Researchers Testing Green Peter Dam’s “Fish Waterslides”

Researchers Testing Green Peter Dam’s “Fish Waterslides”

In an ongoing effort to improve fish survival at various Willamette Project dams, the US Army Corps of Engineers is trying a slightly wacky new approach to getting baby fishes downstream and past the dams safely. An unused pipe system…

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…

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

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

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

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…

Gather Ye Sardines While Ye May

Gather Ye Sardines While Ye May

The sardine population off the Pacific coast has decreased so substantially and so quickly that our great state’s hugely profitable sardine fishing industry will likely go belly up by the end of the summer. Sardine numbers have dropped roughly 90…

Oregon Sage Grouse Now Protected As Heck

Oregon Sage Grouse Now Protected As Heck

Late last week, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced a new agreement that protects Oregon’s entire population of greater sage grouse. Covering roughly 5,500 square miles across soil and water conservation districts in eight counties, the new protective measures…

2000+ Geese Die in Idaho; Are Oregon’s Geese Next?

2000+ Geese Die in Idaho; Are Oregon’s Geese Next?

In a bizarre turn that has yet to be fully explained, thousands of migrating snow geese were found dead on Sauvie Island and in other wildlife areas in Eastern Idaho. Disease is the likely culprit, though fowl play has not…

More Killers Spotted: Washington Coast Orca Pod Grows

More Killers Spotted: Washington Coast Orca Pod Grows

Babies are great, right? Everyone loves babies, which is one of the reasons researchers were pleased to discover a new baby orca amongst a pod off the coast of Warshington last Wednesday. Though the killer whale population remains woefully low,…

Keep Calm And—Wait, Bird Flu? EVERYONE PANIC!

Keep Calm And—Wait, Bird Flu? EVERYONE PANIC!

Just when you thought it was safe to handle dead birds… Avian influenza returns! H5N8 Part II: Birdie’s Revenge Near the sleepy little town of Tumalo, Oregon, just before dusk settled at the end of a typical February day, a…