Seeing Central Oregon from a helicopter offers a peek at our winter wonderland in a way no ski lift can muster
If you're looking for the ultimate marriage proposal, here's an idea for you: Surprise your future spouse with a helicopter proposal that includes a tour of Central Oregon's snow-capped mountains. You'll land near Broken Top where the pilot will set up a table and chairs, champagne and lunch. The pilot will then disappear for an hour or two.
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!?"
Winter is survival and distribution time for many species of wildlife, not only a time for most wildlife that wander and migrate the season to survive, but also the time for seeing new country—some of which may turn out to be their new home. The short-eared owl is a good example.
Testing the waters for long-term wave energy
Oregon fishermen know the coastal waters better than anyone—and that's probably why they've been tapped to help locate a site ideal for turning ocean waves into electricity. In December, Oregon State University's National Marine Renewable Energy Center was awarded $40 million by the U.S. Department of Energy to construct a wave energy test facility six nautical miles off the coast of Newport.
...and what to watch out for in 2017
The year 2016 was a great time to be outside: extreme sport start-ups let Bendites bungee off a bridge or dive into the sky; rare wolves and foxes made brief cameos in the wild; Bachelor debuted a new ski lift; even Pokémon Go helped out, if only fleetingly. To help you start planning your outdoor adventures, here are some of our favorite outdoor events from this year to check out in 2017.
Wilderness first aid training help responders and patients in remote areas
With so many opportunities to explore the outdoors in Bend come just as many opportunities to get hurt. From a simple sprain to a traumatic injury, getting hurt in the wilderness can elevate the intensity of any medical emergency.
It's tough enough to come up with the correct ID for the varied finches that gang up around my feeder every day, so when you have a leucistic one show up, the whole day gets disrupted. My pal Brent McGregor happened to run into one in his backyard the other day.
As a young girl, Beckie Elgin was the daughter of a zoo director in Des Moines, Iowa. That's where she first encountered wolves.
(Hint: There are cats there)
A recent television report about coyotes living in Bend surprised some people. It shouldn't, since there are coyotes living all over North America today, eating mule deer fawns, chickens and cats—thanks to the actions of the government trappers that started killing coyotes over 100 years ago.
The recent political season has left many disheartened and in need of encouragement. Meanwhile, others are ready for action but unsure what steps to take next.
One of the things I enjoy about burning wood to keep my home warm is the added enjoyment I have watching who and what falls out as I put the wood in the wheelbarrow. When I'm burning mixed conifer, wood-boring beetles seem to be the most abundant insects that fall out of the firewood, and among them the flat-headed borer—which becomes the metallic wood-boring beetle at maturity.