April 20, 2015: Five conservation and animal welfare organizations initiated a lawsuit today against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Wildlife Services to stop the slaughter of thousands of Double-crested Cormorants in the Columbia River basin. According to the lawsuit, the agencies are scapegoating the native birds for salmon declines while ignoring the real threat to salmon: mismanagement of the federal hydropower system. Unless stopped, the agencies will kill more than 15 percent of the entire population of Double-crested Cormorants west of the Rocky Mountains.
April 16, 2015: Yesterday, a U.S. District Judge issued a ruling ordering the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to complete the long overdue “Comprehensive Conservation Plan” for Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges. These plans, mandated by a 1997 law, require the USFWS to ensure commercial activities on refuge lands do not harm wildlife. The order by U.S. District Judge Owen Panner in Medford adopted a preliminary recommendation issued on March 5 by U. S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clark. The USFWS must now complete the plan by August 1, 2016.
April 14, 2015: On Monday, April 13, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued depredation permits to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to shoot up to 3,489 double-crested cormorants, 105 Brant’s cormorants and 10 pelagic cormorants, and to destroy 5,870 double-crested cormorant nests during the 2015 nesting season.
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission votes to allow dangerous and environmentally destructive Pembina Propane facility to move forward
April 9, 2015: On April 7, the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission voted 6-4 to approve changing the environmental zoning at the Port of Portland’s Terminal 6 to allow Pembina Propane to build a huge propane export facility.
Portland takes big step forward to protect pollinators, birds, salmon and children from dangerous pesticides
April 1, 2015: The Portland City Council took a big step forward today in protecting Portland’s wildlife and park users by passing an ordinance to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides on lands owned by the city.
April 1, 2015: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to slaughter more than 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants — 15 percent of the entire western North America cormorant population. Cormorants will be shot out of the sky with shotguns as they search for food over the Columbia River Estuary, or shot with rifles at close range as the birds tend to their nests on East Sand Island. In addition, more than 26,000 Double-crested Cormorant nests will be destroyed by either oiling of eggs or intentional starvation of orphaned nestlings.
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 31, 2015: Nadaka Nature Park will host a grand opening on Saturday, April 4, to celebrate completion of the park and community garden as well as the unusual and uplifting partnerships that brought down the barbed wire around an urban forest and reclaimed it – and improved it – for the public.
March 27, 2015: On Saturday, April 4, Gresham residents will celebrate the opening of the new Nadaka Nature Park and Garden. This innovate community park project represents a huge accomplishment in the face of declines in public park investment the last 15 years. The Nadaka experience is a potential model of how we can work together to renew public investment in parks and create healthier and stronger communities in East County. From our vantage point, three ingredients were critical to Nadaka’s success.
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 7, 2015: The community has waited for more than eight months for the Port of Portland and Pembina Pipeline Corporation to provide basic safety information about the proposed propane export facility at Terminal 6.
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.
March 3, 2015: The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission has rescheduled the public hearing on the Pembina propane terminal previously set for Tuesday, March 17, 2015. The new public hearing and date is set for 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.
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.