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Reducing Avian Hazards

Red-tailed Hawk flying through downtown Portland, where windows pose a threat to birds - Bob Sallinger
Red-tailed Hawk flying through downtown Portland, where windows pose a threat to birds - Bob Sallinger

The Audubon Society of Portland's primary conservation focus is on protecting wildlife habitat, but we also work to address the most serious hazards to birds across our landscape.

Lead in the Environment
Lead is poisonous to humans and animals alike. While the toxin has been banned from items like paint and pipes, it is still legal to use lead ammunition for hunting animals other than waterfowl in the state of Oregon, a practice that poses a threat to wild birds that eat meat or scavenge.

Bird-safe Buildings
Portland's location in the Pacific Flyway brings 209 species of both migrant and resident birds into our airspace. Many are then drawn into the urban landscape, where they face an insidious hazard that kills millions of birds annually: window glass. Learn about ways to reduce bird-window strikes.

Climate Change
Climate change is currently the greatest threat to our planet’s diversity of life, and its impacts are already being felt by not only wildlife and plants but by humans as well. Changes in temperature are rapidly altering ecosystems around the world, and for birds, these shifts place many species in danger of accelerated population declines and even extinction.

Cats and Wildlife
Every cat deserves a safe home where it is loved, cared for and kept free from hazards. Yet thousands of cats die in local shelters each year and tens of thousands of stray and feral cats roam our urban landscape vulnerable to a variety of risks and preying on our native wildlife. Cats Safe at Home TM seeks to address the challenges associated with cat overpopulation in the Portland metropolitan area in a humane and environmentally responsible manner.

Pesticides and Contaminants
The Audubon Society of Portland is working at multiple scales to reduce the risks posed by pesticides and other environmental contaminants to wild birds, other wildlife and human populations.

Responsible Renewable Energy Development
Climate change represents the greatest current threat to our native biodiversity and Portland Audubon strongly supports the development of renewable energy sources. However, it is also critical that these new energy sources be developed in a manner that minimizes impacts to native wildlife.

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