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Comment Archives: stories: Outside: Natural World

Re: “The Black Widow's Sister Arrives

Venom is delivered via injection from a bite. plants don't bite, so can't be venomous, but animals can be poisonous (e.g. poison arrow frogs)

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Posted by Kelly Clowers on 11/02/2018 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Sydney the Cygnet Lives On

The flight feathers on Sydney's wings were only trimmed temporarily.
ODFW and the Trumpeter Swan Society decided Sydney would have a greater chance of survival if she stayed with her parents for the winter. They wanted to temporarily prevent her from flying so she won't be able to fly into power lines - a huge threat to trumpeters. As far as predators go, Sydney was much more vulnerable when she was a tiny cygnet.
Pete and Eloise are excellent protective parents who do a great job of fighting off any potential threats to Sydney.
Once the spring comes, Sydney will grow new flight feathers and be taken to Summer Lake to live her life as a free swan. Sydney is in NO WAY a prisoner or part of an ill advised petting zoo.

Posted by Robin Gold on 10/26/2018 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Sydney the Cygnet Lives On

I would like to understand ODFWs reasoning for the wing clipping. Sounds ridiculous to hamper an animals natural abilities and defenses. That said, thank you Pam, Tim, and Robin, for the care you show and the effort you make to help this lovely family.

Posted by Diane on 10/25/2018 at 9:19 PM

Re: “Coyotes: Clever Rebounders

Great story. Bless your heart.

Posted by Ann Frances on 10/25/2018 at 8:43 PM

Re: “Sydney the Cygnet Lives On

Isn"t that special, a group of people trying to make life better for the clipped wing prisoner swan. This is just barley above the petting zoo with the bear in a pit for all to see and throw things at.
Anyone want to do a story about how fish and wildlife clipped the wings of all the swans in drake park so they would not leave, then had to ask local kayakers to go look for where they went when they all went over the 30" dam above the Riverhouse because they could not fly and were forced to float downstream through the class IV rapids before their eventual death.
Good thing mother nature has "us" to manage things.

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Posted by anonymous on 10/25/2018 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Sydney the Cygnet Lives On

My comment has to do w the clipping of flight feathers so the swans cannot fly ... doesnt that make them more likely to be a victim of predators? I know this has happened in another state, possibly Arizona, and the swans they had have dwindled due to predators killing them as they cannot fly.

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Posted by Patti Bogan on 10/24/2018 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Dogs in the Fast Lane: Don't put your pooch in the back of your pickup truck


Posted by rb on 10/19/2018 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Wildlife and Diseases

Rodents are very dirty. They merely seek into our property for food and shelter. Their presence creates unsanitary condition all round. They carry disease, leave bodily waste, and always manage to chew on the important items. Mice and rats need to be exterminated in order to prevent our family from dangerous diseases. Live mouse traps are the most common method used for getting rid of this infestation. Many times these nasty pests also trick the traps and become a huge problem for the homeowners. Here we need the help of professionals to come and suggest some effective and long-lasting solutions.

Posted by Antonia McElroy on 10/12/2018 at 3:57 AM

Re: “Coyotes: Clever Rebounders

I love fiction

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Posted by Steven Childs on 10/11/2018 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Backyard Scorpions: We've got some of the stingers in these parts, but don't worry

I found one today in sink of all places. Someone said they come from septic! Is that true?

Posted by abigail on 10/08/2018 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Backyard Scorpions: We've got some of the stingers in these parts, but don't worry

I live near Klamath Falls and we've had 3 in the last couple of weeks, all in the house. Maybe they come in on my husband after he's been out working on the wood pile? Told him to start stripping down in the garage.

Posted by Barbara Yancey Medart on 09/11/2018 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Natural World

Matt: Thanks for the suggestion, but that's not in accordance with our stylebook.

Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 08/24/2018 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Natural World

Thanks Nicole! Just another heads up, when using acronyms, it's best to declare what the acronym represents by putting it in parenthesis after the first use of the non-acronym form, that way the reader can be certain what it's referring to.

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Posted by Matt Skeels on 08/24/2018 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Natural World

Hey Matt Skeels: Thanks for pointing out the distinction between Oregon Grotto and Oregon High Desert Grotto. We've updated the post to reflect the correct titles.

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Posted by Nicole Vulcan on 08/24/2018 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Natural World

This article should be edited to reflect that these members aren't a part of the Oregon Grotto (based out of Vancouver, Washington), they are from the Oregon High Desert Grotto of Bend, Oregon. An "OHDG" would be good shorthand as well.

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Posted by Matt Skeels on 08/23/2018 at 10:23 AM

Re: “Natural World

Another story about the found and then lost skull in Arnold Ice Cave:…

Posted by Matt Skeels on 08/23/2018 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Natural World

It turns out we hauled out close to 3,300 pounds of wood and metal from the cave, loaded in a FS dump truck which was hauled off the same day. Thanks to everyone that helped make this happen! -Brent.

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Posted by Brent McGregor on 08/22/2018 at 6:18 PM

Re: “What? You've Never Seen a Skink!: an introduction to this sexy, sexy lizard

Just saw 1 here in came out of my garden.

Posted by Rose Tracy on 08/06/2018 at 2:28 PM

Re: “What? You've Never Seen a Skink!: an introduction to this sexy, sexy lizard

I, too, just saw one of these for the first time. It was in my garden compost container when I took off the lid. Fortunately, I had my smart phone on me and was able to snap a few pics. The skink reminded me of a garter snake on the front end, with an amazingly neon blue tail. Wish I could post the photo...

Posted by Debdoll on 07/29/2018 at 6:07 PM

Re: “What to do about outdoor cats?

I am considering trapping the neighbor's cat. I have had to quit putting bird feed out for birds because it would position itself under bushes and attack as soon as the birds came to the feeders. This was especially stressful when I found it with a dead hummingbird, and then discovered additional dead hummingbirds. I chased the cat all last year. Yes, my hummingbird feeders are empty of nectar, and my finch feeders empty of thistle. My cardinal feeders are free of sunflower seeds, and the remainder of my feeders are free of wild bird feed mix. I still have flowers. Flowers attract hummingbirds, and other birds and the cat still comes and hides under plants until it catches my sweet visitors. But this year the cat has added more distress. I have a small pond among my gardens, once stocked with gold fish. My gold fish started disappearing this spring, until I was down to one, the largest one. I was blaming a raccoon. Not only did I keep the pump running day and night but also kept a spotlight on at night to deter the masked bandit I suspected. I have replaced ten gold fish three times this year, but this week I am back down to one. I came home this evening to find the neighbor's cat, the same cat who has taken my bird feeding enjoyment away, in the pond attempting to catch my last fish, "Popsicle." Our neighbors have suffered a terrible family crisis. The husband had a fall and as a result has severe brain damage and is confined to a wheelchair. They had been married to each other only a short time. There are three teenage children from a previous marriage, but this couple had a baby around the time of the husband's accident. The wife is always hauling her husband, who does not remember her as his wife, to therapy and doctors. The last thing they appear to care about is a cat that can pretty well scrounge for itself and take this senior citizens joy. It does not have city required tags nor even a collar. I am not a cat hater. I am not a cat lover either. I understand other folks really care about their pets. But leaving a pet to roam and infringe on the rights of others and cause extra expense to a neighbor does not appear to be caring. BUT, it does seem like approaching the already overwhelmed woman with this problem would only bring more stress to her. Trapping the cat and taking it to Animal Control may be doing the cat a favor...perhaps a family who will keep it home and care for it. In addition, it will no longer be subject to my chasing it and I can go back to feeding and watching hungry birds, and keeping my pond.

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Posted by oh_stop_it on 07/21/2018 at 3:10 AM

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