A photo of a Black Phoebe perched on a slim branch.

Black Phoebes, a New Year-Round Portland Resident?

Whereas the Black Phoebes that were spotted during winters over much of the Willamette Valley for the last decade were assumed to be reverse migrants, over the last few years, many seem to have simply stayed, found a mate, and are now year-round breeding birds at many of our local areas, especially along the Columbia Slough.

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Oregon Semaphore grass being held in two hands

Planting Flags of Hope

Oregon semaphore grass is among the rarest grasses in the United States and it has only a handful of naturally occurring populations in Eastern Oregon. Due to the rarity of this grass, and due to habitat loss, the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) began reintroduction efforts in the early 2000s.

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