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Greenway Fuels Reduction Work and its Impact on Nesting Birds

By |2024-05-21T18:58:04-07:00May 21st, 2024|Home Page, News Page|

The Conservation Column (to appear in the June issue of The Chat) By Pepper Trail For those of you involved in the Bear Creek Community Bird Survey – and for all of you who simply enjoy walking and birding along the Bear Creek Greenway – brace yourselves. Jackson County Parks has authorized the “Bear Creek [...]

Jet Boats Threaten the Upper Rogue River

By |2024-05-08T08:51:24-07:00May 7th, 2024|Home Page, News Page|

Taken from the May 2024 edition of The Chat, by Pepper Trail. Many of you are doubtless aware of the problem of commercial jet boats on the Upper Rogue River. A private business operating out of TouVelle State Park has had significant negative impacts on fish, wildlife, and recreational users on the river. Longtime RVAS [...]

March 2024 Conservation Column

By |2024-03-07T13:12:24-08:00March 7th, 2024|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column Klamath River Dams Update By Juliet Grable As I’m sure most of you are aware, removal of the Klamath River dams is proceeding on schedule. Drawdown, or draining of the reservoirs, was initiated at Iron Gate Dam on January 9, and on February 15 Klamath River Renewal Corporation announced that ini-tial drawdown [...]

RVAS Apparel

By |2024-02-23T14:36:14-08:00February 23rd, 2024|Home Page|

Promote RVAS in the Community! Did you know that we now have quality t-shirts and sweatshirts with our RVAS logo on them? They are very reasonably priced, too!  With each purchase, Bonfire donates a portion back to RVAS, so it’s a win-win! You get a great product, and RVAS gets a donation! Find our wares [...]

February 2024 Conservation Column

By |2024-02-02T13:41:27-08:00February 2nd, 2024|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Editor’s Note: Due to the particularly sensitive and complex issues raised by the USFWS Draft Barred Owl Manage-ment Strategy, the RVAS Board held a special meeting with Dr. Trail in January 2024 to discuss the public comment letter that follows. Although the Board was not in complete agreement about [...]

The Bear Creek Community Bird Survey: Birds, Fire, and Community Science

By |2024-01-01T17:40:04-08:00December 30th, 2023|Home Page, News Page, Uncategorized|

This article by Chapter member Nate Trimble appeared in the Spring 2023 edition of Oregon Birds.   As readers of Oregon Birds surely know, birding is an enjoyable and personally enriching hobby that gets us out in nature and connects us with the beauty of the world around us. But can birding be more than [...]


By |2023-12-06T13:57:17-08:00December 6th, 2023|Home Page, News Page|

The following article was taken from Writers on the Range with permission from the author: No, this isn’t about those folks who spend their winters in Arizona or Florida. The snowbird behind this warning is an actual bird, the dark-eyed junco, a small creature you probably know if you have a bird feeder and maybe [...]

September 2023 Conservation Column

By |2023-09-12T18:18:29-07:00September 12th, 2023|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column by Pepper Trail Welcome back from summer! With unprecedented heat baking the globe and political divisions at an all-time high, it's easy to focus on the negative. So let's ease into fall by highlighting two positive developments on the local conservation front. Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expansion Wins in Court -- Again In [...]

RVAS celebrates 50 years!

By |2023-11-27T10:59:34-08:00September 12th, 2023|News Page|

By Erin Ulrich It’s the start of 2023-2024 programs and activities for the Rogue Valley Audubon Society. This year we are celebrating more than 50 years of advocating for bird conservation and education to protect birds and their habitats in the Rogue Valley. RVAS was first recognized as a non-profit, 501c(3) organization by the IRS [...]

June Conservation Column

By |2023-06-17T10:01:08-07:00June 17th, 2023|Conservation Columns|

Conservation Column By Juliet Grable The 2023 Farm Bill: An Opportunity to Get It Right Last month, The Guardian ran a story about a new study that highlights how agriculture is devastating bird populations in Europe. For the study, a group of 50 researchers analyzed data gathered from 28 countries over nearly four decades: “The [...]


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