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…

Algae Leads to Wickiup Reservoir Toxicity Warning

Last week, the Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory for Wickiup Reservoir in Deschutes County. Water tests found very high levels of cyanotoxins produced by large amounts of blue-green algae growing in the reservoir. As one would expect, the…

Gresham's Grant Butte Wetlands Now Officially Protected

The Grant Butte Wetlands are now officially protected against development, creating a 33-acre haven for wildlife and nature in the city of Gresham, just outside of Portland. The land was purchased for $2.2 million this spring by a consortium that…

Wolverines Not Threatened/Endangered Enough Just Yet

Despite their dwindling numbers in the United States, and their heroic defense against invading Russian forces in 1984, wolverines will not receive federal protection on the threatened and endangered species list. The recent decision was supported by state wildlife agency…

Botulism Kills Thousands of Ducks at NoCal Wildlife Refuge Near Oregon Border

Thousands of our feathered friends have died due to an outbreak of botulism at Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge in northern California, near the Oregon border. Emilio Estevez has been unavailable for comment. Exacerbated By Drought Smaller botulism outbreaks are…

Oregon’s Famous "Lone Wolf" (& Family) to Be Recollared for Tracking

OR-7, Oregon’s famous wandering wolf, is now a family man, having settled in with a mate and a litter of pups. To track the furry family’s movements and growth as they grow toward official “pack” status, biologists plans to recapture…

Oregon Senate Pres Proposes Earthquake Upgrades for School Buildings

Over the past 10,000 years or so, tectonic plate movements have caused 23 subduction zone earthquakes in Oregon, an average of one every 435 years. That may not seem like much, but as the last of these earthquakes, in which…

OSU Field-Tests Drought-Tolerant Oilseed

Literal field trials at Oregon State University’s experimental research station have shown that camelina, or false flax, is capable of high yield growth despite a lack of water. This could make the oilseed variety a consistent source of income for…

Oregon Wildfires Claims Tens of Thousands of Acres

A wildfire started by a lightning strike late last month continues to burn, having already claimed over 40,000+ acres in three counties. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) continues to battle the blaze. Dry Conditions, Swirling Winds Drive Flames The…

Visit Crater Lake Nat’l Park for Summer Excursions

It may be August already (!!!), but there’s still plenty of time left to get out and enjoy summer. If you’re looking for an (almost) end-of-season outdoor adventure, look no further than Crater Lake National Park. With over 183,000 acres…

Pilot Rock Lumber Dump Fire Burns On

Catch-22 alert: It’s too dangerous to just let it burn, but it’s also too dangerous for firefighters to extinguish. So what’s to be done about the on-again off-again fire at the abandoned lumber dump near Pilot Rock? Environmental Fines Can’t…