Goin' to Portland

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Light posting this weekend, as we are going to Portland to take in the waters. Or whatever it is they have down there

Icy Birding along Portland’s Back Cove


miles around Portland’s Back Cove. Trips Back Cove Maine PortlandIt was the day before Christmas in Southern Maine, and an ice storm had recently churned through, leaving the world bright and extra reflective. Home for the holidays, I convinced my mother to follow me to one of my favorite loops: the 3.5 We had no idea what we were in for. The car clock had just struck 2 p.m.

Exploring eBird Mobile Tracks

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I recently birded the Tualatin River NWR near Portland, Oregon, and made that my test case for a deeper dive into the Mobile Track. The Willamette flows into the Columbia at the top left, and Portland straddles the Willamette.

Oregon Birds Drinking Themselves To Death on Berries?

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Birds in Portland, Oregon, are being found dead in droves. The suspected cause of death? Over imbibing on fermented berries. No, I am not making this up ! Birds Oregon

Accessibility Matters

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So armed with some knowledge from the “ Access Considerations for Birding Locations ” page on the Birdability website and some research, I twice visited the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge near Portland, Oregon with accessibility in mind.

Breakside Brewery: Breakside IPA

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Put a bird on it, Portland. Breakside IPA is the flagship beer of the Breakside Brewery of Portland, Oregon, loaded with two popular northwestern hop varieties: the orangey and aptly-named Citra, and Chinook, an aggressively piney and spicy hop. The sleek bottle label art features a wonderful depiction of an Osprey by Portland muralist Blaine Fontana. The Northern Hemisphere hops harvest of 2018 is well underway.*

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Birding the humid subtropical Europe

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I mean, Belgrade is as far north as Seattle, Portland or Minneapolis-St. Here along the banks of the Danube, with Central Europe at one and the Balkans at the other bank, mid-summer is a tricky part of the year if you are a birder. The sun rises a few minutes before 5 a.m.

Fall Birding at Nisqually NWR

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Although it is a two-hour drive from Portland, I recently visited Nisqually NWR, which is located near Olympia, Washington. Most of the estuaries of Puget Sound in Washington State have been developed, but one of the few that remain is the Nisqually River Delta, which was protected as a National Wildlife Refuge in 1974. Since that time, parts of the Nisqually estuary have been restored by removing dikes and reconnecting it with Puget Sound.

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Man Kills Goldfish in Domestic Violence Attack, Gets Probation

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PORTLAND, Ore. — I'm posting the whole article because it's so short. Another example of how animals (even goldfish!) become victims of domestic violence. I know some people may think it's just a goldfish and this punishment is too much, but he wasn't just stabbing the goldfish, he was symbolically stabbing his girlfriend. A lot of times the perpetrator is simply taking out his anger against the victim by attacking something she cares about. Who knows what the next step could be?

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What’s Up with the ABA? — Proposed Changes to Bylaws

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This is the practice of many non-profits, from the very large ( e.g. , National Audubon Society ) to the medium-sized ( e.g., Portland Audubon ) to the small ( e.g. , Birdability ).

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5 Surprising Things Your Local Animal Shelter Needs Right Now

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Brooklyn, NY - July 29, 2010: Kelly Clarke, a volunteer at The Pixie Project–an animal rescue and adoption service based in Portland, OR–would love for you to look around your home and think about what you can spare. Hint: you’ve probably got them at home.

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First Post-COVID-19 Birding Trip: Wisconsin and Horicon NWR

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And I wanted to be able to fly directly from Portland, so I would not lose a day to travel. Once I was fully vaccinated and air travel became an option, I looked for a location for my first birding trip since 2019.

Kill the Sea Lions Before They Kill Again!

