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March 2018 Conservation Column

By | 2018-06-05T19:16:50+00:00 February 28th, 2018|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Juliet Grable Conservation Victory: Oregon Commission Uplists Marbled Murrelet to Endangered On February 9, 2018, I attended a public hearing in Portland, during which the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (OFWC) voted to approve a petition to uplist the Marbled Murrelet from Threat-ened to Endangered under the Oregon Endangered Species Act [...]

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March Chapter Meeting: Our Public Forests, Then and Now

By | 2018-03-28T18:41:25+00:00 February 27th, 2018|News Page|

Public lands are often said to be one of America's greatest ideas. But lately, the very concept of "public lands" has been made controversial by malevolent influences like the Bundy family and Koch brothers. To better understand our local public forests, come hear from historian Greg Walter about the history of our public lands, aka [...]

Marbled murrelet officially listed as endangered species in Oregon

By | 2018-04-18T22:25:12+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Conservation, News Page|

The state's Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Friday (2/9) to reclassify the seabird as endangered after a marathon daylong meeting in Portland at which our own Juliet Grable testified. More details on the meeting and actions taken therein can be found in this Oregon Live article.

New Location for Monthly Bird Walk

By | 2018-02-17T15:01:22+00:00 February 6th, 2018|News Page|

(Note - The Medford paper has listed the WRONG LOCATION for this event. Please note that it continues to be Denman Wildlife Area. See you there Feb. 7). On Wednesday,  Jan. 3,  2018, the First Wednesday Bird Walk will move to the Denman Wildlife Area, and all future walks will take place there. Walks begin [...]

Migratory Bird Treaty Act Threat Sign-on Letter

By | 2018-01-25T18:53:32+00:00 January 25th, 2018|Conservation, Home Page, News Page|

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) this year, our core bird protection law is facing its most serious threat in a century of existence. Last month, the Trump administration released a legal opinion that it now interprets MBTA to only cover hunting and will no longer enforce incidental [...]

Jan. Chapter Meeting

By | 2018-01-24T10:47:49+00:00 December 28th, 2017|News Page, Uncategorized|

The Ocean: Threats and Prospects Presented by Daphne Fautin and Bob Buddemeier Daphne Fautin has a Ph.D. in zoology from UC Berkeley. She became a marine biologist at the University of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology. She was Curator and Director of Research at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, then Professor of Ecology [...]

Falcon vs. hawks – a surprise winner

By | 2017-12-26T19:59:31+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|News Page|

By Vince Zausky, Dec. 16, 2017 Medford Christmas Bird Count We had pretty chilly weather to begin around 8:15 a.m. with some fog and 24 degrees.  It was warmer by late in the a.m. and probably hit mid-50's by 2 or 3 p.m.  At the upper sewage ponds, we usually have a lot of waterfowl [...]

New location for monthly bird walk

By | 2018-04-18T22:27:49+00:00 December 12th, 2017|News Page, Uncategorized|

(Note - The Medford paper has listed the WRONG LOCATION for this event. Please note that it continues to be Denman Wildlife Area. See you there Feb. 7). On Wednesday,  Jan. 3,  2018, the First Wednesday Bird Walk will move to the Denman Wildlife Area, and all future walks will take place there. Walks begin [...]

Five reasons to do a CBC

By | 2017-12-22T19:36:48+00:00 December 5th, 2017|News Page, Uncategorized|

Audubon Christmas Bird Counts are a special part of American history. Here are five reasons to join in a Rogue Valley Audubon count: Two counts to choose from - Medford and Ashland. Prove to the birds that you can spend all day outside in winter too. Explore a new part of the county with a dedicated birding team. [...]

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