Mike Uhtoff, Portland Audubon’s first director, died at age 70 on Wednesday, February 25 at his home in Ashland. Mike served as Audubon’s Managing Director from 1976-1985, during which time his enthusiasm and creativity brought new energy to Portland Audubon and drew a talented cadre of staff and volunteers who together put an imprint on the organization that is still visible today.
February 2009: Al Miller, a leading member of the core group that energized his generation of activists at Portland Audubon in the mid 1970s, and paved the way for its emergence as one of the country's largest Audubon organizations, died at age 64 on Feb. 5.
Jan. 26, 2009: Columbia Energy Partners, developers of the proposed wind farm at the edge of Steens Mountain, withdrew both permit applications on Friday afternoon, just minutes before Audubon and ONDA were scheduled to appear before the State Energy Facility Siting Council to ask it to assert jurisdiction over these projects. This is a big victory for Steens Mountain wildlife and for responsible renewable energy development in Oregon.
Jan. 15, 2009: The US Senate approved the highest possible protections today for areas surrounding Mount Hood, passing a package of Wilderness bills by a vote of 73 to 21.
Sept. 19, 2008: It was reported on the front page of today’s Oregonian that the City of Sherwood has issued “shoot to kill” orders to its police department for coyotes observed within city limits. If in fact this was the case, Audubon Society of Portland would strongly oppose this policy. Coyotes are common across our urban landscape and, in general, conflicts with humans can be avoided through proactive educational outreach. In some cases coyotes can pose risks to the public, but those instances are extremely rare and should be investigated on a case by case basis and any lethal control should be carefully targeted.
Sept. 4, 2008: Both Audubon Society of Portland and Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) are strong supporters of renewable energy development including wind power. It is critical that the United States wean itself from climate changing fossil fuels and the development of renewable energy sources in Oregon will drive our green economy. However not all renewable energy projects are green.
June 17, 2008: Paddler and two Peregrine Watch volunteers rescue five week old Peregrine Falcon from the water beneath the Marquam Bridge.
June 12, 2008: Please help Audubon send raptor killers to jail by helping us pass House Bill 4093, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Penalty and Enforcement Act. This bill was introduced by Congressman Peter DeFazio and would allow intentional killing of protected bird species to be treated as a felony. Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (the federal law that protects native bird species), even the worst bird related crimes are classified as Class B Misdemeanors, by definition minor crimes. As a result, these crimes are not taken seriously by prosecutors or courts and often occur with minimal or no penalties. Congressman DeFazio's Bill would ensure that crimes involving the intentional illegal killing of protected bird species are treated with the seriousness that they deserve.
June 3, 2008: Anyone who reads the newspaper or watches the local news would have been hard pressed to miss the media frenzy that surrounded the sighting of a cougar on Portland’s Powell Butte in late January. Given the sheer number of media stories focusing on predator species in the urban environment, we decided to do some background research on just how big of a risk these species actually pose to humans.
March 1, 2008: The Audubon Society of Portland and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon are teaming up on a new campaign to encourage Oregonians not to allow their cats to roam free in the environment. Free-roaming cats kill tens of thousands of birds each year in the Portland Metro Area and are one of the primary causes of cat overpopulation. Both organizations encourage cat owners to house cats indoors, in outside enclosures, or to walk cats on a leash. It is good cats and it is good for wildlife!
Summer 2003: Visitors to Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge this summer may look up to see the spectacular sight of five juvenile Peregrine Falcons dog-fighting with one another as they practice improving their flying and hunting skills!