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Portland judge said Wednesday the Northwest states can kill hungry sea lions on the Columbia River. This is pretty frustrating. The major threats to salmon are the 4 'H's: habitat, hatcheries, hydro(power) and harvest. All driven by humans. But we can't get rid of humans, of course, and we need to punish someone who can't fight back. Let's pick the sea lions! The animals eat salmon as the fish try to pass Bonneville Dam each spring.

What’s Up with the ABA?  Part II (Some Suggestions)

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For example, near Portland, Oregon, one of the local national wildlife refuges recently sought comments on modifying its access plan to include the public for wildlife observation, wildlife photography, environmental education, and interpretation.

Summer Birding at Conboy Lake NWR

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I recently drove from my home in Portland to Conboy Lake NWR in southern Washington for a birding day-trip. Located on the eastern slope of the Cascades near the base of Mt. Adams, the refuge is one of the few breeding locations for Sandhill Cranes in Washington.

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The Power of Pets

4 The Love Of Animals

San Diego; Austin, Texas; Miami; and Portland, Ore. Community Dog Walks Will Be Co-Hosted by local YMCAs in Cities across the Country. Mars Petcare announced it will sponsor a series of “Woof Walk” fun runs as part of THE POWER OF PETS™ program for 2011. Co-hosted by local YMCAs nationwide, the events will feature a two- to three-kilometer community dog walk, as well as healthy and fun activities for the whole family. As avid walkers, we love this idea and wanted to help spread the word!

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Accessibility Matters II:  Birdability Q&A

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So I attempted to apply the access considerations to Tualatin River NWR near Portland, Oregon. For those plugged into birding social media, it has been hard to miss the non-profit Birdability.

Welcome Jason Crotty, Our New Beat Writer

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Jason Crotty is a birder, lawyer, and occasional writer currently living in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter. We here at 10,000 Birds are excited to announce a new beat writer who will have his first post go live tomorrow. Please give a warm welcome to Jason Crotty, who will be writing about “General Birding and the Law” on the second Tuesday of each month.

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The Traveling Birder

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Here in Portland, Oregon, it is more frequently too rainy rather than too cold to go birding, at least comfortably. I am a westerner who has lived in San Francisco and Portland my entire birding life. Although not a birding trip, before we moved from San Francisco to Portland, my wife and I did a long road trip across the United States, covering 12,000 miles and 34 states, from California to Florida to Maine to Montana.

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One of the Grossest Stories I've Ever Read

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Jasha Lottin, Portland Nudist, Broke No Laws by Killing, Gutting Horse, then Posing Naked Inside Carcass (NSFW Pics). This woman is just not mentally fit. horse animal cruelty Stupid idiocy

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Shearwaters from Shore

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Before I moved north to Portland, I lived in San Francisco. I was poking around my eBird checklists recently and came across one from one of my more intriguing days birding. Like many birders, I’ve had “patches” where I routinely go birding. Patch birding is rewarding because the birds become familiar, as do the changes across the seasons. There is satisfaction in the everyday. But patches can also provide the unexpected.

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The Power of Pets Initiative

4 The Love Of Animals

Chicago; and Portland, Ore. Portland, Ore. Mars Petcare recently launched The Power of Pets! What is The Power of Pets? It’s a great new new initiative to help people live a healthier life! Mars Petcare is collaborating with the YMCA in 5 cities to start, to bring pet-friendly health and physical activity education and programming to communities. For it’s first year the program will premiere in YMCA locations in Washington, D.C.; New York City; Nashville, Tenn.;

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The Plume Hunter

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Interesting to learn, for example, that in 1885 more than five million birds were killed in the United States for the millinery industry, and that in 1904 market hunters in Oregon killed over 120 tons of waterfowl for the restaurant trade in San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. Gone were the fir canopies of Portland’s forest, the clouds of pewter and purple. I’ve just finished reading THE PLUME HUNTER (Torrey House Press, December 2011) by Renée Thompson.

