94th Annual Portland Christmas Bird Count a Success!

n January 4, 2020, the 94th Annual Portland Christmas Bird Count (CBC) began under surprisingly pleasant skies. By the end of the day, a stalwart and somewhat soggy corps of 269 field birders (a new record!) plus 112 feeder watchers had tallied 122 species and nearly 70,000 individual birds, all seen and heard within our 15-mile diameter count circle.

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It’s All Connected: Ten Years of Restoring the Urban Landscape One Yard at a Time

Can one yard make a difference? The answer is an emphatic yes. More than a decade ago, a handful of neighbors eager to restore native habitat in SW Portland started the first iteration of the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, which ultimately sparked a movement that has now spread to more than 6,000 yards across the Portland-Vancouver Metro Region.

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Christmas Bird Count: An 80-Year Review of Species Trends in Portland

For more than 100 years, Portland Audubon has organized the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) in the metro area, recruiting volunteers to fan out across a 15-mile-wide circle to identify and count every bird seen or heard. Results from all Christmas Bird Counts are contributed annually to National Audubon, whose database includes data from thousands of CBC circles across North America and the world.

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Mateo Asks You to Give for the Birds

Recently, Volunteer Manager Vicky Medley was opening Portland Audubon’s mail when she came across a child’s pencil drawing of a bird. In the envelope was the art, a brief note from Mateo, age 6, and six dollars.

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The Portland Audubon Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones. For bird and nature lovers, nothing quite hits the spot like something that connects us to the natural world.

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A Big Win for Marbled Murrelets…But Will ODFW Do the Right Thing?

In June 2018, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission made a decision that was inexplicable even by the low standards this agency has too often set for protecting Oregon’s wildlife. In a 4-2 vote, it reversed, without even the semblance of a coherent explanation, a decision it had made just four months earlier to move the Marbled Murrelet from threatened to endangered status under the State Endangered Species Act.

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