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Final ruling reinforces protection for Greater Sage-Grouse on Steens Mountain
Apr 19, 2017
- The long-running case over the impacts of proposed industrial-scale wind energy development on Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon was put to an end Tuesday afternoon by order of a federal court. The court vacated the Secretary of the Interior’s approval of an industrial-scale wind project that would have forever marred one of Oregon’s most cherished high desert natural areas, following on last year’s decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that the Bureau of Land Management failed to consider the project’s effects on Greater sage-grouse crucial winter habitat areas.
Backyard Habitat Certification Program Expands into Milwaukie, West Linn, Oak Grove and Jennings Lodge
Mar 29, 2017
- Residents and groups with private yards can start registering for the program immediately.
Conservation groups decry vote by State Treasurer, Secretary of State to sell Elliott State Forest
Feb 15, 2017
- Governor puts forward solid plan to keep 83,000-acre forest public that protects natural resources and incorporates tribal ownership.
Groups to Defend Portland's Historic Fossil Fuel Ordinance from Industry Attack
Jan 25, 2017
- Coalition of Public Health, Environmental, & Sustainable Economy Groups to Join City of Portland in Opposing Industry Lawsuit Challenging Ban on Fossil Fuel Terminals January 25, 2017 (Portland, Ore.)
13 Iconic Portland Buildings Went LightsOut to Fight Light Pollution
Oct 06, 2016
- On September 30, more than 2,500 residents and 13 iconic Portland buildings turned off their unnecessary lights, taking part in the 2016 launch of the Audubon Society of Portland’s LightsOut campaign, an effort designed to encourage Portlanders to save energy, save lives and see stars.
Lawsuit Filed Against Oregon Board of Forestry for Failing to Protect Habitat for Threatened Marbled Murrelet
Sep 30, 2016
- Four conservation organizations filed suit today against the Oregon Board of Forestry over dismissal of a petition requesting the Board identify and protect important old-growth forest areas for the marbled murrelet, a seabird threatened with extinction. Under Oregon law, the Board was supposed to have provided such protection after the seabird was protected as threatened under the state Endangered Species Act in 1987.
On September 30, Iconic Buildings and Residential Households in Portland Will Go Lights Out To Save Energy, See Stars and Save Birds!
Sep 20, 2016
- On September 30, the Audubon Society of Portland will launch its LightsOut Portland Campaign, an initiative designed to encourage Portlanders to save energy, save lives and see stars. We are asking households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights from dusk until dawn, and then to get out and see the stars. This event marks the start of a longer term effort to address the growing issue of light pollution in the Portland metropolitan region.
Judge: U.S. Army Corps Illegally Authorized Cormorant Killing on Columbia River
Sep 01, 2016
- Killing is nevertheless allowed to continue
Lawsuit Filed to Protect Threatened Marbled Murrelet From Logging on Former Elliott State Forest
Aug 25, 2016
- Logging Highlights Controversy Over Ongoing Privatization of Public Forest
Catio Tour Seeks to Inspire Cat Owners to Keep Cats Safe at Home
Aug 20, 2016
- Portland-area tour of 8 outdoor cat enclosures held on Sept. 10
Greater Protections Sought for Threatened Marbled Murrelets in Oregon
Jun 21, 2016
- Conservation groups submitted petitions today asking the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the Oregon Board of Forestry to take new measures to better identify and protect important forest areas for protected marbled murrelets.
Oregon Appeals Court Set to Rule on Plan to Sell off Elliott State Forest
Jun 14, 2016
- Case Could Cast Uncertainty on State’s Larger Privatization Effort for the Forest
Ruling Protects Greater Sage-Grouse on Steens Mountain
May 26, 2016
- To protect dwindling Greater Sage-Grouse habitat on Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon, a federal appeals court today rejected the Secretary of the Interior’s approval of an industrial-scale wind project that would have forever marred one of Oregon’s most cherished high desert natural areas, holding that the Bureau of Land Management failed to consider the project’s effects on the bird’s crucial winter habitat areas.
