by: COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY MUSEUM - Finley dedicated his life to preserving habitats, which birds still benefit from today.Photos taken almost a century ago have contributed to the ongoing habitat preservation for birds and other wildlife species.

The Washington County Museum will showcase 40 of the late William L. Finley’s black-and-white bird photographs in celebration of his wildlife preservation advocacy.

Finley helped establish the Audubon Society and set up Oregon’s first Fish & Game Commission in 1911, serving as state game warden and later helping establish the system of federal wildlife refuges in Oregon.

Dr. Amo DeBernardis, founding president of Portland Community College, donated Finley’s original glass plates and lantern slides — created between 1902 and 1920 — to the museum in COURTESY PHOTO: WASHINGTON COUNTY MUSEUM - William L. Finleys black-and-white bird photos will be at the Washington County Museum until November. Museum staff used the platinum printmaking process to expose the tonal range of Finley’s photographs. The metals used in this process are very stable against chemical reactions that might degrade the print, so the museum’s prints will likely be appreciated for hundreds of years.

The exhibit opens May 8 at the museum, 120 E. Main St. in Hillsboro, and runs through Nov. 3. The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members; non-member admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, students, children 18 and under, and active military. Children 3 and under are free.

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