Week 28: Central Oregon.

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First stop was a tour of the many small lakes that run along the east side of the Cascade Mountain Range, in central Oregon. We parked the RV in Big Pines RV camp, in the little town of Crescent, Oregon, and hoped for a favourable wind over night. Next week, Crater Lake, one of the true natural wonder of the state of Oregon. The post Week 28: Central Oregon. Trips Cascade Scenic Highway Central Oregon Little Big Year

Weekend Protest Against the Oregon National Primate Research Center

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Animal rights activists stretched a 60-foot banner across the Hawthorne Bridge {Saturday} morning targeting the Oregon National Primate Research Center at OHSU. Stop Animal Exploitation Now, an Ohio-based animal rights group, recently ranked the lab at Oregon Health & Science University as the nation's sixth worst animal lab out of 44 others. Tags: animal research activism oregon national primate research center oregon From Oregonlive.

PETA Undercover Agent Also Worked in Oregon

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The PETA activist who worked undercover at the University of Utah, and collected video footage of alleged mistreatment of lab animals, was also involved in an operation at the Oregon National Primate Research Center. I say "good for her!" She has a lot more guts than I do.

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Oregon Birds Drinking Themselves To Death on Berries?

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Birds in Portland, Oregon, are being found dead in droves. Birds OregonThe suspected cause of death? Over imbibing on fermented berries. No, I am not making this up !

Activist Releases 1500 Mink in Oregon

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In the early morning hours of October 17th, a lone activist infiltrated the fur farm at 92659 Simonsen Road in Astoria Oregon. According to Bite Back Magazine , an activist released 1500 mink from a farm in Astoria. About 1,500 mink were released from their cages with at least 200 of these being breeding stock. The fact that there is no fence around this farm should help ease their escape. This action is being claimed for the vegan straight edge community.

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Oregon Ranchers Want to Kill Wolves That have Been Killing Sheep

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Wolves have been killing livestock in Oregon, and now they want the authority to kill them.

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USDA Issues Warning Letter to Oregon National Primate Research Center

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The lab reported the incidents to the National Institutes of Health, said Jim Newman, a spokesman for Oregon Health & Science University, which runs the center. PETA has filed complaints about this place for years, but it's the first warning they've actually generated.

Greater Sage-grouse v. Wind Turbines in Oregon

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Crotty is a birder and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon who has been sharing some thought-provoking pieces with 10,000 Birds readers. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently decided a case about whether a wind energy facility could be constructed in remote southeastern Oregon, in Greater Sage-grouse habitat. Such habitat is considered particularly important and it is given the highest priority under Oregon’s sage-grouse management plan. Jason A.

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Pelican Brewing Company: Brut India Pale Ale

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One of these is Pelican Brewing Company of Pacific City, Oregon, with their Fly ‘N Dry Brut IPA, which we have to enjoy this week (thanks once again to fellow 10,000 Birds beat writer Jason Crotty for sending me a can!), Birding Food Reviews American White Pelican birds and beer Birds and Booze Oregon pelicansThe recent taxonomy of India Pale Ale – more popularly known these days by its initialism IPA – is as confusing and unstable as any avian phylogeny.

Last Monkey Recaptured by Primate Center

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The last of nine monkeys that escaped from the Oregon National Primate Research Center in Hillsboro was found at 2 p.m. Tags: animal experimentation primates medical research oregon I don't know how I feel about this. These are not subject monkeys, but they are part of the breeding colony. Breeding for what? Sunday, officials said. Nine Japanese macaque monkeys got loose Friday after their keeper left the cage unlocked and they figured out how to open the door.

Back Yard Birds

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Birding backyard birds Golden-crowned Sparrow Oregon Junco Spotted TowheeOne of the things that I have always considered a positive about living on a sailboat, besides the obvious, is the complete lack of yard work that is required. No lawn to mow, no shrubs or trees to tend to. The down side is that I also don’t get to enjoy the kinds of birds that would be found in a typical backyard.