Cormorant Nesting Colony Targeted by Federal Agencies Suffers Complete Failure
May 20, 2016
- Audubon Society of Portland calls on federal agencies to permanently stop the slaughter of cormorants and immediately launch a comprehensive investigation of the killing program
National Marine Fisheries Service Releases Biological Opinion Requiring Stronger Floodplain Protections for Salmon and Communities
Apr 14, 2016
- 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.
US Army Corps Begins 2016 Cormorant Slaughter
Apr 11, 2016
- US Army Corps resumes killing cormorants despite federal court's hope to rule on the legality of the lethal control program before the killing began in 2016
Portland Audubon to release rescued bald eagle February 21 at Waterfront Park South of Hawthorne Bridge
Feb 19, 2016
- Female Bald Eagle was rescued from fishing line entanglement in the Willamette River on February 10
Federal Government Resumes Cormorant Slaughter on East Sand Island
Sep 16, 2015
- Government Ignores its Own Analysis that Killing Cormorants Will Not Help Salmon
Government Documents Reveal That Killing Cormorants Won't Help Columbia River Salmon
Aug 12, 2015
- Despite Findings, Federal Agency Authorized Killing More Than 10,000 Cormorants
Lawsuit Filed to Stop Cormorant Slaughter by Federal Agencies
Apr 20, 2015
- Thousands of Native Birds Blamed for Salmon Declines Caused By Corps’ Mismanagement of the Hydropower System
Judge Affirms Ruling Favoring Wildlife on Klamath Refuges
Apr 16, 2015
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service given August 2016 deadline to complete plan to ensure commercial agribusiness doesn’t harm refuge wildlife
Portland Takes Big Step Forward to Protect Pollinators, Birds, Salmon and Children From Dangerous Pesticides
Apr 01, 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, and plants treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, on lands owned by the city.
Audubon Society of Portland announces intent to sue US Army Corps over plan to slaughter 11,000 cormorants
Mar 20, 2015
- Today the US Army Corps of Engineers issued a final record of decision announcing that 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 in the Columbia River Estuary.
Judge’s Ruling Favors Wildlife on Klamath Refuges
Mar 05, 2015
- US Fish and Wildlife Service required to complete plan to ensure commercial agribusiness doesn’t harm wildlife; given August 2016 deadline
Nick Hardigg appointed new executive director of Audubon Society of Portland
Mar 03, 2015
- Hardigg will start new position March 23
Backyard Habitat Certification Program Expands into Gresham and Fairview
Nov 17, 2014
- Residents and groups with private yards can start registering for the program Wednesday, Nov. 19
New studies reveal 44 Oregon bird species currently in decline, 189 species threatened by year 2080
Sep 10, 2014
- Audubon climate study and State of the Birds report provide warning about wild bird populations
Audubon Society of Portland celebrates International Vulture Awareness Day Saturday, Sept. 6
Aug 21, 2014
- Free, family-friendly activities will highlight one of nature’s amazing recyclers
Lawsuit launched to protect threatened marbled murrelets from clearcutting on liquidated Oregon State Forests
Jun 03, 2014
- Logging of parcels liquidated from Elliott State Forest will harm marbled murrelets, other wildlife, water and people
Audubon releases rehabilitated Bald Eagle May 25 at Kelley Point Park
May 21, 2014
- Female eagle was found injured on West Hayden Island in November 2013
Klamath Advocates Go To Court Over Wildlife Mismanagement
Apr 24, 2014
- Conservation Groups Ask Federal Court to Require US Fish and Wildlife Service to Obey the Law, Complete Long-Overdue Comprehensive Conservation Plan
Suit Filed Challenging Sale of Elliott State Forest Land
Apr 21, 2014
- Privatization of Public Forest Would Hurt Threatened Marbled Murrelets, Coho Salmon
Local author and biologist Marcy Cottrell Houle to speak at Audubon Society of Portland April 3
Mar 18, 2014
- Houle’s presentation will celebrate the reissue of her classic peregrine falcon text
Conservation Groups Serve Timber Firms Notice of Intent to Sue Over Elliott State Forest Privatization
Mar 13, 2014
- Disposal would sell off marbled murrelet habitat to highest bidder in violation of law
Settlement Protects Marbled Murrelet on Oregon State Forests, Cancels 28 Timber Sales
Feb 05, 2014
- Agreement Also Ensures Future Logging Won’t Harm Rare Seabird
Audubon Society of Portland Statement on West Hayden Island
Jan 08, 2014
- Today the Port of Portland announced that it is withdrawing its application to the City of Portland to annex West Hayden Island for Marine Industrial Development. Audubon Society of Portland commends the Port of Portland for this decision.
