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Voters Resoundingly Support Ballot Measure 26-225 for Parks and Nature

Voters in the Metro Region resoundingly supported Ballot Measure 26-225 which renews Metro’s Parks and Nature Levy for another five years. This continues a long tradition of voters across the region strongly supporting protection and restoration of our natural environment and ensuring equitable access to nature for all of the region’s residents.

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The Future of the Name Audubon

Over the last few years, coinciding with a time of racial reckoning, the birding community has been rethinking its relationship with the John James Audubon name. That the name Audubon celebrates a slaveholder who held white supremacist views goes against that ethic and commitment. That’s why Portland Audubon supports a name change that would echo across all Audubon chapters.

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How the Oregon Audubon Society Saved Egrets in Oregon

Portland Audubon has dedicated 120 years of dedicated service protecting birds and their habitat across the state. We look back and celebrate one of the many ways Oregon has been changed for the better due to an early advocacy campaign that helped save Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and other waterbirds in Southern Oregon.

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City Considers New Protections for Floodplains

In November of 2021, the City of Portland released a draft Floodplain Resilience Plan “to reduce the impacts of future flooding and the degradation of floodplain habitat for endangered and threatened fish species.” The plan is a direct result of a lawsuit brought by Portland Audubon and other conservation groups against the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Audubon Society of Portland v. FEMA) in 2011.

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Meet Stuart Wells, Portland Audubon’s New Executive Director

Portland Audubon is thrilled to welcome our new executive director, Stuart Wells, to the Portland Audubon flock. We wanted to start off his tenure by helping our community get to know Stuart, his background, and why he’s so passionate about protecting habitat and wildlife and connecting people with nature.

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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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Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Q&A

The USDA confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in two non-commercial backyard flocks in Linn County OR and Pacific County WA, the first confirmed cases of this strain (H5N1 Eurasian strain) of avian influenza in Washington and Oregon.

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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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