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September 2023 Conservation Column

By |2023-09-12T18:18:29-07:00September 12th, 2023|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column by Pepper Trail Welcome back from summer! With unprecedented heat baking the globe and political divisions at an all-time high, it's easy to focus on the negative. So let's ease into fall by highlighting two positive developments on the local conservation front. Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expansion Wins in Court -- Again In [...]

RVAS celebrates 50 years!

By |2023-09-12T18:04:46-07:00September 12th, 2023|Home Page|

By Erin Ulrich It’s the start of 2023-2024 programs and activities for the Rogue Valley Audubon Society. This year we are celebrating more than 50 years of advocating for bird conservation and education to protect birds and their habitats in the Rogue Valley. RVAS was first recognized as a non-profit, 501c(3) organization by the IRS [...]

June Conservation Column

By |2023-06-17T10:01:08-07:00June 17th, 2023|Conservation Columns|

Conservation Column By Juliet Grable The 2023 Farm Bill: An Opportunity to Get It Right Last month, The Guardian ran a story about a new study that highlights how agriculture is devastating bird populations in Europe. For the study, a group of 50 researchers analyzed data gathered from 28 countries over nearly four decades: “The [...]

May Conservation Column

By |2023-05-06T11:06:48-07:00May 6th, 2023|Conservation Columns|

Conservation Column By Juliet Grable Avian Flu Update One year ago, Pepper Trail provided an excellent summary on the status of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, aka HPAI, aka avian flu. At the time, it was evident that the newest subtype of the virus, called H5N1, was infect-ing and killing wild birds on a scale not [...]

Former sewage lagoons in shadow of Table Rocks smell sweet to birds

By |2023-03-30T13:00:32-07:00March 30th, 2023|Home Page, News Page|

Here is a link to the article from the Rogue Valley Times: https://www.rv-times.com/localstate/former-sewage-lagoons-in-shadow-of-table-rocks-smell-sweet-to-birds/article_b1062784-cdad-11ed-93ff-cfae0913b50e.html


By |2023-03-28T18:16:13-07:00March 27th, 2023|Home Page, News Page|

Writers on the Range has published an article by Pepper Trail on the effort to place wildlife crossings in Southern Oregon. https://writersontherange.org/no-one-wants-to-collide-with-a-deer/ More information about this effort is on the Southern Oregon Wildlife Crossing Coalition website: https://www.myowf.org/sowcc

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 [...]


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