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Disruption to Ashland Pond Primary Access Trail

By |2022-01-29T15:44:19-08:00January 29th, 2022|Home Page, 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.

Safe Bird Feeding Alert

By |2022-01-21T15:16:38-08:00January 4th, 2022|Home Page, News Page|

At this time last year there was an irruption of Pine Siskins in our area. Many succumbed to the deadly salmonellosis outbreak that occurred along with the massive numbers of birds. While not nearly as extreme as last year, some people have still reported sickly and dead birds at their feeders. It is very important, [...]

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 [...]

October 2021 Conservation Column

By |2021-10-09T13:54:52-07:00October 9th, 2021|Conservation Columns|

Editor’s note: In lieu of his standard comprehensive column this month, Pepper has shared the following comments he submitted to the City of Central Point Park Planner on Sept. 26 regarding proposed changes to Mingus Pond. Thanks to Pepper for his tireless work on behalf of our valley’s birds and their ecosystems! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Subject: Comments [...]

The Nature of Oregon’s Great Basin

By |2021-10-27T17:52:31-07:00October 6th, 2021|News Page|

Join us for our October program when Pepper Trail, our globe-trotting conservation co-chair, will take us somewhere truly exotic: Oregon's Great Basin! Pepper is particularly fond of the Summer Lake area, and his talk, "The Nature of Oregon's Great Basin," will introduce the varied birds and ecosystems of the Oregon Outback - with particular emphasis [...]


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