A photo of a Black Phoebe perched on a slim branch.

Black Phoebes, a New Year-Round Portland Resident?

Whereas the Black Phoebes that were spotted during winters over much of the Willamette Valley for the last decade were assumed to be reverse migrants, over the last few years, many seem to have simply stayed, found a mate, and are now year-round breeding birds at many of our local areas, especially along the Columbia Slough.

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Oregon Semaphore grass being held in two hands

Planting Flags of Hope

Oregon semaphore grass is among the rarest grasses in the United States and it has only a handful of naturally occurring populations in Eastern Oregon. Due to the rarity of this grass, and due to habitat loss, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) began reintroduction efforts in the early 2000s.

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A Northern Spotted Owl perches on a mossy branch, while looking up towards the upper tree canopy.

Major Forest Protections to Advance in 2022 Legislative Session

The 2022 short legislative session, which runs from February through mid-March, will see at least two bills that could considerably advance forest conservation in Oregon. Both pieces of legislation have the potential to realize significant advancement on two of the most hotly contested forest issues of the past decade, and both are the result of intense and extensive negotiations.

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