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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Bohlman and Finley photographing cormorants

Three Arch Rocks

An edited excerpt from the upcoming book For the Love of Nature: The Adventures and Achievements of William L. Finley and Irene B. Finley by Carole A. and William L. Finley III

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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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A photo of a flock of Pacific Black Brants entering the water.

Protecting Oregon’s Estuaries, Starting with Yaquina Bay

Oregon’s coastline is blessed with 22 major estuaries, where Oregon’s forests and rivers meet the ocean, and these estuaries are the engines that power salmon, waterbirds, Dungeness crab, oysters, cultural resources, and jobs for many people in coastal communities. It is crucial that Oregon update all their estuary plans to provide the strongest habitat protections possible to ensure a vibrant economy.

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Roseate Spoonbill

Deepening Our Commitment to Sustainable Travel: Carbon Offsets and So Much More

As of July 2023, every Bird Alliance of Oregon trip will include carbon offsets as a member of the Sustainable Travel International. The program also works alongside local communities, engaging travelers, businesses, and policy-makers in responsible practices. Through this work, they aim to combat climate change and empower communities to preserve destinations around the globe.

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