Winter’s in full force here in Central Oregon and birds, including the Dark-eyed Junco pictured above, are flocking to our bird feeders.  I often wonder how they survive so many obstacles — like severely cold temperatures, human structures (i.e., buildings, power lines, etc.), domestic cats and other predators, finding food during winter.  The odds seemed stacked against Read More →

Looking to make an ecofriendly difference?  Consider joining The Nature Conservancy.  Their mission:  “Conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.”  Their slogan: “Protecting Nature, Preserving Life.”  And they are doing just that, working across the world, in over 30 countries.  Here, in the U.S., they have field offices in all 50 states. Read More →

Tenas Lake, Mt. Washington Wilderness, Oregon (Photo by Katie Grenier) If you’re lucky enough to live close to a Wilderness Area…or lucky enough to travel to and explore one…you can help protect these special areas by knowing and following a few stewardship principles:  Fill out a Wilderness permit.  On National Forests, the “Wilderness Self-Issue Permit” Read More →

We’ve talked about the benefits of walking and ecofriendly activities such as botany and running.  Hiking has a different twist — it’s walking (usually on trails and not pavement), could have some running in it, definitely some botany…this is a great human-powered, ecofriendly activity the entire family can enjoy! Here are 3 ecofriendly reasons to get outside Read More →

Nature Note – Bend, Oregon, April 14, 2016.   Manzanita (man-za-nee-ta) — what a beautiful name…just rolls off the tongue.  In Spanish it means “little apple” for the miniature apple-like fruits loved by a variety of animals including bears, coyotes and foxes. Greenleaf manzanita (Arctostaphylos patula) is definitely an important spring pollinator in my neck of Read More →