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May 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-04-30T11:35:50-07:00April 30th, 2020|Conservation, Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Well, this has been a beautiful spring, hasn’t it? Except for being too dry, and – oh, yes – the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of just about every normal activity. Well, even if organized field trips have been canceled, we can still take joy in solitary (or carefully [...]

April 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-04-03T17:09:02-07:00April 3rd, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Well. Crazy world, right? At the end of February, I returned to the U.S. from a two-week voyage through the Seychelles Islands, with highlights including the incredible giant tortoises of Aldabra Atoll and such unique birds as the Seychelles Blue-Pigeon and the Black Parrot. Little did I know that [...]

Comment Letter: Statement for Migratory Bird Treaty Act

By |2020-03-24T12:34:27-07:00March 24th, 2020|Home Page, News Page|

Date: March 19, 2020 From: Audubon Society of Portland To: US Fish and Wildlife Service Re: Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2018-0090, Proposed Rule and Environmental Impact Statement for Migratory Bird Treaty Act   Dear US Fish and Wildlife Service, Please accept the following comments from Audubon Chapters in Oregon including Audubon Society of Portland, East Cascades Audubon [...]

Comment Letter: Public Access to, and Management of, the Imperatrice Property

By |2020-03-24T12:36:49-07:00March 24th, 2020|Home Page, News Page|

To: The Ashland City Council, Mayor John Stromberg CC: Paula Brown, Public Works Director; Michael Black, Director of Parks and Recreation From: Pepper Trail, Rogue Valley Audubon Society Kristi Mergenthaler, Southern Oregon Land Conservancy Date: March 17, 2020 Subject: Public Access to, and Management of, the Imperatrice Property The Rogue Valley Audubon Society (RVAS) and [...]

March 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-02-29T13:28:46-08:00February 29th, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Juliet Grable This month’s column highlights the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between conservation groups and the timber industry, which was signed in early February. This breakthrough occurred when Governor Kate Brown stepped in to mediate a resolution between the two sides, each of which had been planning to introduce ballot measures [...]

CANCELED – RVAS March 2020 Program

By |2020-04-12T16:15:32-07:00February 28th, 2020|News Page|

This Chapter Meeting has been canceled The Fascinating World of Forensic Ornithology Presented by Ariel Gaffney Ariel Gaffney will explain how she got into forensic ornithology and will discuss some of the work she has been doing at the lab on identification of Bald and Golden Eagles. The lab is developing a new tool for [...]

February 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-01-29T18:03:36-08:00January 29th, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Let’s start off 2020 with a summary of some conservation victories over the past year. This summary is from National Audubon, and it reminds us that even in the most challenging political environment, determined advocacy for birds and other wildlife can achieve great results. But, of course, threats remain [...]

RVAS February 2020 Program

By |2020-02-28T15:56:23-08:00January 29th, 2020|News Page|

The Applegate Siskiyous: Wildlands, Wildflowers and Biodiversity Naturalist, environmental activists and author Luke Ruediger, will take you on an in-depth visual journey across the Applegate Siskiyous, highlighting the many botanical areas, rare plants, wildlands, and special places of the region. The presentation covers the entire Applegate River Watershed from its confluence with the Rogue River [...]

December/January 2019/2020 Conservation Column

By |2019-12-03T11:52:17-08:00December 3rd, 2019|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail As I write this, it’s shortly before Thanksgiving, and I’m thinking about the conservation of Oregon’s most magnificent native fowl. No, not the turkey, which as I’m sure all Auduboners know, is NOT native to Oregon, but rather an introduction by ODFW to provide hunters with another target. No, [...]

RVAS November 2019 Program CANCELED

By |2019-11-27T16:02:28-08:00November 25th, 2019|News Page|

This program has been canceled due to the potential for severe weather. NOVEMBER Program Tuesday, November 26 at 7:00 pm FIGHTING CRIME WITH FEATHERS:  The Casebook of a Forensic Ornithologist Presented by PEPPER TRAIL   Join us as our own Pepper Trail, the world’s leading forensic ornithologist, lifts the curtain on the secret world of [...]

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