Natural World

Natural World

Cleaning up Bend, below and above the surface
Natural World Cleaning up Bend, below and above the surface

Velociraptors in my backyard

I have an old National Geographic article from November '99 with a story in it about an Archaeoraptor, a so-called fossil eventually found to be a fake.

Oregon Legislative "Busy Work"

In 1927, when L.L. Patterson was our governor, the Western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) was chosen as the state bird by Oregon's school children in a poll sponsored by the Oregon Audubon Society.

What's goin' on, Ma Nature...?

There's something fishy going on with Mother Nature.

Why Government Environmental Agencies Matter

Watching over us and our homes
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is a state agency designed to help keep our planet Earth—and us—healthy.

Natural World: Don't step on the eggs!

There are two ground-nesting birds common to Central Oregon that need help when it comes to surviving during nesting time: the killdeer and common nighthawk.

Natural World: An unexpected encounter

The last thing the people at Lowe's in Bend expected to see last week was a lone common poorwill (a bird very closely related to a nighthawk) standing in the middle of the garden center.

Natural World: From Marsh Hawks to Northern Harriers

There was a time in the long-long-ago of "bird-watching" when today's Northern Harrier was known as the Marsh Hawk, because the low-flying, small bird- and mammal-eating raptor could almost always be seen in western marshes, flitting along just a few inches above the foliage, always looking down and rarely where it was going.

Natural World: Owls, owls and more owls

Recently I've had some interesting phone calls to my home and travelin' phones, giving me cause to suspect the alien barred owl population (from the eastern United States and Canada) may be on the rise, and people are confusing them with our native great gray owls.


Today Thu, Jun 29th

  • Stand for the Land

    Stand for the Land

    Fri., June 30, 4 p.m.
    @ Crow's Feet Commons – Enjoy a beverage in great company as we look back...

  • Central Oregon Wildflower Show

    Central Oregon Wildflower Show

    Sat., July 1, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun., July 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    @ Sunriver Nature Center & Observatory – Show exhibits hundreds of native wildflowers each year in celebration...

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