Local Current Issues

Bald Eagle Recovery

More bald eagles spend the winter in Oregon than anywhere in the U.S. outside Alaska. Yet the lower Columbia River is one area in Oregon where eagles have trouble successfully hatching eggs.

Watch a recent Bald Eagle episode of OPB's Oregon Field Guide.

WHAS helps make Wake Robin Outdoor Learning Center accessible

WHAS Education Chair Darrel Whipple presents WHAS's donation for Wake Robin Learning Center to instructor John Gross, representing Longview School District at the site, on Thursday, October 13th, as three fifth graders share the happy moment

At Wake Robin Learning Center along Coal Creek Willapa Hills Audubon members interpreted bird and mammal features to Longview fifth graders during Forestry Days, October 12-13. WHAS has participated in this program for many years.

This year WHAS further benefitted the Wake Robin program by donating $600 to help cover transportation of more than 450 students to the site. The forested acreage and building were donated to the Longview School District for an outdoor learning center by the late Joe and Eleanor Lammi, former WHAS directors and longtime members.

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National Coverage of Proposed Coal Terminal in Longview

It's not too often that our little corner of the world makes the national presses, but over the past months friends and families have alerted us to Longview popping up in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times or other far away papers because of the proposed coal terminal.  The most recent Natural Resources Defense Council magazine, On Earth, has a long article about coal with considerable text dedicated to the proposed terminal in Longview.  The Sierra Club magazine, Sierra, included an article on the Longview proposal earlier in the spring.

Tough truths about plastic pollution

Plastic bottles can harm our fauna and flora in many ways.

Artist Dianna Cohen shares some tough truths about plastic pollution in the ocean and in our lives -- and some thoughts on how to free ourselves from the plastic gyre. (Click here if the movie does not load in your browser).