Protecting and Restoring Wildlife Habitat
The Portland metropolitan region is home to a rich variety of wildlife and an incredible network of natural areas. Audubon is collaborating with local communities to protect these urban wildlife populations and ensure access to nature for all residents.
Oregon’s ocean, which has always seemed so bountiful and impervious to human interference, is showing signs of serious stress. Climate change, pollution, coastal development, and past overfishing are just some of the factors causing troubling changes in Oregon’s marine habitats and creatures.
Elliott State Forest
In the Southern Oregon Coast Range northeast of Coos Bay lie 93,000 acres of state-owned forestland. The Elliott State Forest contains more than 41,000 acres of untouched mature native forest and some of the most productive and pristine streams for Coho and Chinook Salmon in the Coast Range. The forest provides a stronghold of critical habitat for federally threatened Marbled Murrelets and Northern Spotted Owls.
East Sand Island
East Sand Island is a remarkable place. Historically no more than a shifting sandbar, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stabilized the island and used it to deposit dredge spoils from the 1940s into the 1980s. Today the island encompasses nearly 60 acres and is home to an incredible assortment of birds.
Klamath National Wildlife Refuge
The Klamath Basin's productive wetlands and strategic location along a migration corridor have made it one of the continent’s most important parcels of waterfowl habitat.
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge
Despite its importance to birds and other wild animals, Malheur's wildlife potential has been severely undermined by invasive species. The Audubon Society of Portland and partners are working with refuge staff to restore Malheur.
Steens Mountain is one of Oregon’s most iconic landscapes and is an internationally recognized Important Bird Area. Located in southeast Oregon, Steens Mountain is the largest fault block mountain in North America, rising more than 10,000 feet above the desert floor and stretching for more than 50 miles. It is home to Golden Eagles, Sage Grouse, pronghorn and myriad other species.
Conservation groups have launched a new campaign, "Oregon, Home of the Clearcut." Sadly, the era of clearcuts is far from over. The campaign and its website call attention to the dismal way we continue to manage our forests and new emerging threats.
State of the Birds
Oregon is an amazing place for birds - nearly 400 species use the state for some part of their life cycle. However, many of our native bird species are in trouble.
Oregon's Important Bird Areas
An “Important Bird Area” is a site of outstanding importance to bird conservation.