Natural World: From Marsh Hawks to Northern Harriers

Natural World: From Marsh Hawks to Northern Harriers

There was a time in the long-long-ago of "bird-watching" when today's Northern Harrier was known as the Marsh Hawk, because the low-flying, small bird- and mammal-eating raptor could almost always be seen in western marshes, flitting along just a few inches above the foliage, always looking down and rarely where it was going.

Natural World: Owls, owls and more owls

Recently I've had some interesting phone calls to my home and travelin' phones, giving me cause to suspect the alien barred owl population (from the eastern United States and Canada) may be on the rise, and people are confusing them with our native great gray owls.

Natural World: Eagle Watch

It wasn't snowing or blowing, and the temperature wasn't down to the 20's like it sometimes can be at Eagle Watch.

Natural World: Journey's Adventure

Sisters Middle School science teacher Susie Werts' record-setting monarch butterfly, "Journey," named such by her students, is back in the news.

Cougar killings back in the news

Natural World
There is no question that this is what a lot of people are calling a tough winter.

Natural World: Helping our greater sage grouse survive

Who would ever have thought the once-huge populations of Oregon's greater sage grouse, would suddenly begin to vanish from an ancient domain, and be considered candidates for the endangered species list? What happened to cause this terrible decline?

Natural World: Winter and Wildlife

Winter's hard on wildlife, just as it is on you and me. But like you and me, wildlife that spend winter with us have tools they can use to stay warm and dry. Birds in particular are well suited to survive winter, with downy feathers close to their little bodies.

Birds of a Feather

Where all those birds are coming from right now—and how you can help them thrive this winter
First it was, "Hey, where have all my robins gone...?" Then in November the question was changed to, "Where in (expletive) did all the robins come from!?"


Today Tue, Mar 28th

  • Owl Prowl

    Owl Prowl

    Tue., March 28, 6-7 p.m. and Wed., March 29, 6-7 p.m.
    @ Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory – Venture into the night in search of nocturnal creatures! Meet...

  • Diabetes Prevention Program

    Diabetes Prevention Program

    Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m. Continues through June 6
    @ Redmond Senior Center – The goal is to make lifestyle changes which include healthy...

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