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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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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Downtown Portland Oregon during the fall

Building Complete Communities Where Both People and Nature Thrive

Oregon is faced with an epidemic of houselessness, a humanitarian disaster that touches every part of the state. As we contend with a trio of concurrent crises—housing, biodiversity, and climate—we believe we can and must meet our region’s housing needs by supporting affordable housing development while providing access to nature, protecting our natural environment, and increasing the climate resilience of our communities.

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Northern Spotted Owl

The Endangered Species Act at 50

The Endangered Species Act is celebrating its golden anniversary and it remains one of our most powerful environmental laws with an incredible track record of success. In the 50 years since its passage, the ESA has prevented the extinction of the overwhelming majority of wildlife and plant species under its protection.

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American White Pelicans

A Win for Harney County Collaboration

$2.5 million was allocated to the Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative and High Desert Partnership via the legislature which will provide funding for the collaborative work in the area to continue and will also support Bird Alliance of Oregon’s work to understand reed canarygrass, its effects on birds and macroinvertebrates, and methods for treating reed canarygrass to best support wildlife.

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