Natural World - The Best of Birding

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

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.


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