Birds of Lake Abert (and the fun of getting there)

Birds of Lake Abert (and the fun of getting there)

A  lot of readers have asked me why I spend so much time in, and talking about, the wilds of interior Oregon.

A Crane Fly is a Crane Fly, is a Crane Fly

C rane flies came flying into my life (again) last week with the arrival of a photo from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wildlife biologist Kelly Hazen, who has them hanging around her porch light every night.

Pity the Poor Bumblebee

T he present populations of our western bumblebees are in big trouble, which from my perspective is more important from the biological and ecological perspective than the problems facing domestic honeybees.

Wetlands Are Enticing - Checking out the Crooked River Wetlands Project

T omorrow morning, when you tumble out of bed, grab your bicycle, lunch, binocs and camera and head for the Crooked River Wetlands off O'Neil Road between Terrebonne and the city of Prineville.

Natural World - The Best of Birding

When it comes to Bests, you can't get much better than the upcoming Great Shorebird Migration at Oregon's only salt lake
T he Source's "Best of" issue has always been a challenge for me. When it comes to birds and birding, there are so many birds and so many wonderful places to go birding in and around Central Oregon, I simply can't decide what to call the "best" trip.

Natural World: Beware: Looking out for sticky wasp traps

A s if wild birds don't have enough to cope with in trying to keep from being killed by those giant windmills used to create electricity, with the overdone night lights that confuse them while trying to migrate, the tall glass buildings they run into and the poisons used in agriculture, along comes what was supposed to be an innocuous trap to capture pestiferous wasps, but captures and kills birds as well.

Butterflies by the ka-jillions!

Sightings—many sightings—of the California tortoiseshell butterfly
"Hey, Jim, this is Linda Sears.

Not a hawk, not a hummingbird; it's a sphinx.

This summer may go down in Central Oregon history as the "Year of the Moth."

Highway Legend

The naming of the Oregon Rubber Road Snake
Some years ago—June of 1998 to be exact—while my family and I were traveling through Klamath County on a Great Gray Owl banding expedition with Tom and Casey Rodhouse, we discovered a beautiful specimen of a Rubber Road Snake, flexilius robustus oregonius.

Killing deer with kindness

A while back, I wrote a piece about the dangerous consequences to you and me by feeding deer and therefore inviting cougar into our backyards.

Natural World

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


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