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.
Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission holds its first hearing on the proposed Pembina propane facility
January 14, 2015: On January 13, the Planning and Sustainability Commission held its first hearing on the proposed Pembina facility. More than 100 people attended a rally opposing the facility prior to the hearing, and more than 200 people – the majority opposed to the facility – attended the hearing.
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.
Oct. 6, 2014: The future of Oregon’s Elliott State Forest is in jeopardy. The 93,000-acre Elliott State Forest is an amazing place. It contains more than 41,000 acres of old-growth forest and some of the most productive and pristine streams for Coho and Chinook in the Coast Range. However, the State of Oregon, which owns the Elliott, is considering a variety of options for future management of the Elliott including selling the Elliott to private timber interests. In fact, more than 1,400 acres have already been sold to timber companies.
Sept. 25, 2014: At a Sept. 13 meeting, the Pacific Fishery Management Council took another step toward securing protections for seven species of currently unmanaged forage fish by deciding to incorporate them into existing fishery management plans. This move forwards our goal of protecting these species from unregulated fishing, and it’s great news for seabirds and other top marine predators that depend on forage fish for food.
Sept. 10, 2014: We need your help to save West Hayden Island… again.
Sept. 9, 2014: Lower Klamath Lake has been allowed to go dry, and more than 5,000 birds have already died from related disease outbreaks. Please tell the Department of the Interior that Klamath needs water now.
Sept. 2, 2014: The Port of Portland has announced that Pembina Pipeline plans to build a propane gas terminal near the Port’s Terminal 6 facility; Pembina will bring propane to the terminal by train, and the Port will then ship it to Asia. When complete, the project will send a full unit train of propane a day through our community. The Audubon Society of Portland is calling for a transparent public process before the project is approved.
Aug. 29, 2014: Felipe Guzman is a 19-year-old TALON Intern at Portland Audubon who is about to complete his second season in the Wildlife Care Center. Felipe started his internship with no experience with birds and has grown into an integral part of the care center team during its busiest months. In this news story, he reflects on his experiences at Audubon.
Aug. 1, 2014: The Pacific Fishery Management Council will be meeting Sept. 13 to consider management options for forage fish species, a critical food source for seabirds. Please send an email urging the Council to adopt stronger protections for forage fish.