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Week 30: We return to Summer Lake

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Our 5th wheel and truck are parked in just about as close to the middle of this central Oregon refuge as possible. Trips Central Oregon Little Big Year Summer Lake Wildlife RefugeImagine waking up to the call of thousands of ducks, geese, and every kind of marsh bird you can imagine. That is exactly where Week 30 in our Little Big Year adventure found us. Right, smack dad in the middle of Summer Lake Wildlife Refuge.

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Week 29: The birds of Crater Lake National Park

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The first part of this week finds us in south central Oregon, at one of the nation’s true gems, Crater Lake National park. Fortunately we were able to find a nice RV camp, in the nearby town of Crescent, Oregon, which allowed us to be at the park right after sunrise. Not being able to sit still, I took a short walk down a trail from there, and ran across this young Dark-eyed (Oregon) Junco , that was just too cute to not photograph.

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“Condors over Cologne” – Rogue Ales & Spirits: Condor Kolsch

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This week’s beer is named for these remarkable vultures: Condor Kolsch from Rogue Ale & Spirits of Newport, Oregon. Rogue brewed Condor Kolsch to support California Condor conservation efforts in partnership with the Oregon Zoo of Portland, which became the fourth condor captive breeding program in the country in 2003. Conservation Food Reviews Birds and Booze California Condor endangered birds endangered species Endangered Species Act Germany Oregon

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Returning home, reunions, smoke and birds!

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Lakeview Oregon is located in central Oregon, just north of the California border, and is the highest altitude city in the state. During the weekend that I was there, it was announced that there were over 1300 fires burning just within the state of Oregon, not to mention California, Washington, Montana and British Columbia, Canada. This was taken at 8:30 in the morning, just south of La Pine Oregon, and yes that is the sun, not a full moon at night!

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Week 31: Visits to Hart Mountain, Malheur and the surrounding areas.

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We are wrapping up our last week in the great state of Oregon, and made visits to many of the old haunts of my childhood. The first part of the week, we parked the RV at a campground right on the water, of Dog Lake, 20 miles southwest of Lakeview, Oregon. Trips Dog Lake Oregon Hart Mountain NAR Little Big Year Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

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The Brightest Bird at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest

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At the edge of the Oregon Cascades, rain is expected, and the researchers and scientists thought little of it as they continued about their daily tasks. Birds Oregon rufous hummingbirdA light rain had begin to fall on the valley between steep slopes that held the headquarters of HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. Patches of blue sky winked at me from behind the mountain peaks, raindrops occasionally obscuring my vision as I glanced upwards.

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The Plume Hunter

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Set in the marshes of the Malheur and Lower Klamath regions of 1890’s Oregon, Thompson has crafted a story featuring Fin McFaddin, a plume hunter and the novel’s dark hero, and his best friend Aiden Elliott, a man stalwartly opposed to pluming. Here’s an example of her ability to incorporate setting into character: “Southeastern Oregon was a peculiar land. Reviews books Oregon Worldwide Birding Adventures

A return visit to Summer Lake Refuge

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The first weekend had me visiting my hometown of Lakeview Oregon, and the many different areas that I ran around in as a kid. The first stop, Summer Lake Wildlife Refuge in central Oregon is without a doubt one of the most important stop overs for migrating birds on the west coats, no matter the species. Unfortunately, the recent rash of forest fires had dropped huge amounts of smoke thru out all of central Oregon, and made any chance of a wide angle view of the refuge impossible.

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A visit to Dog Lake

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Located about 20 miles from Lakeview, Oregon, and sitting at an elevation of 5100 feet, this 208 acre lake is home to many species of fish, including Largemouth Bass, Crappie and Bluegill. Birding American White Pelicans Dog Lake Oregon Turkey Vultures Western GrebeOn the final leg of my “Old Home Week”, I travel out to Dog Lake, a pristine high mountain lake, surrounded by mature Ponderosa Pines.

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Best & Worst States for Animal Protection

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BEST Illinois (best) Maine Michigan Oregon California WORST Mississippi Idaho Hawaii North Dakota Kentucky. According to this Technorati article , the Humane Society rated the states on their animal protection laws. BEST STATES California (best-yay!) New Jersey Illinois Massachusetts Colorado Maine WORST STATES Ohio Hawaii Alabama North Dakota Mississippi Idaho South Dakota (worst) According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the states fell this way.

