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A Climate Advocate Considers COVID-19

A Climate Advocate Considers COVID-19

Let's do what needs to be done. Let's stay at home
I walked through the quiet airport and my footsteps rang through the nearly empty terminal. The usual hustle of travelers was absent.

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At Least We Can Still...

An ode to outdoor activities—one of the few sources of respite in these troubled times
Editor's note: As we publish this, it comes with a caveat: This is not a call to leave your own community and to knock a trip off your bucket list to somewhere you don't live. As the American Alpine Club's post yesterday reminded us, many places we recreate are "rural or gateway communities" that have very small health systems, and Americans should avoid the potential for overburdening those systems during this global pandemic.

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Insect Apocalypse

The persistent problem in persistent pesticides
"Apocalypse" is a Greek word meaning revelation—an unveiling or unfolding of things not previously known, and which could not be known, apart from the unveiling. "As a genre, apocalyptic literature details the authors' visions of the end times as revealed by an angel or other heavenly messenger," Wikipedia posits.

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Salmon Run Goes Virtual

The annual 5K, 10K and half marathon races let runners race from wherever they want
The 2020 Salmon Run was scheduled for April 5.

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The Barred Owl is Here—to Stay!

The nemesis of the threatened spotted owl
First it was rumors: "The barred owls are coming, the barred owls are coming..." Next, it was the dire warnings that the barred owls were going to either chase all the Northern Spotted Owls out of the Northwest, or breed with them and bring forth a whole new sub-species called, "Sparred Owls."

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Let the Madness Begin

Oregon's college b-ball teams see games canceled
Update 3/12: The NCAA announced today that due to concerns around novel coronavirus, both the Men's and Women's tournaments will be canceled. Every year March comes around same as always, and every year I'm still pumped for March Madness.

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OAS Ski For All

An all-abilities ski-a-thon at Mt Bachelor
There's nothing quite like the feeling of shushing down a mountain, hair blowing in the wind. And thanks to the efforts of Oregon Adaptive Sports, that feeling is extended to a lot more people.

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Putting Porcupines on a Pedestal

A surprise pup, found at the High Desert Museum
In our part of the country, where trees were once thought of as a cash crop, porcupines were not thought of as heroes, or worthy of a pedestal. I can recall back in the '50s, when signs nailed to trees and poles all over the forest around Bend read, "Please Kill Porcupines!"

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The Sporting Life

Three local women working to close gender gaps in sporting communities
After living in the flat, humid wasteland that is Florida for three years, I was excited to get on the mountain and try my hand at winter sports upon moving to Bend. My then-boyfriend, a long-time gnar-shredder, was so excited to get me on a board that he took off work to teach me almost as soon as we moved.

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She Moves Mountains

Combatting gender exclusivity in the world of rock climbing
"Our mission is to create an educational space for women (cis, trans, femme) to realize their strength through rock climbing." Every professional female athlete I've recently spoken to has agreed vehemently on one point: women are harshly underrepresented in the world of outdoor sports.

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Homes for Birds and Bats

Don't let Central Oregon's housing shortage affect wildlife, too
OK, good people, now's the time! Head out to the nearest housing construction project, and if they're using plywood (not particle board), ask the builders to put leftovers aside.

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Chasing The Sun

In Central Oregon, nearly any time is a good time for a climb
Usually this is a strange time of year for the rock-climber population. It's still pretty cold out, and often, there's that pesky snow and ice to deal with.

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VertFest celebrates the trudging up as much as the gliding down

Before you dive full-force into the magic that is spring, take at least one last weekend to fully bask in the beauty of winter
Before you dive full-force into the magic that is spring, take at least one last weekend to fully bask in the beauty of winter (or just toggle back and forth between winter and spring sports, like lots of Central Oregon outdoor enthusiasts do).

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Healing and Loving the Land

On efforts to preserve parts of Central Oregon for wildlife... and future generations
Several years ago, while conducting some fence lizard business at the Deschutes Land Trust's Metolius Preserve, I ran into Amanda Egertson, the land trust's stewardship director. She was conducting a restoration project on the preserve with a vigor I found remarkable—planting grass over and over and over, day after day.

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Corn Stars

The world of professional, competitive cornhole comes to Bend
While cornhole might seem like a low-commitment game to drunkenly play on the lawn, for some, it's a way of life. Renee Yocum moved to Bend from Lake Oswego with her husband Chris in 2018.

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