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Klamath advocates go to court over wildlife mismanagement

Klamath advocates go to court over wildlife mismanagement

April 24, 2014: Today, three conservation groups - Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Wild and WaterWatch of Oregon - filed litigation in Federal Court to compel the US Fish and Wildlife Service to produce a much-needed and long-overdue Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The plan, required by law, is now 18 months past the federally mandated deadline.

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Suit filed challenging sale of Elliott State Forest land

Suit filed challenging sale of Elliott State Forest land

April 21, 2014: Conservation organizations filed a lawsuit and temporary restraining order today challenging the state of Oregon’s disposal of part of the 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest northeast of Coos Bay. The legal complaint submitted by Cascadia Wildlands, Audubon Society of Portland, and the Center for Biological Diversity identified the 788-acre East Hakki Ridge parcel as prohibited by law from being sold.

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Portland Audubon helps advance protections for forage fish

Portland Audubon helps advance protections for forage fish

April 15, 2014: On April 10, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council unanimously approved a new management option for certain forage fish species that are vulnerable to overfishing, which means basic conservation measures can be put in place quickly. This is great news for seabirds and other top marine predators that depend on these small, schooling fish for food.

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Action alert: Help stop the corporate takeover of Portland’s water

Action alert: Help stop the corporate takeover of Portland’s water

March 31, 2014: As an organization that has fought to protect the health of Portland's environment and communities for more than a century, Audubon Society of Portland urges you to VOTE NO on Ballot Measure 26-156 in Portland's May election in order to stop the corporate takeover of our water and defend Portland’s innovative environmental programs and policies. The Audubon Society of Portland needs volunteers to help with the No on 26-156 campaign. Can you lend a hand?

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Action alert: Protect forage fish so seabirds can thrive!

Action alert: Protect forage fish so seabirds can thrive!

March 20, 2014: The Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which sets catch levels on the west coast for important seabird prey like anchovy and sardine, will be meeting in April to consider management options for forage fish species. These small fish form the base of the ocean food web, and seabirds and other marine wildlife depend on them for food. Please let the Council know that a healthy ocean ecosystem is important to you too by sending them a quick email.

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Conservation groups serve timber firms notice of intent to sue over Elliott State Forest privatization

Conservation groups serve timber firms notice of intent to sue over Elliott State Forest privatization

March 13, 2014: Three conservation organizations filed a notice of intent today to sue any potential timber purchasers of nearly 3,000 acres of the Elliott State Forest recently authorized for sale by the State of Oregon. Audubon Society of Portland, Cascadia Wildlands and the Center for Biological Diversity argue that if timber companies knowingly buy and log the tracts that contain Marbled Murrelet habitat, they will be in violation of the federal Endangered Species Act.

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Executive Director search update

Executive Director search update

Feb. 27, 2014: The Audubon Society of Portland’s Board of Directors has selected the firm Campbell & Company to help lead the search for Executive Director Meryl Redisch’s successor.

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Time to ease up on spring garden cleanup?

Time to ease up on spring garden cleanup?

Feb. 24, 2014: As spring sets in, one could argue there’s a cultural obsession with “cleaning up” the yard. Perhaps it’s the ghost of the English garden haunting us from the hinterlands, or that finicky ornamental and disease-prone plants demand special treatment.

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Backyard Habitat Certification Program staff present to Portland City Council

Backyard Habitat Certification Program staff present to Portland City Council

Feb. 21, 2014: This week, Backyard Habitat Certification Program staff presented to Portland City Council to encourage them to continue investing in green infrastructure and to demonstrate how those efforts leverage public resources.

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Action alert: Survey about cats in Portland-metro area

Action alert: Survey about cats in Portland-metro area

Feb. 10, 2014: Please take a few minutes to fill out a new survey about cats. Portland Audubon, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, Multnomah County Animal Services and the Bonnie Hayes Animal Shelter are working together to develop strategies to address cat overpopulation that are good for cats and wildlife. Your answers will help inform our joint efforts - thanks for your help!

