Dark Sky Preservation

Is it “For the Birds?”

One might think preserving dark skies is, as the negative expression goes, “for the birds,” when one witnesses how seemingly lackadaisical our region is about the issue. The warnings went out decades ago about climate change, yet we waited until the tipping point to act. Let’s not wait equally as long to act to address light pollution. Let’s start by creating more community awareness about the dangers of light pollution in the Portland Metro Area and what simple things folks can do to curb it.

Audubon-RCA Joint Volunteer Event to Improve Dark Skies – Sept. 30th

You can help RCA spread community awareness about light pollution by volunteering at a joint evening event between The Audubon Society of Portland and RCA on September 30, 2016. We will shine just one light that evening – a light on the issue of light pollution. Dark skies aren’t just for our enjoyment of astronomical observation, they are also truly FOR THE BIRDS. Portland Audubon is our strongest ally in this fight against light pollution. We are hoping this will be the first of many collaborative events. Bring your binoculars, your telescopes, or just your knowledge of the constellations for a dark sky appreciation night with the children and neighbors of Sunnyside Elementary School in Southeast Portland.  Contact Jim Higgs, RCA’s Education and Outreach Director or Dawn Nilson, RCA’s Dark Skies Preservation Director to volunteer. More information will be posted as the date nears.

Learn more about Dark Sky Preservation.