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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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Catio Tour stop from 2021 tour

Ten Years of Catio Tours

When Portland Audubon and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon (FCCO) present the Catio Tour in mid-September it will mark the tenth anniversary of this event and more than a quarter century of successful collaboration between our two groups.

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Flooding in Cathedral Park

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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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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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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Mason Bee on lavendar flowers

The Small but Mighty Mason Bee

The early arrival of mason bees is important for local ecosystems and backyards because mason bees are extraordinary pollinators. In fact, one mason bee can pollinate as many flowers as nearly one hundred honeybees!

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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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