Public/Private collaborations to build wildlife crossing

This is an outstanding example of what private non-profits and public agencies do for wildlife conservation. This crossing will reduce  animal/vehicle collisions and make Highway 97 safer for many species of wildlife and for motorists too.   Federal grant, hunting/wildlife conservation groups help fund wildlife underpass on Hwy 97 near Gilchrist May 21, 2020 SALEM, […]

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Support legislation for barrier free migration

Sharing our habitat with wildlife is critical for the survival of migratory species like mule deer. Populations of two local herds are at 40% and 60% of what is needed for their continued survival. They are in our neighborhoods because they are stranded, and without migration, they will not thrive. Send these postcards to a […]

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Migration is key to mule deer survival

Migration between the upper elevations of summer ranges and the lower elevations of winter ranges is essential for mule deer survival. This graphic shows how migration occurs from the eastern Cascades in Central Oregon to the Fort Rock and John Day areas.  Barriers disrupt this migration. Unless there is community support, populations of mule deer […]

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Oregonians are making a Difference

Two important bills were recently passed by the Oregon State Legislature. House Bill 2829 establishes  the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund (separate from the General Fund) to support the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to meet growing needs for research and conservation management to preserve sustainable wildlife populations for all Oregonians. House Bill […]

Help Oregon Watch Out for Wildlife

As development and recreation grow in Central Oregon, migratory wildlife like Mule deer are losing out. Their habitat is being fragmented and their ability to move between summer and winter ranges is impeded by growing traffic volume, unregulated recreation 24/7 in the Deschutes National Forest and development of corridors and winter range needed for their […]

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Watch out for Wildlife: Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Wednesday, May 22 | 6pm – 8pm Join us for a critical look at the intersection of transportation and wildlife migration through a series of documentaries and a discussion with key partners working on behalf of wildlife conservation. Panel discussion with Sara Gregory (ODFW), Lauri Turner (USFS), and Sidney Bowman (ODOT). FILMS Cascade Crossroads: Chronicling […]

Deer on the Move, Driving Safely

 Deer are designed to move across the landscape to find forage, shelter and genetic diversity. This is more difficult in summer months when there are thousands of vehicles traveling on Highway 97.  In Deschutes county, this is an historic migratory corridor. Deer cross the highway and feeder roads to reach summer range in the Cascades […]