Protecting Birds and Other Wildlife Statewide
Climate change represents the greatest current threat to our native biodiversity and Portland Audubon strongly supports the development of renewable energy sources. However, it is also critical that these new energy sources be developed in a manner that minimizes direct and indirect impacts to native wildlife.
Klamath National Wildlife Refuge
Wildlife migrating south through Oregon this fall are in big trouble. The wetlands of the Tule Lake and Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuges, two of the most important wildlife areas in the western U.S., are bone dry.
State of Oregon's Birds
Oregon is an amazing place for birds! Nearly 400 bird species use Oregon for some part of their life cycle, and of these, more than 200 pass through the Portland metropolitan region each year. However, many of our native bird species are in trouble.
Oregon’s ocean, which has always seemed so bountiful and impervious to human interference, is showing signs of serious stress. Global warming, pollution, coastal development, and past overfishing are just some of the factors causing troubling changes in Oregon’s marine habitats and creatures.
The Audubon Society of Portland is busy at work in the state legislature trying to provide strong protections for Oregon’s wildlife.
Important Bird Areas
An “Important Bird Area” (IBA) is a site that is of outstanding importance to bird conservation. The “Important Bird Area” designation is recognized internationally and thousands of IBAs have been designated across Europe, Asia and North America. National Audubon Society oversees the North American IBA program and Portland Audubon oversees the IBA program in Oregon.