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An Extraordinary Event of Summer

An Extraordinary Event of Summer

Tortoiseshells and other butterflies are welcome visitors in Central Oregon
Oh, boy, are we having fun! Right now, during these warm first weeks of July, the California tortoiseshell butterfly, one of the more dashing of the nymphalids, is popping out by the hundreds of thousands—if not millions —in the foothills of the Cascades, known as the Skyline Forest.

Get the Lead Out!

A case for banning lead ammunition
Back in 1951, I rolled into Bend on my grand old 1947 Harley, and within a year I was into the eagle conservation business. It was then I discovered what was previously unknown to me: the U.S. Government's role in killing wildlife.

No, Really, We Do Need Bugs

Insects are vital to life as we know it
The links between insects and a healthy environment are so vital to life as we know it, they should be taught in kindergarten so that everyone learns the facts at an early age. You can thank an insect pollinator for one out of every three mouthfuls of food you eat—which is what makes spraying chemicals to kill insects in an apple orchard so deadly.

Not Singing the Swan Song

The tales of two trumpeter couples in Central Oregon
The Western U.S. population of trumpeter swans, Cygnus buccinator —Cygnus from the Latin for swan, and buccinare for "to trumpet"—fell into deep trouble when their feathers and skin became a valuable commodity in the late 1800s. That same species you see today on the Deschutes River, Lake Aspen and Sunriver's ponds, were at one time threatened with extinction by market hunters and feather merchants.

Learning in the Garden

'Garden for Every School' initiative awards grants to local schools
On a sunny afternoon in the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden at The Environmental Center in downtown Bend, an excited group of kindergarteners flits among the raised garden beds filled with veggies and flowers, each tasked with finding one thing that has changed since the last time they visited the garden.

Baby Eagle Rescued

The only golden eagle cam operating in the U.S., located just north of Sisters, has been transmitting some pretty exciting footage over the last few weeks. Viewers have been witnessing what appears to be a very cruel event in the life and times of golden eagles: the starvation of one of the young.

Rare Turkey Vulture Spotted

Something new came soaring into the Central Oregon skies last week, and it would be wonderful if you'd watch for it: an adult turkey vulture wearing a patagial (wing/auxiliary) tag.

What Goes Up Must Come Down

Decrease of trout on the Crooked River affects more than just the ecosystem
The Crooked River is one of Central Oregon's most iconic fishing destinations, winding through stunning basalt gorges and beautiful high desert terrain. It used to be a dependable trout fishery that would draw fishermen from across the region.

Cougars on the Rise

Two cougar sightings in recent weeks prompt a reminder of what to do around them
"Oregon is home to more than 6,000 cougars, or mountain lions. While cougar sightings and encounters are rare, it is wise to educate yourself about the big cats."

The Curiosity Gene

A look back at the life and times of a Northwest naturalist
Well, I'm headed for 92 years on this good earth, gettin' ready to take the Big Field Trip out among the stars. One of the things I'm most grateful for are the hundreds and hundreds of good times (and friends) I've enjoyed as a naturalist, especially the years I spent with the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry.

Calling All Citizen Scientists

Local projects encourage people to contribute toward science and conservation
Looking for a way to contribute something toward understanding wildlife, the origin of our solar system or other scientific pursuits? A number of local groups offer a wealth of worthy citizen-scientist projects that anyone, young and old alike, can pursue.

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