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The Year Ahead: Excitement in the Air

The past year was one of historic accomplishments for Portland Audubon, not only in our facilities and conservation efforts, but in examining the potential for increased diversity, equity, and inclusion to expand our relevance and impact. We would like to share a preview of exciting things to come that — thanks to your support— will continue propelling Portland Audubon forward.

The past year was one of historic accomplishments for Portland Audubon, not only in our facilities and conservation efforts, but in examining the potential for increased diversity, equity, and inclusion to expand our relevance and impact. Honoring the legacy of those who came before us and of those who go unrecognized in the environmental movement is vital to our continued success. We are in the beginning steps of this journey, and look forward to a 2019 that is aspirational, increasingly inclusive, diverse, and bold. We see a future where all work together for nature.

We would like to share a preview of exciting things to come that — thanks to your support— will continue propelling Portland Audubon forward.

Rebuilding & Expanding our Wildlife Care Center

Subject to permitting requirements and fundraising efforts, the Wildlife Care Center will receive a much needed renovation this fall! This major remodel is highly anticipated by all of us at Portland Audubon, as our wildlife rehabilitation program has significantly outgrown our existing facility. After the renovation, we will have greatly improved spaces for our patients with more peace and privacy, better control over the potential spread of pathogens, and the ability to provide more advanced medical care onsite.  With all the facility improvements and our new staff, it’s a very exciting time for our center!

Kids birding - Jill Nelson-Debord
Kids birding - Jill Nelson-Debord
Education: Centering Relationships and Meeting Community Needs

This year, our education programs are expanding afterschool programming to reach youth at Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) and the Latina women empowerment organization Adelante Mujeres, as well as strengthening our longtime relationship with Hacienda CDC and ROSE CDC.  We are committed to building programs that reduce barriers to program participation, and include providing transportation, materials in multiple languages, and meetings with families to alleviate worries about the safety of children in the outdoors. We look forward to continuing to work with partners to develop and deliver high quality environmental education programs that meet our community partners needs. 

Marmot Cabin Expanding our Youth Programs 

In 2018 we completed our first major capital improvement in 27 years with the completion of a greatly expanded Marmot Cabin. This year our Education Team will welcome more campers and Outdoor School students than ever before to experience immersive nature education at Marmot. The spring calendar for Outdoor School is nearly full, and we expect to engage and inspire roughly 400 students through nature investigations, sit-spots, journaling, animal tracking - and so much more!  Marmot will also serve as a home base for numerous summer camp programs, enabling our team to more deeply connect children and youth with the land. In addition to increased programming, the upgrade enables us to expand partnerships, increase scholarships, and become much more accessible so that Marmot Cabin can inspire people of all abilities and backgrounds to love and protect nature. 

Malheur Landscape
Photo by Tara Lemezis
Protecting Wildlife & Habitat Across the Oregon Landscape

We will be working from one end of our state to the other to protect birds and wildlife. At Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, our new Eastern Oregon Field Coordinator, Teresa Wicks, is working with a multitude of partners to restore some of the most important bird habitat in the west. At the coast we will be working to protect coastal rainforests and species like the Northern Spotted Owl and the Marbled Murrelet. Closer to home we will continue to work to ensure the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup is implemented on time and as planned, to develop initiatives to clean-up contaminated brownfields and protect floodplains, and to pass a dark skies initiative to reduce light pollution. We will be expanding our Backyard Habitat Certification Program, delivered in partnership with Columbia Land Trust, into Clark and Washington Counties.

Wildlife Care Center - tm
Wildlife Care Center - tm
Improvements to our Sanctuary

  • An Expansion in the works? As of press time, we are finalizing plans and financing arrangements with a generous neighbor to expand our Sanctuary near the Uhtoff trail to protect more land and expand hiking opportunities at our Portland Sanctuary. As part of the expansion, our staff will be working with Metro, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, and PSU to create a comprehensive management plan for the Sanctuary that will improve habitat and create opportunities to connect with nature for generations to come. Cross your fingers— details to come in the March Warbler!
  • Going Greener - Exciting operational improvements are in the works! We’ve identified areas to promote healthy, equitable systems in all operations with planned upgrades that include water-saving fixtures, green cleaning, sustainable purchasing, green building, and energy efficient lighting.
  • Maintaining our Built Spaces - We look forward to deepening our relationship with Oregon Tradeswomen Inc. and continuing to offer our space as a site for their pre-apprenticeship program. We will carry on hosting crews lead by professional tradeswomen tackling projects that require many hands and skilled labor. 

Launching a New Website & Warbler Newsletter

After listening closely to our community, including members, donors, partners, volunteers and more, this spring we’ll launch our new website, a reformatted Warbler and our new logo. We’re excited to use these new and improved tools to reach more people to better protect Oregon’s wildlife and wild places.

Building on Our Volunteer Program

Volunteers play a vital role in Portland Audubon’s work, providing more than 40% of our work. In 2019 we will expand our outreach and provide more support for our volunteer-empowered workforce.  In partnership with Hands On Portland, beginning with Martin Luther King Day on January 21st, we will provide more service day opportunities for our volunteer community. We are also doubling our volunteer orientations providing more opportunities to get involved. In April, we will step up our appreciation for volunteers with a Volunteer Appreciation Month full of special events with partners like the Oregon Historical Society and REI, and learning experiences from experts in diversity, bird watching, rehab care, and more.

Together for nature, it is the Portland Audubon community that makes or work possible. We are grateful for all you do to support our community’s achievements. If you have any questions, or want to get more deeply involved, please reach out to us!  

Marmot Cabin

 

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