A photo of blue and purple lights on Tilikum Crossing.

The Quest for Darker Skies over Portland

September is upon us, and the southbound migration of our avian friends is well underway. Artificial light in the night sky drowns out the stars that birds use to navigate, pulling them off course and into lit areas where they can become entrapped in light, in some cases even inadvertently calling other birds into hazardously lit areas.

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A photo of Kahler Martinson standing in a wetlands.

Remembering Kahler Martinson

Kahler was one of the giants of Portland Audubon over the past three decades, serving on our board of directors, Conservation Committee, and two tours of duty donating his time as Interim Executive Director during periods of transition.

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Great Horned Owl fledglings perched on a branch.

A Huge Win for Birds: Migratory Bird Treaty Act

“This is a huge win for our wild birds,” said Portland Audubon Conservation Director Bob Sallinger. “The court has now made it clear that the MBTA does in fact protect wild birds from both direct and incidental take and the Trump Administration’s attempt to give bird killing industries a free pass was illegal and will not stand.”

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