Join Bird Alliance of Oregon’s cormorant call-in day June 17

June 15, 2015: Help stop the slaughter of East Sand Island cormorants! On Wednesday, June 17, please call the Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and tell them to stop scapegoating cormorants for salmon declines caused by the Corps’ refusal to increase river flows through the modification of dam operations. Keep your message short and strong, leave a message if you get an answering machine, and remember to be polite — the people answering phones aren’t the ones making decisions. Please also ask your friends to get involved so we can flood the agencies’ phone lines.

Photo by Rhett Wilkins

Contact Information

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: 503-808-4510
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Director Dan Ashe: 202-208-4545


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intends to kill nearly 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants and destroy more than 26,000 Double-crested Cormorant nests on East Sand Island, located at the mouth of the Columbia River. Why does the Corps want to kill these birds? For doing what comes naturally, eating fish.

It is time for the U.S. Army Corps to do a ground-up review of its entire approach to managing birds in the Columbia Estuary. The focus for recovering salmon on the Columbia River should be on addressing the primary causes of salmon decline – dam operation and habitat loss – not on killing thousands of birds that have co-existed with salmon since time immemorial. Learn more about cormorants on East Sand Island.

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April 20, 2015: Lawsuit filed to stop cormorant slaughter by federal agencies
April 14, 2015: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approves slaughter of Double-crested Cormorants
March 20, 2015: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announces it will move forward with plan to slaughter 11,000 cormorants