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One vote for the western tanager

The state bird of Oregon is the western meadowlark, and the choice is easy to understand. They have one of the most beautiful songs — strong and filled with cle...

Turnstones spur a biologist’s wondering

The tide at The Capes in Port Orford was receding on a sunny day. From my vantage point high above the ocean I could look down upon the rocks now beginning to r...

Who knew goldfinches were garden pests?

I am a gardener. I love to watch the beans, corn, peppers, peas, tomatoes and all the rest rapidly fill the freshly tilled soil of the garden. There is the prom...

Who knew goldfinches were garden pests?

I am a gardener. I love to watch the beans, corn, peppers, peas, tomatoes and all the rest rapidly fill the freshly tilled soil of the garden. There is the prom...

California thrasher now calls Talent home

Climate change - a controversial topic that is becoming less so by the day. There's no real doubt that climate is changing. Glaciers are vanishing around the wo...

Spring comes early for those with wings

What a difference a minute makes. The winter solstice just passed, the shortest day of the year. On the human calendar, the solstice marks the beginning of wint...

Mixed flocks of the cloud forest

The forest dripped steadily following the morning's light rain. Luxuriant mosses, bromeliads and orchids decorated the branches. Ferns and other understory plan...

Home birds are brainier than travelers

First, let me clear up an issue from my column last month. Due to a production error, my recommended measurement for the opening of a house sparrow-resistant bi...

Pelican perfection

Pelican perfection 'Lucky' Talent man wins 17th annual Oregon Outdoors Wild Bird Photo Contest

Stryker to speak at bird fundraiser

Birders, who normally like to run up their bird-sighting lists, are being schooled by the Klamath Bird Observatory of Ashland to go a big step beyond the hobby ...

The magic behind a peacock feather

What do a soap bubble, an oil sheen on a mud puddle, and the eye of a peacock’s tail feather have in common? The answer is iridescence. The magic of iridescence...