Protect Animal Migration (PAM) is an educational nonprofit providing fact-based wildlife biological information to the general public. They are a collaboration of wildlife biologists from Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Deschutes National Forest and wildlife advocates. Our goal is to inform the public of increasing threats to wildlife and of the need for public advocacy to support mitigating solutions that will stabilize species like mule deer.
Unlike livestock, wildlife has to move across the landscape to find seasonal food, cover, shelter, genetic diversity and survival from winter snow and hot/waterless summer ranges. Increasingly, their habitats are fragmented by human disturbance, changes in climate, and barriers like roads, trails and wildlife unfriendly fencing.
The good news is that the public can make all the difference in plans to accommodate growth and to support wildlife. Wildlife crossings, traffic calming devices, wildlife friendly fencing, reduction of yard hazards, good trail stewardship and understanding how to live with wildlife can determine if some species continue to survive here in Central Oregon. Other states are modeling ways to do this, and Oregon can too.
Suzanne Linford, the Executive Director of PAM, a Master Naturalist and wildlife interpreter; Cidney Bowman, Wildlife Passage Coordinator (biologist), ODOT; Sara Gregory, Wildlife Habitat Biologist, ODFW; will share information and updates to wildlife passage here in Central Oregon. Lauri Turner will be in the audience to answer questions relevant to land management and recreation, and Suzanne Linford will explain new federal initiatives on migration and habitat and how collaborations and individuals are joining resources for wildlife.
PAM has recently become a project of the Oregon Wildlife Foundation and has the distinction of being the only nonprofit in the state with this mission and platform.