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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

November 2019 Conservation Column

By |2019-11-02T17:45:13-07:00November 2nd, 2019|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail The Most Extensive Study Yet on Birds and Climate Change In October, the National Audubon Society released the most detailed analysis ever done on the likely effects of climate change on North American birds. The “Survival by Degrees” report uses a huge dataset of bird occurrence records – from [...]

October 2019 Conservation Column

By |2019-09-28T12:17:13-07:00September 28th, 2019|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail October’s column is from the National Audubon Society, and covers a major new analysis of North American bird populations. The study, just released, confirms what long-time birders know: bird populations are in steep decline in virtually every habitat and every part of the country. Time to redouble our efforts! [...]

September 2019 Conservation Column

By |2019-08-30T15:28:25-07:00August 30th, 2019|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Welcome back from summer! Except for that brief period of smoke from the Milepost 97 fire, what a lovely summer it has been! Fingers crossed for continued smoke-free skies, and a cool, wet September. I wish I had such good news on the conservation front, but sadly the Administration’s [...]

June 2019 Conservation Column

By |2019-06-01T17:59:25-07:00June 1st, 2019|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail and Juliet Grable Speak Up for Alaska’s Bristol Bay Bristol Bay is the huge expanse of the Bering Sea north of the Aleutians and south of Cape Newenham. The bay supports a vast diversity of birds, a vital food web, and a world-class fishery that supports the surrounding communities. [...]

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