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Counting Life's Flowering Treasures

Counting Life's Flowering Treasures

The ebb and flow of local populations of the mariposa lily
Bill Kuhn, who lives among the sagebrush, juniper and mariposa lilies, is somewhat like me: a worrywart. Every time he and I sit by the fire we get to chinwaggin' about what's going to happen to the juniper, sagebrush and wildflowers—that are the love of our lives—after we go out among the stars.

Houston... No, Sacramento: We Have a Problem

If you haven't seen any monarch butterflies this season, here's why
The title of this piece was a common statement back in the '70s and '80s, when NASA was doing all it could to place men and machinery in space. It also became a common statement for all kinds of problems in our society—and now I use it to bring attention to a problem that people in Central Oregon cannot cure: the lack of migrating monarch butterflies in spring.

At Last!

A way to protect birds from cats
Are cats cuddly companions or fine-tuned killing machines? They're both—and their owners know that.

Helping Wildlife Get By

Think Wild prepares to start taking in creatures at its rehab facility
On a Saturday and Sunday afternoon in July, the brand-new wildlife rehabilitation facility, Think Wild, east of Bend, created a traffic jam with its open house. A lot of people from Bend, Tumalo, LaPine, Sisters and Redmond came out to check out what Think Wild was all about.

Of Pandoras and Other Moths

An outbreak of Pandora moths, when they weren't expected
By golly, this is a strange time for Pandora moths to pop out of the woodwork—er, soil. They were here in grand numbers back in 2017, and it's usually five to 10 years before they appear again.

An Extraordinary Event of Summer

Tortoiseshells and other butterflies are welcome visitors in Central Oregon
Oh, boy, are we having fun! Right now, during these warm first weeks of July, the California tortoiseshell butterfly, one of the more dashing of the nymphalids, is popping out by the hundreds of thousands—if not millions —in the foothills of the Cascades, known as the Skyline Forest.

Get the Lead Out!

A case for banning lead ammunition
Back in 1951, I rolled into Bend on my grand old 1947 Harley, and within a year I was into the eagle conservation business. It was then I discovered what was previously unknown to me: the U.S. Government's role in killing wildlife.

No, Really, We Do Need Bugs

Insects are vital to life as we know it
The links between insects and a healthy environment are so vital to life as we know it, they should be taught in kindergarten so that everyone learns the facts at an early age. You can thank an insect pollinator for one out of every three mouthfuls of food you eat—which is what makes spraying chemicals to kill insects in an apple orchard so deadly.

Not Singing the Swan Song

The tales of two trumpeter couples in Central Oregon
The Western U.S. population of trumpeter swans, Cygnus buccinator —Cygnus from the Latin for swan, and buccinare for "to trumpet"—fell into deep trouble when their feathers and skin became a valuable commodity in the late 1800s. That same species you see today on the Deschutes River, Lake Aspen and Sunriver's ponds, were at one time threatened with extinction by market hunters and feather merchants.

Learning in the Garden

'Garden for Every School' initiative awards grants to local schools
On a sunny afternoon in the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden at The Environmental Center in downtown Bend, an excited group of kindergarteners flits among the raised garden beds filled with veggies and flowers, each tasked with finding one thing that has changed since the last time they visited the garden.

Baby Eagle Rescued

The only golden eagle cam operating in the U.S., located just north of Sisters, has been transmitting some pretty exciting footage over the last few weeks. Viewers have been witnessing what appears to be a very cruel event in the life and times of golden eagles: the starvation of one of the young.

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