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…

Snowpack Vanishes as Drought Continues

The drought that has kept Oregon firmly in its grip throughout the first part of 2015 shows no signs of slowing. Our state’s snowpack has already disappeared, far ahead of schedule, with no snow of any kind reported since early…

Growing Milkweed for Resurgent Monarchs

After the emergence of genetically engineered crops over twenty years ago all but wiped out their primary food source, milkweed, the Pacific Northwest’s migratory monarch butterfly population dropped roughly 90 percent. Sightings of the orange and black butterflies, which used…

Senate Bill Could Help End Wildfire “Cycle of Disaster”

Over the course of last year’s wildfire season, 1.3 million acres were destroyed, including nearly 869,000 acres in Oregon. The cost of fighting 2014’s wildfires was approximately $460 million. In 2015, the Pacific Northwest is poised for another harsh fire…

Court Un-Orders Court Order on BLM Logging

In 2013, the US Bureau of Land Management was ordered—by law!—to sell more timber in southern Oregon. Last week, the US Court of appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned that ruling, as well as another, which was part…

Phony Whale vs. Sea Lions II: The Re-Sea Lioning

A few weeks back, we reported on the Port of Astoria’s efforts to shoo away a pack of pesky sea lions from their docks using a 32-foot artificial orca whale. Score this round for the sea lions: just a few…

Gov’t to Protect Sage Grouse Habitat in Ore., 9 Other States

Last week, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell unveiled a new proposal that would preserve the habitat of the imperiled sage grouse across ten states, from the Dakotas to Oregon. The measure represents the US government’s largest-ever land-planning effort for the conservation…

Phony Whale vs. Sea Lions

When the docks of your port city are overrun by hundreds of sea lions, what can you do to clear the beasts out? You could round up a bunch of sea tigers and sea bears, oh sea my, or you…

Cali Drought Leads to “Extreme Measures” for Hatchery Salmon

The biggest fish-lift (as in airlifting fish) in the California’s history is underway. Roughly 30 million young hatchery salmon are ready to be released into the state’s waterways, but the seemingly never-ending drought there has made rivers to shallow or…

Merkley Proposes Legislation to Protect Sutton Mountain

Following the lead of the Wheeler County Board of Commissioners and the Mitchell City Council, Senator Jeff Merkley introduced a bill in the US Senate last Thursday to protect Sutton Mountain and the surrounding land as a wilderness area. The…

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…