The conservation areas and issues where we most need your help.
The Audubon Society of Portland's top-priority conservation areas and issues.
- 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. Take action: Please tell the Department of the Interior
that Klamath needs water now - Lower Klamath Lake has been allowed to
go dry, and more than 5,000 birds have already died from related disease
- 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 avenues to accomplish this objective.
- Sage Grouse - Scott Carpenter
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.
- 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.