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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dec. 9, 2013: Since the cold temperatures have hit Oregon, the Wildlife Care Center has been receiving a number of phone calls about wintering birds. The majority of these inquires have been about hummingbirds. While it is true that most species of hummingbird migrate out of Oregon for the winter, there is one species that stays in the state all year round: the Anna’s Hummingbird. Learn about how these little birds' energy-saving behaviors, and get tips for keeping hummingbird feeders defrosted.
Dec. 3, 2013: The Cape Perpetua Land/Sea Symposium held on Nov. 15, 2013 at the Yachats Commons was a great success. The event promoted local stewardship efforts and raised awareness about current research being conducted within the Cape Perpetua near-shore and adjacent watersheds. As the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve, Protected Area, and Seabird Protected Area move from designation to implementation - officially on Jan. 1, 2014 - this gathering was an important opportunity to ramp up that process.
Dec. 2, 2013: Join fellow conservationists on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Oregon State Land Board Meeting in Salem to speak out against the proposed sale of 2,700 acres of the Elliott State Forest. The Audubon Society of Portland, along with its partners, is holding a rally prior to the meeting to encourage Governor Kitzhaber, Secretary of State Kate Brown, and Treasurer Ted Wheeler to protect critical forestlands on the Elliott State Forest that are being considered for sale. We will then head to the meeting at 10 a.m., where attendees will be able to testify during the public comment period.
Nov. 27, 2013: Yesterday morning, Senator Ron Wyden released the O&C Land Grant Act of 2013. Audubon Society of Portland strongly opposes this this legislation, which will increase clear-cutting logging, weaken environmental protections on O&C lands and reduce Oregonians’ ability to participate in decision-making on these public lands. It weakens longstanding protections enshrined in the Northwest Forest Plan and further jeopardizes declining populations of Northern Spotted Owls and Marbled Murrelets.
Executive Director to transition after 11 years of building Portland Audubon into leading conservation organization in region
Nov. 22, 2013: The Board of the Audubon Society of Portland has reluctantly accepted the resignation of Executive Director Meryl Redisch, according to Board Chair David Mandell, who expects that Meryl will continue with the organization in a part-time role focused on resource development and capacity-building. Meryl’s transition from the Executive Director role will take place at the end of the current fiscal year, on June 30, 2014. The board will engage a national search firm to help identify her successor.
Portland Audubon Eastside Conservation Education Coordinator, Gladys Ruiz, honored with Skidmore Prize
Nov. 12, 2013: The Skidmore Prize program is a community involvement initiative sponsored and administered by Willamette Week. Each year since 2004, several businesses in the Portland area have come together to recognize the efforts of outstanding young adults who devote their work and time to charitable nonprofit organizations that directly benefit the Portland community. We are proud to announce that our own Gladys Ruiz is one of four winners of this year’s Skidmore Prize.