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December/January Conservation Column

By |2021-12-06T17:16:47-08:00December 6th, 2021|Conservation, Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Good News, and Not-So-Good News Climate change: Just about everything we do in conservation to protect birds and their habitats could be undone if climate change continues on its current path. Therefore, this Conservation Column focuses on two big climate change stories, one in Washington, and the other in [...]

January Chapter Meeting: Members’ Showcase

By |2021-12-06T17:02:40-08:00December 6th, 2021|Home Page, News Page|

JANUARY Virtual Program Tuesday, January 25 at 7:00 pm Presenter: Erin Ulrich & RVAS Members Topic: Members’ Showcase Hi, Everyone! We’d like to have our January Chapter Meeting be about YOU and the birds you’ve seen either in your backyard or on a special trip you’ve taken. Pick your top three to five photos and [...]

November Conservation Column

By |2021-11-09T11:54:55-08:00November 9th, 2021|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail This column is filled with promising news. Not fully achieved victories, but definitely promising. And that feels pretty good. The Griffin Half Moon Timber Sale Halted In early October, a federal judge halted the 900-acre Griffin Half Moon timber sale on the edge of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument for [...]

November Chapter Meeting

By |2021-11-24T14:53:32-08:00November 7th, 2021|News Page|

Join us for our November program where Steve Wise, Executive Director of SouthernOregon Land Conservancy, will present. Steve is a leader with more than 25 years’ experience in ecosystem scale watershed and forest restoration, stormwater green infrastructure, climate resiliency, fundraising, conservation policy and sustainability in the Pacific Northwest, Great Lakes and beyond. Steve was most [...]

October 2021 Conservation Column

By |2021-10-09T13:54:52-07:00October 9th, 2021|Conservation Columns|

Editor’s note: In lieu of his standard comprehensive column this month, Pepper has shared the following comments he submitted to the City of Central Point Park Planner on Sept. 26 regarding proposed changes to Mingus Pond. Thanks to Pepper for his tireless work on behalf of our valley’s birds and their ecosystems! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Subject: Comments [...]

The Nature of Oregon’s Great Basin

By |2021-10-27T17:52:31-07:00October 6th, 2021|News Page|

Join us for our October program when Pepper Trail, our globe-trotting conservation co-chair, will take us somewhere truly exotic: Oregon's Great Basin! Pepper is particularly fond of the Summer Lake area, and his talk, "The Nature of Oregon's Great Basin," will introduce the varied birds and ecosystems of the Oregon Outback - with particular emphasis [...]

September 2021 Conservation Column

By |2021-09-06T16:52:06-07:00September 6th, 2021|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Well, this certainly wasn’t the post-pandemic we were dreaming of, but I hope everyone got out and enjoyed our beautiful southern Oregon environment before the smoke descended. Here’s hoping that by the time you read this, blue skies will have returned. This first Conservation Column back from the summer [...]

The Recovery and Conservation of the California Condor

By |2021-10-06T16:47:06-07:00September 6th, 2021|News Page|

SEPTEMBER Virtual Program Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 pm The Recovery and Conservation of the California Condor This month’s virtual program will feature several speakers. Each speaker will participate through their collaboration with the Friends of California Condors Wild and Free, and will discuss their own niche within the California Condor monitoring and recovery effort. [...]

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