*Audubon Society of Portland
Phone: (503) 292-6855 | Fax: (503)292-1021
http://www.audubonportland.org | firstname.lastname@example.org
Our mission is to promote the enjoyment, understanding and protection of native birds, other wildlife and their habitats. As one of Oregon’s first conservation organizations, we were instrumental in developing the environmental policies that shape our region today.
- Conservation: We use a suite of conservation methods to protect imperiled species, reduce threats to birds across the Oregon landscape and preserve high-priority habitat. We also work to ensure all Portland-area residents have access to nature.
- Education: Our expert educators provide world-class environmental education programs – both domestically and abroad – that help more than 12,000 children and 3,000 adults a year better understand and appreciate the natural world.
- Wildlife rehabilitation: The Wildlife Care Center is the state's oldest and busiest wildlife rehabilitation facility, and it treats more than 3,000 animals and responds to more than 11,000 wildlife-related inquiries a year.
- Sanctuaries: We run nature sanctuaries in the city, mountains and coast that model healthy ecosystems, offer safe haven to wildlife and provide people with places to connect with nature.
- Volunteerism: We offer a variety of citizen science and volunteer opportunities, through which volunteers donate 43,000 hours of service a year.
- Birding: We support the birding community and help people of all ages and backgrounds get involved in birding.
West Hayden Island is one of Portland's most important natural areas. Its 826 acres of bottomland hardwood forest, wetlands, meadows, floodplains and shallow water habitat near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers provide irreplaceable habitat for federally listed salmon and imperiled bird, bat and amphibian species. It is an amazing place where you can see nesting bald eagles and rapidly disappearing species like pileated woodpeckers and western meadowlarks. It is located next to one of the largest manufactured-home, affordable-housing communities in Oregon.
Starting in 2009, the Port of Portland started a process to develop West Hayden Island, and attempted to take 300 acres and convert them to a marine industrial port facility .The development would have clear-cut the heart out of the wildlife area and leave behind fragmented, disturbed, edge habitat, significantly increased air pollution, increased traffic congestion, and permanently damaged local communities.
Portland Audubon led the fight to protect this precious wild land. We took part in City Council and planning commission meetings, rallied thousands from our community to testify against the Port’s development attempts, and pushed the city to think of the impacts on the nearby communities, the environment, and the health of the regional ecosystem every step of the way. It was a long and hard fight, and at times the prospect of this space being protected seemed grim.
In January 2014, the Port officially withdrew its application with the city to develop West Hayden Island.
“This is a huge win for our communities and our environment. Conservation groups, tribes and neighborhoods have opposed this development for decades. Now it is time to take the next step and permanently protect this amazing natural area.”
The Audubon Society of Portland is proud to have had a role in protecting this land, and knows this is just one more way we are building a region where people and wildlife flourish together.