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Portland to go 'lights out' to save the birds
Sep 20, 2018
PORTLAND, Ore. — Look toward the Oregon Convention Center after nine o'clock Friday night Sept 21st and you'll notice that those normally glowing towers will be dark.
Marbled Murrelet officially listed as endangered species in Oregon
Feb 09, 2018
The Oregonian
The Marbled Murrelet, a threatened seabird that nests in old-growth forests throughout the Pacific Northwest, is officially an endangered species in Oregon.
Out of the Nest: Volunteers Help Collect Cormorant Data at Cape Falcon
Oct 18, 2017
The Daily Astorian
Audubon Society of Portland trying to save bald eagle found with gunshot wound
Jun 29, 2017
Investigators with the Oregon State Police say they have no leads in the case of a bald eagle that was shot near Gaston and are now asking for the public's help. The eagle is still alive and is now receiving care at the Audubon Society of Portland.
Seabirds Disappear In The Midst Of Plans To Shoot Them
Jun 15, 2017
For the second year in a row, thousands of cormorants have vacated their nesting grounds at the mouth of the Columbia River, derailing a plan to shoot and kill the seabirds to protect fish.
Final Portland Superfund plan: $1.05 billion cleanup over 13 years
Jan 06, 2017
The Oregonian
At long last, federal officials released the final plan to clean up thousands of acres of contaminated soil and toxic materials along a 10-mile stretch of the Willamette River in Portland.
Time for leadership on the Elliott State Forest
Dec 12, 2016
Statesman Journal
This week Gov. Kate Brown and the State Land Board have an important choice. They can set in motion a process to ensure that the Elliott State Forest is protected in perpetuity as public land for the benefit of the people, fish and wildlife of Oregon, or they can sell these public lands off to a private timber company that intends to return the forest to logging levels that flagrantly violate the federal law and puts species such as spotted owls, marbled murrelets and Coho salmon at direct risk.
Iconic Portland buildings to go dark in campaign to cut light pollution
Sep 20, 2016
Sept. 30 is the kickoff of an ambitious campaign by the Audubon Society of Portland to cut down on light pollution in an effort to save energy and the lives of migrating birds.
Catio Tour Promotes Safe Backyard Habitat For Cats and Birds
Sep 16, 2016
Four years ago, Portland’s cat and bird advocates teamed up to promote a solution to this problem: Catios are enclosed outdoor patios that aim to protect both cats and backyard wildlife.
More than 100 people gathered Wednesday to witness bald eagle release
Sep 01, 2016
The Daily News Online
Two weeks before her 102nd birthday, Kelso resident Sophie Salsa witnessed a special moment Wednesday: the release of a rehabilitated bald eagle at Willow Grove Park.
Protesters Call For Feds To Stop Killing Cormorants
May 17, 2016
Dozens of protesters rallied outside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Portland Tuesday, calling for federal officials to stop killing cormorants on the Columbia River.
Rallies in Portland, Eugene, other NW cities implore Malheur occupiers to go home
Jan 19, 2016
As hundreds of nature lovers and conservationist gathered Tuesday at Northeast Portland's Holladay Park, a red-tail hawk soared above and gave a loud screech. The crowd cheered, celebrating the symbolism during a rally calling for Ammon Bundy and his anti-government group to end their armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as it entered its third week.
Conservation groups denounce Oregon occupiers, saying this is not what Republican Teddy Roosevelt envisioned at all
Jan 05, 2016
The Washington Post
Conservation groups are bristling at the takeover by antigovernment protesters of a federal wildlife sanctuary in Oregon, warning that the armed group is endangering the refuge’s fragile ecosystem.
Why did those Oregon protesters pick a wildlife refuge to make their stand?
Jan 05, 2016
Christian Science Monitor
Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, an 188,000-acre sanctuary founded by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908, is now a subject noted by more than just avid birdwatchers.
Put a bird on it: Tattoos raise cash for Audubon's feathered flock
Nov 19, 2015
Portland Tribune
On Sunday, November 15, Wonderland Tattoos raised $5,850 in support of Audubon Society of Portland as part of the Willamette Week’s Give Guide by donating an entire day of their work devoted to bird-themed tattoos.
Paint a bird on it! Popular 6x6-inch bird art back at Portland's Wild Arts Festival
Nov 18, 2015
The Oregonian
Every year original canvas paintings by some 200 local artists sell out quickly and almost completely, according to festival organizers. At $45 per painting, that makes the "6x6 Wild Art Project" an easy $9,000 part of the fundraiser that last year raised roughly $175,000.
Meet the birds of the Wild Arts Festival
Nov 17, 2015
There is a lot of art that features nature and wildlife, but this weekend, you can see both the art and its real life subjects right here in Portland. It's the 35th Annual Wild Arts Festival, featuring 64 artists and 32 authors, all using nature or wildlife as a subject or medium.
Study: Coyotes now common throughout Portland area
Nov 06, 2015
A new study shows that Coyotes are becoming a common sight in Portland.
Portland Considers Nation’s Strongest Fossil Fuel Restrictions
Oct 28, 2015
The Portland Mercury
ON WEDNESDAY, November 4, Portland City Council will consider a pair of resolutions that, if passed, will help the city make good on its green reputation. Portland appears on the verge of saying "no" to new fossil fuel activity.
Port donation adds to Ross Island habitat land
Oct 21, 2015
Portland Tribune
The Port of Portland will donate approximately two acres it owns of Ross Island to the city of Portland. The property is located at the northern tip of the island, just east of the South Waterfront neighborhood.
Big corporations can afford to pay for Willamette Superfund cleanup (OPINION)
Oct 10, 2015
The Oregonian
In its editorial on the Willamette River Superfund cleanup, The Oregonian/OregonLive editorial board overlooked one important stakeholder: the community.
Neighborhood howls for help
Oct 09, 2015
Portland Tribune
Frustration over an increasingly visible pack of coyotes in the North Gresham Neighborhood has some residents concerned.
Video Offers First Glimpse Of Cormorant Killings On Columbia River
Sep 23, 2015
The public is getting its first glimpse of the government’s killing of thousands of sea birds near Astoria.
My View: Killing cormorants is senseless slaughter
May 07, 2015
Portland Tribune
In a matter of days the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could begin killing thousands of double-crested cormorants at East Sand Island at the mouth of the Columbia River. Their crime: doing what comes naturally, eating fish.
Nadaka Nature Park gives Gresham families more access to outdoors
Apr 29, 2015
The Oregonian
For Reyna Alvarado, the freshly upgraded 12-acre Nadaka Nature Park in Gresham's Wilkes East neighborhood is a family affair.
Suit filed to block cormorant culling
Apr 28, 2015
Portland Tribune
Birds not to blame for Columbia salmon decline, plaintiffs say
Wildlife groups sue Corps over cormorants
Apr 23, 2015
The Daily Astorian
The Wildlife Center of the North Coast joins lawsuit against cormorant killing
Lawsuit seeks to stop government from killing Oregon birds
Apr 21, 2015
Reuters Business Insider
PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Five conservation and animal welfare groups have filed a lawsuit to stop the federal government from killing thousands of native birds on an Oregon island in the name of saving salmon, activists said Tuesday.
Lawsuit filed to halt Corps of Engineers' killing of cormorants
Apr 21, 2015
The Daily News
A lawsuit to block a federal plan to kill thousands of double-crested cormorants in the Columbia River Estuary is no surprise, according to federal officials.
Mother's Day idea: Trees are a lasting gift to honor moms, loved ones
Apr 21, 2015
The Oregonian
"Look I found a worm!"
Permit allows killing of East Sand Island birds to begin
Apr 20, 2015
Chinook Observer
A permit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers needed to proceed with its plan to kill thousands of double-crested cormorants nesting on the Lower Columbia River’s East Sand Island is now in place — and so is the first lawsuit.
Lawsuit filed to stop shooting of salmon-munching cormorants in Columbia estuary
Apr 20, 2015
The Oregonian
Conservation groups have filed a lawsuit to stop plans to shoot more than 10,000 double-crested cormorants in the Columbia River Estuary.
Portland torn over $500m terminal: could fracking creep into a 'green' city?
Apr 18, 2015
The Guardian
Portland’s claim to lead US cities in combating climate change is under threat from plans to build a $500m terminal to export gas pumped from fracking in Canada.
Pushing for a Pipeline
Apr 15, 2015
Portland Mercury
How a $500 Million Fuel Facility Nearly Crept into North Portland
Nadaka Nature Park opens
Apr 13, 2015
Portland Tribune
It seemed like no accident on April 4 that the sun peeked out from behind the clouds just as Lee Dayfield began speaking to the crowd that had gathered for the grand opening of the Nadaka Nature Park and Garden.
Propane terminal gets nod, moves to City Council
Apr 08, 2015
Portland Tribune
The Portland City Council will decide the fate of a $500 million propane export terminal in North Portland, after the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission grudgingly approved a zone change to enable the controversial project Tuesday night.
Portland bans 'neonicotinoid' pesticide
Apr 01, 2015
Portland Tribune
The Portland City Council on Wednesday voted to ban the use of neonicioinoid pesticides, which the city currently uses at the International Rose Test Garden in Washington Park and at Peninsula Park.
Portland bans use of insecticides believed to be harmful to bees on city property
Apr 01, 2015
The Oregonian
Portland banned the use of neonicotinoid insecticides, a wide-ranging classification of chemical pest killers, on city-owned property.
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to Kill Thousands of Cormorants: There Will Be Blood
Mar 31, 2015
Huffington Post
In August 2014 I wrote an essay called "Birds and Us: Should Cormorants Be Killed to Save Salmon?" in response to Felicity Barringer's essay in the New York Times called "Taking Up Arms Where Birds Feast on Buffet of Salmon." Ms. Barringer's essay dealt with the situation in Oregon's Columbia River where salmon living in the river were killed off due to hydroelectric dams, and are now increasing in number.
Audubon to file suit over bird 'slaughter'
Mar 26, 2015
Portland Tribune
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released a plan to kill 11,000 double-breasted cormorants that live on East Sand Island in the Columbia River Estuary to keep them from preying on salmon and steelhead.
Controversial plan would kill cormorants to save salmon
Mar 25, 2015
ASTORIA, Ore. -- The Army Corps of Engineers plans to kill as many as 11,000 Double Crested Cormorants on East Sand Island at the mouth of the Columbia River.
Portland considering banning certain insecticides on city property
Mar 25, 2015
The Oregonian
Portland is considering banning from use on city-owned property a class of insecticides implicated in widespread bee deaths.
Plans moving forward to cut size of cormorant colony
Mar 24, 2015
Chinook Observer
CHINOOK — Despite objections from bird advocates, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is moving forward with a plan to kill thousands of double-crested cormorants on a small island at the mouth of the Columbia River near Chinook.
Audubon Society threatens lawsuit over seabird killing plan
Mar 21, 2015
The Bulletin
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' plan to kill 11,000 seabirds at the mouth of the Columbia River to help protect young salmon has drawn the threat of a lawsuit from the Audubon Society of Portland.
Shocked hawk receives skin graft for burns
Mar 20, 2015
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A red-tailed hawk who was found late last year tangled in a Vancouver, Wash. power line received a skin graft treatment for its burns.
Audubon Society threatens lawsuit over Army Corps' bird-killing plan
Mar 20, 2015
The Oregonian
The Audubon Society of Portland has notified the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that it will sue if the agency follows through with plans to kill 11,000 seabirds at the mouth of the Columbia River.
