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…

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…

Bird Flue Bad News for Humans Who Are Actually Birds

The recent discovery of a wild mallard testing positive for bird flu H5N2 has alarmed some Oregon citizens. However, state wildlife officials have announced that the virus poses no risk to humans. It’s Called “Bird Flu,” After All Though it…

Toxic Algae Making Itself at Home in Oregon & Elsewhere

Blue green algae blooms were responsible for the closing of ten lakes, ponds, and other public swimming areas in Oregon in 2014, including a portion of the Willamette River. A new study has shown that the algae is able to…

Eugene’s EV Charger Network Largely Unused

Over the past several years, the city of Eugene has installed dozens of electric vehicle charging stations as part of the nationwide EV Project, which has installed thousands of similar devices throughout nine states and the District of Columbia. However,…

Proposed Portland Propane Pipeline Proving Problematic

Over three months ago, Pembina Pipeline, a Canadian energy company, announced plans to build a propane export terminal in St. Johns. The $500 million facility would’ve brought hundreds of temporary construction jobs to the area, thirty to forty permanent jobs,…

PSU Students & Migration Brewing Join Forces, Maximize Hipsterness

In a scenario that could come straight from IFC’s Portlandia, students from Portland State University and Portland-based Migration Brewing have teamed up to create a new beer variety with a smaller carbon footprint. Proceeds from sales of the beverage go…

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…