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Wildlife Viewing

JACKSON - The Denman Wildlife Area is playing host to an array of winter raptors that can be seen from a viewing platform overlooking Whetstone Pond at the area headquarters. This week an immature bald eagle has been hunting around the pond, where it has been joined by several hawks and great blue herons. Canada geese also are migrating through the area as well.

COOS/CURRY - This week's storms bring an opportunity for bird-watchers to see some uncommon visitors to the south coast. Pay attention to local bays and ocean beach areas this week for a wayward albatross or other seabirds that end up moving closer to shore as a result of the storms.

DOUGLAS - Columbian white-tailed deer viewing is good at Whistler's Bend County Park about 10 miles east of Roseburg. The recently de-listed Roseburg sub-population of white-tailed deer is not hunted inside the county park, and they are easily viewed from a vehicle. Along with an isolated population along the Columbia River, they are the two remaining populations in Oregon and Washington. White-tails have shorter ears, pronounced white eye rings and a larger, wider tail that, when down, is light brown in color fringed with white.

TILLAMOOK - The Tillamook Forest Center is hosting two Salmon Walk events at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 22 within the Tillamook State Forest. Fall chinook are spawning in state forest streams there. After a short presentation, groups will be led to Jones Creek to see spawning salmon up close.