March 31, 2015: On April 7, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission will decide whether to allow a massive propane export facility to be built at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 along the Columbia River. This facility will put our communities and our environment at risk. We need your help to send a strong message to the Planning and Sustainability Commission that it should reject the Pembina Pipeline Propane Terminal.
March 20, 2015: The US Army Corps of Engineers has issued a final record of decision announcing it will move forward with the decision to slaughter nearly 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants and destroy more than 26,000 Double-crested Cormorant nests on East Sand Island.
March 20, 2015: We need your help to protect Oregon’s birds and bees! At 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, the Portland City Commissioners are holding a hearing to discuss a proposed ordinance to prohibit the use of neonicotinoid insecticides (“neonics”) on city property. This is an important step forward in protecting Portland’s wildlife! Please consider attending the hearing or emailing City Council to let them know you support the ban.
March 13, 2015: At a March 9 meeting, the Pacific Fishery Management Council took the final step toward securing protections for seven species of currently unmanaged forage fish. The Council formally adopted an alternative that will amend existing Fishery Management Plans and identify these species as “ecosystem component” species, thereby prohibiting directed harvest without a full scientific review. This forwards our goal of protecting these species from unregulated fishing, and it is great news for seabirds and other top marine predators that depend on forage fish for food.
March 5, 2015: US Fish and Wildlife Service required to complete plan to ensure commercial agribusiness doesn’t harm wildlife. The ruling was triggered by a lawsuit brought by the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Wild and WaterWatch.
March 3, 2015: We are delighted to announce that Nick Hardigg has been appointed as the next Executive Director of the Audubon Society of Portland. Nick will join us on March 23.
Feb. 27, 2015: The Backyard Habitat Certification Program is moving east and we invite residents of Gresham and Fairview to join us!
Feb. 24, 2015: The Pacific Fishery Management Council, which sets catch levels on the West Coast for important seabird prey like anchovy and sardine, will be meeting on March 9 to take final action on the Unmanaged Forage Fish Initiative. The initiative would require the Council to consider ecosystem impacts and to review the best available science before approving new commercial fishing on seven groups of currently unmanaged forage species. Please submit comments encouraging the Council to finalize forage fish protections!
Feb. 9, 2015: On Feb. 6, 2015, the US Army Corps release a Final Environmental Impact Statement indicating its intent to move forward during the spring of 2015 with a four year plan to kill nearly 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants and destroy more than 26,000 Double-crested Cormorant nests on East Sand Island in the Columbia River Estuary.
Feb. 2, 2015: The Great Backyard Bird Count is a four-day count held each February with the goal of getting a snapshot of bird numbers and distribution across the globe. This year’s count runs Feb. 13–16. As a participant, you commit to count birds anywhere for at least 15 minutes on one or more of the four count days. Tally the number of individuals of each species you see, and enter your totals at birdsource.org/gbbc.
Jan. 26, 2015: The Pacific Fisheries Management Council, which sets catch levels on the West Coast for important seabird prey like anchovy and sardine, will be meeting on March 9 in Vancouver, Wash., to take final action on the Unmanaged Forage Fish Initiative. The initiative would prohibit new, directed commercial fishing on seven groups of unmanaged forage species without first assessing the science relating to any proposed directed fishery and considering impacts to the greater marine ecosystem.
The Port of Portland has announced plans for Pembina Pipeline to build a propane export facility at the Port’s Terminal 6. Among other issues, the electricity required to run the facility alone would generate about 20,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions per year — about 0.7% of Portland’s emissions.
Dec. 12, 2014: The Audubon Society of Portland lost power during yesterday's wind storm, and it has yet to be restored. The Nature Store, all offices, the Interpretive Center and the Wildlife Care Center are closed to the public. The Nature Sanctuary is open, but visitors should use caution when using trails - we are still checking for downed tree limbs.
Dec. 9, 2014: Pounding rain and 60 mile-per-hour winds battering the coast did not keep more than 100 folks from attending the second annual Cape Perpetua Land-Sea Symposium held at the Yachats Commons. This event was hosted by the Audubon Society of Portland, Surfrider Foundation, and Cape Perpetua Foundation, and was aimed at promoting local stewardship efforts and raising awareness about current research being conducted within the Cape Perpetua near-shore and adjacent watersheds.
Dec. 2, 2014: The Department of State Lands will be presenting their findings from the Elliott Alternative Project to the State Land Board on Tuesday, Dec. 9. This will be an important opportunity for the public to weigh in on the future of the Elliott in front of the State Land Board – Governor Kitzhaber, Secretary Brown, and Treasurer Wheeler – before they decide how the Elliott will be managed in coming years.
Nov. 27, 2014: On the morning of Nov. 26, reports of dead and dying crows began occurring at Chapman, Lownsdale and Waterfront Parks in downtown Portland. A number of agencies and organizations responded, including Multnomah County Animal Services, Portland Parks and Recreation, Portland Police, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Audubon Society of Portland. Over the course of the day, between 30-40 crows and a single gull were recovered from various locations around the downtown core. A small number of additional reports of dead crows occurred in NE and SE Portland. Most of the crows were either dead at the time of retrieval or died shortly after being recovered. Live birds all demonstrated severe neurological symptoms including seizures.
Nov. 13, 2014: The Audubon Society of Portland's main campus, located at 5151 NW Cornell Road, will be closed Thursday, Nov. 13 due to icy roads and forecasted winter weather.
Nov. 6, 2014: The Audubon Society of Portland has completed a six-year citizen science effort to monitor Great Blue Heron rookeries in the Portland metropolitan region, an area that is home to many such nesting colonies. The findings indicate the region’s heron population is currently stable.
Nov. 4, 2014: We need your help to stop Portland from paving over critical natural areas and restricting our ability to protect and restore our urban rivers, streams and wildlife habitat. On Nov. 4, the Planning and Sustainability Commission will hold its final hearing of 2014 on the city’s Draft Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is the city’s 20-year land use plan. This is the plan that will provide the foundation for many of the city’s most important decisions over the next two decades. Unfortunately, a better name for this plan would be the “Portland Paving Plan.”
Nov. 3, 2014 - by John Osborn, President, Board of Directors: In September I moved into the role of President of the Board of Directors of the Audubon Society of Portland. It’s an honor to take on this role, and a pleasure to work with the talented and dedicated colleagues who serve on the Board with me. Special thanks to David Mandell, who recently became our past Board President, for his leadership and considerable contributions to the organization.