Growing Milkweed for Resurgent Monarchs

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”

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…

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

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…

There's No Doubt: We've A Drought

There’s No Doubt: We’ve A Drought

Governor Kate Brown has declared a drought-related emergency in two southeastern Oregon counties. Snowpack levels far below the usual have led to dangerously dry conditions in Lake and Malheur counties. The state Drought Council and the Oregon Water Resources Department…

Bird Flu Bad News for Humans Who Are Actually Birds

Bird Flu 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

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…

Bighorn Sheep Relocated to Improve Numbers, Diversify Herd Genetics

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

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…

Sea Stars Making A Comeback Off Oregon Coast

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

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…