Conservation: Your Voice is Needed More Than Ever

The COVID-19 response, if nothing else, opens our eyes to the potential to make rapid and fundamental change. The skies clearing over formerly smog-shrouded cities and the wildlife emerging onto quieted landscapes serve as fleeting ghosts of a future possible…if we are willing to make real change. 

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Progress Report: City of Portland Dark Skies Program

May opens with a heavenly bang: on Thursday, May 7, night sky enthusiasts can look to the eastern horizon at sunset and watch the rise of the last of this year’s three full “supermoons.” These occur when the moon’s full phase coincides with the moon’s closest approach to the earth in its lunar orbit…thus appearing especially large and lustrous. It’s a beacon of wonder in the night sky, and a bold invitation to support our dark skies initiatives here at Portland Audubon!

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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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