For the birds: Audubon gets new leader
Mar 12, 2015
Portland Tribune
The Audubon Society of Portland was crowded with school groups as usual last Thursday morning.
Why Portland's budget-busting sewer building is killing birds
Mar 12, 2015
The Oregonian
The budget-busting sewer building that recently cost Portland's longest-tenured administrator his job is now taking more victims: birds.
Adviser to John Kitzhaber collected nearly $400,000 from state while running consulting firm on the side
Mar 11, 2015
The Oregonian
A policy adviser to John Kitzhaber collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from the state while also running a consulting business on the side, The Oregonian/OregonLive has learned.
Native plant sales in Washington County herald coming of spring
Mar 11, 2015
The Oregonian
A sure sign of spring in Washington County is the number of plant sales that take place in March and April. Most of the sales listed below feature native plants, and all offer at least some plants native to this region.
Refuges have deadline to complete plan
Mar 07, 2015
Herald and News
A U.S. District Court Judge issued a preliminary finding Thursday ordering the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to complete a “Comprehensive Conservation Plan” (CCP) for Lower Klamath and Tule Lake national wildlife refuges.
Feds must create conservation plans for Lower Klamath, Tule Lake wildlife refuges
Mar 05, 2015
The Oregonian
Federal fish and wildlife managers must complete a plan to ensure commercial activities at two Northwest federal wildlife refuges do not harm wildlife, a U.S. District Court judge has ruled.
Portland Parks Foundation executive director leaving to head Audubon Society of Portland
Mar 04, 2015
The Oregonian
Nick Hardigg is leaving the Portland Parks Foundation to head the Audubon Society of Portland.
Business Movers: Nick Hardigg, Audubon Society; Anthony Trunzo, FEI Company; Paula Almarez, Hispanic Chamber
Mar 03, 2015
The Oregonian
After an extensive nationwide search, Nick Hardigg has been appointed as the next executive director of the Audubon Society of Portland. He will begin in his new role March 23.
Green pros and cons of propane terminal
Feb 19, 2015
Portland Tribune
Is propane a kinder and gentler fossil fuel?
Lead-ammo bill: Talk of bones and bullets and gut piles
Feb 19, 2015
Statesman Journal
Sounding more like a forensics round table than a discussion about a fish and wildlife bill, speakers and members of the House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources on Thursday, Feb. 19, spent a good deal of time talking about wound tracks, bullet velocity and fragmentation when a major bone is hit, gut piles and blood-shot meat.
Citizen Scientists Generate Big Data For Annual Bird Count
Feb 16, 2015
Downy woodpecker, dark-eyed junco, tufted titmouse. These are just a few of the most popular birds to have been sighted in last year’s Great Backyard Bird Count, when in 2014, bird enthusiasts from 135 countries participated in counting over 4,000 species.
Don't Worry About All Those Attacks By Hat-Stealing Oregon Owl
Feb 11, 2015
Huffington Post
WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO wouldn’t be a little concerned over all the owl attacks over the past month?
Move to protect West Hayden Island leaves few people happy
Feb 10, 2015
Portland Tribune
Area off development map for now, but may be tapped later
Corps Finalizes Plan To Kill Thousands Of Columbia River Cormorants
Feb 06, 2015
A final cormorant management plan released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Friday calls for the killing of around 26,000 birds to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead.
U.S. government plans to cull 11,000 Oregon birds to save salmon
Feb 06, 2015
(Reuters) - The federal government has plans to kill nearly 11,000 double crested cormorants on a small Oregon island over four years in an effort to save embattled salmon, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said on Friday.
East Sand Island cormorant plan calls for shooting 11,000 birds, destroying 26,000 nests
Feb 06, 2015
The Oregonian
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scaled back its plan to kill thousands of federally protected migratory birds to keep them from eating endangered juvenile salmon and steelhead at the mouth of the Columbia River.
'Bird nerds' flock to county hot spots this winter
Jan 28, 2015
Portland Tribune
Most people see yellow birds, blue birds and brown birds. But Shawneen Finnegan, Vern Beeson, Phil Kahler and other bird watching enthusiasts see American Goldfinches (Carduelis tristis), Lazuli Buntings (Passerina amoena) and Song Sparrows (Melospiza melodia).
Check out birds of prey on Feb. 7 'Raptor Road Trip'
Jan 21, 2015
Statesman Journal
Join Portland Audubon Society, Metro and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on Feb. 7 for a "Raptor Road Trip" on Sauvie Island west of Portland on the Columbia River.
Bird flu in Oregon poses no danger to humans, but backyard chickens beware
Jan 16, 2015
The Oregonian
If the news that a wild mallard in Oregon has tested positive for bird flu has you alarmed, put down the face mask and step away from the hand sanitizer.
Bring on the birds and the bees, and butterflies
Jan 15, 2015
Portland Tribune
It used to be the only critter spotted in Jinnet Powel’s North Portland backyard was an occasional chicken running madly about. Now it’s common — even during winter — to find cedar waxwings, golden crowned kinglets, chickadees, and bush tits, to name a few.
Critics, supporters turn out en masse on proposed propane terminal
Jan 15, 2015
Portland Tribune
About 300 people turned out Tuesday for the first public hearing on a proposed half-billion-dollar propane terminal in North Portland.
Accessible urban trail offers wild views
Jan 14, 2015
The Reflector
The La Center Bottoms Trail is easy to access and simple to traverse, but that doesn’t make the views and wildlife sightings any less spectacular
Opponents Ask Portland To Reject Propane Export Terminal
Jan 13, 2015
Hundreds of people attended a Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission meeting Tuesday as it considered a zoning decision for a controversial propane export terminal.
The center of attention
Jan 13, 2015
Oregon Coast Today
Cape Perpetua Visitor Center's Winter Series celebrates where land meets sea
Hearing gives public chance to weigh in on propane plant
Jan 12, 2015
Portland Tribune
A Canadian company hoping to erect a $500 million propane terminal along the Columbia River gets its first real taste of public process, Portland-style, on Tuesday.
Bald eagle, hawk excite avian counters
Jan 05, 2015
Portland Tribune
The first Saturday in January is always noteworthy for one major activity — the annual Audubon Society of Portland Christmas Bird Count.
Portland propane export project hits environmental snag
Dec 26, 2014
The Oregonian
A Canadian energy company’s plan to make Portland a propane-export hub seemed foolproof.
Offshore havens
Dec 18, 2014
Portland Tribune
Conservation leaders in Oregon are eager to get the word out about Oregon’s new network of state marine reserves, which turns 6 years old next month and continues to expand, including two new ones added in January. Six environmental groups formed a new partnership that seeks the public’s help in their safekeeping, and they created a new website, www.oregonmarinereserves.org.
Environmental groups lining up against propane terminal at Port
Dec 17, 2014
Portland Tribune
Environmental groups are starting to mobilize in opposition to a planned $500 million propane terminal proposed at the Port of Portland.
Portland crows died from pesticide, lab tests show; federal investigation continues
Dec 17, 2014
The Oregonian
Lab tests have confirmed that a pesticide caused the deaths of more than two dozen crows found in downtown Portland, but investigators still don't know if the birds were intentionally poisoned.
Thousands of Canada geese stop by for a little lunch at Reedville Creek Park (video)
Dec 09, 2014
The Oregonian
I was driving north on Cornelius Pass Road in Hillsboro the second week of December when I noticed thousands of Canada geese in Reedville Creek Park. Like any good journalist, I decided to stop and chat.
Elliott State Forest sale would end reliance on timber harvests to fund schools
Dec 09, 2014
The Oregonian
The Elliott State Forest appears to be headed toward a sale.
Klamath objections included in committee records
Dec 04, 2014
The Bulletin
WASHINGTON — The Senate Energy and Natural Resource Committee’s “Official Committee Record” of a June hearing on the Klamath Basin water-sharing deal includes objections raised by environmental groups and several tribes.
Federal wildlife authorities to investigate mysterious crow die-off in downtown Portland
Dec 01, 2014
The Oregonian
Federal wildlife investigators are making plans to perform necropsies on some of the crows found dead in downtown Portland last week, hoping to determine what killed the birds, officials said Monday.
Audubon Society says poisoning emerging as most likely cause of mass downtown Portland crow die-off
Nov 28, 2014
The Oregonian
Investigators believe that corn found in the stomachs of a large number of crows that were found dead in downtown Portland earlier this week indicates that the birds were likely poisoned intentionally.
Willamette Superfund cleanup must happen soon and thoroughly: Guest opinion
Nov 27, 2014
The Oregonian
Over 10 miles of the Willamette River, from near downtown Portland to Sauvie Island (known as Portland Harbor), is heavily polluted with industrial contaminants. These contaminants, such as PCBs, heavy metals and the remnants of DDT, can significantly impair the health of humans who use the river, the fish living in the river and wildlife along the river.
Dead crows in Downtown Portland parks, police seek the cause
Nov 26, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. – About 30 crows were found dead in the waterfront park area Wednesday morning and the Audubon Society is helping police find out why the birds died.
Crows found dead, ill in downtown Portland
Nov 26, 2014
The Oregonian
Portland police and firefighters were called Wednesday morning to investigate a mass die-off of crows in parts of downtown.
Crow seizures: 30 birds dead in Portland parks
Nov 26, 2014
The Seattle Times
PORTLAND — Police say 30 dead crows have been found in downtown Portland parks after reports that they were having seizures.
Crows mysteriously dying in downtown Portland
Nov 26, 2014
Portland Tribune
Crows are suddenly dying in Portland and nobody knows why.
Audubon Society investigating mysterious crow die-off, fears poisoning
Nov 26, 2014
The Oregonian
Disease or some environmental factor may have caused the deaths of at least 30 crows in downtown Portland on Wednesday morning, but intentional poisoning remains a worrying possibility.
Should the U.S. kill 16,000 birds to save salmon?
Nov 20, 2014
Every year, millions of salmon make their way up the Columbus River to create the next generation of fish. They search for the spawning grounds in which they came into the world and procreate.
Artists flock to studio spaces: Wild Arts Festival benefits the Portland Audubon Society
Nov 19, 2014
The Oregonian
How do artists create a space to work? It's not easy. A studio takes money to rent and outfit with equipment. Just ask the five professional artists whose garden pieces will be displayed at the 34th Wild Arts Festival, Nov. 22-23 in Northwest Portland's Montgomery Park.
Backyard Habitat Certification expands into Gresham and Fairview
Nov 18, 2014
Portland Tribune
More Gresham and Fairview residents will be sprucing up their yards and gardens to attract more birds, bees and other wildlife.
Birds, be happy: Backyard habitat program expands to Gresham and Fairview
Nov 17, 2014
The Oregonian
The Backyard Habitat Certification Program helps people who want to encourage wildlife, control invasive weeds and garden sustainably at home.
'Is this art machine washable?' Forest Grove apparel artist hits Portland Audubon's Wild Arts Festival
Nov 15, 2014
The Oregonian
Brie Kriebel wanted to keep all her fingers, and she'd already struggled with allergic reactions to the sawdust in her husband's cabinetry shop. So she left Hardwood Design and sought her degree in apparel design, trading the bandsaw's militant rise and fall for the flutter of a sewing machine.
Put a bird on it - or maybe 5,000 of them
Nov 13, 2014
Portland Tribune
Noah Strycker has lived for months at a time in some of the most remote places on Earth — Antarctica, Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands, the volcano fields of Hawaii, the Amazonian Ecuador, the Australian Outback and the Farallon Islands — doing nothing but studying birds.