New Laws to Start in California

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California SB 917 Two new laws in Oregon and California prohibit the possession, sale, trade or distribution of shark fins. From Hometown Station AM 1220. New legislation in California increases the misdemeanor penalty for animal neglect and makes it a crime to sell a live animal on any street, highway, public right-of-way, parking lot, or carnival. The California law specifies that a person must hold a license in order to possess shark fins for scientific purposes.

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Ken Wright Cellars: Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley (2017)

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Oregon artist David Berkvam produces a distinctive label for each single-vineyard Pinot noir for Ken Wright Cellars, rendered first in beeswax, then painted. Birds Food Reviews Birds and Booze nuthatches Oregon Red-breasted Nuthatch wine winter finches

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Two Blogs, Two Views on Experimenting on Chimps

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This blogger, Earle Holland at Oregon State University, doesn't seem to believe the allegations coming out about the New Iberia Primate Center in Louisiana. He is the assistant vice president for research communications in the Office of University Relations. Here's his post about it. Here's a PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania with an interesting post about the same issue, wondering how much we really need to experiment on chimps.

Animal Legal Defense Fund Ranks States on Animal Protection

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Among the best: California, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Oregon. The ALDF has released a report on how different states' animal protection laws stack up. And the worst: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, South Dakota, Wyoming You can check out the whole report on their web site.

Happy 12th Birthday Violet Rays!

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Violet Rays was a very successful competitor and the offspring of a Hall of Famer, and she made someone a lot of money, winning race after race for the two years she was hauled between Oregon and South Florida. There she is. my girl. She has beaten the odds and made it another year. The life expectancy of greyhounds is 12-15 years. If they've raced, you subtract a year for each year of racing.

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Possible New Sonar Rules to Protect Marine Life

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Navy's use of sonar off the Washington and Oregon coasts. If approved, those measures would be in effect from 2010 to 2015 for the Navy's training area in the Pacific Ocean off the Washington, Oregon and Northern California coasts. The use of sonar is controversial because of its harmful effects on marine life such as whales. The Navy has been able to get away with using it for "national security" reasons.

Obama's Rules Freeze May Help Wolves

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Wildlife conservationists say the freeze will delay and possibly prevent the removal of gray wolves from the federal endangered species list in Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, and also in portions of Washington, Oregon, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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What is a “Nonessential Experimental” California Condor?

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In 1806, Lewis and Clark saw condors near the Columbia River, which makes up much of the Washington-Oregon border. After years of study , FWS has proposed releasing captive-bred condors in Redwoods National Park in Northern California, not far from the Oregon border. Visitors to the Pacific Northwest who appreciate craft beer might sample Condor Kolsch from Rogue Ale & Spirits of Newport, Oregon. The U.S.

On THE DOG WHO COULDN'T STOP LOVING

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Violet Rays raced for over two years, spending her days and nights in a kennel or being transported between South Florida and Oregon, only to be out of her kennel for about two hours per day, and with a muzzle on for that two hours (and maybe even while in the kennel). When I agreed to read and review Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson's THE DOG WHO COULDN'T STOP LOVING (Harper 2010), the regal Charles Hobson Booger, III was still with us.

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“It was like getting hit by a baseball bat…

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Or so says cyclist Charlie Newhouse, one of many victims of a Swainson’s Hawk that is vigorously defending its nest in eastern Oregon. …The talons went in through the helmet.&# The hawk and its behavior is the subject of an article in the East Oregonian. Asides

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Good Karma from Cherry City

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The program is called Cherry City Cares and 100% of the profits of products scented “Good Karma&# is donated to the Willamette Valley Humane Society, in Salem, Oregon. Cherry City Bath and Body is a great new, vegan bath and body company! I recently got a chance to try some of their items, including the new scent, Good Karma, that supports animal rescue.

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Kill the Sea Lions Before They Kill Again!

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Judge Michael Mosman’s ruling means Washington, Oregon and Idaho can shoot or remove up to 85 sea lions next year. This is pretty frustrating. The major threats to salmon are the 4 'H's: habitat, hatcheries, hydro(power) and harvest. All driven by humans. But we can't get rid of humans, of course, and we need to punish someone who can't fight back. Let's pick the sea lions! Portland judge said Wednesday the Northwest states can kill hungry sea lions on the Columbia River.