Free Portland Audubon talk reveals how to find and photograph local birds Dec. 10
Nov 20, 2013
- Scott Carpenter’s “Finding and Photographing Hidden Nature in Your Neighborhood” presentation is part of Audubon’s Nature Night series
Portland Audubon releases two rehabilitated peregrine falcons at Kelley Point Park Oct. 26
Oct 24, 2013
- Juvenile falcons were found sick with botulism poisoning in north Portland this September
Portland Audubon releases rehabilitated bald eagle Sept. 20 in Longview, Wash.
Sep 20, 2013
- Lead-testing machine funded by Oregon Zoo helped save poisoned raptor, vets say
Oct. 8 Portland Audubon talk explores the lives of iconic Forest Park owls
Sep 19, 2013
- John Deshler’s “Northern Pygmy-Owls of Forest Park” presentation is part of Audubon’s free Nature Night series
Logging industry loses latest attack on threatened seabird
Sep 05, 2013
- Marbled murrelets, unique coastal birds, and their old-growth forest habitat will remain protected
Portland Audubon veterinarians decide to delay bald eagle release scheduled for Aug. 24
Aug 23, 2013
- During final round of exams, vets discovered eagle was struggling to fly
Portland Audubon releases rehabilitated bald eagle Aug. 24 in Longview, Wash.
Aug 22, 2013
- Lead-testing machine funded by Oregon Zoo helped save poisoned raptor, vets say
Portland Audubon celebrates International Vulture Awareness Day Sept. 7
Aug 19, 2013
- Free, family-friendly activities will highlight one of nature’s amazing recyclers
Portland Audubon releases rehabilitated turkey vulture at Tualatin Wildlife Refuge June 29
Jun 28, 2013
- Vulture was found in Hillsboro with a gunshot wound this spring
Zoo grant helps Portland Audubon take the lead on lead
Jun 06, 2013
- Though banned from paint, gas and plumbing pipes, lead remains a threat to wildlife
Audubon takes in red-tailed hawk fledgling from Federal Courthouse nest
May 30, 2013
- Youngster was found on the ground after fledging prematurely
Audubon Society of Portland releases rehabilitated bald eagle March 27
Mar 26, 2013
- Young eagle had been poisoned by meat from euthanized horses
Groups file petition to revoke Steens transmission line approval
Mar 07, 2013
- The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) and the Audubon Society of Portland have filed a petition requesting U.S. Secretary of Interior, Ken Salazar, to revoke the December 2011 Record of Decision allowing industrial scale wind development on Steens Mountain. The crumbling financial and regulatory framework for a proposed industrial wind facility on Steens Mountain has spurred on conservationists to petition the Secretary of the Interior to withdraw its approval of the project they contest is ill-sited and illegal.
Just a few spots remain on Portland Audubon’s birding trip to Costa Rica
Feb 26, 2013
- Expert birder Dan van den Broek will lead a search for tropical birds April 13-26, 2013
Portland Audubon humanely euthanizes bald eagle found injured on I-84
Feb 21, 2013
- Eagle had been hit by a car, sustained injuries too severe to survive in wild or captivity
Feb. 12 Portland Audubon talk covers geologic changes wrought by Ice Age floods
Jan 18, 2013Portland, Ore.
