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…

Proposed Beach Smoking Ban Canned

Nothing says “summer” like spending a sunny day at the beach—catching some rays, hitting the water, maybe a nice picnic lunch, smoke a few butts. Wait, what about butts? Gross—why would you want to smoke at the beach? You got…

Sea Lions Decimating Columbia River Salmon Population

It’s no secret that sea lions love fish—it’s kind of their thing. But new research shows that the Kings of the Sea Jungle are killing and eating far more of the salmon returning to the Columbia River than previously thought….

Ore. Enviro Groups to Wash. Nuke Site: Stop Killing Columbia River

The Energy Northwest Columbia Generating Station in Washington state uses over 20 million gallons of water from the Columbia River every day to cool its nuclear reactor. As one might expect, this has proven to be harmful to the river…

Sea Stars Making A Comeback Off Oregon Coast

After a long bout against sea star wasting syndrome, the aquatics species’ numbers are gradually increasing in areas off the Oregon coast. Divers from the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport recently spotted the creatures by the thousands. “Never Seen Them…

Oregon’s Finest Fall Foliage 2014

Fall has fallen and autumn has autumned. The leaves are embracing their eminent demise by turning all manner of gorgeous colors. Oregon has plenty of great places where you can see fall foliage, but here are our choices for the…

Salmon River Chinook Fishing A Different Beast This Fall

Fisherfolk throwing their lines into the Salmon River near Lincoln City will find that the chinook fishing is decidedly different this fall than in years past. A different approach from area hatcheries has lowered the chinook population—an obvious detriment in…

Paisley Caves Now A “Most Important” Archaeological Site

As October is Oregon Archaeology Celebration Month, it seems only fitting that Paisley Five Mile Point Caves have been added to the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places. The caves, located near Paisley in south-central Oregon, were the…

Obama Expands Pacific Ocean Preserve 6X

Late last month, President Barack Obama approved an expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. (Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) The expansion sees the preserve grow to cover 490,000 square miles, six times its current size….

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…