Killing Barred Owls to Save Spotted Owls? Let's Stop Bloody Conservation Practices
Nov 05, 2014
Huffington Post
A recent essay in the magazine Conservation by science writer Warren Cornwall called "There Will Be Blood" is a must read for anyone interested in keeping up with current discussions and debates about the supposed need to kill animals of one species to save those of another species. The question at hand in this fine essay is, "Should barred owls be killed to save endangered spotted owls?" (See also "Birds and Us: Should Cormorants Be Killed to Save Salmon?").
New Ocean Partnership to Improve Awareness of Oregon's Marine Reserves and Protected Areas
Oct 21, 2014
(NEWPORT, Ore.) - A new partnership focused on sharing information, promoting science and cooperative research, and engaging citizens in Oregon’s marine reserves and protected areas has launched.
Say g'bye to summer hummers once global climate warms
Oct 16, 2014
Portland Tribune
For a good part of the year, the colorful rufous hummingbird can be spotted all over Portland. After nesting and breeding here in the summer and fall, these feisty hummers migrate some 2,000 miles southward to winter in Mexico. But over the next few decades, the tiny bird is expected to become increasingly rare in Portland. Climate change is likely to alter its travel plans, which include the longest annual migration of any hummingbird species.
Biologist will share experiences of a dozen Alaska summers
Oct 12, 2014
Statesman Journal
Biologist Joe Liebezeit will share his experiences during 12 summers spent in the Alaska Arctic on Oct. 21 in Salem.
Oregon Zoo hosts comedy night to benefit Audubon Society of Portland, Tanzanian carnivores
Oct 06, 2014
The Oregonian
The Oregon Zoo is hosting a comedy night Nov. 1 to benefit the Audubon Society of Portland and large carnivores in Tanzania.
A fine feathered festival
Oct 05, 2014
The Columbian
It was clear on Sunday afternoon that 8-year-old Isaiah Criss is a fan of birds.
Will The California Condor Put Lead Bullets On The Endangered Ammo List?
Oct 02, 2014
PORTLAND — Inside the operating room at the Portland Audubon Society Wildlife Care Center, head veterinarian Deb Sheaffer is carefully inserting a syringe into the shoulder of an injured red-tail hawk.
City's island plans put neighbors on edge
Sep 30, 2014
Portland Tribune
Plans for marine trade terminals on West Hayden Island are back on the table — but not if neighbors and environmentalists have their way.
The Bird Lady of Kenton asks, 'Where oh where did my little birds go?'
Sep 29, 2014
The Oregonian
The Bird Lady of Kenton watched and waited, but the swifts never came.
Free hot dogs and drinks Saturday at Gresham's annual Nadaka Festival celebrating forested park
Sep 26, 2014
The Oregonian
The fourth annual Nadaka Community Festival and Clean-up happening Saturday at Gresham's 12-acre nature park is a chance for families to get to know the forested haven in the heart of the city that dedicated volunteers have been maintaining and improving for the last six years.
Swift aggravation
Sep 25, 2014
Portland Tribune
On a clear Thursday evening a crowd somewhere north of 1,000 has gathered behind and around Chapman School in Northwest Portland for what has become an annual almost-autumn ritual — watching thousands of tiny birds descend into the school chimney for the night.
Audubon Society Conservation Director Calls City's West Side Plan "A Major Disappointment"
Aug 07, 2014
Willamette Week
Two committee members helping to craft a city plan for the next 20 years of Portland's West Side have issued a scathing criticism of the plan's environmental goals.
Injured owl spotted in road, taken to emergency vet clinic
Jul 21, 2014
Fox 12 Oregon
HUBBARD, OR (KPTV) - Two women saw what they thought was a pair of eyes in the roadway looking back at them in Hubbard.
A Debate On The Proposed Killing Of Cormorants To Save Salmon
Jul 10, 2014
Jefferson Public Radio
PORTLAND -- The public got its first chance to weigh in on the government's plan to kill nearly 16,000 cormorants nesting on an island near the mouth of the Columbia River.
Climate change prompting Arctic birds to breed early
Jun 26, 2014
Business Standard
Earlier spring seasons and snow-melt brought about by climate change are causing migratory birds that breed in the Arctic Alaska to breed sooner, says a study.
Corps Plans To Kill Nearly 16,000 Cormorants Nesting In Columbia River
Jun 12, 2014
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to kill nearly 16,000 cormorants nesting in the Columbia River estuary in an effort to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead.
Not Much Refuge In Klamath Basin For Migratory Birds
Jun 10, 2014
The nation’s original waterfowl refuge may be too dry this year to provide much hospitality for migratory birds arriving in the Klamath Basin.
Weed removal halts during nesting season
Jun 06, 2014
Hillsboro Tribune
As April showers gave rise to May flowers, many agricultural producers, nursery owners and homeowners put an end to putting off that least fun of all maintenance projects: weed removal. Yet local conservationists recommend proceeding with caution right now when it comes to removing blackberry, ivy, scotch broom and other weeds that form dense thickets.
Coyote warning signs in SE Portland go up after cat killed
Jun 05, 2014
The Oregonian
Trisha Bradford's old black cat Max mostly lived outdoors, but he never strayed far, preferring in his old age to lounge on her back porch. With the yard enclosed by a cyclone fence and protected with tall shrubs, she figured he was safe.
Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon seeking catio entries for second-annual fall tour
May 30, 2014
The Oregonian
Do you think your catio is the cat's pajamas? If so, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon wants to feature it in its second-annual catio tour this September. The organization and the Audubon Society of Portland have formed an unusual alliance as a result of their similar goals. The groups believe that reducing the number of free-roaming pet cats is healthier for cats and wildlife, and are part of a campaign encouraging people to keep cats indoors.
Audubon Society Seeks Citizen Scientists to Monitor Cape Perpetua Seabird Colonies
May 29, 2014
The Lincoln County Dispatch
The Audubon Society of Portland is starting a citizen science project to monitor seabird nesting colonies adjacent to the recently designated Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve.
Celebrate the official Portland bird
May 28, 2014
Portland Tribune
The Great Blue Heron stabs big fish with its thin but dangerous beak, swallowing them whole down its S-shaped neck. In the 19th century, they were hunted for their beautiful blue plumes to decorate ladies' hats.
Audubon Society releases rehabilitated bald eagle in North Portland
May 25, 2014
The Oregonian
Sunday's release of a female bald eagle after six months of rehabilitation wasn't without a few anxious moments for her former caretakers.
Audubon Society will release rehabilitated bald eagle on Sunday in north Portland
May 24, 2014
The Oregonian
The Audubon Society of Portland will celebrate a major success on Sunday with the release of a rehabilitated bald eagle.
Every sea bird counts for nest monitors
May 15, 2014
Statesman Journal
Firefighters, Audubon Volunteers Team To Rescue Falcon
May 08, 2014
Firefighters worked with volunteers from the Portland Audubon Society to rescue a trapped falcon at an Oregon concrete company on Wednesday.
New Oregon Marine Preserves Protect Birds and Fish
May 01, 2014
Audubon Magazine
Paul Engelmeyer knows what's at stake if the schools of herring and eulachon were to dramatically decline off the Oregon coast. Forage fish like these are the crux of the marine ecosystem here, supporting dozens of seabird species, including tufted puffins, rhinoceros auklets, and the endangered marbled murrelet. Engelmeyer, manager of Portland Audubon's Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary, says the fish are also a staple for salmon, halibut, and other species. Still, as important as they are, many of them are caught for fishmeal or even just as bycatch.
City birds, country birds suffer lead poisoning, Audubon Society of Portland study shows
Apr 30, 2014
The Oregonian
Lead continues to be a health risk for big birds in the Portland area and especially for those in rural Oregon, preliminary results of an Audubon Society of Portland study show.
Baby bird season: 8 tips to consider if you come across one
Apr 29, 2014
The Oregonian
As sure as May follows April, baby birds leave the nest, sometimes in the clumsiest fashion. Inevitably, concerned citizens who find them rush to help and Audubon Society of Portland's Wildlife Care Center fills to the brim. The center responds to more that 12,000 wildlife-related inquiries each year and treats about 3,000 animals annually.
Herald & News: Lack Of Bird Refuges Plan Spurs Lawsuit
Apr 24, 2014
Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit Thursday against the federal wildlife agency tasked with developing new management tools for Klamath Basin wildlife refuges.
Lawsuit Challenges Sale Of Elliott State Forest Parcel
Apr 21, 2014
Jefferson Public Radio
Three environmental groups are suing to stop the state of Oregon from selling a 788-acre parcel within the Elliott State Forest.
Sources Say: Drowning in water district confusion? Read voters' guide
Apr 03, 2014
Portland Tribune
Get ready to do some reading if you haven’t made up your mind yet about the proposed Portland Public Water District on the May 20 ballot. The Voter’s Pamphlet for the primary election contains 39 arguments for and against it — 12 in favor and more than twice as many — 27 — in opposition.
Rescuing turtles and frogs; horses threaten pandas: the animal beat
Apr 02, 2014
The Oregonian
The Animal Beat: Today's roundup of wildlife news, features and links from around the world and closer to home.
Watch Bald Eagles Thrash Over Territory
Mar 05, 2014
ABC News
Two big males getting macho over their territory isn’t usually a pretty sight, but it’s a different thing when the antagonists are a pair of bald eagles.
Audubon's Good for At Least $10,000 to Fight a Proposed Water District
Mar 03, 2014
Portland Mercury
We promise not to obsessively chronicle every campaign contribution as May's primary election draws near, but this is a biggie. Among foes of a proposal to hand control of Portland's sewer/water systems to a new elected board, the Audubon Society of Portland has been the most vocal. And the wildlife group isn't stopping at rhetoric.
Audubon program looks at rare bird
Feb 10, 2014
Portland Tribune
Two local experts will highlight the conservation efforts of the marbled murrelet, a secretive seabird, at a Tuesday, Feb. 11, presentation at the Audubon Society of Portland.
State agrees to cancel timber sales to protect marbled murrelet
Feb 05, 2014
The World
COOS BAY — A legal battle is nearly over with the proposed cancellation of timber sales in Elliott, Clatsop and Tillamook state forests that environmentalists say harm an endangered seabird.
Rehabilitated bald eagle spotted alive and well along Willamette River four years after release
Jan 31, 2014
The Oregonian
A bald eagle that was found injured in Lake Oswego has recently been spotted along the Willamette River alive and well nearly four years after being released into the wild.
One tough eagle: Bird who's seen a heap of trouble continues healing at Audubon
Jan 30, 2014
The Oregonian
As anyone who ever has been injured knows, healing can feel endless. Surely the case for a majestic bald eagle biding her time in a small flight cage at Audubon Society of Portland's Wildlife Care Center.
Hawk hit by truck on I-205 in West Linn facing iffy prognosis
Jan 22, 2014
The Oregonian
West Linn police rescued a young red-tailed hawk from a truck's side-view mirror Wednesday after the bird was hit on Interstate 205. But the hawk's prognosis is iffy at best.
Hall Monitor: A Postmortem on the Port
Jan 15, 2014
The Portland Mercury
BOB SALLINGER had heard the same whispers I had when I called him for a response last Wednesday, January 8. The Port of Portland was about to announce its decision to pull back, for the foreseeable future, a controversial plan to build on West Hayden Island.
