Irene Finley with a camera on the ledge

The Immense Contributions of Irene Finley

Irene was passionate about wildlife, and she defied the societal expectations of the time by writing and offering lectures both with William and alone, climbing mountains, and traveling to remote places, all in service of her mission to document nature and use those findings to protect birds and other wildlife.

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Great Blue Heron

Announcing Our New Name!

A year ago we announced our decision to drop the name Bird Alliance of Oregon and find a new name that better reflects our mission and values, one that would make this organization a more welcoming place for all people. It brings us great joy to share with you today our new name: Bird Alliance of Oregon

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Cape Perpetua, photo by Oregon Marine Reserves

Legislative Priorities for 2024

On February 5, the Oregon legislature will begin a 35-day sprint to get a dizzying array of bills over the finish line. Bird Alliance of Oregon has been working for months to prepare for session and will be working on bills in each of the below priority areas to protect our state’s wildlife and wild places.

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Chinook Salmon in stream

Fish and Wildlife Commission Reform

Last year, the legislature passed a bill to restructure the commission. This legislative session, there are multiple seats up for appointment or reappointment. That’s why one of our priorities this session is to advocate for conservation and science-focused candidates to serve on the commission and to watchdog any efforts to stack the commission with anti-conservation interests.

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Cape Perpetua, photo by Oregon Marine Reserves

Can We Protect 30% of Oregon by 2030?

In 2021 the Biden Administration heralded the “America the Beautiful” plan to conserve 30% of U.S. land and water by 2023. The initiative calls for a voluntary effort to support locally led conservation and restoration efforts to achieve this goal. So what is Oregon’s status?

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Bohlman and Finley photographing cormorants

Three Arch Rocks

An edited excerpt from the upcoming book For the Love of Nature: The Adventures and Achievements of William L. Finley and Irene B. Finley by Carole A. and William L. Finley III

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