Black-capped Chickadee puffed up and perched on white branch with snow in the background.

Winter Warm-ups!

Many birds migrate away from the colder regions in winter, but our friends spending the season here have myriad creative adaptations for staying warm.

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Aerial view of Ross Island in Portland OR

Reclaiming Ross Island

Portland Audubon has been engaged with efforts to protect and restore Ross Island for more than 40 years. Although it is no longer operational, a large industrial processing plant sits on Ross Island and its more than a decade behind on obligations to restore both the Ross Island Lagoon and uplands from the impacts of decades of mining by the company.

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Boy with leaf

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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Willamette River 1996 Flood overhead photo

City Takes Big Step Backwards on Floodplain Protections

We have known for decades that floodplain development puts our communities and environment in harm’s way. It’s time to stop talking about climate resilience and actually take steps to do something about it. And while other North American cities are stepping up their environmental programs, the City of Portland appears to be stepping aside…and holding open the door for irresponsible developers.

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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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Portland Audubon monument sign

New Signage and Interpretive Exhibits

Thanks to the many donors who helped us successfully fund this part of the capital campaign, we’re working on a complete overhaul of signage across the Portland Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary, including new indoor hands-on exhibits, outdoor wayfinding, and interpretive displays that teach people about native plants and wildlife, conservation, and history of the land.

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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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