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 [...]
Join wildlife biologist Karen Hussey at the October chapter meeting for a glimpse into the amazing life of the Vaux’s Swift. Discover what makes swifts unique, what mysteries remain, and what swifts have to do with hopscotch at Hedrick Middle School. Learn how a grant from RVAS has uncovered unexpected twists and turns and how [...]
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.
The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail The Endangered Species Act under Assault The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is America’s strongest wildlife protection law, and has been remarkably successful in preventing the extinction of species. Only one percent of the more than 1,800 species listed in the United States as endangered or threatened have been declared [...]
Presented by PEPPER TRAIL Join Pepper Trail on a voyage circumnavigating the beautiful island of Cuba. Home to 26 bird species found nowhere else, including the Bee Hummingbird—the smallest bird in the world—and the Giant Kingbird—the largest kingbird in the world. Not to mention trogons, todies, flamingos, lizard-cuckoos, and the cutest little owl you could [...]
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 [...]
The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail Alaska’s Bristol Bay Threatened by Mine Bristol Bay is the huge bay lying just north of the long arc of the Aleutians. It is an area of incredible natural abundance, both in the marine and terrestrial environments, as recognized with 27 globally-significant Important Bird Areas, two National Parks, four [...]