Quinn Read at the Sanctuary

Continuing Over a Century of Conservation at Portland Audubon

This opportunity to work with Portland Audubon feels like coming full circle. I am deeply humbled to join an organization that has been shaped by visionary leaders, like Bob Sallinger, and it’s an honor to be a part of this unparalleled community of staff, activists, volunteers, students, and supporters. I look forward to working with you, together for nature.

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Quinn Read

Portland Audubon Welcomes Our New Conservation Director, Quinn Read

We are thrilled to welcome our new conservation director, Quinn Read, to the Portland Audubon flock. Quinn has been a major player in the Oregon environmental movement for more than a decade. Whether she’s collaborating with partners or fighting down in Salem, we’re excited for Quinn’s leadership to help continue Portland Audubon’s 121 legacy of protecting the natural world.

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A photo of a drone hovering over the beach at sunset.

Minimizing Drone Impacts to Wildlife in Oregon State Parks

In recent years recreational drone use has skyrocketed, reflecting a nationwide trend. This in turn has led to increasing disturbances to birds, marine mammals, and other wildlife. Such disturbances have been documented to negatively impact nesting success of many bird species.

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Two dogs on the beach disturbing a nesting Snowy Plover

Coastal Birds Face a Growing Threat: Wildlife Disturbance

Vulnerable birds, like threatened Snowy Plovers, that use our coastline have evolved over thousands of years to deal with the hazards of near-constant wind, rip tides and storm surges, hot and cold weather, and predators stealing eggs and young. Only in the last century have they had to deal with a high volume of people recreating directly within their nesting areas.

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Lights Out, Oregon!

A recent study on the change in visibility of stars from 2011 to 2022 shows that sky brightness is increasing globally by nearly 10% per year, effectively doubling sky brightness every eight years. Light pollution not only robs us of our own view of the heavens, it also has serious ecological consequences, with demonstrated impacts on over 200 species of birds, fish, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates, and plants.

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A Voice for Wildlife: Volunteer Wildlife Solutions Counselors

Anyone could answer the phone and provide our address and some simple instructions about where to take an injured bird or animal. But the Solutions Counselor role goes far beyond that. “The heart of the job is both supporting and providing guidance to those in crisis,” says Solutions Counselor Roberta Jortner.

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