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Put the Leaves to Work in Your Yard

Put the Leaves to Work in Your Yard

Fallen leaves provide wildlife habitat and free mulch
Every autumn, in the few months between our short growing season and our long winter, Central Oregonians must contend with another challenge: leaves. So many leaves.

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Walk and See the Birds

Bird watching is an excellent way to get some fresh air and learn something new
Human beings have always been mesmerized by majestic birds that fly overhead. Hawks, hummingbirds and owls are popular species that bird enthusiasts love getting a glimpse of while exploring nature in Oregon.

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Adventures with Osprey

On banding birds in the sometimes-treacherous waters of Crane Prairie
Doug Beal's spectacular Osprey photo in the Sept. 8 edition of the Sisters Nugget Newspaper brought back some wonderful—and at times frightening—memories. Back in the early '70s I was placing federal wildlife bands on baby osprey as part of an effort to determine the winter destination of the birds when they left Crane Prairie Reservoir.

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RISE Troops Challenge

A 3-mile or 7-mile obstacle course race that honors those who have served in the military
To honor those who have served in the military, Rise Events is hosting the third annual RISE Troops Challenge. The challenge at hand is a 3-mile or 7-mile obstacle course race that participants can tackle individually or with a die-hard team.

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Release the Craggin'!

Smith Rock Craggin' Classic event celebrates the climbing life
Smith Rock climbing guidebook author Alan Watts began climbing at Smith in 1975, eventually developing a new style of climbing known as sport climbing. "We were like a counter-culture movement rebelling against a counter culture," said Watts.

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Oregon Natural Desert Association hosts annual film festival
Technology in today's world allows for more people to get involved with issues that span the globe. Climate activists and conservationists are among the groups taking advantage of those media resources.

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It's Leaf-Peeping Season

Soak in fall colors with the glorious vine maple
With fall officially here, the time has come to head out to catch some seasonal displays of color! Leaf peeping is a pastime for many people who revel in the changing of the seasons and nature's last burst of color before winter.

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A Different Kind of Extracurricular ▶ [with video]

Trap shooting team aims high for this year's competition
High school students have many extracurricular activities to choose from in Central Oregon. There are traditional sports such as football and volleyball—but here's one that might surprise you: trap shooting.

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See the Stars at Observatory Nighttime Visits

Since the beginning of time people have been mesmerized by the glimmering dots that light up the night sky – stars!
From Galileo Galilei to Neil deGrasse Tyson, astronomers and curious folk alike have always been intrigued by the heavens above. With the help of the Sunriver Nature Center and Observatory everybody now has the chance to get up close and personal with the night sky.

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If You're New Here: Get Your Climb on in Central Oregon This Fall

Read on to get five ideas for getting started with Central Oregon's climbing community
Are you new to town and looking for some vertical rock wall-ups? Jugs, crimps, lay backs, and sit starts, oh my!

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A Spying Mission Gone Awry

A pair of night vision goggles inspired a mission to watch the happenings of a local barn owl... ending with a trip to the hospital
Recently, Mary Webster, a longtime pal and resident of Central Oregon—and whale of a fine photographer—sent me images of Sauvie Island, located on the Columbia River, north of Portland. It has a beautiful wildlife management area on it, operated by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, nestled in amongst several hundred acres of private farmland.

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Cross is Back!

Can Chaser, Thrilla races mean cyclocross is happening again in Central Oregon
It's a thing bike lovers look forward to all year: The end of summer and the return of the silly fun that is cyclocross. That eagerness is even more pronounced this year, as races return after being largely shut down for the 2020 season.

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BendTECH’s 11th Annual unConference Pitchfest

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