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Viewing Outlook

JACKSON/JOSEPHINE - Pacific (chorus) tree frogs are starting to vocalize around ponds, puddles and other watered areas getting ready for spring breeding season. They can be heard on warmer days.

The first turkey vultures have reached the Rogue Valley from wintering areas in Mexico and farther south. Fields between cities are loaded with various subspecies of hawks, and they can be seen easily until spring foliage begins to hide them.

A covered viewing station on the Denman Wildlife Area in White City provides a good opportunity to view waterfowl, egrets, raptors and songbirds. The structure is on Whetstone Lake off East Gregory Road. It has a wheelchair-access pathway.

DOUGLAS - Migrating winter steelhead are passing through the Winchester Dam fish ladder on the North Umpqua River. The fish ladder is free and open to the public, with the best viewing in the late afternoon when the water is not muddy. To get there, take Interstate 5 to exit 129, then head south on Highway 99 to the dam's north edge.

Good numbers of elk are visible at the Dean Creek Elk Viewing Area off Highway 38 east of Reedsport. Several bulls are still sporting their antlers.

COOS - Whale-watching is improving now, especially on calm days. Gray whales are along the tail-end of their migration past Oregon. They are about two miles out.

KLAMATH - Many raptors remain in the Klamath Basin, including hundreds of wintering bald eagles. Many can be seen feeding on sick or dead waterfowl. The best areas to see high concentrations of bald eagles are within the Lower Klamath and Tulelake national wildlife refuges and nearby private lands.