Protecting Sensitive, Threatened and Endangered Species
Protecting endangered and threatened species.
Listed under the Endangered Species Act since 1992, marbled murrelets are primarily threatened by logging. The logging of mature- and old-growth coastal forests has resulted in the destruction and fragmentation of the species' nesting habitat. The Audubon Society of Portland uses a suite of tools to protect this rare seabird, including litigation, habitat restoration and advocacy.
Northern Spotted Owl
There is probably no species more closely associated with our majestic ancient forests than the northern spotted owl. However, unsustainable logging practices used throughout the last century have left only remnants of our old growth ecosystems, and the spotted owl now perches on the edge of extinction.
Streaked Horned Lark
Portland will have an important role to play in recovering the streaked horned lark, which was listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in fall 2013.
Many seabird species depend on forage fish like sardines for food, and Portland Audubon is working to keep this vital resource from being depleted. Studies show that when fisheries remove more than two-thirds of the maximum prey biomass of forage fish, seabird colonies’ productivity falters and even fails - these fish are a key food for growing chicks. Our goal: protect one third of forage fish for the birds.
Peregrine falcons, once one of the most endangered species on earth, have been making a phenomenal comeback since 1972. Portland Audubon has worked since 1994 to develop a program to provide monitoring, research, management and educational outreach for the growing population of peregrines nesting in downtown Portland.