A Red-shouldered Hawk is held by staff with a pink towel while getting an exam.

2019 in Review: Wildlife Care Center

This past year was a wild ride. We cared for 4,011 animals, a record high! To put that in perspective, in 2018 we cared for just over 3,000 animals, so that’s almost a 30% increase in just one year. Interestingly, we saw increases in species intakes across the board, with native mammals (like bats, chipmunks, and ground squirrels) representing the only statistically significant proportional increase.

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Two backyard habitat participants smile at the camera, one holding their dog, the other holding the Backyard Habitat Certification sign.

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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A portrait of a Bobcat sitting on a rock with branches partially covering its face.

Portland Audubon Testimony on Bobcat Killing

Last week, Portland Audubon’s Conservation Director Bob Sallinger provided invited testimony before the Oregon House Interim Committee on Natural Resources on the killing of a juvenile bobcat from Eugene that was killed by state agencies.

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A coyote stands at attention in a meadow surrounded by purple flowers.

Taking a Stand Against Wildlife Poisons

For far too long, the use of poisons has been a weapon of choice for agencies and individuals concerned about addressing wildlife conflicts. This spring, Oregon made two major advances in removing indiscriminate, inhumane, and dangerous wildlife poisons from our landscape.

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A trainer works with Julio the Great Horned Owl, an animal ambassador at Portland Audubon.

Enrichment: What It Is and Why It’s Important

Enrichment is essential for any animal kept in human care like our wild residents, and even your dog, cat or guinea pig. It can come in many forms, but its purpose in the most basic form is to provide animals the opportunity to exhibit natural behaviors that are otherwise hard to simulate.

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