Lane County Birding

Spring and summer are the ideal time for a good many outdoor activities, not the least of which is birding (a.k.a. bird watching). Oregon is home to a wide variety of birds, and during the warmer months you can spot…

Pac NW Lead the Nation in Ocean Acidification

Even the ocean in the Pacific Northwest is a hippie, apparently—it’s currently tripping big time on acid. Or, to be more accurate, ocean acidification has hit our region harder than it has other parts of the nation, according to a…

Keep Calm And—Wait, Bird Flu? EVERYONE PANIC!

Just when you thought it was safe to handle dead birds… Avian influenza returns! H5N8 Part II: Birdie’s Revenge Near the sleepy little town of Tumalo, Oregon, just before dusk settled at the end of a typical February day, a…

Planned Kill Scaled Back, But Fishes Still Trump Cormorant

It’s official: fish are more important than birds. Following the release of their final environmental impact statement on the subject on Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced a scaled-back version of its plan to kill thousands of (ironically)…

Ore. Lawmakers Seek to Replace Coal Power

A newly introduced piece of legislation seeks to eliminate coal-produced electricity from Oregon’s power grid over the next decade and replace it with renewable sources like solar and wind energy. Spearheaded by the Sierra Club, the Oregon Conservation Network, and…

Portland Water System: Now with Electrical Generators!

The Portland Water Bureau (PWB) and renewable energy company Lucid Energy have joined forces to turn one of the city’s largest water pipelines into an electrical generator. Water flowing through newly installed, specialty “LucidPipe” spins four 42” turbines that, in…

Bird Flu Bad News for Humans Who Are Actually Birds

The recent discovery of a wild mallard testing positive for bird flu H5N2 has alarmed some Oregon citizens. However, state wildlife officials have announced that the virus poses no risk to humans. It’s Called “Bird Flu,” After All Though it…

Toxic Algae Making Itself at Home in Oregon & Elsewhere

Blue green algae blooms were responsible for the closing of ten lakes, ponds, and other public swimming areas in Oregon in 2014, including a portion of the Willamette River. A new study has shown that the algae is able to…

Eugene’s EV Charger Network Largely Unused

Over the past several years, the city of Eugene has installed dozens of electric vehicle charging stations as part of the nationwide EV Project, which has installed thousands of similar devices throughout nine states and the District of Columbia. However,…

Proposed Portland Propane Pipeline Proving Problematic

Over three months ago, Pembina Pipeline, a Canadian energy company, announced plans to build a propane export terminal in St. Johns. The $500 million facility would’ve brought hundreds of temporary construction jobs to the area, thirty to forty permanent jobs,…

PSU Students & Migration Brewing Join Forces, Maximize Hipsterness

In a scenario that could come straight from IFC’s Portlandia, students from Portland State University and Portland-based Migration Brewing have teamed up to create a new beer variety with a smaller carbon footprint. Proceeds from sales of the beverage go…