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June 2021 Conservation Column

By |2021-07-09T15:31:02-07:00July 9th, 2021|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail This last Conservation Column for the “Audubon Year” is a summary of updates on the priority issues for the Oregon Audubon Council, the consortium of Audubon chapters in Oregon. This is an abridged version of the summary prepared by Joe Liebezeit and Bob Sallinger of Portland Audubon. Lots of [...]

May 2021 Conservation Column

By |2021-05-04T18:22:37-07:00May 4th, 2021|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail As I write this, Earth Day is just around the corner, so it seems an appropriate time to focus on a big-picture conservation issue: the importance of forests in the fight against the climate crisis. This recent overview is from the National Audubon Society. Forests are Important in the [...]

The Woodpecker’s Tongue and Other Avian Adaptations

By |2021-05-30T10:01:05-07:00May 4th, 2021|News Page|

 Tuesday, May 25 at 7:00 pm  “The Woodpecker’s Tongue and Other Avian Adaptations”  Presented by DAN GLEASON  Editor's note: We don't usually have a May chapter meeting. This bonus event takes the place of our annual May picnic which was canceled.  Awakened by a woodpecker drumming on your gutters at 5 a.m.? Or was one [...]

April 2021 Conservation Column

By |2021-04-06T18:06:29-07:00April 6th, 2021|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail As I discussed in last month’s column, the arrival of a new administration in Washington means that conservation organizations can hope to advance an ambitious forward-looking agenda, rather than simply attempt to defend the victories of the past. Recently, the National Audubon Society and the American Bird Conservancy released [...]

Observation Point: Birding at the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument

By |2021-05-04T17:25:58-07:00April 6th, 2021|News Page|

Virtual APRIL Program Tuesday, April 27 at 7:00 pm Presented by GINA ROBERTI On May 18, 1980, a cataclysmic event occurred at Mount St. Helens as the north flank of the volcano slid off in one of the largest landslides in recorded history, unleashing a powerful eruption. This eruption buried 230 square miles of existing [...]

March 2021 Conservation Column

By |2021-03-06T10:38:27-08:00March 6th, 2021|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail As we move toward spring, let’s continue to celebrate the positive (and how delightful it is to have positives to celebrate!). In this column I highlight three proposals that, if enacted, would represent tremendous victories in long-running conservation struggles. The first proposal is the River Democracy Act (RDA). Introduced [...]

Nest la Vie: From Elaborate Nests to None At All

By |2021-03-29T09:51:28-07:00March 2nd, 2021|News Page|

Tuesday, March 23 at 7:00 pm  Noah Burg presents two research projects focused on birds found in the African savanna. In his talk, Noah will discuss the research he’s conducted and present photographs from his field work, highlighting some of the amazing wildlife found at the study locations.  The focus of the first project is [...]

February 2021 Conservation Column

By |2021-02-03T17:57:26-08:00February 3rd, 2021|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Happy February! Happy, happy February! Beginning with this month’s Conservation Column, I look forward to hav-ing a lot more (well…any) good news to share than I have for the past four years. For a while, though, the good news will consist mostly of reversal of some of the worst [...]

Virtual FEBRUARY Program “Vaux’s Happening: 15 million and Counting”

By |2021-02-24T16:14:19-08:00February 1st, 2021|News Page|

February 23 at 7:00 pm  Presented by LARRY SCHWITTERS Audubon’s Vaux’s Happening Project began in 2007 as a successful effort to save a school chimney that was one of only two well-known big number Vaux’s Swift roost sites in Washington State. This chimney is now recognized as a PIF Globally Significant Important Bird Area. The [...]


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