Quinn Read

Bird Alliance of Oregon Welcomes Our New Conservation Director, Quinn Read

We are thrilled to welcome our new conservation director, Quinn Read, to the Portland Bird Alliance of Oregon flock. Quinn has been a major player in the Oregon environmental movement for more than a decade. Whether she’s collaborating with partners or fighting down in Salem, we’re excited for Quinn’s leadership to help continue Portland Bird Alliance of Oregon’s 121 legacy of protecting the natural world.

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A photo of a drone hovering over the beach at sunset.

Minimizing Drone Impacts to Wildlife in Oregon State Parks

In recent years recreational drone use has skyrocketed, reflecting a nationwide trend. This in turn has led to increasing disturbances to birds, marine mammals, and other wildlife. Such disturbances have been documented to negatively impact nesting success of many bird species.

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Two dogs on the beach disturbing a nesting Snowy Plover

Coastal Birds Face a Growing Threat: Wildlife Disturbance

Vulnerable birds, like threatened Snowy Plovers, that use our coastline have evolved over thousands of years to deal with the hazards of near-constant wind, rip tides and storm surges, hot and cold weather, and predators stealing eggs and young. Only in the last century have they had to deal with a high volume of people recreating directly within their nesting areas.

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