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Event cancellations and office closures - February 2014

Event cancellations and office closures - February 2014

Feb. 6, 2014: Due to unsafe travel conditions caused by winter weather, the Audubon Society of Portland is canceling or postponing certain events, including Raptor Road Trip.

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Settlement protects Marbled Murrelet on Oregon State Forests, cancels 28 timber sales

Settlement protects Marbled Murrelet on Oregon State Forests, cancels 28 timber sales

Feb. 5, 2014: Three conservation organizations secured a major victory today for Oregon’s coastal forests, reaching a settlement agreement with the state that cancels 28 timber sales in habitat for the threatened marbled murrelet on the Elliott, Clatsop and Tillamook state forests and improves future management practices to ensure the rare seabird is not harmed.

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Action alert: Oppose O&C Land Grant Act

Action alert: Oppose O&C Land Grant Act

Feb. 4, 2014: Please submit comments in opposition of the O&C Land Grant Act of 2013 (S.1784), which threatens Oregon’s wildlife, public lands, and its clean air and water.

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Christmas Bird Count wrap-up

Christmas Bird Count wrap-up

Feb. 3, 2014: The 88th Portland Christmas Bird Count was conducted on Jan. 4, 2014, under clear skies. 262 field observers (a record number) and 153 feeder watchers (also a record) combined to find 123 species – considerably down from last year's record 130.

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Successfully bring your outdoor cat inside this winter

Successfully bring your outdoor cat inside this winter

Jan. 22, 2014: Have you considered transitioning your cat indoors but haven’t been able to get started? there’s no better time than winter to get started! Our friends at the Feral Cat Coalition agree that bitter cold winter temperatures and dreary rain present the perfect opportunity to begin the transition. Cats are naturally less interested in being outdoors at this time of year.

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Audubon Society of Portland statement on West Hayden Island

Audubon Society of Portland statement on West Hayden Island

Jan. 8, 2014: Today the Port of Portland announced that it is withdrawing its application to the City of Portland to annex West Hayden Island for Marine Industrial Development. Audubon Society of Portland commends the Port of Portland for this decision. Audubon has opposed industrial development on West Hayden Island for nearly three decades. We have served on multiple advisory committees that explored possible development scenarios on West Hayden Island including the 1998-2000 advisory committees and the 2008-2013 advisory committees. The work of those committees has repeatedly reaffirmed the ecological importance of this natural area and raised legitimate, unanswered questions about the need for development.

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40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act

40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act

Dec. 31, 2013: This year marked the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), one of the most important and powerful wildlife protection laws ever enacted. As we enter a new year, we thought we would a look at some of the species in our region whose survival has depended upon the ESA.

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Executive Director transition update

Executive Director transition update

Dec. 31, 2013: The Audubon Society of Portland’s Board of Directors has convened a transition committee to select a firm to help lead the search for Meryl Redisch’s successor. The search firm will be hired in January 2014, and updates about the recruitment process will be posted on the Audubon website.

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Action alert: Last chance this year to send a strong message on West Hayden Island

Action alert: Last chance this year to send a strong message on West Hayden Island

Dec. 31, 2013: Please take a few minutes before the New Year to send the City of Portland a strong message about protecting West Hayden Island and critical wildlife habitat. The City is seeking comments on the Draft Comprehensive Plan Update until the end of the day on December 31, 2013. The Comprehensive Plan will guide land use in Portland in the coming decades. Right now the Plan shows 300 acres of wildlife habitat on West Hayden Island being converted to industrial use, even though no decision has yet been made on whether this should happen.

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Action alert: Protect Portland's trees

Action alert: Protect Portland's trees

Dec. 18, 2013: Please take a minute to send Portland City Council an email and ask that they move forward this Thursday (tomorrow) with adopting and implementing the new tree code and protection package. Regulations and resources to protect our urban canopy are out of date and underfunded.

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