Bird's Eye View

Bird's Eye View

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.



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!?"

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Natural World: Watching for Strange Birds and Other Things

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.

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Making Waves

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.


Best Outdoor Events of 2016

...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.


Field Medicine

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.


Natural World: All White‚ but Not Quite

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.

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Natural World: Why Coyotes like it in Town

(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.

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Natural World: Who's In Your Wood Shed?

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.

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Today Tue, Jan 17th

  • Walk Up Pilot Butte @ Pilot Butte State Park

    Walk Up Pilot Butte

    Pilot Butte State Park - Join JessBFit for this breathtaking walk up Pilot Butte. Stick around after the walk to learn how to use the pull-up bar station at the trail head for strength training...

  • Snowshoe Nature Hike with a Ranger @ Mt. Bachelor

    Snowshoe Nature Hike with a Ranger

    Mt. Bachelor - Snowshoe Nature tours on Mt. Bachelor with a Forest Service Naturalist Ranger. All interpretive programs focus on the ecology, geology and wildlife of the Cascades....

  • Tiny Explorers Meetup @ Sam Johnson Park

    Tiny Explorers Meetup

    Sam Johnson Park - A time for new families to get together in the outdoors. Meetups are hosted by volunteers that provide program information and suggestions for activities. The program is targeted for families...

  • Ben Canales—Starry Nights, Should We Care?

    Ben Canales—Starry Nights, Should We Care?

    Tue., Jan. 17, 7-8:30 p.m.
    @ Spiritual Awareness Community at Old Stone Church – Join the Oregon Natural Desert Association's High Desert Speaker Series,...

  • Sunrise Sati

    Sunrise Sati

    Tuesdays, Thursdays, 6-7 a.m. Continues through Jan. 31
    @ Get a Move On Studio – Enjoy an invigorating workout which combines cardio, dance, yoga movement...

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