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Thursday, August 14, 5:00pm ~ (ASLC) Board Meeting in Aces at Chinook Winds Golf Resort. Open to the public. For information, call 541-992-9720.

Thursday, September 11, 5:00pm ~ (ASLC) Board Meeting in Aces at Chinook Winds Golf Resort. Open to the public. For information, call 541-992-9720.

Saturday, September 13, 9-11am ~ kayaking/canoeing and birding the Salmon River estuary. (see Calendar page for full details.)

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Whether you are a resident state birder or a visitor, you might be interested in finding out what birds were sighted where in the state and when. Click here for up-to-date reports.

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 9am ~ Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Annual Meeting at P Ranch, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. (See Calendar for details.)

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Injured birds, dead mammals, poaching
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State Police: 800-452-7888

Injured Bird and Mammal Rehab Centers:
Chintimini Wildlife Center (Corvallis) 541-745-5324
Wildlife Care Center (Portland) 503-292-0304
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center (Salem) 503-540-8664

Injured Raptors
Cascades Raptor Center (Eugene) 541-485-1320

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Cormorants Targeted in Oregon


In June, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced a proposal to kill 16,000 Double-crested Cormorants, a quarter of the western population, at a globally-significant Important Bird Area (IBA) at East Sand Island at the mouth of the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington.

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Starting next spring, the Army Corps plans to begin killing thousands of cormorants at East Sand Island every year for four years, with the intent of protecting endangered salmon and steelhead trout. Each year, millions of young fish leave the Columbia River for the Pacific Ocean, creating a significant food source for cormorants and many other species.

The $1.5 million draft plan authorizes a series of tactics, such as using rifles with silencers and night-vision scopes, covering their eggs in oil, and flooding their nesting habitat, to attempt to address the recovery of these fisheries by targeting cormorants,

Cormorant populations have been growing at the Columbia River site in recent years, and it now contains the largest population of Double-crested Cormorants in western North America. However, their populations are still far lower than historical levels and other colonies in the west have declined.

Cormorants and salmon have coexisted for millennia. While declines in salmon and trout populations have led to listings under the Endangered Species Act, it is a result of manmade causes, including dams, habitat loss, and pollution—not cormorants.

This Army Corps' preferred alternative fails to consider the manmade causes of declining fish populations, and does not fully apply and evaluate non-lethal means. Look for an opportunity to take action with Audubon in the coming weeks to let the Army Corps know that this plan is unacceptable, and that it needs to rebuild its approach at East Sand Island from the ground up.

(reprinted from Audubon Advisory website, July 2014)