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The conservation areas and issues where we most need your help.

Double-crested Cormorant - Jim Cruce
Double-crested Cormorant - Jim Cruce

The Audubon Society of Portland's top-priority conservation areas and issues.

East Sand Island Cormorants
The US Army Corps of Engineers intends to kill nearly 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants and destroy more than 26,000 Double-crested Cormorant nests on East Sand Island. Why does the Corps want to kill these birds? For doing what comes naturally, eating fish. The Audubon Society of Portland strongly opposes this plan and will use all resources available to it, including litigation, to prevent the plan from moving forward.

Parks System Development Charge
On April 15, the Portland City Council will hear testimony on a proposed update to the Parks System Development Charge (SDC) program. Park SDCs are fees levied on new development to ensure that new growth pays its fair share toward sustaining Portland’s parks, trails and natural areas. This funding is essential to ensuring park services maintain capacity to serve an increasing population.

Pembina Propane Terminal
The Audubon Society of Portland is helping lead opposition to a proposed propane terminal at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6. Brought forward by the Port of Portland and Pembina Pipeline Company, the proposal would mark Portland’s entry into the fossil fuel export market. We believe this facility is fundamentally inconsistent with Portland’s Climate Change Action Plan.

Climate Change
Climate change is currently the greatest threat to our planet’s diversity of life, and its impacts are already being felt by not only wildlife and plants but by humans as well. Changes in temperature are rapidly altering ecosystems around the world, and for birds, these shifts place many species in danger of accelerated population declines and even extinction. Take action: From creating backyard habitat to writing to elected officials, there are a variety of ways you can help.

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