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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Portland Oregon downtown aerial shot

Historic Climate Investments Underway by the Portland Clean Energy Fund Program

Portland’s Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) is busy launching its inaugural 5-year Climate Investment Plan, which invests $750 million into climate justice projects in Portland communities. Read more about how this transformative program continues to center climate justice, evolves as additional revenue from billion dollar corporations provides more opportunities, and how you can weigh in to ensure the program does not get weakened.

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Cape Perpetua, photo by Oregon Marine Reserves

2024 Legislative Recap

The 2024 short legislative session concluded on March 7 after a month of frantic politicking. We want to thank all of you who weighed in with your legislators on behalf of nature. It takes sustained effort to move the needle in the legislature, and we couldn’t do it without you. Your advocacy and engagement is what makes Bird Alliance of Oregon so effective.

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Greg Baker in his garden

Bird Alliance of Oregon Highlight: Greg Baker

For over three decades, Greg Baker has been an integral part of the Bird Alliance of Oregon “flock”. Greg’s expertise in birding and mentorship has inspired hundreds of people to care for and appreciate birds over the many years of his involvement. His enthusiasm, knowledge, and willingness to share his expertise with others have made him a vibrant member of our Bird Alliance of Oregon community.

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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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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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