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February 2023 Conservation Column

By |2023-02-16T13:17:31-08:00February 16th, 2023|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail This month’s column focuses on a long-neglected but hugely important bird habitat in Oregon and the Great Basin: saline lakes. Lacking outflows, and too salty for fish, these lakes are perfect incubators for brine shrimp and brine flies, which in turn provide essential food for great concentrations of migrating [...]

Kirtland Ponds Access Update

By |2023-01-27T09:52:40-08:00January 27th, 2023|Home Page, News Page|

This is an IMPORTANT message to all visitors to Kirtland Rd. Ponds. As many know RVSS has modified the sewage lagoons with an eye towards improving shorebird habitat as well as modifying their own work environment. The grading process is now mostly complete. Birders are welcome to visit but please make sure you park in [...]

November 2022 Conservation Column

By |2022-11-11T15:36:49-08:00November 11th, 2022|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail By now, everyone should have received their ballots in the mail. Please, remember to VOTE! It’s one of the most important things you can do to make your voice heard for conservation – and for all the other issues you care about. This Conservation Column features a local conservation [...]

October 2022 Conservation Column

By |2022-10-07T15:28:18-07:00October 7th, 2022|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Happy fall! This might be the last Chat that reaches you before Election Day (November 8, but most of us vote well before that). So, let me remind everyone that one of the most important conservation actions you can take is to VOTE. Rogue Valley Audubon of course does [...]

October IN-PERSON Program with Virtual Option

By |2022-10-29T15:29:39-07:00October 5th, 2022|News Page|

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022 at 7:00 pm Hummingbirds and Penguins and Tanagers, Oh My! An Ecuador Birding Extravaganza Join Pepper Trail as he takes us on a birding adventure from the Galapagos Islands to the highlands of Ecuadorian Andes. Swim with Galapagos Penguins and Flightless Cormorants, puzzle over the identification of Darwin's finches, and be [...]

September 2022 Conservation Column

By |2022-09-26T13:52:05-07:00September 8th, 2022|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail This summer brought some long-overdue good news: finally, significant federal legislation to address climate change. The name doesn’t make it obvious, but the Inflation Reduction Act is the most significant climate legislation ever to become law. It also provides many other conservation benefits. National Audubon has summarized 12 ways [...]

September Virtual Program – Uncovering the Secrets of the Oregon Vesper Sparrow

By |2022-09-30T14:58:12-07:00September 7th, 2022|News Page|

Oregon Vesper Sparrows are a prime example of what birders call “little brown jobs” – small, drab, hard-to-identify birds that we sometimes overlook. But this little brown job is an imperiled subspecies unique to the Pacific Northwest, one that serves as an indicator of the health of our grassland ecosystems, and needs our attention and [...]

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 [...]


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