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Mission 3: Rich History

The national Audubon organization was formed in 1886 and was named after the bird enthusiast John James Audubon. Hunters were killing North American birds at an alarming rate for both sport and women’s fashion. While nearly 49,000 members pledged to “not molest birds,” nothing official was established until nine years later when Harriet Hemenway and Minna B. Hall hosted a series of afternoon teas convincing Boston society ladies to eschew hats and garments trimmed with feathers. These meetings culminated in the founding of the first Audubon Society in the United States.
Currently, the Audubon Society has 500 chapters and 41 nature centers scattered throughout the U.S. It is one of the oldest environmental organizations in the world. The Audubon Society of Portland was founded in 1902, making it one of Oregon’s oldest and most established nonprofits in the community.
The Audubon Society of Portland’s mission is to inspire people to love and protect nature. It has a 172-acre sanctuary fil…

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