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December/January 2021 Conservation Column

By |2020-12-05T15:09:27-08:00December 5th, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Well, the election is over – right? Despite the outrageous attempts by the Trump administration to contest President-Elect Biden’s clear victory, we WILL have a new president on January 20. Unfortunately, there are plenty of anti-environmental decisions being rushed through in the meantime. I start this Conservation Column with [...]

RVAS January 2021 Program

By |2021-01-27T17:03:13-08:00December 2nd, 2020|News Page|

The Fascinating World of Forensic Ornithology Presented by Ariel Gaffney Ariel Gaffney will explain how she got into forensic ornithology and will discuss some of the work she has been doing at the lab on identification of Bald and Golden Eagles. The lab is developing a new tool for identifying some of their more difficult [...]

RVAS November 2020 Program

By |2020-11-29T16:04:04-08:00October 30th, 2020|News Page|

NOVEMBER Program Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 7:00 pm Birding with a Clean Slate: Rediscovering Birding on the Other Side of the World Presented by BRENDA MILLER Many birders can relate to the excitement of finding a new bird, but what about bird-ing in a completely new country? How does one identify a completely unfamiliar population [...]

November 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-11-05T14:07:48-08:00October 28th, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail We made it to November!  As I write this in late October, I’ve just dropped off my ballot, and by the time you receive this issue of the Chat, I’m sure most of you will have done so as well.  But just in case you haven’t – and this [...]

October 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-10-04T16:17:35-07:00October 4th, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail As I write this, we are all struggling to come to terms with the effects of the Almeda Fire. My deepest sympathy to all who have lost homes or businesses in the fire. Recovery of the towns of Talent and Phoenix will take many years. The fire also devastated [...]

RVAS October 2020 Program

By |2020-10-30T16:41:59-07:00October 2nd, 2020|News Page|

Resilient Forests for Nature & People of the Rogue Valley Presented by DARREN BORGIAS Darren Borgias, Southwestern Oregon Forest Conservation Director for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), will give a Zoom presentation and invite dialogue about “Resilient Forests for Nature and People of the Rogue Valley”. Darren Borgias has guided TNC protection and restoration work in [...]

Great Fall Migration Yard Big Sit

By |2020-09-24T11:35:36-07:00September 24th, 2020|Community, Field Trip Reports, News Page|

The first ever RVAS Great Fall Migration Yard Big Sit on September 19, 2020 was a success. While in person field trips have been cancelled for the foreseeable future, nine yards participated in a 24-hour big day from the convenience of their own yards. While enjoying the birds in my yard, it wasn’t lost on [...]

September 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-09-04T16:32:06-07:00September 4th, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Welcome back from summer! I hope you all got out and spent plenty of time enjoying the wild birds and wild places of our beautiful region – maintaining social distancing, of course. So, what do you want to hear first – the good news or the bad news? I [...]

RVAS September 2020 Program

By |2020-09-23T15:32:23-07:00August 31st, 2020|News Page|

Tuesday, Tuesday September 22 at 7:00 pm FIGHTING CRIME WITH FEATHERS:  The Casebook of a Forensic Ornithologist Presented by PEPPER TRAIL   Join us on Zoom as our own Pepper Trail, the world’s leading forensic ornithologist, lifts the curtain on the secret world of wildlife crime. As the ornithologist at the National Fish and Wildlife [...]

Federal Judge Overturns Trump Administration Attempt to Gut MBTA

By |2020-10-02T15:40:52-07:00August 13th, 2020|Home Page, News Page|

Great news for birds! In 2018, Audubon, several other conservation groups, and eight states filed lawsuits challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior’s elimination of longstanding bird protections under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). On Monday (August 10) U.S. district court struck down the legal opinion used to justify the Trump administration’s coming rollback [...]

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