Protecting nesting birds

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In October and November 2009 we spent time in Portland, Victoria with Grant’s work and it enabled us to see some new birds and animals along a very picturesque coast. The road from Melbourne to Portland is partly the Great Ocean Road and it is the world’s largest war memorial. Once you reach Portland you can then participate in another section of coastline by walking the Great South West Walk, which runs for 250 kilometres (155 miles).

Lazy like a Koala

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We spent two months in Portland, Victoria in late 2009 with Grant’s work and whenever we could we were birding. Due to the fact that we will still be camping and birding when this goes online I thought I could share some photos of a well-known marsupial in the southern parts of Australia. It was challenging in tall trees, but what was surprising to us were the number of Koalas that we came across as we looked up.

Gang-gang Cockatoos-a Christmas wish!

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We have only observed Gang-gang Cockatoos twice before and once was a pair in New South Wales several years ago and ten years ago another pair in Victoria near Portland. We have observed some beautiful birds in Victoria during our visit including the Spotted Pardalote and Rufous Fantail.

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Powerful Owl in the Royal Botanical Gardens-Sydney

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We had not observed a Powerful Owl since we were living in Portland, Victoria for a few months in 2009, so once the opportunity arose to go looking for one at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney we took it! According to eBird there had been at least one Powerful Owl present recently and although the exact details were not available it is always worth going to look. The Royal Botanical Gardens are a huge area to explore and easily accessed by public transport.

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Avian Quiz Answer – Oct 7, 2011

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Jon lives in Portland, Oregon, three thousand miles distant. An excellent evening, perfect weather, and a quick walk to a Portland Italian restaurant. The final answer. Thank you all for your good wishes on this last quiz. And great appreciation for all the guesses and answers, right and wrong, throughout these years. For me, writing good quizzes has meant working long hard hours, researching, emailing, reading field guides, conferring with master birders around the world.

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Snowy Egret X Tricolored Heron Hybrid at Scarborough Marsh, Maine

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While I was in Maine for Memorial Day weekend I managed to get away early one morning, on Memorial Day itself, to check out Scarborough Marsh, mere minutes from where we were staying in South Portland. It was a cold, wet morning and though I gradually built up a decent list of birds it was not easy, especially considering I had never birded at the famed saltmarsh and didn’t really know the best spots to search.

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Calling All Birders: Come To Hog Island!

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Hog Island is a 330-acre island off the coast of Maine, about an hour and a half north of Portland. The first time I saw a puffin, it was a revelation. I’d seen pictures of them, of course – the stocky, flamboyantly-beaked little seabirds who always seem to be wearing expressions of sympathetic concern – but I’d never seen one “in bird” (the avian equivalent of “in person”).

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The National Wildlife Refuge System: Birders Leading the Way

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Crotty is a birder and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon. Jason A. He has visited more than 40 National Wildlife Refuges in 20 states and frequently visits NWRs in his travels, most recently Buenos Aires NWR in southern Arizona. This is Jason’s first contribution to 10,000 Birds: Birders were rightly alarmed by the armed occupation of the Malheur NWR in Oregon.

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Greater Sage-grouse v. Wind Turbines in Oregon

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Crotty is a birder and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon who has been sharing some thought-provoking pieces with 10,000 Birds readers. District Court Case: When BLM approved the project, the Oregon Natural Desert Association and the Audubon Society of Portland filed a lawsuit in federal district court contending that the BLM decision was improper. Jason A.

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Allagash Brewing Company: Uncommon Crow

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But this week’s beer by the Allagash Brewing Company of Portland, Maine is called Uncommon Crow, and I offer this review in the spirit of wishful CBC thinking and drinking. The 118 th Christmas Bird Count (CBC) began yesterday and I’m sure many of you have at least one count scheduled in the next few weeks. If your CBC experience is anything like mine here in eastern New York, you’ll be counting an awful lot of crows.