Audubon Society: Wildlife park would best fit West Hayden Island
Jan 10, 2014
Portland Business Journal
The Port of Portland’s Jan. 8 announcement that it would withdraw its controversial West Hayden Island annexation proposal drew cheers from environmentalists.
Port sinks plans to develop West Hayden Island
Jan 08, 2014
PORTLAND -- The Port of Portland has put its plans to develop West Hayden Island as a marine facility on indefinite hold.
West Hayden Island: Reaction to Port of Portland's decision to drop development efforts
Jan 08, 2014
The Oregonian
The Port of Portland on Wednesday announced that it's shelving efforts to develop West Hayden Island as a future terminal.
Bird counters rack up local winged sightings
Jan 06, 2014
Portland Tribune
Nearly 60 participants met at the Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, where leader Dan Strong, a Gladstone resident, walked them through the process, and then helped people divide into groups.
Injured owl released back into the wild
Dec 29, 2013
Fox 12
An owl was released back into the wild Sunday afternoon after it was found suffering from trauma in southwest Portland.
Scene and heard: Pearl Fund/Portland Pearl Rotary, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation, Audubon Society of Portland
Dec 26, 2013
The Oregonian
The Audubon Society of Portland raised $150,000 at its signature fundraiser, the Wild Arts Festival, held at Montgomery Park November 23 and 24. The festival, which celebrates nature and the work of regionally and nationally known artists and authors provides financial support for Audubon, which promotes the enjoyment, understanding and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats.
2,728 acres of controversy: Plan to sell portion of Elliott State Forest evokes skepticism
Dec 11, 2013
Statesman Journal
Few issues have incited more protest from environmental groups and caused more frustration to the logging industry than the future of the Coast Range’s Elliott State Forest.
Prison inmates help with butterfly restoration project
Dec 02, 2013
Portland Tribune
It’s not often that those sentenced to long prison terms have a chance to help restore a threatened wildlife species.
Audubon Society of Portland's Meryl Redisch stepping down as executive director
Dec 02, 2013
The Oregonian
Meryl Redisch, executive director of Audubon Society of Portland since 2003, will step down from the top spot next year though hopes to stay involved with the organization part-time, she said Monday.
Oregon Humane Society among Oregon nonprofits that win top rating
Nov 27, 2013
The Oregonian
The Oregon Humane Society earned a top ranking again this year from Charity Navigator, the group that bulldogs nonprofits, tracking fiscal management, transparency and accountability. Charity Navigator gave the society four stars. More than 30 other nonprofits in Oregon also earned the same rank. They include All Hands Raised, Audubon Society of Portland...
One tough eagle: Audubon rescues, hopes to release a bird who knows trouble
Nov 26, 2013
The Oregonian
Nobody knows when the bald eagle's troubles began but one thing's clear: She's a tough bird, with an old puncture wound to one eye, a BB lodged in her chest, a droopy wing and other injuries indicating she probably battled recently with another eagle.
Portland Audubon, Rock Creek veterinarian team up to help an injured bald eagle
Nov 25, 2013
The Oregonian
Take your pet to the vet clinic and you expect to see golden retrievers wagging, Labradors snoozing, bulldogs looking judicial and cats having the sort of day they despise. That was pretty much the scene this afternoon at VCA Rock Creek Animal Hospital in Aloha, except for the adult female bald eagle in their midst.
Complaints Against Water Measure Petitioners Rolling In
Nov 05, 2013
Portland Mercury
Since late October, Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown's office has received at least five calls or letters of concern over statements by signature gatherers for a proposed Portland ballot measure.
Two peregrine falcons released into the wild
Oct 25, 2013
Two rehabilitated peregrine falcons were released back into the wild Saturday morning at Kelley Point Park.
Peregrine falcons will be freed Saturday and you can watch
Oct 25, 2013
The Oregonian
Two peregrine falcons found ill and struggling in North Portland about six weeks ago will be freed Saturday and Audubon Society of Portland is inviting the public to watch.
Swifts near Chapman school die from weather
Oct 03, 2013
Recent extreme weather in the Portland Metro area has killed many of the birds known for their annual spin around the chimney at Chapman Elementary School, according to wildlife experts.
City Council adopts bird-friendly resolution
Oct 02, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland may be known for ‘putting a bird on it,’ but the City Council is looking for ways to make the Rose City even more bird-friendly.
Portland hopes to deter building-crashing birds
Oct 01, 2013
Sustainable Business Oregon
Portland's City Council will examine crafting rules that would encourage more bird-friendly designs for the city's buildings.
Commissioner Dan Saltzman wants to improve 'bird friendly design' standards: Portland City Hall Roundup
Oct 01, 2013
The Oregonian
Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman and the Audubon Society of Portland want to encourage more bird-friendly design in the City of Roses.
Rehabilitated bald eagle takes flight, thanks to Audubon Society of Portland
Sep 23, 2013
The Oregonian
Thanks to Audubon Society of Portland for sending along this new photo of a bald eagle taking flight shortly after rehabilitators released it near Longview, Wash.
Lead-poisoned eagle released back into wild
Sep 20, 2013
A bald eagle that was severely injured by lead poisoning was released back into the wild Friday in Longview, Wash. The eagle was found poisoned near Longview in May after eating the remains of an animal that had been shot with lead ammunition.
Wild again: Lead-poisoned bald eagle released in Longview
Sep 20, 2013
A bald eagle found in Longview with severe lead poisoning spent months in the care of the Audubon Society of Portland, only to have its return to the wild delayed. Now, after finally being given a clean bill of health, the eagle is flying high again in southwest Washington.
Rehabilitated bald eagle takes flight to freedom at Willow Grove
Sep 20, 2013
The Longview Daily News
After three unplanned months as a guest of the Portland Audubon Society, a young male bald eagle was pronounced free of lead poisoning and returned to the wild Friday afternoon at Willow Grove County Park.
Audubon sets bald eagle free after months of treatment for lead poisoning
Sep 20, 2013
The Oregonian
A lead-poisoned bald eagle's long road to recovery ended Friday, when he was released to the wild at Willow Grove Park near Longview, Wash.
Port of Portland censors conservationists' ad at PDX airport
Sep 19, 2013
Portland Tribune
The Port of Portland has rejected paid ads at Portland International Airport that say “Welcome to Oregon, Home of the Clearcut!”
Portland to vote on bird-friendly building policies
Sep 17, 2013
Portland's skyline may soon be "going to the birds." Commissioners are set to vote on a resolution in support of new bird-friendly building practices.
Enviros want clear cut answers on clearcutting
Sep 04, 2013
Sustainable Business Oregon
Four conservation organizations are taking aim at forest clearcuts throughout Oregon.
'Must-See' bird book authors to appear at Portland Audubon Sept. 10
Aug 28, 2013
The Oregonian
Local authors and expert birders Sarah Swanson and Max Smith will appear at the Audubon Society of Portland in conjunction with the recent release of their book published by Timber Press.
Release of lead-poisoned bald eagle delayed
Aug 22, 2013
A bald eagle found in Longview with severe lead poisoning is ready to return to the wild. It just isn't happening yet.
Swift Approach
Aug 13, 2013
Audubon Magazine
Huge crowds flock to a Portland school to watch thousands of Vaux's swifts funnel into a makeshift roost.
Neighborhood Nature Extravaganza comes to Lents
Aug 07, 2013
Portland Tribune
The Lents neighborhood in Southeast Portland will host the first Neighborhood Nature Extravaganza, an opportunity to learn about green initiatives in the area and partake in a free barbeque.
Environmental Groups Oppose Forming Portland Water, Sewer Board
Jul 26, 2013
A slew of environmental groups have come out against an effort to form an independent board to manage Portland’s water and sewer services. A coalition of industrial water users and the watchdog group, Friends of Reservoirs, announced the effort last week to form a separately-elected utility board.
Experts warn of baby birds in Portland chimneys
Jul 22, 2013
PORTLAND -- Experts are issuing a warning about home chimneys. It's not what you're burning in it -- it's the little birds coming out of it.
West Hayden Island decision inches its way toward Portland City Council's agenda
Jul 21, 2013
The Oregonian
As Portland's Planning and Sustainability Commission prepared to approve a West Hayden Island development plan this month, some members gave what sounded like victory speeches.
Arrow stuck in Goose at N Portland golf course
Jul 20, 2013
PORTLAND --The Audubon Society of Portland is keeping a close eye on an injured goose that's flying around a North Portland golf course.
Goose impaled by arrow roams golf course
Jul 19, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore. - A goose ended up with an arrow straight through its belly and now the question is - who shot the bird?
Group announces ballot initiative to restructure Portland utilities: Portland City Hall Roundup
Jul 18, 2013
The Oregonian
Fresh off Portland's fluoride flop, ratepayer advocates announced a new effort Thursday that would transfer oversight of water and sewer utilities from the City Council to an independently elected board.
Some New Details on the Push for a New Water/Sewer Commission
Jul 18, 2013
The Portland Mercury
A measure water activists and angry ratepayers want to see on next year's May ballot would snatch control of water and sewer service from the city, creating a separate council that dictates what customers pay and how that money's spent.
Commission Recommends the City Annex West Hayden Island
Jul 09, 2013
The Portland Mercury
Without hiding misgivings about potential health and ecological problems—and despite new uncertainties brought on by the death of the Columbia River Crossing—the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission this afternoon voted to recommend the city annex West Hayden Island.
Two Birds, One Stone: Will the CRC's Demise Also Claim Port's Plans for Hayden Island?
Jul 03, 2013
The Portland Mercury
FOR THE PAST several years, the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) might as well have arced darkly over Hayden Island.
Audubon will release turkey vulture after treating it for gunshot wounds
Jun 28, 2013
The Oregonian
A turkey vulture seriously wounded from a gunshot and treated since April at Audubon Society of Portland's Wildlife Care Center will be released to the wild Saturday morning and the public can watch.
Local police rescue injured heron
Jun 26, 2013
St. Helens Chronicle
The bird is now being treated at Portland Audubon Society
Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon seeking submissions for catio tour
Jun 12, 2013
The Oregonian
Do you have the coolest catio in Portland? If so, the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon wants to know about it.
Portland Police: Running Over Ducklings Is 'Not Going to Fare Well for the Agency'
May 17, 2013
The Atlantic Cities
The next time you're trying to talk your way out of a speeding ticket, try offering the officer a handful of fuzzy, dawdling ducklings. Police have a big soft spot for baby ducks, sometimes dropping everything just to assist them in crossing the road.
Pacific Power spares nesting Northern flickers in Northeast Portland
May 07, 2013
The Oregonian
Pacific Power spared the nest of a mating pair of Northern flickers, thanks to help from a Northeast Portland resident, the Audubon Society of Portland, a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist and an arcane law dating back to 1918.
Raccoons get (almost) no love from Oregon lawmakers
Apr 30, 2013
The Oregonian
A bill that appears to be marching toward approval would make it a crime to feed the critters that some find adorable but can become a menacing health threat, according to state wildlife managers and the Audubon Society of Portland.
Pet Talk: Prepare to care for baby chicks before taking them under your wing
Mar 15, 2013
The Oregonian
Easter may inspire you to welcome baby chicks into your flock, but you should nix that idea if you’re not prepared to care for them long after the holiday is over.
