Northern Spotted Owlets on branches

2022 Legislative Session Recap

Although it lasted only 35 days, the 2022 Legislative Short Session resulted in some remarkable gains for conservation in Oregon. Portland Audubon’s top two legislative priorities—advancing new stream protections under the Oregon Forest Practices Act and creating a new Elliott State Research Forest—passed with strong support from both conservation and timber interests and with strong bipartisan support.

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Another Season of Drought Approaches at Klamath

The Bureau of Reclamation has announced another year of severe water shortages in the Klamath Basin. Endangered sucker fish in Upper Klamath Lake, endangered salmon in the Klamath River, farmers, and the refuges will all compete again for scarce water, estimated to be less than a seventh of what is typically allocated in a wetter year.

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Black Oystercatcher and chick

State Considers New Drone Rules To Protect Nesting Birds

Drone disturbances have been documented to negatively impact nesting success of many bird species. To minimize such impacts we need to ensure drone rules are informed by the best science and take a precautionary approach given that recreational drone use is a relatively new phenomena and impacts are just beginning to be understood.

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An overhead view of West Hayden Island

West Hayden Island—The Time Is Now!

For decades, the 826 acres of wildlife habitat on West Hayden Island has been one of the most conflicted and contested parcels in the Portland metropolitan region. However, an unprecedented opportunity now lies before us to permanently protect one of the largest and most ecologically valuable unprotected natural areas in the region.

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Portland Convention Center with the lights out on it's twin towers

Dark Skies Help Birds Fly

There are a number of ways we can each contribute to helping safeguard birds on their journeys but one of the easiest things we can do is turn off unnecessary overnight lighting—especially during peak migration—to reduce the fog of skyglow that clouds the skies over our cities and towns, drowning out the stars and luring birds into lit areas.

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Small group of people in large field of tall wheat grass with buckets in their hands walking

Giving Back to Malheur

In 2022, Portland Audubon has a diversity of programs for engaging with Malheur and the Harney Basin. These multiday events are for folks who want to get their hands dirty. Join Portland Audubon and local partners in restoring wildlife habitat in Harney County (and of course doing some great bird watching!).

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On a sunny morning in February, over 65 community volunteers helped plant nearly a thousand native trees and shrubs at Wilkes Creek Headwaters, led by Friends of Trees and partners.

Greening Wilkes

Greening Wilkes is a collaborative project that engages the community surrounding Wilkes City Park and Wilkes Creek Headwaters in outer East Portland in revitalizing and expanding green infrastructure to improve wildlife habitat throughout the neighborhood.

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A photo of a Northern Spotted Owl perched on a mossy branch.

2022 Legislative Agenda

The Oregon Legislature is meeting for a “short session” this year. Only 35 days long, this session moves very quickly, and legislation that is not scheduled for a committee hearing in the first week is largely dead on arrival. Portland Audubon is prioritizing several important wildlife bills that have already cleared this first hurdle.

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