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April 2021 Conservation Column

By |2021-04-06T18:06:29-07:00April 6th, 2021|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail As I discussed in last month’s column, the arrival of a new administration in Washington means that conservation organizations can hope to advance an ambitious forward-looking agenda, rather than simply attempt to defend the victories of the past. Recently, the National Audubon Society and the American Bird Conservancy released [...]

Observation Point: Birding at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

By |2021-04-06T18:22:30-07:00April 6th, 2021|Home Page, News Page|

Virtual APRIL Program Tuesday, April 27 at 7:00 pm Presented by GINA GOBERTI On May 18, 1980, a cataclysmic event occurred at Mount St. Helens as the north flank of the volcano slid off in one of the largest landslides in recorded history, unleashing a powerful eruption. This eruption buried 230 square miles of existing [...]

March 2021 Conservation Column

By |2021-03-06T10:38:27-08:00March 6th, 2021|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail As we move toward spring, let’s continue to celebrate the positive (and how delightful it is to have positives to celebrate!). In this column I highlight three proposals that, if enacted, would represent tremendous victories in long-running conservation struggles. The first proposal is the River Democracy Act (RDA). Introduced [...]

Nest la Vie: From Elaborate Nests to None At All

By |2021-03-29T09:51:28-07:00March 2nd, 2021|News Page|

Tuesday, March 23 at 7:00 pm  Noah Burg presents two research projects focused on birds found in the African savanna. In his talk, Noah will discuss the research he’s conducted and present photographs from his field work, highlighting some of the amazing wildlife found at the study locations.  The focus of the first project is [...]

February 2021 Conservation Column

By |2021-02-03T17:57:26-08:00February 3rd, 2021|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Happy February! Happy, happy February! Beginning with this month’s Conservation Column, I look forward to hav-ing a lot more (well…any) good news to share than I have for the past four years. For a while, though, the good news will consist mostly of reversal of some of the worst [...]

Virtual FEBRUARY Program “Vaux’s Happening: 15 million and Counting”

By |2021-02-24T16:14:19-08:00February 1st, 2021|News Page|

February 23 at 7:00 pm  Presented by LARRY SCHWITTERS Audubon’s Vaux’s Happening Project began in 2007 as a successful effort to save a school chimney that was one of only two well-known big number Vaux’s Swift roost sites in Washington State. This chimney is now recognized as a PIF Globally Significant Important Bird Area. The [...]

Safe Bird Feeding Alert

By |2021-01-04T17:57:14-08:00January 4th, 2021|Home Page, News Page|

Sick and dead Pine Siskins continue to be reported throughout the West. Here is an informative article from the Portland Audubon Wildlife Care Center outlining what you should do if you see struggling birds in your backyard. I've taken my seed feeders down in my backyard since I had several casualties even though I was [...]

Bear Creek Bird Survey Volunteers Needed

By |2021-01-03T14:29:16-08:00January 3rd, 2021|Home Page, News Page|

The Rogue Valley Audubon Society, in partnership with the Klamath Bird Observatory, Rogue River Watershed Council, the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy, and southern Oregon birders are coming together to monitor changes in the Bear Creek bird community as riparian vegetation recovers from recent fires, alterations are made to the Greenway to reduce fire risk, and [...]

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 [...]


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