Wilson's Warbler on diagonal branch with green leaves in the background

Rethinking Bird Names

Of the 149 birds of North America that have honorific names, all of them are named after white people. Whether they were named after the “discoverer” of the birds (Wilson’s Warbler, for example, named by Alexander Wilson) or in honor of someone else (like Franklin’s Gull, named in honor of the leader of a scientific expedition), these birds were all named in a time and place where only white men were allowed to be in these positions of power and privilege.

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A photo of blue and purple lights on Tilikum Crossing.

The Quest for Darker Skies over Portland

September is upon us, and the southbound migration of our avian friends is well underway. Artificial light in the night sky drowns out the stars that birds use to navigate, pulling them off course and into lit areas where they can become entrapped in light, in some cases even inadvertently calling other birds into hazardously lit areas.

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Great Horned Owl fledglings perched on a branch.

A Huge Win for Birds: Migratory Bird Treaty Act

“This is a huge win for our wild birds,” said Portland Audubon Conservation Director Bob Sallinger. “The court has now made it clear that the MBTA does in fact protect wild birds from both direct and incidental take and the Trump Administration’s attempt to give bird killing industries a free pass was illegal and will not stand.”

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Two Great Blue Herons standing on a nest facing each other with their bills crossing.

Adapting to a New Reality

Adaptation. It’s a word we’ve been thinking about every day, not in the context of the species we work so hard to protect, but rather how we as individuals and as an organization adapt to our new reality with COVID-19.

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A Western Bluebird stands while holding nesting material in its bill.

The Portland Audubon Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means finding the perfect gifts for our loved ones. For bird and nature lovers, nothing quite hits the spot like something that connects us to the natural world.

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A portrait of a Bobcat sitting on a rock with branches partially covering its face.

Portland Audubon Testimony on Bobcat Killing

Last week, Portland Audubon’s Conservation Director Bob Sallinger provided invited testimony before the Oregon House Interim Committee on Natural Resources on the killing of a juvenile bobcat from Eugene that was killed by state agencies.

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