A Tufted Coquette, a tiny and brilliant orange and green hummingbird is sipping nectar from a magenta flower.

The Nature of Being

Why must there be a deeper connection? At this pivotal moment in time, there cannot be too many environmental stewards. Those who speak for nature can theoretically include every one of us, and this is what passively observing nature induces. Specifically, this practice of being in nature encourages the observer to see beauty and commonality in all things.

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A Voice for Wildlife: Volunteer Wildlife Solutions Counselors

Anyone could answer the phone and provide our address and some simple instructions about where to take an injured bird or animal. But the Solutions Counselor role goes far beyond that. “The heart of the job is both supporting and providing guidance to those in crisis,” says Solutions Counselor Roberta Jortner.

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Statement on National Audubon’s Decision to Keep the Name Audubon

This morning National Audubon announced that they decided to keep the name Audubon, despite John James Audubon’s history as a slaveholder and person who stole skulls from the graves of Native Americans. This decision is disappointing and damaging, showing disregard to the communities of color and allies, including National Audubon’s own union staff, who have openly expressed that the name is harmful and a barrier to our important work. 

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On a sunny morning in February, over 65 community volunteers helped plant nearly a thousand native trees and shrubs at Wilkes Creek Headwaters, led by Friends of Trees and partners.

Green Investments to East Portland

Just before the new year, Commissioner Carmen Rubio approved funding for several parks projects in Portland. Included in the list is Wilkes Creek Headwaters, a greenspace in outer East Portland. These undeveloped 20+ acres are within a residential neighborhood and contain the springs that feed the only free-flowing stream in the city that still enters the Columbia Slough.

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Group of people on pathway in forest with dusk sunlight filtering through the trees

New Free Outings!

This spring, Adult Education’s free Outings program is getting a fresh update! We have heard from many Outings participants and leaders that you wanted a change, and that feedback has birthed Bird Alliance of Oregon’s new, free, Standing Outings, offered once every month using a lottery-based registration.

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Black Oystercatchers, Western Gulls at Three Arch Rocks at Cape Meare

Bird Alliance of Oregon 2023 Legislative Conservation Priorities

The 2023 Oregon legislative session kicked off its biannual “long session” with thousands of bills in play. As in years past we will be tracking bills to support and oppose for the next several months until the session ends in June. Bird Alliance of Oregon is prioritizing several important bills and budget requests that will advance protections for wildlife and habitats and help combat climate change.

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Joe Liebezeit and Micah Meskel

Introducing Our Interim Conservation Directors

Joe Liebezeit will serve as interim statewide conservation director, and Micah Meskel will serve as interim urban conservation director while we begin the search for a new conservation director. Together they possess over 20 years of experience at Bird Alliance of Oregon and significantly longer over their careers.

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