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Cormorant Nesting Colony Suffers Complete Failure: Take Action Today

The cormorant nesting colony on East Sand Island suffered catastrophic failure last weekend when 16,000 cormorants abandoned their nests. This is exactly the outcome that was predicted by Portland Audubon and other wildlife advocates when the Corps began slaughtering birds with shotguns and destroying nests. Please call the following numbers today to ask U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop the killing.

Cormorant Nesting Colony Suffers Complete Failure: Take Action Today

Photo of Double-crested Cormorant by Adam Stunkel

On May 19, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that the East Sand Island Cormorant Nesting Colony had suffered catastrophic failure with upwards of 16,000 Double-crested Cormorants abandoning their nests which were then quickly predated by scavengers such as gulls and crows.

The complete collapse of the colony was preceded by weeks of intense killing and harassment of cormorants on and around East Sand Island with federal agents killing nearly 2,400 birds with shotguns and destroying more than 1,000 cormorant nests. The U.S. Army Corps has temporarily suspended the slaughter of these birds while it investigates the colony failure but it has not ruled out killing more birds this season. Audubon Society of Portland is calling for the permanent end to the senseless slaughter of these birds and a comprehensive, independent investigation of the federal agencies’ actions related to the killing program at East Sand Island.

You can read our full statement on the colony failure here.

Please call U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and ask them to put a permanent end to the slaughter and revoke the U.S. Army Corps permits to kill cormorants, and call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Dan Ashe, Director of the USFWS: 202-208-4717
Robyn Thorson, USFWS Pacific Regional Director: 503-231-6118
USFWS Main Line: 503-231-6120
Amy Echols, US Army Corps of Engineers: 503-808-4510

The agencies have continually ignored science, the public, and the law and scapegoated cormorants for salmon declines that are a direct result of the manner in which they operate the dams. These birds have suffered enough, and now, the entire western population of cormorants is at risk. Please call today.

Thank you for speaking up for cormorants.

Double-crested Cormorant with Open Wings - Scott Carpenter
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