The Plight of the Western Pond Turtle

The Plight of the Western Pond Turtle

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.

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Rattlesnakes: Born to do Battle?

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.

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Let's Pokémon Go for a Walk

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.

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Enduring the High Cascades

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.

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Mercury in Our Air, Water, Soil and Fish

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.

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Dining on the Waterfront

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.

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The Sweet Sounds of Spring

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.

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