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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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The Beaver That's Not
So there we were, a full busload of 6th graders touring with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, pounding on fossil-laden rocks in a quarry just outside the sleepy logging town of Vernonia, west of Portland.

Go Get 'Em, Frank Buck!

The adventures of a sagebrush lizard hunter
I've mentioned this (at least) once before, but I have to give credit where credit is due.

Fort Rock: a Place of Wonder and Music

There's a story about an old cowpoke from Fort Rock who, having breathed his last, found himself at the gates of Heaven.

At last! A long-nosed snake!

My longtime pal and devoted champion of Oregon's amphibians and reptiles recently sent me an email and photo, declaring: "LONG-NOSED SNAKE CONFIRMED IN THE OWYHEE!"

Possum Alert!

A hilarious tale of finding possums... well, everywhere
Back during the Great Depression, many people who wanted to work for a salary had a very tough time.

Bouyed Up by Volunteers

An innocent-looking buoy with an important mission: tracking water in and under the high Cascades
For those of us who have been looking at the Three Sisters and what's left of the year-round snow on the slopes, it's pretty scary.

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A Cleanup at Arnold Ice Cave
This month, Arnold Ice Cave—located about 12 miles down China Hat Road from Bend—was the site of a whole bunch of good people helping to remove the old, defunct stairway in the cave.

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Recent Comments

  • Re: The Black Widow's Sister Arrives

    • Venom is delivered via injection from a bite. plants don't bite, so can't be venomous,…

    • on November 2, 2018
  • Re: Sydney the Cygnet Lives On

    • The flight feathers on Sydney's wings were only trimmed temporarily. ODFW and the Trumpeter Swan…

    • on October 26, 2018
  • Re: Sydney the Cygnet Lives On

    • I would like to understand ODFWs reasoning for the wing clipping. Sounds ridiculous to hamper…

    • on October 25, 2018
  • Re: Coyotes: Clever Rebounders

    • Great story. Bless your heart.

    • on October 25, 2018
  • Re: Sydney the Cygnet Lives On

    • Isn"t that special, a group of people trying to make life better for the clipped…

    • on October 25, 2018
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