The conservation areas and issues where we most need your help.
The Audubon Society of Portland's top-priority conservation areas and issues.
- Double-crested Cormorant - Jim Cruce
East Sand Island
Rather than address the primary causes of salmon decline – dam operation and habitat loss – the US Army Corps of Engineers has announced it intends to kill 16,000+ double-crested cormorants on East Sand Island for doing what comes naturally: eating fish. Take action: The Corps is accepting public comments, so please send an email expressing your opposition to this lethal control.
- Bald Eagle - Scott Carpenter
Lead in the Environment
Lead is poisonous to humans and animals alike. While the toxin has been banned from items like paint and pipes, it is still legal to use lead ammunition for hunting animals other than waterfowl in the state of Oregon, a practice that poses a threat to wild birds that eat meat or scavenge. The Audubon Society of Portland is committed to reducing wild animals’ exposure to lead in Oregon, and is currently conducting local lead research and exploring educational, administrative, legislative and legal avenues to accomplish this objective.
- Marbled Murrelet at Sea - Thomas Hamer
most recent status review of marbled murrelets by the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service found that the birds have been declining at a rate of
approximately 4 percent per year and that this decline likely relates to
continued loss of habitat, primarily on state and private lands. To protect this imperiled species, Audubon and partners have filed a lawsuit and temporary restraining order challenging the state of Oregon’s disposal of part of the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest, home to marbled murrelet habitat.
Conservation groups have launched a new campaign, "Oregon, Home of the Clearcut." Sadly, the era of clearcuts is far from over. This campaign and its website – created by Oregon Wild, The Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity and Portland Audubon – call attention to the dismal way we continue to manage our forests and new emerging threats. Take action: Learn more and take action on the campaign website.
- Lower Klamath Lake - Bob Sallinger
The Klamath Basin’s productive wetlands and strategic location along a
migration corridor have made it one of the continent’s most important
parcels of waterfowl habitat. Despite decades of habitat loss and water
shortages, the area continues to be of critical importance to birds.
Agricultural use of leased refuge lands and related water shortages now
pose an ongoing threat to Klamath’s remaining wetlands and the birds
that depend on them.