Conservation groups ask Interior to revoke OK for lines from Steens Mountain wind project
Mar 08, 2013
The Republic
Conservation groups want the U.S. Department of Interior to revoke approval for transmissions lines to cross federal land from a wind energy project on Steens Mountain, a popular outdoor recreation area in Eastern Oregon.
The urban crow: highly visible, noisy and street smart
Mar 05, 2013
The Oregonian
The gathering begins shortly before dusk as friends and relatives fly in from the north – a black waterfall cascading from the sky.
Winter is the best time to view bald eagles feeding on salmon
Jan 18, 2013
The Oregonian
Winter is the best time to view bald eagles feeding on salmon; take a short day trip from Portland to find them
A Second Rare Bird Arrives from Central America
Jan 16, 2013
Willamette Week
The ovenbird attracts gawkers in Northeast Portland.
Planning Commission Rejects Expedited Hayden Island Plan
Nov 28, 2012
OPB News
Portland's planning commission tonight denied quick passage for one of the last major items on Mayor Sam Adams' to do list in the final weeks of his term.
West Hayden Island time crunch: Annexation requires 20 days notice
Nov 19, 2012
The Oregonian
Facing a cramped and uncertain timeline, Portland Mayor Sam Adams said Monday that he is meeting today with environmentalists and Port of Portland officials to continue work on a proposal to annex West Hayden Island. Adams, whose term ends Dec. 31, is running out of time.
Running out of time and facing criticism, Portland Mayor Sam Adams outlines schedule for West Hayden Island annexation
Nov 19, 2012
The Oregonian
Portland Mayor Sam Adams on Monday announced a compressed timeline for annexing West Hayden Island that he hopes will enable the City Council to make a decision before he leaves office Dec. 31.
Hayden Island development debate heats up
Nov 16, 2012
A debate over development on West Hayden Island heated up Thursday.
Wild Arts Show Returns to Portland
Nov 01, 2012
Portland Tribune
The Audubon Society of Portland is hosting its annual Wild Arts Festival, a celebration of nature in art and books, the weekend before Thanksgiving.
3-day celebration takes closer look at area birds
Oct 13, 2012
The Columbia
RIDGEFIELD — Turkey vultures poop on their feet. As Deanna Sawtelle explains, that is the bird’s version of cleaning up after dinner.
Audubon Society of Portland | Metro Parent Family Fun
Sep 29, 2012
Metro Parent
Whether you need to get out of the house with a toddler or want to share Portland with out-of-town guests, the Audubon Sanctuary on NW Cornell Road is a place for discovery by young and old.
Outdoor Adventure: Vaux's swifts find generational September home in Portland school
Sep 22, 2012
Statesman Journal
Outdoors - Migratory swifts in Portland: Each September, migratory swifts roost in the chimney at Portland's Chapman School, bringing crowds of bird-watchers.
Thousands of birds feared dead after outbreak in Portland lakes
Sep 21, 2012
Dead birds were collected Friday at Smith and Bybee lakes in North Portland. Thousands of birds are feared to be dead after an outbreak of avian botulism at two North Portland lakes.
Shot in Vancouver, red-tailed hawk fights for its life in Portland
Sep 19, 2012
A three-year-old red-tailed hawk is fighting for its life after having its wing shot and broken in Vancouver.
'Until you see it, you may not get how great it really is'
Sep 13, 2012
It's a tell-tale sign that fall is just around the corner when the Vaux's Swifts start circling around Chapman School's chimney.
Cute Animal Death Watch! Do We Have the Stomach to Euthanize Invasive Squirrels, Possums, and Turtles?
Aug 16, 2012
The Portland Mercury
VETERINARIAN AND WILDLIFE rehabilitator Janette Ackermann opens the door of her aging freezer and pulls out a snack. It's a plastic container filled with frozen mice.
Fledgling on Osprey cam hurt in 1st flight
Aug 14, 2012
The chick that fans watched hatch and grow on the KGW-Audubon Osprey cam this year finally made its first attempt at flying last Friday, but crashed into a fence and was critically injured, according to Bob Sallinger, Conservation Director with the Audubon Society of Portland.
A rousing sendoff: Crowd cheers as birds float away to nearby tree
Aug 01, 2012
Lake Oswego Review
A surprisingly large crowd showed up at Luscher Farm for a special event on Friday — the release of four young barn owls trying to find their very own home in nature.
Willamette Superfund site cleanup would benefit all who love the river
Jul 27, 2012
The Oregonian
As many people in Portland and the region may be aware, the Portland harbor stretch of the Willamette River is highly polluted in both its river sediments and upland areas. The pollutants include mostly legacy substances, including PCBs, heavy metals, DDE (a derivative of DDT) and oil-based products. As such, the river was listed as a federal Superfund site in December 2000. The polluted area stretches from near downtown Portland almost to the Columbia River, some 11 river miles.
The Lost Island: Is the City Handing over West Hayden Island for a Port We Don't Need?
Jul 26, 2012
The Portland Mercury
BARBED WIRE covers the locked metal gate in front of us. It's strung across poles that stretch higher than my head, and its tendrils reach into the thorny blackberry bushes that sit on either side. The no-nonsense assemblage is convincing in a way that the "no trespassing" signs we've blithely ignored so far were not. We're clearly supposed to turn around and head back to civilization. Except we don't.
West Hayden Island community still feels left out of port proposal: Portland City Hall roundup
Jul 18, 2012
The Oregonian
Scoffs and catcalls greeted officials from Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability during a nearly four-hour open house on the development of West Hayden Island Tuesday night.
The West Hayden Island problem: sudden surprises
Jul 15, 2012
The Oregonian
It's been nearly three decades since Metro, the regional government, tucked West Hayden Island inside the urban growth boundary to promote the development of a marine terminal at the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette rivers. It's been at least 15 years since the Port of Portland, which bought more than 800 acres of the island, started negotiating with the city of Portland to build the terminal and expand the region's capacity for shipping.
Steve Duin: West Hayden Island plans rolling full steam ahead
Jul 09, 2012
The Oregonian
A runaway locomotive is an amazing thing to watch. Bob Sallinger and Portland Audubon quit the advisory committee monitoring the vivisection of West Hayden Island last month when he decided the city and the Port of Portland are railroading the process. The freight train is picking up speed.
Hayden Island plan stirs neighbors' ire
Jul 04, 2012
The Portland Tribune
Elaine Pettingell enjoys the sunshine in her Hayden Island yard, in view of the west side of the island where the Port of Portland hopes to develop marine terminals. Hayden Island residents are fighting the port's plan because of feared traffic congestion, noise, pollution and loss of open space on the island.
10 timber sales put on hold
Jul 03, 2012
The Eugene Register-Guard
Foresters will be preparing a legal defense to lawsuits claiming that the logging threatens the murrelet.
Lawsuits over marbled murrelet halt 10 Oregon timber sales
Jul 03, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon officials have suspended 10 recent and upcoming timber sales on about 800 acres of state land as they prepare for a legal fight with conservation groups over a rare seabird.
Environmental lawsuit stops logging on Elliott State Forest
Jul 02, 2012
Coos Bay World
The state placed a moratorium on logging in areas of the Elliott and other state forests named in a lawsuit filed by environmental groups.
Oregon suspends logging amid marbled murrelet lawsuit
Jul 02, 2012
The Oregonian
In a first, Oregon officials have suspended timber sales on hundreds of acres amid a legal battle with conservation groups over the threatened marbled murrelet.
Is Port of Portland writing its own ticket for annexation of West Hayden Island?
Jul 02, 2012
The Oregonian
The conservation director for the Audubon Society of Portland accused Portland planners Monday of caving to the Port of Portland on environmental protections at West Hayden Island.
Timber Sales Put On Hold Due To Environmental Lawsuit
Jul 02, 2012
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Environmental groups have forced state foresters into a strategic retreat, in a legal battle over a threatened seabird. As a result, ten state-run timber sales have been delayed.
Two films shine light on oil spill
Jun 28, 2012
The Portland Tribune
The 36-year-old Louisiana native who helped bring biofuel to the mainstream is bringing his film, "The Big Fix," to the Clinton Street Theater on July 5. All proceeds from the event go to Portland Audubon and Willamette Riverkeeper.
City, port disrupt Hayden Island process
Jun 28, 2012
The Portland Tribune
On June 20, the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability held a public open house to roll out its plans to annex and rezone West Hayden Island to allow for development of Port of Portland marine terminals.
Nadaka festival set for August
Jun 25, 2012
Gresham Outlook
Just in time to celebrate its second Nature in Neighborhoods grant, Friends of Nadaka Nature Park is hosting its second annual Nadaka Community Festival from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.
On West Hayden Island, the natives are restless
Jun 21, 2012
The Oregonian
The turnout for Wednesday night's open house on Hayden Island was noteworthy in two fairly predictable respects: Residents turned out en masse to protest the Port of Portland's plans to develop 300 acres on the island. City Council staff did not. According to four participants, only two council members were represented in the meeting at the Oxford Suites: Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who sent her chief of staff, and Mayor Sam Adams.
Steve Duin: Trust and Portland's West Hayden Island
Jun 18, 2012
The Oregonian
Imagine if the transportation departments of Oregon and Washington — arm-in-arm with the Port of Portland, and pom-pons in hand — had stepped up two years ago with this message about the $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing:
Audubon representative calls West Hayden Island process a 'sham,' quits before report publicly released
Jun 15, 2012
Portland, Ore.
The Oregonian
Hours before Portland released a preliminary draft plan for potential development of West Hayden Island, a key environmental advocate quit an advisory group because of what he called a "sham" process.
Report: Portland Buildings Not For The Birds
Jun 12, 2012
Willamette Week
This week the city of Portland will co-host an architects' and developers' forum on "bird-friendly building design." The subject is more interesting than you might think, at least as explained in draft report by the local Audubon Society.
Builders, designers share guidelines to prevent bird fatalities from highrise windows
Jun 12, 2012
The Portland Tribune
Those glitzy highrises dotting Portland’s South Waterfront district can spell trouble for birds, which frequently die after flying into windows.
Bird-friendly building design forum and new resource guide come to Portland
Jun 06, 2012
The Oregonian
You might bump into a window and suffer embarrassment. Birds do the same and they're dead. That simple fatal combination, multiplied millions of times a year, minimally, across the United States, was the inspiration for an in-the-works "Resource Guide for Bird-Friendly Building Design" to be introduced at a June 14 forum designed to raise awareness of the issue.
Vote set on Oregon trapping rules to protect pets
Jun 06, 2012
The Oregonian
GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The owner of a dog killed by a trap set next to a popular hiking trail in central Oregon has no complaint with trapping otters, raccoons and bobcats for their pelts.
Enviro Groups Sue Forestry Officials On Behalf Of Endangered Bird
Jun 01, 2012
Willamette Week
Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit yesterday against Gov. John Kitzhaber and numerous state and county forestry officials that demands an end to logging in the coastal forest habitat of the marbled murrelet, a seabird that nests in trees.
3 groups sue Oregon to save marbled murrelet habitat
May 31, 2012
Oregon Public Broadcasting
Three environmental groups are suing the state of Oregon to stop logging near marbled murrelet habitat in state forests.
Logging in Oregon state forests harms protected marbled murrelets, lawsuit says
May 31, 2012
The Oregonian
Three conservation groups sued Gov. John Kitzhaber and Oregon agencies today in federal court, charging that logging in three Coast Range state forests is killing or displacing protected marbled murrelets.
