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…

Bighorn Sheep Relocated to Improve Numbers, Diversify Herd Genetics

Two large groups of California bighorn sheep were captured and relocated in an effort to increase the population and improve the genetic diversity of the ungulate herds. Biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) performed the sheep…

A Whale of A Tale: Exotic Orcas Spotted in Pac NW Inland Waters

According to whale researchers, a number of “exotic orcas” (a.k.a. outer-coastal orcas) have been spotted in the Pacific Northwest’s inland waterways in higher numbers than ever before. Thus far, most exotic orca sightings have taken place near Vancouver Island off…

A recent study of spent fuel storage at the Columbia Generating Station near Richland, Washington, suggests that the growing stockpile of spent nuclear fuel could pose a major public safety risk in the event of an earthquake. “Expensive & Dangerous”…

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…