Worthy Causes

Portlanders doing good
by: Courtesy of Audubon Society of Portland Audubon's Wildlife Care Center is raising funds to help birds and animals thrive in an urban setting.

Ever wish you could hold a wild bird of prey? Or climb a giant, ancient Douglas Fir tree just to see what it looks like from the top?

The Audubon Society of Portland is auctioning those once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experiences this month, among others, to raise funds for its Wildlife Care Center and rescue work with peregrine falcons.

The 'Birds and Bridges' auction opens at 7 p.m. April 19 and runs through 7 p.m. May 6.

Proceeds will benefit the Wildlife Care Center, which treats over 3,000 injured or orphaned wild animals, about 400 of which are raptors - also known as birds of prey. The care center works to rehabilitate the birds and animals and return them to their natural habitats.

Now through June 11, Audubon is also inviting the public to its 'Peregrine Watch' sessions - a chance to watch the fastest animal in the world hunt and nest in the middle of downtown Portland.

Volunteers will be along the Springwater Trail behind OMSI each Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. with spotting scopes, to help people view a pair of falcons that have made their home on the Marquam Bridge. It's free and open to the public.

To check out the auction items, go to paudubonauction.dojiggy.com.

Theater students at North Portland's Roosevelt High School have received national recognition for their performance of David Saar's 'The Yellow Boat,' and are on their way to an international competition - if they can raise money for the trip.

The annual Thespian Festival, set for June 20 to June 25 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, is a week-long event celebrating student achievement in theater arts. Festival officials evaluate about 40 shows each year and choose 10 to 12 to perform on the main stage.

Roosevelt's production will be featured along with others from the U.S., Canada and beyond.

But the 14-member cast and crew, who are mostly seniors, must raise $20,000 as soon as possible to pay their airfare, festival registration fees and ground transportation. The Roosevelt community is hoping for public support.

'It's an understatement to say I'm over the moon and so proud to represent Roosevelt on the rise,' drama teacher Jo Lane says. 'We're at the peak in theater!'

To watch a clip, go to: youtube.com/watch?v=PQ95AaxxuhE and feature=related and safety_mode=true and persist_safety_mode=1

To make a donation, send a chek to Roosevelt Campus (memo: Theatre Festival trip), c/o Jo S. Lane, Theater Director, 6941 N. Central St., Portland 97203. TAX ID # 93-6000-830.

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