Oregon gets praise for its first set of marine reserves
May 22, 2012
Our Ocean, a statewide coalition of Oregon conservationists, scientists, ocean users, local and business leaders, applauded Governor John Kitzhaber for signing landmark conservation legislation that designates three marine reserves and protected areas off Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, and Cape Perpetua, creating Oregon’s first system of marine reserves.
Ospreys at South Waterfront observed -- through webcam
May 10, 2012
The Oregonian
The osprey pair that have hatched young in a nest at South Waterfront every year (except one)since 2007 are back for this nesting season.
Skamania Lodge brings back Birds of Prey Program in June
May 01, 2012
The Oregonian
A great horned owl is a widely seen bird of prey. This owl was displayed by the Portland Audubon Society at Sauvie Island.
Birdathon, a monthlong bird-spotting event, raises money for Audubon Society of Portland
Apr 19, 2012
The Oregonian
32nd annual Birdathon
Groups Join Legal Battle to Protect Rare Seabird From Timber Industry Attack
Apr 10, 2012
Center for Biological Diversity
Contacts: Kristen Boyles, Earthjustice, (206) 343-7340 x 1033; Noah Greenwald, Center for Biological Diversity, (503) 484-7495; Bob Sallinger, Audubon Society of Portland, (503) 380-9728; Virginia Cramer, Sierra Club, (804) 225-9113 x 102
Lawsuit Challenges Steens Mtn. Wind Project
Apr 09, 2012
Public News Service - OR
The vision of up to 70 wind turbines lined up across Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon is just too much for advocates of preserving the state's stark, high-desert landscape.
Water cutoff contributes to Klamath Basin bird deaths, highlights challenge facing crucial wildlife refuges
Apr 06, 2012
The Oregonian
A cut-off of water supplies to a key Klamath Basin national wildlife refuge contributed to the deaths of 10,000 or more birds this year, the most in a decade, the refuge's manager says.
KGW and Audubon launch Osprey Cam
Apr 05, 2012
KGW News
Welcome to the KGW Audubon Osprey Cam! Fans of the Raptor Cam may remember that KGW has been live streaming birds of prey in our city for more than five years in partnership with the Audubon Society. The extraordinary popularity of Raptor Cam led us to explore other opportunities to feature the remarkable birds of prey that live ‘wild in the city.’
Environmental groups sue to block wind turbines on Steens Mountain
Apr 05, 2012
Portland Tribune
Oregon Natural Desert Association and Audubon Society of Portland oppose development
Port plan for island gets tepid response
Mar 29, 2012
The Portland Tribune
Consultant urges use of Vancouver site, not West Hayden Island
Poisoning at bird feeders spreads
Mar 22, 2012
The Oregonian
An outbreak of salmonella poisoning is spreading across the metro area among songbirds that visit bird feeders or eat seeds dropped below.
Researchers cheer eagle's comeback
Mar 19, 2012
The Oregonian
PORTLAND — A bald eagle glides low, curving with the meandering sloughs of Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in southeast Portland.
Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Petitioned for Stronger Trapping Regulations
Mar 08, 2012
The Humane Society of the United States
The Humane Society of the United States, Predator Defense, the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club, Audubon Society of Portland, and Cascadia Wildlands have filed a petition before the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to protect non-target wildlife species and family pets from cruel and indiscriminate traps and snares.
Practice of abandoning domestic geese and ducks at parks ruffles some feathers
Mar 02, 2012
The Oregonian
Some area wildlife experts are calling foul on a common springtime practice: purchasing domestic baby ducks or geese and then releasing them at public parks after realizing how hard they are to handle.
Marbled Murrelet Habitat Contested
Feb 12, 2012
The News Review, Douglas County
Lawsuit Launched to Protect Marbled Murrelets from Clearcutting in Oregon State Forests
Jan 19, 2012
Crag Law Center
Today Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity, and Audubon Society of Portland gave the State of Oregon and its forestry departments notice of their intent to file a lawsuit to protect the federally threatened marbled murrelet.
Environmental groups suing over state forest timber policy
Jan 19, 2012
Sustainable Life
Suit charges marbled murrelet in danger of extinction
Fowl play: birders clash over wild-cat spaying
Jan 19, 2012
Sustainable Life
National group says spaying feral cats leads to more bird kills
Portland groups say Metro survey questions pit a sound economy against a healthy environment
Jan 17, 2012
Leaders of 18 Portland-area conservation, alternative transportation and progressive development groups believe an on-line survey sponsored by Metro wrongly pits a strong economy against a healthy environment.
Audubon Wins a Round on Spotted Owl
Jan 17, 2012
Courthouse News Service
The federal government withheld from the Audubon Society documents about government efforts to conserve the northern spotted owl, a federal judge found.
Corps of Engineers wants to shoo salmon-munching cormorants away from East Sand Island in the Columbia River
Jan 13, 2012
What happens when you kick thousands of voracious birds out of their homes? Biologists struggling to manage a huge colony of salmon-eating cormorants in the Columbia River estuary want to find out.
Bird count finds 72 species
Jan 11, 2012
The Clackamas Review
It was a record-setting day on Dec. 31, when two small groups of birders counted 72 species in the Milwaukie area, up from the previous high of 65.
Winter trees class to be held at the Audubon Society
Jan 03, 2012
Are you feeling like a stranger amongst the many tree species that make up our world- famous forests? Then it's time to be introduced Spend a day learning fun facts about common and not so common native Northwest trees.
Portland Area Birders Discover Surprises During Christmas Bird Count
Jan 01, 2012
Saturday was the Audubon Society of Portland's bird census, a way to take stock of the region's birds, their health and habitat.
Red-tailed hawk will be released in North Portland on New Year's Day
Dec 30, 2011
The Oregonian
A young red-tailed hawk who's finished her rehab at the Audubon Society of Portland will greet the wild on New Year's Day with a release in North Portland.
Red-Tailed Hawk Release on New Year's Day
Dec 30, 2011
PDX Traffic
Audubon Society of Portland's Wildlife Care Center, in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), will release a red-tailed hawk back into the wild at PP&R's Kelley Point Park. The public is welcome to come and start off the New Year by celebrating local wildlife.
Western Screech Owl Injured in Sherwood on Halloween is Released
Dec 28, 2011
Portland Tribune
A mended Western screech owl that had apparently been struck by a car on Halloween was released into Stella Olsen Park on Dec. 18.
Western screech owl injured in Sherwood on Halloween is released
Dec 28, 2011
The Sherwood Gazette
A mended Western screech owl that had apparently been struck by a car on Halloween was released into Stella Olsen Park on Dec. 18.
Environmentalists fight Port of Portland fill at West Hayden Island
Dec 27, 2011
The Oregonian
Environmentalists and Hayden Island residents are fighting efforts by the Port of Portland to deposit dredge spoils from Terminal 6 at undeveloped West Hayden Island.
Bird enthusiasts begin annual Audubon Christmas bird count
Dec 20, 2011
Kennebec Journal
Today through Jan. 5, bird enthusiasts across North America and beyond will participate in the National Audubon Society's 112th annual Christmas bird count.
Preview the Optics available at the Audubon Society of Portland Nature Store
Dec 14, 2011
We carry the top quality scopes made by Swarovski & Kowa, honored by Cornell Labs as the "best in their class" in a scope comparison test (see Living Bird, Winter 2008).
Meet Hazel at the Audubon Society of Portland
Dec 10, 2011
Sponsor Hazel or any of our other education birds @ https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=f823d9.
Coffee Creek Volunteer Receives Fellowship to Expand Garden, Sustainability at Prison
Nov 25, 2011
Plans scrapped for wind farm on Steens Mountain
Nov 18, 2011
Sustainable Business Oregon
Vancouver-based Columbia Energy Partners and its financial affiliate CEP Funding have officially abandoned plans to develop two of three wind energy projects planned on private property in the Steens Mountain Cooperative Management Area, dubbed East Ridge and West Ridge.
Toyota gives new van to Audubon
Nov 16, 2011
Portland Tribune
The Audubon Society of Portland will soon receive the keys for a new Toyota Sienna van, courtesy of the car company.
Tracking wild places in a fast-growing city
Nov 10, 2011
Sustainable Life
Revised, expanded and improved, the new edition of “Wild in the City” is bigger, in part, because there are more parks, trails and green spaces in the Portland area than there were a decade ago. But rather than simply update the original book’s maps, the editors completely remade the book, with the help of a host of new contributors.
Wild Arts Festival sets NW artists free
Nov 10, 2011
Portland Tribune
Lori Presthus once observed an owl at a rehabilitation center, then went home to paint it on canvas with egg tempera, her medium of choice.
Half off General Admission to Wild Arts Festival
Nov 07, 2011
Get entry for two to this celebration of nature in the arts on November 19 or 20 for $6, a $12 value.
Rehabilitated owls released at Tideman-Johnson Park
Nov 02, 2011
The Bee
A cadre of wildlife admirers and friends of Portland Audubon Society gathered in Tideman-Johnson Park on September 27, after word got out that two screech owls would be released along the park’s Johnson Creek boardwalk.
Healed owls released in SE Portland preserve
Sep 29, 2011
An adult and juvenile Western Screech Owl injured in separate incidents were released this week at the Tideman Johnson Nature Park in Southeast Portland.
Audubon Society of Portland to Release Two Rehabilitated Owls
Sep 27, 2011
Portland Parks & Recreation's partner, Audubon Society of Portland, will release two Western screech owls into the wild this evening. The owls, one adult and one juvenile, have been cared for by Audubon Society veterinarians after being brought for medical care.
The Audubon Society of Portland captures domestic ducks and geese
Sep 20, 2011
The Oregonian
Early Tuesday, the Audubon Society of Portland coordinated a roundup of domestic ducks and geese at Westmoreland Park in Southeast Portland.
Migrating Vaux's swifts draw a crowd
Sep 15, 2011
The Oregonian
Each night during the month of September, thousands of Vaux's Swifts feed on insects in the twilight skies near Chapman school in Northwest Portland.
At Westmoreland Park, the domestic ducks and geese will soon have new, safer homes
Sep 08, 2011
The Oregonian
Early in the morning on Sept. 20, the Audubon Society will team up with three veterinarians and a pack of duck-lovers at Westmoreland Park in Southeast Portland.
In Portland, swifts swoop
Sep 07, 2011
The Oregonian
A Portland tradition as mind-boggling as it is delightful is back this month along with thousands -- or maybe tens of thousands -- of Vaux's swifts.
Animal Nature: Portland Audubon throws a party honoring vultures, which unfairly get a bad rap
Aug 31, 2011
The Oregonian
Audubon Society of Portland, one of the nation's oldest conservation organizations, plans a family-friendly shindig to raise awareness of the plight of vulture species and to highlight the work of conservationists trying to help the birds. (See box for event details.)
Sellwood “Bird Fest” continues to delight migratory avian fanciers
Jun 07, 2011
The Bee
While some folks love caring for birds in a cage, others enjoy learning how they can better protect feathered friends in the wild.
A wildlife paradise on NE 33rd
Jun 03, 2011
The Oregonian
Birds love Tim Miller's backyard. Two Anna's hummingbirds he and his wife named Penny and Flash live there year-round. So do the crows, Jet and Onyx. Other birds regularly visit: yellow warblers, song sparrows, chickadees, robins, scrub jays, great blue herons, red-shafted flickers and others for a total of 46 different species.
Bill may increase poaching fines
May 30, 2011
Statesman Journal
Hunters, fishermen and bird watchers can agree on one thing: They don't like poaching.
