National Marine Fisheries Service Releases Biological Opinion Requiring Stronger Floodplain Protections for Salmon and Communities
On April 14, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) concluded that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) must change its implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program in Oregon to better protect imperiled salmon, steelhead and Southern Resident Killer Whales. In its biological opinion (BiOp), NMFS concludes that FEMA’s flood insurance program violates the Endangered Species Act by subsidizing development in floodplains that jeopardize the continued existence of salmon, steelhead and Southern Resident Killer Whales and adversely modifies the designated critical habitat of anadromous fish species in Oregon. The BiOp includes a list of reforms FEMA should implement that will not only protect federally listed salmon, steelhead, and killer whales but will also reduce flood risks to people and property.
On Wednesday April 7, the US Army Corps and USDA Wildlife Services began shooting Double-crested Cormorants near East Sand Island. Federal agents in boats are using shotguns to shoot birds out of the sky as they fly and forage in the Columbia River Estuary. Conservation groups have expressed deep disappointment that the Federal Government would initiate the 2016 killing season despite the fact that the federal court has indicated that it hoped to rule on the legality of the lethal control program before the killing began in 2016.
After more than three years of hard work, Audubon Society of Portland and our partners, including Pew Charitable Trusts, Audubon California, Oceana, and Audubon Washington, have secured a huge win for forage fish species. As of May 4, 2016, dozens of forage fish species will gain federal protection under a new rule from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
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Audubon Society of Portland Statement on the End of the Occupation at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
February 11, 2016: The last occupiers of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge surrendered to federal authorities this morning, ending the illegal armed occupation of Malheur. Audubon Society of Portland appreciates law enforcement officials who worked to bring this illegal occupation to a close, Malheur Refuge staff and their families who were displaced by this occupation, and the local community who strongly rejected this occupation.
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board Awards up to $6 Million Grant for Collaborative Conservation to Improve Aquatic Health and Wetlands in Harney County
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) voted Tuesday (January 26, 2016) to allocate more than $1.6 million to support a diverse partnership working to improve habitat values and water quality in Malheur Lake and other Harney Basin wetlands.
Opportunities to Get Involved with Malheur National Wildlife Refuge with the Audubon Society of Portland
January 5, 2016: Audubon Society of Portland's connection to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge reaches all the way back to our advocacy for its establishment in 1908. In fact, we were founded in 1902 in part to advocate for Malheur.
January 3, 2016: We hope for a safe, expeditious end to this armed occupation so that myriad of local and non-local stakeholders can continue to work together to restore Malheur in ways that are supportive of both the local ecology and the local economy
How does a state become a national leader in conservation? By giving youth a foundation in environmental education.
Audubon Society of Portland is working with neighbors and tree advocates on reforms to save our city’s large and healthy trees. On January 12 the Planning and Sustainability Commission will consider a stop-gap proposal to help preserve more large and healthy trees by raising mitigation fees for developers. This temporary measure will be put in place to until Title 11’s preservation standards can be reformed.
Please help us send a strong message to the Portland City Council that the community supports the approach to industrial lands outlined in the current draft of the Comprehensive Plan which focuses on cleaning up more than 900 acres of contaminated sites, intensifying use of the existing industrial land base, and limiting conversions of industrial land to other uses, rather than converting irreplaceable natural areas to industrial use.
On November 12, the Portland City Council voted 5-0 to pass a resolution that puts in place the strongest municipal ban on new large-scale fossil fuel infrastructure in the United States.
On November 4 the Portland City Council will consider two resolutions that would put in place the strongest policies against fossil fuel shipments in the country.
OPB has posted the first footage of federal agents using shotguns to kill Cormorants near East Sand Island.
This morning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it does not intend to list the Greater Sage Grouse under the Endangered Species Act.
Portland Audubon lost a good friend this week when Sharnelle Fee passed away after several weeks of battling a severe lung infection. Sharnelle founded the Wildlife Center of the North Coast in 1999 and served as its director up until her passing. During that time she gave thousands of birds and animals a second chance at life in the wild.
September 11, 2015: September 20 is the deadline for public comments on a Proposed Administrative Rule governing tree replanting and replacement rules in the City of Portland. The rules could help preserve more large healthy trees in many situations.
"Cormorants in the Crosshairs", a documentary by award-winning director, Judy Irving, highlights the Double-crested Cormorants nesting on East Sand Island targeted for slaughter in the name of salmon recovery.
Aug. 12, 2015: Conservation groups today called for an investigation after agency documents, released last week under court order, showed that killing double-crested cormorants will not benefit salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s own biologists found that fish not eaten by cormorants would be eaten by other predators, but nevertheless authorized the killing of more than 10,000 double-crested cormorants and destruction of more than 26,000 cormorant nests on East Sand Island near the mouth of the Columbia.
The 10th annual Marbled Murrelet Citizen Science Training had two sessions this year and drew over 100 people from across the state.