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September 2022 Conservation Column

By |2022-09-08T13:49:36-07:00September 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 |2022-09-07T15:51:20-07:00September 7th, 2022|Home Page, 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 [...]

Second Survey on the Future of the Bear Creek Greenway

By |2022-09-13T18:33:13-07:00August 30th, 2022|Home Page, News Page|

IMPORTANT: Second Survey on the Future of the Bear Creek Greenway. As many of you know, there is currently an effort, called Envision Bear Creek, to plan for the future management of the Bear Creek Greenway. Earlier this year, an online survey was conducted to gather information on the experiences and priorities of Greenway users. [...]

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 [...]


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