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…

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…

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…