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Comment Archives: stories: Outside: Natural World

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

Re: “Bugging Out!

These types of bugs are the most dangerous one. They feed on blood during the night and prefer to bite humans around the mouth or eyes. Also, they carry Chagas disease along with them. Therefore it is very important to eradicate them from our property as soon as we find any sign of their infestation. Trying DIY methods would only give a temporary relief. Best is go with hiring a professional like and seek their help to protect your home and family.

Posted by mariangordon0122 on 07/19/2018 at 11:20 PM

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

Found one in my bathroom yesterday. I am in The Dalles Oregon. He scared my daughter half to death just hanging out on the bathroom wall. He is now named Stan and has a very cozy set up in a 10 gallon tank in my living room. He is a happy addition to my zoo.

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Posted by Angelique Goertler on 07/19/2018 at 6:02 AM
Posted by Haroldsalazar on 07/17/2018 at 11:46 PM

Re: “Butterflies, Butterflies and More Butterflies

Thank you Jim for sharing your knowledge and personal witness of nature's intricacies--like the parasitic wasps emerging from the chrysalids. We've been seeing a lot of pandora moth caterpillars on the ground below ponderosa pines, and watched one burrow right into the hard soil. Cool. Seems like a good year for them, too. We've also noticed dark chrysalids on the ground in open areas near the lava--and wonder what they are? Not hanging on any tree or bush.

Posted by marinarichie112 on 07/13/2018 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Things That Bite in the Night: Brown recluse and hobo spiders are getting a bum rap

People do move around and bring non-native species with them. I bought an old dresser from a thrift store in Portland Oregon that had webs behind the drawers that weren't noticed before the purchase. I put my things in the drawers after I had trusted my boyfriend had dusted it off well. But he had not! I ended up getting bit on my left breast by a brown recluse that was in my bra! I had never as a native Oregonian seen one before, but I took a picture of it and its fiddle mark identified it. I went to then smash it and Ive never seen a spider run so fast! It hid in a crack. I asked my boyfriend to get it out and flush it down the toilet so it couldnt bite anyone else! I wish so badly I wouldve saved it to show the Dr! He only saw the redness and prescribed antibiotics. He said if it had been a brown recluse bite it was like winning the lottery. Odds against it since they arent native to Oregon. The venom attacks epithelial tissue, hence the irregular heart beats I experienced. The first symptom was redness and extreme itchiness. I pulled the drawers out of the dresser to find many webs! I scolded my boyfriend. The thrift store had gotten furniture donated from a recent arrival from Texas. Brown recluse live to hide in dressers. They can survive a very long time without food as well. Look out for yourself.

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Posted by Ciara D. Doney on 06/17/2018 at 8:18 AM

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

I've been finding them in my house and garage for years, always around this time of year. I live South of Glide, right beside a creek.
I read that they love crickets and I find them, too. Most of the ones I find are dead or nearly so. Maybe because I have indoor cats. I even found one in a glass ceiling light cover. I also read that chickens help to control them outdoors. A chicken 'adopted' us last fall so I'll see if I see a reduced number this year.

Posted by Reenie Lafferty on 06/13/2018 at 5:19 PM

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

My cat had one cornered in house. It must have slipped in under front door. I live just south of Redding, CA. I had no idea that such a creature existed!

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Posted by Deborah Martin on 06/01/2018 at 6:22 PM

Re: “The Lighter Side of Banding Eagles

Eastern coyotes are starting to "wage war on humans"? What "war" exactly are you referring to? I'd like to see the science on this.

Posted by Maggie Howell on 05/31/2018 at 9:54 AM

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

I was just honored to witness a blue tailed skink. Had to run in the house and google it. Amazing little critter, and that bright bright blue tail. Beautiful. I live in Roseburg Oregon.

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Posted by Sue Trammell-Redlich on 05/28/2018 at 8:58 PM

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

saw my 1st at the arboretum in jacksonville, fl today. scampered off when we sat nearby but crawled back out to his sunny spot after a minute or 2. i wonder how he gets on with the others. neato site, btw.

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Posted by Stacie Disbennett on 05/19/2018 at 5:11 PM

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