On May 3, with the Roseburg Public Library as a cosponsor, we heard from Steve Denny of the Umpqua Oak Partnership on the importance and role of oak habitats. After reviewing the historical loss of oak habitats and the many continuing threats they still face, Steve talked about the niche each plays for different types of wildlife and different bird species. He also talked about hopeful signs for preservation going forward, including the improvement and restoration of habitats for fire resilience. He also came with handouts providing more information.
Eric Riley, OAP’s liaison to Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture, talked about their conservation priorities based on population trends of the region’s birds, threats to their habitats, and on their partnership’s strengths. Oak, prairie, and coastal wetlands are priority habitats.
This program took place in the Ford Room of the Roseburg Public Library with 36 people attending. UVAS thanks RPL and the Roseburg ESD for making the Ford Room available to the public.