Resilience in a Time of Resistance

Connections with people, wild places, and wildlife provide hope in a time of conflict.

Last week, Oregon Wild held our annual staff retreat in the newly expanded Cascade Siskiyou Monument. It’s a beautiful place full of remarkable biodiversity. It is worthy of protection.

As a remote field staffer, it’s always good to reconnect. Our retreats are serious business. But simply being in community with fellow advocates is invigorating and fulfilling. This year though, it was the experience before and the unexpected passenger after that were the most memorable. 

Judge’s Ruling Favors Wildlife on Klamath Refuges

 Medford, Ore—A US District Court Judge today issued a preliminary finding ordering the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to complete the long overdue “Comprehensive Conservation Plan” for Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges.  These plans, mandated by a 1997 law, require the USFWS to ensure commercial activities on refuge lands do not harm wildlife.  The preliminary finding, issued by United States Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke in Medford, requires the USFWS to complete the plan by August 1st, 2016.

Not Much Refuge In Klamath Basin For Migratory Birds

The nation’s original waterfowl refuge may be too dry this year to provide much hospitality for migratory birds arriving in the Klamath Basin.

You could blame it on the region’s prolonged drought.

But critics say that’s not the whole story. They also point to the way water for the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge has been managed.

Jim McCarthy is one of those critics. He’s the Southern Oregon program director for Waterwatch of Oregon. McCarthy led an informal tour recently around the Lower Klamath.

Spring Migration on the Pacific Flyway!

Bird watchers in their natural habitat

Springtime in the Klamath Basin brings sunshine...and sleet...and wind...and rain...and snow...aaaaaaand a tiny bit of thunder. But no one attending Oregon Wild’s recent birding trip seemed to mind this atmospheric multiple personality disorder. After all, it’s been a painfully dry winter, so the Basin can use every last drop of water. Besides, we were really there to see the spectacle of birds in full migration mode along the Pacific Flyway.

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