In this helter-skelter age it comes as a shock (to me) when suddenly someone says, "Hey, when was the last time you saw, this—or that—animal?" And that was the case when my herpetologist pal, Jesse Short from Central Oregon Community College, sent me photos of a western pond turtle, all excited about spotting it on the Deschutes River, near The Old Mill.
Prineville Bike Park Kick up the dirt in Prineville!
In our travels assisting the Oregon Eagle Foundation to survey Central Oregon for active Golden Eagle breeding territories, my wife, Sue and I come across a wonderful variety of reptiles. When the days are nice and warm, just about all the lizards that live in the Great Sandy Desert dash across the road ahead of us.
Mt. Bachelor Bike Park The Mt. Bachelor Bike Park is now open for the summer.
Exploring Bend through new mobile game
I made my first important life decision when I was six years old: I choose Squirtle as my starter. This decision was made on a brand new GameBoy Color, and motivated by a desire to be competitive against my brother's Charmander.
Lavender In Bloom Central Oregon's high desert environment allows for the cultivation of some of the most beautiful and unique floral life in the world.
Riders compete to finish 100-mile bike race
With its mix of mountainous terrain and high desert flatlands, Bend is a mountain biker's paradise. The trails here offer a variety of challenges and sights, and their abundance makes it easy for riders to spend at least a week exploring all of them.
In April of this year the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issued a warning about consuming too many bass found to be contaminated with excessive amounts of mercury in fish tissue sampled from a number of water bodies across the state. Dave Farrer, Ph.D., toxicologist in the Environmental Public Health Section at the OHA Public Health Division, said, "Fish are an important part of a healthy diet, especially migratory fish like salmon, steelhead and trout.
Bend Kayak School Learn the skills necessary to navigate the whitewater rapids of Central Oregon!
Wanderlust tour explores taste buds and lake life
For Dave Nissen, founder of Wanderlust Tours, coming up with new ideas is a group effort. "We at Wanderlust often find ourselves hanging out, sipping on suds at the end of the day, and brainstorming what would knock people's socks off," he said.
Thanks to hearing device technology from Central Oregon Audiology, I am acutely aware of the cacophony of hundreds of male Pacific tree frogs in Central Oregon's irrigation ponds, decorative water features, and drainage ditches that are making their presence known to one and all. They are gleefully summoning their lady-friend partners to come join them before the competition beats them to it.