Coastal marten

A Step in the Right Direction to Protect Oregon’s Western State Forests

On March 7 the Board of Forestry made a landmark decision to better protect Oregon’s western state forests by adopting the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that was years in the making. The HCP is an important step in stopping overharvest and addressing habitat needs of endangered species. It also better protects water for over 500,000 Oregonians and will lead to more sustainable forestry practices supporting a healthy coastal economy.

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Snowly Plover sitting in the sand at sunset.

It’s Courtship Season for the Snowy Plover

Avian courtship is a fascinating ritual that varies wildly by species and can involve elaborate dancing, wing displays, construction projects, and all sorts of vocalizations. Early spring is courtship season for the Western Snowy Plover on Oregon’s sandy beaches.

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Potter's Swamp Road (outside of Burns, OR), photo by Bruce MacGregor

In the Land of Fire and Ice, Water Determines Everything

For the estimated one billion birds that traverse the Pacific Flyway each year, the Malheur and Klamath National Wildlife Refuges are the most important refuges in Oregon. They provide space for birds to rest and refuel while headed north or south, and for myriad bird, aquatic, and mammalian species to reproduce, survive, and thrive. But these refuges and their wetland habitats are at risk.

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baby brush rabbit

Spring Is Coming (AKA Baby Animal Season!)

I bet that title sounded really cheerful, but I meant for you to read it with a Game of Thrones “winter is coming” energy. As spring rolls around the corner, we wildlife rehabilitators are bracing for our busiest season! Very soon, our hospital will be bustling for 12+ hours a day, run by a small but feisty team of staff members, and a huge dedicated pool of people volunteering their time to our mission.

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