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RVAS March 2019 Program

By | 2019-03-28T15:09:49-07:00 February 28th, 2019|News Page|

TUESDAY, March 26 at 7:00 PM Local and Worldwide Bird and Wildlife Images Presented by Jim James As a small boy Richard E “Jim” James moved from Montana to Oregon with his family in the early 1940’s and was brought up on the Oregon coast and the Rogue Valley where he and his wife, Valerie, [...]

April Birds and Beers

By | 2019-04-08T14:32:19-07:00 February 26th, 2019|Community, News Page|

Date/Time:  Tuesday, April 2, 2019. 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Location: Northwest Pizza. 1585 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland, Oregon. This is a casual gathering for folks to chat with fellow birders about anything bird related. Topics may include upcoming field trips, current research, interesting sightings, conservation initiatives, favorite birding hotspots, anything you want to discuss. This [...]

February 2019 Conservation Column

By | 2019-01-31T11:25:52-07:00 January 31st, 2019|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column By Pepper Trail and Juliet Grable In early January, the Oregon Department of State Lands held a series of hearings on the Removal-Fill permit for the Jordan Cove Energy Project. The State requires that any person or entity planning to remove or add material to a wetland or waterbody must obtain such [...]

February Chapter Meeting CANCELED: Wildfire on the Siskiyou Crest: Fire Ecology & Fire Effects in the Miller Complex

By | 2019-02-27T17:43:26-07:00 January 29th, 2019|News Page|

The Meeting has been Canceled due to Snow Presented by Luke Ruediger This presentation explores the fire ecology of the Siskiyou Mountains. It focuses on the 2017 Miller Complex that burned in the Upper Applegate Valley in and around the Red Buttes Wilderness and on the Siskiyou Crest. Luke Ruediger looks at fire ecology, vegetation [...]

Birds and Beers

By | 2019-02-16T16:21:17-07:00 January 3rd, 2019|News Page|

Date/Time:  Tuesday, February 12, 2019. 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Location: Howiee's on Front, Medford, Oregon Rogue Valley Audubon has started up a new Birds and Beers gathering! This informal get-together will be held every few months at various locations around the Rogue Valley and is geared toward anyone with a general interest in birds. [...]

RVAS Student Research Scholarship

By | 2019-04-30T20:33:05-07:00 December 8th, 2018|News Page|

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 [...]

December 2018 – January 2019 Conservation Column

By | 2018-12-01T09:40:44-07:00 December 1st, 2018|Conservation Columns|

The Conservation Column     By Pepper Trail This is the first conservation column in a long while in which I can celebrate some good news. The results of the mid-term election provide real hope that the worst anti-environmental excesses of the Trump Administration will be reined in by the new Congress. The following post-election analysis [...]

January Chapter Meeting: OR-7, Ambassador of Wolves

By | 2019-01-26T11:03:10-07:00 November 30th, 2018|News Page|

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, [...]

Spotted Owls and Fire

By | 2019-04-30T20:39:42-07:00 November 15th, 2018|News Page|

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

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