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March Chapter Meeting: The Secret Lives of Feathers

By |2022-03-30T18:27:51-07:00March 9th, 2022|News Page|

Tuesday, March 29 at 7:00 pm Feathers are the most complex structure made by the skin of any animal. How they grow is even more in-credible. Inside a tiny sheath in a blood-rich environment, the intricate fine structure is assembled and the colors are applied all while rolled tightly. Within a few days the finished [...]

February Conservation Column

By |2022-02-08T11:16:48-08:00February 8th, 2022|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column by Pepper Trail Happy New Year! Well, perhaps not as happy as we might wish, with Omicron still surging and just about complete deadlock in Washington. But there are still juncos and kinglets and waxwings and wigeons to lift our spirits! And plenty of conservation work to be done. Let’s start off [...]

FEBRUARY Virtual Program: Dead Wood & Healthy Habitats

By |2022-02-20T15:07:10-08:00February 4th, 2022|News Page|

FEBRUARY Virtual Program Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7:00 pm Dead Wood & Healthy Habitats Dead wood – be it dead standing trees or snags, downed wood in streams and on land, or decaying wood with cavities – is important for wildlife habitat and vegetation communities. This joint program of the Native Plant Society of Oregon [...]

Disruption to Ashland Pond Primary Access Trail

By |2022-05-29T16:05:49-07:00January 29th, 2022|News Page|

Disruptions to Ashland Pond Primary Access Path/Walking Trail between January 31 and February 4, 2022. See https://www.ashland.or.us/news.asp?newsID=5238#:~:text=The%20primary%20access%20path%20to,31%20and%20February%204%2C%202022.&text=Ashland%20Parks%20and%20Recreation%20Commission%20maintains%20the%20footpath%20throughout%20the%20year for more information.

December/January Conservation Column

By |2021-12-06T17:16:47-08:00December 6th, 2021|Conservation, Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Good News, and Not-So-Good News Climate change: Just about everything we do in conservation to protect birds and their habitats could be undone if climate change continues on its current path. Therefore, this Conservation Column focuses on two big climate change stories, one in Washington, and the other in [...]

January Chapter Meeting: Members’ Showcase

By |2022-01-28T09:54:06-08:00December 6th, 2021|News Page|

JANUARY Virtual Program Tuesday, January 25 at 7:00 pm Presenter: Erin Ulrich & RVAS Members Topic: Members’ Showcase Hi, Everyone! We’d like to have our January Chapter Meeting be about YOU and the birds you’ve seen either in your backyard or on a special trip you’ve taken. Pick your top three to five photos and [...]

November Conservation Column

By |2021-11-09T11:54:55-08:00November 9th, 2021|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail This column is filled with promising news. Not fully achieved victories, but definitely promising. And that feels pretty good. The Griffin Half Moon Timber Sale Halted In early October, a federal judge halted the 900-acre Griffin Half Moon timber sale on the edge of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument for [...]

November Chapter Meeting

By |2021-11-24T14:53:32-08:00November 7th, 2021|News Page|

Join us for our November program where Steve Wise, Executive Director of SouthernOregon Land Conservancy, will present. Steve is a leader with more than 25 years’ experience in ecosystem scale watershed and forest restoration, stormwater green infrastructure, climate resiliency, fundraising, conservation policy and sustainability in the Pacific Northwest, Great Lakes and beyond. Steve was most [...]


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