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Owyhee Canyonlands Have a Chance!

Owyhee Canyonlands Have a Chance!

A new bill from Oregon's senators seeks to protect one remote part of the state
Oregon's two senators, Sen. Jeff Merkley and Sen. Ron Wyden, have taken the land conservation bit in their teeth and are running with it to protect the Owyhee Country from rack and ruin.

Another Type of Smoke Signal

An ode to a sleeping volcano
The title of this piece was inspired from the Oct. 24 edition of the Source Weekly, specifically Josh Jardine's column, "Memories of the Volcano." But the volcano I remember is one familiar to us all, Bachelor Butte, or as the downhill skiers know it, Mt. Bachelor.

A Resurgence of West Nile

And how building a haven for bats can help protect humans and livestock
There's been a small rash of West Nile virus in eastern Oregon this year. West Nile is a virus transmitted by the native Culex mosquitos. It was first detected in the U.S. in 1999 and has since spread to 45 states.

William L. Finley, Oregon's First Game Warden

...and the protection of an elegant bird
Federal law states: "The possession of feathers and other parts of native North American birds without a permit is prohibited by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1916." This protects wild birds by preventing their killing by collectors, and their commercial trade in feathers—extending to all feathers, regardless of how they were obtained. There's no exemption for molted feathers or those taken from road-or window-killed birds.

Where Have All the Bugs and Birds Gone?

Reports of staggering bird population declines
What has been leading to the drastic decline in insects and birds?

The Glory Days of Flying

From vomit cleaner to budding pilot in the days before WWII
One day, back in West Haven, Connecticut, in 1941, living on my grandfather's farm, an Aeronca "Flying Bathtub" came swooping over me. I was helping my uncles and grandfather bring in the hay on a sweet summer day, and the last thing I thought would happen was a buzz job by that pot-bellied flying machine.

One of a Kind

The wonder of outdoor creatures, inside the Sisters Library
Dear readers, you're in for a very special treat. All you have to do is arrive at 10am at the Sisters Library any day from Tuesday through Saturday, during regular business hours.

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.


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