- Scott Burns’ “Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods” presentation is part of Audubon’s free Nature Night series
Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Care Center opens its doors to public at Jan. 27 open house
Jan 16, 2013Portland, Ore.
- Free activities and behind-the-scenes tours of the wildlife rehab center run 12-4 p.m.
Court Halts Clearcutting in Murrelet Habitat on Oregon State Forests
Nov 27, 2012
- Conservation Groups Call on Gov. Kitzhaber for Balanced Forest Planning
Citing Marbled Murrelet Lawsuit, Oregon Suspends Clearcutting on 914 Acres of Old-growth Forests on the Elliott State Forest
Nov 14, 2012
- After a lawsuit by conservation groups, the state of Oregon has suspended logging on 914 acres of old-growth forest on the Elliott State Forest that is habitat for the threatened marbled murrelet.
Obama Administration Proposes to Strip Nearly 4 Million Acres of Protected Habitat From Threatened Seabird
Oct 24, 2012Portland, Ore.
- 21 Conservation Groups Call on Administration to Reverse Course, Save Pacific Northwest's Vanishing Marbled Murrelet
Audubon Society of Portland, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust post reward in illegal leg hold trap case
Oct 08, 2012Portland, Ore.
- Audubon Society of Portland, The Humane Society of the United States, and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust have posted a reward of up to $3,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for setting an illegal leg hold trap in Beaverton.
Leading scientists blast Steens Mountain wind proposal for devastating wildlife impacts
Oct 04, 2012Bend, Ore.
- Wind energy development threatens golden eagles and sage-grouse
35 Conservation Organizations Sound Alarm on Klamath Water
Sep 24, 2012Portland, Ore.
- Wildlife advocates urge Obama administration not to allow National Wildlife Refuges to go dry during critical fall migration
Portland Audubon talk highlights Oregon’s largest tidal marsh restoration project, Oct. 9
Sep 19, 2012Portland, Ore.
- Roy Lowe’s “Restoring Life to a Tidal Marsh” presentation is part of Audubon’s Nature Night series
Portland Audubon holds free talk about Pacific Northwest bats Sept. 11
Aug 21, 2012Portland, Ore.
- Part of Nature Night lecture series, presentation will feature bat expert Pat Ormsbee
Vultures Get a Bad Rap!
Aug 14, 2012Portland, Ore.
- Portlanders Invited to Learn About One of Nature’s Amazing Recyclers at International Vulture Awareness Day, Sept. 1
State of Oregon suspends 10 state forest timber sales in marbled murrelet habitat
Jul 02, 2012Portland, Ore.
- Simultaneously, conservation groups file injunction request to safeguard the threatened seabird during lawsuit
June 14 Forum Will Introduce Draft Guide for Bird-friendly Building Design to Architects, Planners and Bird Enthusiasts
Jun 05, 2012Portland, Ore.
- Audubon Society of Portland, City of Portland, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service collaborate with local architects to develop new resource guide
Lawsuit filed to protect threatened marbled murrelets from clearcutting in Oregon State forests
May 31, 2012Portland, Ore.
- Conservationists call on Governor John Kitzhaber to develop long-term, sustainable plan for the forests
Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project gets a boost!
May 18, 2012Portland, Ore.
- Regional funding supports improved access to West Gresham nature park and community garden
Oregon Fish and Wildlife commission petitioned for stronger trapping regulations
Mar 08, 2012Portland, Ore.
- Audubon Society of Portland, The Humane Society of the United States, Predator Defense, the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, and Cascadia Wildlands have filed a petition before the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to protect non-target wildlife species and family pets from cruel and indiscriminate traps and snares.
Lawsuit launched to protect threatened marbled murrelets from clearcutting in Oregon state forests
Jan 19, 2012Portland, Ore.
- State of Oregon’s plans to dramatically increase clearcutting harming wildlife, water and people
New Campaign to Protect Cats and Wildlife
Mar 25, 2008