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…

Seaside, Oregon & Tsunami Safety Organizations

Visitors staying in hotels in Seaside, Oregon, may find more information about tsunami safety and preparedness than they ever thought they’d need, conveniently (?) located on the paper sleeve in which their key cards are provided. The city’s new tsunami…

Gather Ye Sardines While Ye May

The sardine population off the Pacific coast has decreased so substantially and so quickly that our great state’s hugely profitable sardine fishing industry will likely go belly up by the end of the summer. Sardine numbers have dropped roughly 90…

Oregon Feeding Europe’s Hungry Masses

In February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a new report suggesting that American farmers should increase their “organic” crop output, as pretentious diners from the European Union’s 28 member countries have created an increased demand for healthier foods. Hong…

Oregon Sage Grouse Now Protected As Heck

Late last week, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced a new agreement that protects Oregon’s entire population of greater sage grouse. Covering roughly 5,500 square miles across soil and water conservation districts in eight counties, the new protective measures…

2000+ Geese Die in Idaho; Are Oregon’s Geese Next?

In a bizarre turn that has yet to be fully explained, thousands of migrating snow geese were found dead on Sauvie Island and in other wildlife areas in Eastern Idaho. Disease is the likely culprit, though fowl play has not…

There's No Doubt: We've A Drought

Governor Kate Brown has declared a drought-related emergency in two southeastern Oregon counties. Snowpack levels far below the usual have led to dangerously dry conditions in Lake and Malheur counties. The state Drought Council and the Oregon Water Resources Department…

NW States in Top 10 for Per Capita Wood-Burning Stove Pollution

Oregon, Warshington, and Idaho are again in the nation’s top ten, but this time it’s not for something they’d likely like to be known for. We and our neighboring states are among the top polluters, per capita, for fine particle…

More Killers Spotted: Washington Coast Orca Pod Grows

Babies are great, right? Everyone loves babies, which is one of the reasons researchers were pleased to discover a new baby orca amongst a pod off the coast of Warshington last Wednesday. Though the killer whale population remains woefully low,…

Pac NW Leads 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…