Rogue Valley
Audubon Society
Common Merganser
with young.
"... we do not live on the planet earth, but with the life it harbors, and
within the environment that life creates."
-   René Bubos, in A God Within
Something to ponder: "The last word of ignorance is the man who says of an animal or plant: 'What good is
it?' If the land mechanism as a whole is good, then every part is good, whether we understand it or not. If
the biota, in the course of aeons, has built something we like, but do not understand, then who but a fool
would discard seemingly useless parts? To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent
Aldo Leopold, The Sand County Almana
Rogue Valley Audubon Society
PO Box 8597
Medford, OR 97501
Long-Term Conservation Issues and Priorities

Habitat Protection for Native Wildlife.
This issue covers a wide range of activities focused on protecting birds
and other wildlife and the natural habitats they need to survive.
Examples of RVAS work in this area include: supporting protections for
roadless and wilderness areas (which represent the best remaining
habitat for many species); monitoring federal logging and grazing
policies; and working for the preservation of local wildlife areas (e.g.,
Denman Wildlife Area, the Soda Mountain area).

Preservation of Strong Environmental Laws.
Our best tools for protecting wildlife are the strong environmental laws
that are already on the books. These include the Endangered Species
Act, the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, and Oregon's strict land-use
laws. All these laws are under attack by powerful interests. Some attacks
are direct, others are secretive, some are happening in Washington,
D.C., others in Salem, and still others in our own home towns. RVAS
works toward keeping informed about these threats, and acts to defeat

Reduce Sources of Mortality Among Birds and Other Wildlife.
Birds face many direct threats to their survival including pesticides, feral
cats, introduced species, electrocution by power lines, uncovered oil pits
and toxic waste ponds. RVAS seeks to educate the public about these
threats, and works locally to reduce their impacts.

Public Education about Wildlife Conservation.
While the Education Committee of RVAS is responsible for our extensive
public education program, it is worth emphasizing that this is a critical
element in our Conservation efforts. An informed public is essential for
the long-term preservation of America's wildlife heritage. The three
pillars of our public education are: community and public school
programs, the chapter newsletter, The Chat, and our field trips.

Advocating for Adequate Budgets for Wildlife.
Many state and federal land management and wildlife agencies suffer
from inadequate funding. Similarly, the federal budget for land
acquisition of threatened habitat is chronically under funded. It does little
good to criticize agencies for their performance when they are not given
the staff or funding they need. Long-term solutions to many
environmental problems will not be found until the items are given the
budgetary priority they deserve.

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuges.
RVAS monitors federal management policies and works to protect this
critical area, one of the most important bird sanctuaries in western North
America. For example, we have worked to ensure adequate water
supplies for the refuges; to reduce pesticide use; and to limit agriculture
on refuge lands that has no benefit to wildlife.


Audubon Philosophy

We believe in the wisdom of nature's design.

We know that soil, water, plants, and wild creatures depend
upon each other and are vital to human life.

We recognize that each living thing links to many others in the
chain of nature.

We believe that persistent research into the intricate patterns of
outdoor life will help to assure wise use of earth's abundance.

We condemn no wild creature and work to assure that no living
species shall be lost.

We believe that every generation should be able to experience
spiritual and physical refreshment in places where primitive
nature is undisturbed.

So we will be vigilant to protect wilderness areas, refuges, and
parks, and to encourage good use of nature's storehouse of

We dedicate ourselves to the pleasant task of opening the eyes
of young and old that all may come to enjoy the beauty of the
outdoor world, and to share in conserving its wonders forever.

- National Audubon Society's mission statement commonly
promulgated thirty years ago.