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October 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-10-04T16:17:35-07:00October 4th, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail As I write this, we are all struggling to come to terms with the effects of the Almeda Fire. My deepest sympathy to all who have lost homes or businesses in the fire. Recovery of the towns of Talent and Phoenix will take many years. The fire also devastated [...]

RVAS October 2020 Program

By |2020-10-02T15:52:20-07:00October 2nd, 2020|Home Page, News Page|

Resilient Forests for Nature & People of the Rogue Valley Presented by DARREN BORGIAS Darren Borgias, Southwestern Oregon Forest Conservation Director for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), will give a Zoom presentation and invite dialogue about “Resilient Forests for Nature and People of the Rogue Valley”. Darren Borgias has guided TNC protection and restoration work in [...]

September 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-09-04T16:32:06-07:00September 4th, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Welcome back from summer! I hope you all got out and spent plenty of time enjoying the wild birds and wild places of our beautiful region – maintaining social distancing, of course. So, what do you want to hear first – the good news or the bad news? I [...]

RVAS September 2020 Program

By |2020-09-23T15:32:23-07:00August 31st, 2020|News Page|

Tuesday, Tuesday September 22 at 7:00 pm FIGHTING CRIME WITH FEATHERS:  The Casebook of a Forensic Ornithologist Presented by PEPPER TRAIL   Join us on Zoom as our own Pepper Trail, the world’s leading forensic ornithologist, lifts the curtain on the secret world of wildlife crime. As the ornithologist at the National Fish and Wildlife [...]

Federal Judge Overturns Trump Administration Attempt to Gut MBTA

By |2020-10-02T15:40:52-07:00August 13th, 2020|Home Page, News Page|

Great news for birds! In 2018, Audubon, several other conservation groups, and eight states filed lawsuits challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior’s elimination of longstanding bird protections under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). On Monday (August 10) U.S. district court struck down the legal opinion used to justify the Trump administration’s coming rollback [...]

Comment Letter: Bear Grub Timber Sale EA Comments

By |2020-07-13T19:01:27-07:00July 13th, 2020|Home Page, News Page|

July 13, 2020 Lauren Brown Field Manager Ashland Resource Area Medford BLM 3040 Biddle Road Medford, OR 97504   RE: Bear Grub Timber Sale EA Comments DOI-BLM-ORWA-M060-2020-0001-EA   Dear Ms. Brown: The Rogue Valley Audubon Society (RVAS) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society with over 500 members in Jackson County. The survival of [...]

Conservation Related Issues To Which the Chapter Has Recently Weighed In

By |2020-07-13T19:11:32-07:00July 13th, 2020|Conservation Permanent, News Page|

Bear Grub Timber Sale EA Comments (July 2020) Letter From Chapter to BLM Comments on Public Access to, and Management of, the Imperatrice Property (March 2020) Letter From Chapter and SOLC to City of Ashland Comments on Proposed Rule and Environmental Impact Statement for Migratory Bird Treaty Act (March 2020) Letter From State Audubon Chapters [...]

June 2020 Conservation Column

By |2020-05-30T12:27:01-07:00May 30th, 2020|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail As this is the last Chat for a few months, I thought I would present an update on some of the statewide conservation priorities for the Oregon Audubon Council (OAC) that are of particular concern here in our region. This summary is provided by Joe Liebezeit, Chief Scientist of [...]

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 [...]

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