They're on the Move!

They're on the Move!

On birds in winter, and all those robins you're seeing right now
If you haven't seen them, you're either not paying attention, or you're really busy doing something else. It's really hard to miss them, especially if they're pooping all over your deck like they are at my place, or on your car if it's parked under the juniper tree at the edge of your driveway.

Newts Deserve Respect, or Else...

Victor Berthelsdorf, who lives over in The Swamp on a farm near McMinnville, recently sent me an email with a photo of a great egret posing with a mouthful of rough-skinned newt.

Where Have All the Insects Gone?

I'm not a pessimist, at least I try not to be one. But...

A Brush with a Papa Owl

In tales of the great horned owl, Part 2, our columnist recalls nearly losing an ear
I once had a sheep-raising pal—one of the Shumway boys—lead me to an active great horned owl pair that was using an old red-tailed hawk's nest in the top of a juniper that had been blown over near Alfalfa. Telling this tale, you have to realize that old pals have different ways of looking at humor, friendship — and science.

The Notorious Nest-Stealers

A tale of the great horned owl, part 1
Well, it's that time of year (again). If you're fortunate enough to have a home close to the same habitat great horned owls need to make a living, you're also hearing them now as they cuddle up and sing love songs to each other.

The Unicorn of the Cascades

Wow! A "unicone" on the cover of last week's Source, and no one told me!

Knapweed, the Persistent Pest

The photo seen here was taken just last week on private ground adjacent to Hwy. 20 east of Sisters.

Cenozoic Park

Exploring the fauna of the John Day Fossil beds
Passing through the Thomas Condon Paleontology Center in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, near Picture Gorge, Ore., you'll find the geologic equivalent of Noah's Ark. Apparently, proto-cheetah, zebra, rhino and nearly every other conceivable terrestrial vertebrate wandered the Oregon countryside, according to a comprehensive fossil record starting 55 million years ago.

The Black Widow's Sister Arrives

Let's begin this story with the high points regarding the spider genus, Latrodectus and the family Theridiidae, most of which are commonly known as widow spiders.

Sydney the Cygnet Lives On

Eloise, the surviving trumpeter swan from an original pair brought to Aspen Lakes, has lived quite a life.

Coyotes: Clever Rebounders

Columnist confounds trappers, foils the FBI
Way back in the '50s and '60s, I was a thorn in the side of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Predator and Rodent Control program—a misnomer if there ever was one.


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