2013: Today's front-page article in the Oregonian's print edition says it all about West Hayden Island: "Greenbacks Versus Greenery." Please take a few minutes and write City Council today and tell them that you oppose development on West Hayden Island. We need to take advantage of this article to send a strong and clear message.
July 17, 2013: The forests in the Pacific Northwest, home to the threatened Northern Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet, are under threat. Members of Congress are considering legislation to convert currently protected areas critical for the conservation of these threatened birds into logging zones. The Obama administration is also pondering changes to the Northwest Forest Plan that weaken protections for Spotted Owls and Marbled Murrelets. Please join us for a call-in day to Senator Ron Wyden on July 17.
On July 9, 2013, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission voted 7-3 to annex West Hayden Island and 10-0 to adopt an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) to address natural resource and community impacts that will occur as a result of this development.
June 30, 2013: The Oregon Legislature is about to pass a massive corporate welfare bill (SB 246) that will allow industrial developers to pass the costs of environmental mitigation and contaminated site clean-up onto the taxpayer. They pollute, trash the environment and profit, and we pay the costs. Some of the primary proponents of this bill were the Port of Portland and the Portland Business Alliance. Please let legislators in the House and Senate know that you oppose SB 246, the corporate welfare bill. It may pass as soon as this weekend.
June 28, 2013: This April, a Turkey Vulture with a gunshot wound was found on a roadside in Hillsboro, and after a lengthy stay in the Audubon Society of Portland’s Wildlife Care Center, the scavenger is ready to head back into the wild. Audubon staff will release the bird at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend.
June 20, 2013: Take action! Please email the Oregon legislature today to oppose SB 246, which will put the taxpayer on the hook to cover the costs of environmental mitigation and environmental pollution caused by industrial development.
June 6, 2013: Good news! Yesterday afternoon, we successfully released a young Red-tailed Hawk that had fledged prematurely from its nest on the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland. Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center took the bird in last week after Portland police officers found it on the ground along SW Salmon Street. During the hawk’s initial exam, Audubon veterinarian Deb Sheaffer discovered that the bird had lead poisoning. She began treating the hawk with chelation therapy – he received regular injections of a substance that binds with lead and then bundles it into a form the body can safely pass out.
May 30, 2013: The Audubon Society of Portland’s Wildlife Care Center has taken in a Red-tailed Hawk that fledged prematurely from its nest on the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland. A retired Portland police officer brought the young bird to Audubon early this morning after finding it on the ground along SW Salmon Street.