In fast developing world wildlife and the unspoiled refuges where it can be found are both under threat. It is not a problem unique to any one region, state or even country.
However, it is an enormous challenge to protect these remaining wild places. Fortunately, there are groups of dedicated individuals who see the value of providing a sanctuary for both flora and fauna so that future generations can enjoy the natural splendor of the world that surrounds them.
In Portland that task falls to the Audubon Society of Portland. This society has devoted itself to protecting the remaining wild areas of Oregon. They have a venerable history having been formed in the early 1900’s, in fact, the first law for which they lobbied; the Model Bird Law was passed in 1903.
This early conservation attempt was designed to stop the shooting of birds native to the area and their sale in markets.
This was only the beginning. The passing of that legislation set the tone for volunteers who would work tirelessly during the 1900’s on a variety of different conservation issues.
But it was not only species that were protected through the tireless work of the society. Their efforts directly led to the establishment of wildlife reserves across the region.
Today the continued existence of Hart Mountain, Three Arch Rocks, Klamath, and Malheur is directly the result of the society’s unceasing efforts to protect the last great wildlife refuges in Oregon.
But the good work of the Audubon Society of Portland did not stop with its efforts in the 1900’s. Success after success followed. The establishment of the William L Finley and Baskett Slough Ankeny National Wildlife Refuges in the Willamette Valley are notable successes.
Today the society has expanded its efforts to conserve wildlife across the state. However, it has also realized that the best advocates for the protection of scarce and threatened natural assets are the public those who share a fascination and love for nature.
That is why the society hosts a variety of educational outreaches aimed at not only informing members of the public about the wonderful natural assets of Oregon but also providing a fun and educational experience for both young and old. The society hosts adult education classes, field trips and a variety of other opportunities for adults of all ages to learn from experts in a variety of subjects.
The society also reaches out to children by hosting camps for kids from grade K all the way to grade 12. These camps are aimed at providing children with a comfortable environment where they can engage with nature and enjoy the positive outcomes that come with immersing themselves in the natural world.
By doing this, the society fosters a love for nature in the next generation and ensures that they will also commit themselves to protecting it. The Audubon Society of Portland provides opportunities for children to immerse themselves in nature in a safe and educational manner during Spring, Summer, and Winter.
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