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Update: Officials Confirm Portland Crows Were Poisoned

Update: Officials Confirm Portland Crows Were Poisoned

The Oregon State Veterinary Diagnostic Lab and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife have confirmed that the crows observed “falling from the sky” and suffering seizures on the ground in NE Portland on January 30, 2018 were poisoned with a neurotoxin sold under the name “Avitrol.”

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Help Fight Climate Change and Promote Social and Economic Equity in Portland

Help Fight Climate Change and Promote Social and Economic Equity in Portland

The PCEF ballot initiative would enact a 1% business license surcharge on the largest retail corporations in Portland, and put those funds towards community based projects that invest in energy efficiency, renewable energy, green job training and better housing for Portland's most vulnerable populations.

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Portland Audubon: History Exhibit a Strong Reminder of our Statewide Impact

Portland Audubon: History Exhibit a Strong Reminder of our Statewide Impact

From now until June 10, 2018, the Oregon Historical Society is showcasing an exciting exhibit about how two of our founders—William Finley and Herman Bohlman—launched Oregon’s conservation movement.

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Audubon Society of Portland Statement on Crow Deaths in NE Portland

Audubon Society of Portland Statement on Crow Deaths in NE Portland

On the afternoon of January 31, 2018, Portland Audubon began receiving reports of dead and dying crows in NE Portland in the vicinity of Martin Luther King Blvd and NE Jessup Street. Witnesses observed crows "falling from the sky" as a large flock of crows flew west through the area. Witnesses also observed both dead and dying crows experiencing severe seizures on the ground.

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Audubon Society of Portland Asks US Fish and Wildlife Service to Immediately Revoke Permits to Kill Double-crested Cormorants

Audubon Society of Portland Asks US Fish and Wildlife Service to Immediately Revoke Permits to Kill Double-crested Cormorants

On June 15, 2017, Bob Sallinger, conservation director for Audubon Society of Portland sent the following letter to Robyn Thorson, Regional Supervisor for US Fish and Wildlife Service, asking that permits to kill Double-crested Cormorants on and around East Sand Island are immediately revoked. See below for the full letter.

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Backyard Habitat Certification Program Expands to New Clackamas County Cities

Backyard Habitat Certification Program Expands to New Clackamas County Cities

Thanks in large part to support from the Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District and Metro regional government, new areas of Clackamas County are now able to participate in this popular program. Beginning in March, properties (under one acre) in Milwaukie, West Linn, and the Oak Grove and Jennings Lodge area can receive our full suite of program services.

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Groups to Defend Portland's Historic Fossil Fuel Ordinance from Industry Attack

Groups to Defend Portland's Historic Fossil Fuel Ordinance from Industry Attack

Today Columbia Riverkeeper, Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Audubon Society of Portland, and the Center for Sustainable Economy filed a motion to intervene in an industry-backed lawsuit challenging Portland’s historic fossil fuel ordinance. Last year the City of Portland unanimously passed a first-in-the-country ban on new bulk fossil fuel storage facilities that exceed two million gallons; the ordinance also forbids existing terminals from expanding.

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Klamath Advocates Go To Court Over Wildlife Mismanagement

Klamath Advocates Go To Court Over Wildlife Mismanagement

Yesterday three conservation groups, Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Wild and WaterWatch of Oregon filed litigation in federal court against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failure to follow federal law in the creation of the Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex. In 2015, the same groups won a court order to compel the agency to finally produce the long-overdue plan, which is required by law.

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Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the Portland Harbor Superfund Record of Decision

Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the Portland Harbor Superfund Record of Decision

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its Final Record of Decision (ROD) on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. The Record of Decision formally adopts a Cleanup Plan for Portland Harbor which was listed as a Superfund Site in the year 2000.

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City of Portland Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure!

City of Portland Bans New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure!

On Wednesday afternoon, as snow began to fall in the Northwest, Portland City Council voted unanimously to enact a new city ordinance banning new fossil fuel infrastructure in the City. Joined by community leaders and grassroots activists, Council asserted Portland's leadership in the climate justice movement—this is the strongest fossil fuel infrastructure ban in any city in the United States.

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Court Halts Logging of Elliott State Forest Tract Sold to Timber Company

Court Halts Logging of Elliott State Forest Tract Sold to Timber Company

A U.S. District Court in Eugene has issued a preliminary ruling preventing Scott Timber from clearcutting a parcel of the Elliott State Forest purchased from the state of Oregon. The court found that the proposed logging of the Benson Ridge parcel by the subsidiary of Roseburg Forest Products would likely harm threatened marbled murrelets, in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act.

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Oregon Politicians Attempting to Roll Back Hard-Fought Protections for Salmon and Floodplains

Oregon Politicians Attempting to Roll Back Hard-Fought Protections for Salmon and Floodplains

After years of effort by Portland Audubon and other conservation groups, Oregon is poised to implement important and long overdue protections for Oregon’s floodplains (flood-prone areas). However, some Oregon politicians are now doing the bidding of big developers and trying to make a last-ditch effort to undo these reforms. We will need your help to send a strong message to the Governor and the Oregon Delegation that they need to support these reforms and put protection of our communities, our environment, and our economy above the profits of irresponsible developers.

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Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the Verdict in the Malheur Occupation Case

Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the Verdict in the Malheur Occupation Case

Audubon Society of Portland is deeply disappointed by the jury’s verdict in the case of seven defendants who occupied Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in early 2016. We respect the legal process, but believe that the armed occupation of public lands, which included destruction of public property and disturbance of Native American archaeological sites, should have resulted in substantial penalties.

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Judge: U.S. Army Corps Illegally Authorized Cormorant Killing on Columbia River

Judge: U.S. Army Corps Illegally Authorized Cormorant Killing on Columbia River

A federal district court ruled late Wednesday that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acted unlawfully by failing to consider alternatives to killing double-crested cormorants on the Columbia River.

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Threatened Marbled Murrelet From Logging on Former Elliott State Forest

Lawsuit Filed to Protect Threatened Marbled Murrelet From Logging on Former Elliott State Forest

Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity and Portland Audubon filed a lawsuit in federal court today seeking to block Scott Timber Company from logging a portion of a 355-acre parcel of land that until 2014 was part of the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest and provides habitat for the threatened Marbled Murrelet.

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Remembering Deb

Remembering Deb

Deb Sheaffer, Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Veterinarian, passed away on July 5, just a little more than a month after she learned that the cancer she had battled so bravely last summer had returned. Our deepest condolences go out to Deb's husband Ron, her children, Nate and Mary, and all those who knew and loved her.

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Greater Protections Sought for Threatened Marbled Murrelets in Oregon

Greater Protections Sought for Threatened Marbled Murrelets in Oregon

Conservation groups submitted petitions today asking the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the Oregon Board of Forestry to take new measures to better identify and protect important forest areas for protected marbled murrelets.

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Oregon Appeals Court Set to Rule on Plan to Sell off Elliott State Forest

The Oregon Court of Appeals is set to decide the legality of a 788-acre timber sale on the Elliott State Forest following a court hearing last Friday.

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Cormorant Nesting Colony Targeted by Federal Agencies Suffers Complete Failure

Cormorant Nesting Colony Targeted by Federal Agencies Suffers Complete Failure

Audubon Society of Portland calls on federal agencies to permanently stop the slaughter of cormorants and immediately launch a comprehensive investigation of the killing program

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Great Blue Heron Week: June 1 - June 12

Great Blue Heron Week: June 1 - June 12

Join us for Great Blue Heron Week and explore Portland's official bird as you discover natural areas all around the city.

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