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May 2022 Conservation Column

By |2022-05-06T18:33:24-07:00May 6th, 2022|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail For this month, some exciting news of species survival – and a disease threat to bird populations. California Condors! Let’s start with the good news: California Condors are returning to the “State of Jefferson.” Sometime in the month of May, four adolescent (2-3 year-old) condors will be released on [...]

The Illegal Trade in These Love Charms Is a Growing Threat to Hummingbirds

By |2022-05-06T17:56:39-07:00May 3rd, 2022|Home Page, News Page|

Pepper Trail has written an article for audubon.org regarding the growing threat to hummingbirds from the illegal trade in hummingbird love charms - ‘chuparosas’ - that are believed to imbue romantic powers. Read the article here: https://www.audubon.org/news/the-illegal-trade-these-love-charms-growing-threat-hummingbirds

April 2022 Conservation Column

By |2022-04-14T11:35:44-07:00April 14th, 2022|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Good News and Bad News for Oregon Forests First, the good news: the Oregon Forest Practices Act. In March, the Oregon Legislature passed the Oregon Forest Practices Act (OFPA) (Senate Bill 1501). This creates strong new stream protections covering more than 10 million acres of private forest land in [...]

April Chapter Meeting: Fast Field Sketches For Better Birding!

By |2022-04-30T16:11:40-07:00April 14th, 2022|News Page|

Tuesday, April 26 at 7:00 pm Learn how to make fast drawings of birds to help you observe and remember the details. You don’t need to be an artist to make effective field sketches. The process will help you develop a mental map of bird plumage, and develop fundamental birding skills. John Muir Laws will [...]

The Klamath Basin’s Water Crisis

By |2022-03-13T16:18:06-07:00March 13th, 2022|Home Page, News Page|

Pepper Trail has written an article on audubon.org regarding the Growing Disaster for Waterfowl in the Klamath Basin. "Some of the continent’s most important wetland habitat is drying up. Without urgent action, we may be witnessing the death of a flyway." Read the article here: https://www.audubon.org/news/the-klamath-basins-water-crisis-growing-disaster-waterfowl

March 2022 Conservation Column

By |2022-03-09T15:09:22-08:00March 9th, 2022|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column        By Juliet Grable The Crisis in the Klamath Basin Last month I attended the annual Winter Wings Festival in Klamath Falls. This year, event planners revamped the festival’s programming to focus on the drought and the crisis in the Klamath refuges. The Basin is alarmingly dry, and birds are [...]

March Chapter Meeting: The Secret Lives of Feathers

By |2022-03-30T18:27:51-07:00March 9th, 2022|News Page|

Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 pm Feathers are the most complex structure made by the skin of any animal. How they grow is even more in-credible. Inside a tiny sheath in a blood-rich environment, the intricate fine structure is assembled and the colors are applied all while rolled tightly. Within a few days the finished [...]

February Conservation Column

By |2022-02-08T11:16:48-08:00February 8th, 2022|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column by Pepper Trail Happy New Year! Well, perhaps not as happy as we might wish, with Omicron still surging and just about complete deadlock in Washington. But there are still juncos and kinglets and waxwings and wigeons to lift our spirits! And plenty of conservation work to be done. Let’s start off [...]

FEBRUARY Virtual Program: Dead Wood & Healthy Habitats

By |2022-02-20T15:07:10-08:00February 4th, 2022|News Page|

FEBRUARY Virtual Program Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7:00 pm Dead Wood & Healthy Habitats Dead wood – be it dead standing trees or snags, downed wood in streams and on land, or decaying wood with cavities – is important for wildlife habitat and vegetation communities. This joint program of the Native Plant Society of Oregon [...]

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