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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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 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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