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Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather–A Book Review

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Part of Boase’s mission here is to piece together the lives and careers of the four women who founded the RSPB, now one of Great Britain’s most powerful and richest nonprofit organizations: Emily Williamson, Eliza Phillips, Winifred, Duchess of Portland, and Boase’s favorite, Etta Lemon. 60); “Winifred Portland did not shoot, but she had a certain masculine quality, too” (p. A feather is a magical thing.

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WPAs: America’s Duck Factories

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Crotty is a birder and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon who loves to share thoughtful , in-depth conservation pieces with 10,000 Birds readers. Jason A. This is Jason’s fifth contribution to the blog. Birders are familiar with the National Wildlife Refuge System, which consists of more than 550 units distributed through all fifty states. National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs), which are managed by the U.S.

Have There Been Any Positive Aspects of the Malheur NWR Occupation?

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Likewise, birders rallied against the occupation in several protests around the state on January 19th, sponsored by the Audubon Society of Portland. Just yesterday the FBI was able to complete its evidence gathering and clearing of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, returning the refuge back to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and freeing the seventeen refuge employees to go back to work. So far the cost of the Malheur NWR occupation is estimated at over $3.3 million 1.

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New Birding For A New Year

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Flycatcher Jen of I Used To Hate Birds has amassed close to 160 species in the last two years just walking and biking around Portland, Oregon, which is a number that deserves a toast if you ask me. Many readers of 10,000 Birds are more than the casual birdwatcher…they are hopeless bird junkies. Truly depraved birding addicts. It may not take long for a birder to reach this sad and despicable state…it can take someone 5 months just as easily as it can take someone 5 years.

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Birding In Low Places

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Portland, Oregon. The water this Northern Pintail is in has human poo in it, which completely ruins the experience of seeing this bird. Oh wait, it doesn’t. Radio Road, Redwood Shores, CA. The majority of diehard birders do not care where they get their birds. Slaty-backed Gull at a dump, Baikal Teal at a sewage pond, Yellow-green Vireo at some random park in the ghetto…if a place collects birds, birders will go there.

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Collaborative list – June 2019

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Portland Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Portland Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Portland Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Portland Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Portland Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Portland Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Here comes summer. The beats have been embracing the benign weather and cruising gently into the crazy, hazy, lazy days of summer. The trend at this time of year is a downturn in shared lists and birds reported, nevertheless, 12 (is this a record?)

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Getting to Know Your National Wildlife Refuge: Comprehensive Conservation Plans

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Crotty is a birder and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon who love to share thought-provoking pieces with 10,000 Birds readers. Jason A. Jason’s first contribution tackled the importance of the National Wildlife Refuge System , his second took a deep look at how many birders there really are , and his third looked at the competing interests of sage-grouse and wind turbines.

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How Many Birders Are There, Really?

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Crotty is a birder and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon. Jason A. Jason’s first contribution to 10,000 Birds tackled the importance of the National Wildlife Refuge System. How many birders are there in America? As it turns out, there are very few estimates. Indeed, there appears to be just one. In 2013, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service released “ Birding in the United States: A Demographic and Economic Analysis.”

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From Today's New York Times

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James Siegel Portland, Me., To the Editor: Re “ The Carnivore’s Dilemma ,” by Nicolette Hahn Niman (Op-Ed, Oct. 31): Living “green” is not easy. Yes, every decision we make results in more or less of an impact on our environment. As a parent of young children, I have much to worry about regarding what my children eat—a balanced, wholesome diet, free from antibiotics, hormones or bacteria. Need we feel guilty about being carnivorous? The best advice Ms.

“Condors over Cologne” – Rogue Ales & Spirits: Condor Kolsch

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Rogue brewed Condor Kolsch to support California Condor conservation efforts in partnership with the Oregon Zoo of Portland, which became the fourth condor captive breeding program in the country in 2003. Following passage of the United States Endangered Species Preservation Act of 1966, the California Condor ( Gymnogyps californianus ) was among the first 75 species listed for protection, the so-called “Class of 1967”.

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