RVAS’s mission is to support the conservation and restoration of ecosystems so that birds and other wildlife may flourish and contribute to our planet’s biodiversity. Members enjoy observing wildlife and seek its protection through efforts to advance public understanding of the relationships of all life forms and the consequences of interfering with these relationships. Rogue [...]
Wolf OR-7, also known as Journey, has been a leader in the return of his species to Southern Oregon and California. He left his natal pack in 2011 and dispersed southward, eventually finding a mate and settling in the area of the Rogue-River Siskiyou National Forest. The Rogue pack, as his family group is called, [...]
The page linked below is an excellent summary of a whole range of studies showing that forest fire is a net benefit to Spotted Owls, refuting the common timber industry (and agency) argument that logging is necessary to "fireproof" Spotted Owl habitat. https://dereklee.scienceblog.com/56/the-science-of-forest-fire-and-spotted-owls
Gretchen Hunter accepts the new Birdathon Perpetual Trophy from Boardmember Jon Deason during the September chapter meeting. Her team, the Great Greys, collected $1,625. The No Playback Woodpeckers led by Kristi Mergenthaler came in second with $1,134. The total raised for 2018 was $3,890.17. This award will be passed on each year to the Birdathon [...]
RVAS recently funded a project created by Karen Hussey of the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy to work with Hedrick Middle School students to learn about the Vaux's Swifts roosting in their school's chimney. The community carnival to welcome over 3,000 migrating Vaux's Swifts on Sept. 11 was a huge success. View local TV coverage here.
Last month, under pressure from the logging industry, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission made an unprecedented move to reverse an earlier decision to uplist the Marbled Murrelet from threatened to endangered. This reversal demonstrated a blatant disregard for science, state wildlife law, and the continued survival of this imperiled seabird. It leaves [...]
Are you looking for a fun way to get involved in local conservation efforts? This event is perfect for anyone who loves being outside, loves looking for birds, and loves birding with a purpose. Vesper Sparrows are declining in Oregon, and extensive research is currently being conducted on the Rogue Basin population centered at Howard [...]
In late May, the American Ornithological Society, a scientific body that’s responsible for the classification and naming of birds in North America, agreed to officially change the name of the Gray Jay to Canada Jay. See this article for details.
RVAS and KS Wild urge you to take action. The Great Gray Owls that rely upon public land forest habitat in the Howard Prairie area near the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument need your help. Comment period now open. For decades, the Medford District BLM has tried to balance timber production with the needs of wildlife [...]
SUNRISE.... SUNSET: AT THE MALHEUR FIELD STATION! That song from "Fiddler on the Roof" sings the eternal truth of change and transition. But for us at Malheur Field Station, it is a song sung the other way around: SUNSET ... SUNRISE! We, and the birds at Malheur, need your help! And we need it urgently!! [...]