Portland's Audubon Society fights lights pollution, helps migrating birds with Lights Out Portland
Mar 25, 2011
The Audubon Society hopes to ease the avian death toll as it launches Lights Out Portland, part of a nationwide effort to reduce overnight lighting in urban areas, particularly during spring and fall bird migrations -- mid-March to early June, and late August through mid-November.
Bienestar honors volunteer partners; Catlin Gabel named Community Partner of the Year
Mar 23, 2011
The Oregonian
The Hillsboro community development nonprofit Bienestar on Wednesday named Catlin Gabel its Community Partner of the Year. Portland Audubon Society was named Bienestar's Nonprofit Partner of the Year. For three years, the Portland Audubon Society has offered the Exporador Camp for children, Audubon Family Outinds and nature presentations for Bienestar residents.
Pet Talk: Cats and birds would benefit from plan to keep cats inside, two groups say
Mar 23, 2011
The Audubon Society of Portland and the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon are partnering in an ongoing educational campaign that they say protects both of their interests. Their message is simple: Keep cats indoors.
Messy process clouds Hayden plans
Mar 03, 2011
Portland Tribune
Review of records shows questionable activities behind the scenes
No-wake zone created in Holgate Channel of Willamette River near Ross Island
Feb 18, 2011
The Oregonian
The Oregon State Marine Board voted Thursday night to establish a low-speed, no-wake area in the southern section of the Holgate Channel, a section of the Willamette River on the east side of Ross Island.
Guest post: notes from Willamette River Symposium #1
Feb 08, 2011
Architects Directory
Last Friday, the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability held the Willamette River Symposium #1. It was part of a series of panel discussions intended to establish policy recommendations for the Central City 2035 plan. The goals of the symposium were to review existing conditions, policy and the endorsed 2006 River Concept; identify ways to achieve development, access and vibrancy while protecting and restoring natural resources and watershed health; and build on the 2006 River Concept policy guidance to address ways to meet these new goals.
Bag ban gets hearing before lawmakers
Feb 07, 2011
Portland Business Journal
Environmentalists and businesses are gearing up for a key state hearing on the use of plastic bags by grocers and other merchants. Read more: Bag ban gets hearing before lawmakers | Portland Business Journal
Make this call in the wild: Should Oregon shoot barred owls to save spotted owls?
Feb 05, 2011
The Oregonian
The belated work to retain and restore its favored old-growth habitat will take decades to unfold. Twenty plus years of trying to save the northern spotted owl and it's still slipping away.
How does the Port of Portland stack up in local economy?
Feb 05, 2011
The Oregonian
... as the Port presses on with its years-long quest to expand on West Hayden Island amid push-back from environmentalists, key questions are raised.
2010: Oregon gets greener: top stories of the year, from plastic bag ban to BPA
Dec 23, 2010
The Oregonian
Let's face it: 2010 was another rough year for the environment.
Amid Portland City Council vote, River Plan still divides environmentalists, industrialists
Nov 30, 2010
The Oregonian
Today, the City Council will vote on proposals that planners hope will allow steel companies and grain exporters to thrive along the Willamette River while encouraging them to help restore wildlife habitat along the river's polluted northern reach.
Rolling on the River Plan
Nov 29, 2010
Portland Business Journal
As work on Portland’s so-called River Plan hits the stretch, city staffers and reporters rubbed shoulders this morning to clarify the somewhat convoluted and mystifying proposal. Read more: Rolling on the River Plan | Portland Business Journal
Conservationists receive Audubon Society fellowships
Oct 15, 2010
Two Portland conservationists have won $10,000 fellowships from the Audubon Society's national TogetherGreen program. Mary Coolidge, assistant conservation director of the Audubon Society of Portland, will use her award for Bird Safe Portland, an effort to reduce the number of bird strikes on windows.
He Speaks for the Birds
Oct 14, 2010
The Portland Tribune
Bob Sallinger once lowered himself six feet down a hole of human excrement to save a bird. It was a baby peregrine falcon, about 40 days old, that fell off the Fremont Bridge before it could fly. Unfortunately for Sallinger, the bird got lost and made its way into a hole that the homeless had been using as a latrine.
Wind energy developer runs into a green wall
Oct 04, 2010
Oregon Business
It’s a sparkling, bluebird, big-mountain, mid-summer day as Chris Crowley passes Hood and the Cascades line en route to eastern Oregon, but Crowley is getting prickly. He’s the principal at Columbia Energy Partners and pressing forward with three wind farms worth between $200 and $300 million each around the blustery Steens Mountain area in the state’s southeast corner. They could catch the winter wind to complement summer breezes already spinning turbines in the Columbia River Gorge, and the new resources could inch us ever closer to a clean-energy future.
Oregon OKs dumping of contaminated spoils on West Hayden Island
Sep 30, 2010
West Hayden Island's industrial prospects are far from certain, but they're firm enough to allow the Port of Portland to accept new contaminated dredge spoils on the undeveloped island for industrial fill, Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality has decided.
Fall Comes Swiftly in NW Portland
Sep 24, 2010
Westmoreland duck pond to go; but what about the ducks…?
Sep 08, 2010
The Bee
As the City of Portland’s restoration of Crystal Springs Creek in and near Westmoreland Park continues — and one aspect of the plan is returning the duck pond to a natural stream — the question remains, what to do about the ducks?
Judge Orders U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Revise 2008 Spotted Owl Recovery Plan and Critical Habitat Designation
Sep 02, 2010
Earth Justice website
A U.S. District Court judge in Washington, D.C., ruled yesterday that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must revise a recovery plan and critical habitat designation for northern spotted owls.
Regulators reevaluating dredge spoil dumping on West Hayden Island
Aug 31, 2010
The Oregonian
The city of Portland and Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality are reevaluating whether dredge spoils with low levels of contamination should be dumped on West Hayden Island after island activists and environmental groups raised concerns about the proposal.
Multnomah County Sheriff's Deputies Rescue Red-tailed Hawk in NE Portland
Aug 09, 2010
The Oregonian
Multnomah County sheriff's deputies rescued an injured Red-tailed Hawk near the Columbia River in Northeast Portland Monday, the sheriff's office reported.
Dumping at Hayden Island Protested
Aug 05, 2010
Environmental groups want to put a stop to the dumping of contaminated dredge material on West Hayden Island. It's the latest in the ongoing battle over the future of the island.
PFS Community & Service and Portland Audubon
Jul 14, 2010
PFS website
The Portland French School, in association with the Audubon Society of Portland, received Backyard Habitat Certification on school grounds
Oregon wind project faces environmental scrutiny
Jul 13, 2010
Daily Journal of Commerce
Visitors come from all over to see Harney County’s untouched and expansive desert. But the Eastern Oregon area’s beauty and unique wildlife population has led to conflict over development of a new industry in the struggling area, according to Randy Fulton, economic development director for Harney County.
Migratory birds from all over refuel in Oaks Bottom
Jul 07, 2010
The Bee
Heartbreaking images of oil-drenched pelicans along the Gulf of Mexico, from the current oil spill disaster there, have many people in Southeast Portland wondering if there is anything that they can do to help save the birds
Portland's tall, glass structures can be deadly to birds
Jun 24, 2010
The Oregonian
By day, reflections of clouds and trees are confusing; by night, lights can throw off navigation
Portland riverfront bird sculpture highlights species threats, extinction
Jun 18, 2010
The Oregonian
Starkly silhouetted against the Willamette River, five somber birds stand on a patch of grass at the southern tip of Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Fish invaders ravaging Oregon lake
Jun 07, 2010
The Spokesman-Review
Carp out-compete birds for food supply, habitat
Plastic bag in raptor nest causes concern
Apr 10, 2010
Just after four o'clock on Friday afternoon, a red tailed hawk pecked and pulled at a white plastic grocery bag in its nest.
Injured eagle found in Lake Oswego may soon return to freedom
Apr 09, 2010
The Oregonian
An injured bald eagle captured in Lake Oswego is making such good progress under veterinary care that he could be a candidate for release in coming weeks.
Roof Colors Become Hot, Or Cool, Topic

Apr 06, 2010
OPB News
In the last few years, energy producers and conservation groups have eyed big, flat roofs as fertile ground to produce energy, or improve the local environment.
Audubon will track birds killed in crashes
Apr 03, 2010
The Oregonian
Volunteers will look for carcasses of birds that struck buildings or lights Wildlife conservationists suspect that thousands of birds are being killed each year in crashes with downtown high-rises and they want to know why.
Portland City Council advances 'River Plan'
Apr 01, 2010
The Oregonian
Portland city commissioners unanimously voted today to advance an environmental mitigation plan for the North reach of the Willamette River.
River plan still hits opposition
Apr 01, 2010
The Portland Tribune
Industries say they’d rather pay money than undergo new city reviews. River-related business owners and environmentalists are still far apart on key elements of a plan to restore the Portland Harbor that is heading back to the City Council.
The eagle has landed safely; Big bird still on the mend
Mar 25, 2010
The Lake Oswego Review
The bird that came out on the losing end in a fight between two bald eagles is now healing well at the Audubon Society of Portland.
Green Portland apparently isn't green enough
Mar 16, 2010
The Oregonian
Who knew Portland had tree envy? About 26 percent of Portland is covered by tree leaves, branches and trunks, when viewed from above. San Antonio boasts 38 percent coverage and Atlanta nearly 37 percent, according to separate analyses by conservation group American Forests and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "We're good, but we're not at the top," said Brian Krieg, chairman of the citizen Urban Forestry Commission.
Citywide Tree Project: Proposed Portland tree regulations attract support
Feb 01, 2010
The Oregonian
Portland may have a green reputation, but officials say that when it comes to protecting and preserving trees, the city could use an overhaul of its red tape.
Education, outreach and lands
Nov 25, 2009
The Lake Oswego Review
Lake Oswego city councilors hope a ramped-up natural resources education and outreach program can offset scaled-back environmental protections.
Native birds take wing in a mammoth mural
Sep 24, 2009
The Oregonian
A giant mural has been finished in Portland near Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, complete with huge great blue heron, osprey, hawks and ducks.
Migrating Vaux's Swifts [video]
Sep 04, 2009
Koin Local 6
Video of a Koin Local 6 story about the annual Vaux's Swift event in Northwest Portland. Great shots of thousands of swifts entering their chimney roost; includes guidelines for visiting, and an interview with Steve Engel from the Audubon Society of Portland.
With the birds, come the birdwatchers - with all their human paraphernalia
Sep 03, 2009
The Oregonian
The Vaux's Swift's annual visit to a Northwest Portland chimney draws Portlanders for an evening of fun on the lawn. The Audubon Society of Portland and neighbors are asking for folks to be more mindful of the community.
Sounds of Oregon - The Meadowlark
Sep 01, 2009
The Oregonian
The state bird and the bombs - part three of a special report. David Stabler writes about looking for the Oregon State bird in places as eclectic as bombing ranges in eastern Oregon.
Rescued eagle soars to zoo
Aug 27, 2009
West Linn Tidings
A bald eagle that was found in bad shape in Lake Oswego has been nursed back to health at the Audubon Society of Portland and will have a new home at the Oregon Zoo.
University of Portland's plan would bisect Willamette Bluff
Aug 16, 2009
The Oregonian
As part of the North Reach River Plan, the University of Portland has disclosed a campus master plan that includes a massive parking structure built into the Willamette Bluff and bisecting it from top to bottom. University representatives are currently negotiating privately with city leaders about the removal of protective environmental zoning in that location and about the degree of public engagement -- which is very strange, considering the North Reach plan is a public process.