The Birds of March Madness

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The Liberty University Flames, represented by their American Bald Eagle mascot, Sparky, were also bounced from the tournament, while the Marquette Golden Eagles, Oregon Ducks, and Louisville Cardinals advanced from their first-round matches. For the record, here are all the bird-related teams who made it to the tournament: Oregon Ducks. Greetings, 10,000 Birds readers! I’m thrilled to be contributing all the little tidbits I find to the Nature News beat.

Western Snowy Plover

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There were many weekends at the Oregon coast, and as always I was on the look out for this diminutive little shorebird. The State of Oregon, in 1975 listed the bird as Threatened, and the Oregon Fish and Wildlife reaffirmed that status in 1989 under the Oregon Endangered Species Act. When I was just a wee’ lad, in my formative birding years, I was introduced to the plight of the Western Snowy Plover. A bird, which thru the years took on a mystical component.

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Hope for Hen Welfare

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Similar legislation, on hold as a result of today’s agreement, was planned in Washington State and Oregon. A press release I received from the Farm Sanctuary. Animal Welfare Groups Win Industry Backing for First-Ever Federal Regulation of Hen Welfare Groundswell of Public Support Results in Full Court Press for Nationwide Law Protecting Chickens to Replace State-by-State Initiatives WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.

Recent Events Involving Our Public Lands Are Alarming

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Other articles related to this story: Verdict in Oregon Draws Surprise and Questions About Equity. Oregon Militants Found Not Guilty in ‘Unbelievable, Truly Astonishing’ Verdict. Jury Delivers Surprise Acquittal In Oregon Wildlife Refuge Occupation Trial. Oregon Stand-off: Wildlife Refuge Occupiers in Shock Acquittal. Do you consider yourself a wildlife conservationist? Do you contribute to wildlife conservation organizations?

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The Animal Legal Defense Fund Public Registries

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An Oregon prosecutor convicted Kittles in 1993 after finding 115 sick and dying dogs crammed into a school bus, but she has gone on to hoard animals again in Oregon and other states several times since. I recently got an email from the Animal Legal Defense Fund. They are pioneering legislation in California to make public animal abuse registries. In our opinion, this is a wonderful idea, and we wanted to help them spread the word.

Federal Public Lands: Pacific Seabirds

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Controversies about federal public lands, including the 2016 occupation of Malheur NWR in Oregon and proposed bills in Congress to dispose of certain land, has focused attention on the value of federal lands to birds and birders. Although some of the most popular Pacific pelagic trips depart from Monterey Bay in California, there are also regular trips out of Half Moon Bay, California; Newport, Oregon; and Westport, Washington.

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Green-tailed Towhee at the Inaugural Mountain Bird Festival

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I had the pleasure of attending the first Mountain Bird Festival in Ashland Oregon recently and it was great! The Wildlife Conservation Stamp Project was one of the sponsors of the festival which was hosted by the Klamath Bird Observatory. One of the major draws to the festival was viewing the Great Gray Owl, but that is for another post altogether.

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This Week in Bird(ing) News: Science, Citizen Science, and Citizen Savagery

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Meanwhile, an Oregon farmer caught a beating from a neighbor irritated by his loud “bird cannons.” (Who Birding in Israel? Report your sightings to help build an eBird-like database of the country’s avifauna.

Bird Litigation: Spotted Owl v. Barred Owl

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A federal judge in Oregon determined that there was nothing in the relevant statute or regulations that required that any “take” be for research on that species and granted FWS’s motion for summary judgment. Photos: Spotted Owl by USFWS Endangered Species ; Table Rock Wilderness, Oregon by BLM Oregon and Washington. The Northern Spotted Owl is a “ threatened ” species under the U.S.

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Around the World For Penguins: A Penguin Fan’s Book Review

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Noah Stryker wrote about his experiences doing research with penguins in Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica (Oregon State Univ. Penguins! Penguins here! <pause> <pause> Do I have your attention now?