River Dance
Jul 15, 2009
Willamette Week
Questions arise about obstacles to future waterfront development in Portland that may come from a new lawsuit against FEMA. Environmental groups argue that federal flood insurance programs jeopardize endangered species habitat, and should consult federal fisheries agencies before issuing insurance that is required for floodplain development.
Wildlife abounds in a Portland garden certified as backyard habitat
Jul 08, 2009
The Oregonian
Portland residents make their backyards wildlife friendly, and get certified through a new Backyard Habitat Certification program, a joint venture between Three Rivers Land Conservancy and the Audubon Society of Portland.
Portland Audubon joins lawsuit over FEMA flood insurance program
Jun 26, 2009
The Audubon Society of Portland, the National Wildlife Federation, and other groups say FEMA violated the Endangered Species Act and encourages building in flood-prone areas, endangering people as well as harming habitat for 15 species of salmon and steelhead in Oregon.
Bargaining chip at Ross Island's tip
Jun 16, 2009
The Oregonian
Ross Island Sand & Gravel donated 6.4 acres of Ross Island to the Port of Portland in 1947, and critics charge this urban greenspace should be transferred to the City and people of Portland.
Seniors track career possibilities
Jun 15, 2009
The Oregonian
Senior Tom Vogt spent his last month of high school as an intern at the Audubon Society of Portland's Wildlife Care Center.
Volunteers help clean up Portland's Ross Island
Jun 15, 2009
The Oregonian
Volunteers paddled to Ross Island for the first restoration work party at the newly-acquired wild space. Removal of invasive garlic mustard was just the beginning of needed work on the overgrown island.
Tax idea no laughing matter
Jun 11, 2009
Pamplin Media Group
Taxing birdseed to provide funding for protection on non-game wildlife is a serious idea that has growing support in Oregon.
The Truth About Cats and Birds?
Jun 02, 2009
The New York Times
Bird lovers and cat lovers disagree about the solution to outdoor cats killing birds. Bob Sallinger of the Audubon Society of Portland says, “It’s not about birds versus cats; it’s about protecting birds and cats.”
Portland OKs study on island's future
May 29, 2009
The Oregonian
The Portland City Council has decided to work with the Port of Portland on a study of West Hayden Island that may determine what will happen to the undeveloped 825 acres in north Portland.
Experiencing the river, without the roar [editorial]
May 22, 2009
The Oregonian
Fish, wildlife and humans would benefit from a 'no-wake' zone near Ross Island in the Willamette River.
Oregon Officials Remind Residents and Visitors to Leave Young Wildlife in the Wild
May 22, 2009
A reminder that removing wildlife reduces their chances at survival and is against the law; tips on what to do if you find young birds and other wildlife.
West Hayden Island — Habitat, or industry?
May 21, 2009
The Portland Tribune
Discussion heats up about the future of prime wildlife habitat the Port of Portland wants to develop for marine terminals.
ONDA opposes wind power sites
May 13, 2009
Burns Times-Herald
The Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) says they will fight the majority of the wind power sites proposed in Harney County, OR, especially those in the Steens Mountain area. ONDA presented a report (endorsed by the Audubon Society of Portland and others) to the Harney County Court last week summarizing their stand on each wind power project.
Coping with neighborhood coyotes
Apr 28, 2009
The Oregonian
Coyotes are becoming more common in the Portland area. Experts say coyotes provide balance to the ecosystem, and that killing them only opens a niche for another to move in. And, there are things neighborhoods can do to protect their pets and discourage coyote visits.
Summit to discuss threats to Portland's Balch Creek
Apr 13, 2009
The Oregonian
The West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District and the Audubon Society of Portland are holding a free summit May 9 on the condition and future of the Balch Creek watershed, an important bird and wildlife sanctuary.
Humane treatment? Maybe. Deadly? Hmmm, afraid so.
Apr 09, 2009
Beaverton Valley Times
Trapping raccoons and other problem wildlife and releasing them elsewhere is environmentally destructive. Relocating many species is against Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department rules.
Lane County approves marine reserve resolution; Commissioners endorse Cape Perpetua reserve
Apr 07, 2009
South Lincoln County News
The Lane County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution on April 1 supporting a system of marine reserve and protected areas.
Oregon Senate votes to phase out fire retardant
Mar 24, 2009
The Oregonian
A bill championed by Willamette Riverkeeper and the Audubon Society of Portland was passed by the Oregon Senate on March 24. The bill phases out most uses of decabrominated diphenyl ether, classified as a possible human carcinogen, by Jan. 1, 2011. The bill now goes to the Oregon House for consideration.
A birder pursues a pyrrhuloxia far from its natural home
Mar 21, 2009
The Oregonian
Cathy Crandall recounts her trip to the Willamette Valley to see a rare bird visitor that is usually found in the U.S. only in southeast Arizona.
New parks remain on drawing board as Portland cuts budget
Mar 20, 2009
The Oregonian
The Portland Bureau of Parks & Recreation plan for three new parks may be on hold due to budget constraints this year. Bob Sallinger, with the Audubon Society of Portland, says planning for parks that will serve undeserved communities is still important.
Council quiets motor boat operations near Ross Island
Mar 18, 2009
The Oregonian
The Portland City Council has endorsed a plan to stop motor boat operations around Ross Island. The Oregon Marine Board will still have to approve the no-wake zone.
Ross Island: No motorized boats?
Mar 16, 2009
The Oregonian
The Portland City Council will hold a hearing Wednesday about supporting a proposal that would limit boats to no-wake in Holgate Channel of the Willamette River and ban motors completely from Ross Island Lagoon. The Audubon Society of Portland, and other co-petitioners will ask the State Marine Board to establish these new zones for the benefit of nesting birds and other wildlife, as well as to provide kayakers and canoeists a safe place to paddle.
Wildlife rule: Look but don't touch
Mar 12, 2009
The Oregonian
Spring is baby bird season, and the conservation director of the Audubon Society of Portland, Bob Sallinger, advises against "helping" the babies.
Passionate Advocates for the Environment
Mar 01, 2009
The Oregonian - Homes and Gardens Northwest
Karen Munday, Urban Wildlife Specialist for the Audubon Society of Portland, is featured in Homes and Gardens Northwest as a Sustainability Leader.
Boys of a feather count together
Feb 28, 2009
The Oregonian
Twin brothers from Portland, OR, have become expert birders; at 14 they already have impressive life lists. They and other citizen scientists participate in the Backyard Bird Count and other projects, providing important field data about bird population and movement.
Port Pushes For New Terminal On Columbia River Island
Feb 26, 2009
OPB News
Rob Manning reports from West Hayden Island, where the Port of Portland wants to expand operations. The Audubon Society of Portland thinks that's a bad idea (audio report available).
Port of Portland, Audubon Society at odds over island
Feb 24, 2009
The Oregonian
The Port of Portland is looking anew at 826 undeveloped acres in north Portland for industrial use. Bob Sallinger with the Portland Audubon Society of Portland notes that the area is an irreplaceable sanctuary for wildlife, and would not benefit from being covered with cargo terminals and parking lots.
Debate over West Hayden Island's fate resumes
Feb 23, 2009
The Oregonian
The Audubon Society of Portland and other environmental groups disagree with the Port of Portland about the future of West Hayden Island, 826 acres of open space north of downtown Portland.
Hundreds of Oregon birders tally backyard visitors
Feb 17, 2009
The Oregonian
Initial counts of checklists in Oregon showed 656 submitted for the 2009 Great Backyard Bird Count.
Don't feed waterfowl: Our efforts to help result in harm
Feb 17, 2009
The Oregonian
Bread and other human food doesn't help ducks and geese who winter here.
Winter brrrding on (and in) the water
Feb 07, 2009
The Oregonian
Reporter Cathy Crandall describes a birding by kayak trip.
We simply know better
Jan 23, 2009
The Oregonian - guest opinion
Travis Williams (Executive Director of Willamette Riverkeeper) and Bob Sallinger (Conservation Director for the Audubon Society of Portland) warn that the fire-retardant chemical, Polybrominated Diphenal Ether (PBDE), should be a top concern for our environment.
Hummingbirds may need your help in this weather
Dec 22, 2008
The Oregonian
Simple steps to help feathered friends during a cold spell.
Enviro groups say federal owl plan faulty
Nov 24, 2008
The Oregonian
A large alliance of environmental groups is joining its foes, the timber industry, in opposing a federal blueprint for protecting the northern spotted owl, the threatened Northwest bird that has stood in the way of logging federal lands.
Winging it on gulls
Nov 24, 2008
The Oregonian
Inara Verzemnieks attends Audubon nature night to learn what she doesn't know about gulls.
Bikes, binocs and bird shadows
Nov 01, 2008
The Oregonian
Bird-watching and cycling go great together on three rider-friendly routes.
Sellwood: Peregrine falcons might nest on span
Oct 30, 2008
The Oregonian
A pair of peregrine falcons may be nesting on the Sellwood Bridge.
These wildlife refuges are for the birds
Oct 11, 2008
The Oregonian
Autumn is time for the annual spectacle of migrating birds, when the flocks wing their way south from the Arctic breeding grounds to wintering grounds in California, Mexico and beyond.
Digging for a landslide's explanation
Oct 10, 2008
The Oregonian
Nothing seems more sudden and surprising than the landslide early Wednesday in Portland's West Hills, carrying a house down with it. Geologists will be digging through the damage for weeks, trying to pin down a definitive explanation of what happened.
Tigard residents adjust to living with urban coyotes
Oct 07, 2008
The Times
Living with urban coyotes. Karen Munday, urban wildlife specialist for the Audubon Society of Portland, said the organization is not a fan of killing coyotes, to say the least.
Groups plan suit for protection of another forest species
Sep 04, 2008
The Oregonian
Groups want to list the dusky tree vole, native to forests in the Tillamook region, as a threatened or endangered species.
Wind farm plans clash with pristine site in eastern Oregon
Aug 31, 2008
The Oregonian
Wind farms promise aid to rural communities and respite from global warming, but they also can carry environmental consequences.
Going bird watching in Oaks Bottom
Aug 06, 2008
The Bee
Mike Houck leads tours of the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge in Portland.
Park Access isn't Equitable
Jul 10, 2008
Portland Tribune
Demographics affect neighborhood green space.
Birds are struggling, but you can help
Jul 09, 2008
The Oregonian
The National Audubon Society has identified 54 species in Oregon as either "globally threatened " or "at risk of becoming globally threatened."
Portland protectors save baby peregrines from the Willamette
Jun 17, 2008
The Oregonian
Two fledgling peregrine falcons are saved by quick work by Portland Audubon volunteers and a good samaritan paddler.
Kill the Cat That Kills the Bird?
Dec 02, 2007
The New York Times
Bird populations are falling worldwide, and cats may be a large contributor to their decline. Cat owners, feral cat support groups, and bird lovers often clash about the best way to care for cats and birds.
Audubon wants stiffer penalties for killing migratory birds
Oct 15, 2007
The Oregonian
The Audubon Society of Portland wants Congress to establish more severe penalties for killing migratory birds.
Audubon Society offers reward after latest killing of protected bird
Sep 24, 2007
The Oregonian
The Audubon Society of Portland is offering a $1,500 reward in the latest bird shooting case; X-rays revealed that a great blue heron in Battle Ground was shot in the right wing.
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