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"Share the Shore" artwork created by youth and sponsored by www.WesternSnowyPlover.org

Western Snowy Plover: Share the Shore

Last summer, while canoeing the Stiltcoos Trail we floated through Western Snowy Plover habitat.  From our seats in the canoe, we saw several plovers along both banks of the river. The plovers on the north side, which consisted of hard-packed sand, I later identified as the Semipalmated Plover. However, the plovers on the south side, which was banked and dune like, are harder to identify. Until … [Read More...]

Goose and goslings

Spring Has Sprung, part II

Last weekend we discovered that the spring wildflowers have begun their annual show out at Bake Stewart Park. This weekend, we discovered that the goslings at Row River Nature Park have begun to hatch. Check out these cute geese babies! Fellow blogger "the Cascade Rambler" was also at the Nature Park Sunday morning. The Rambler makes his home in the Salem area and writes a lot about birds … [Read More...]

Shooting Star

Spring Has Sprung

For me, spring isn't so much about a date on the calendar or the alignment of the earth; instead, it is about spring wildflowers. After our visit to Bake Stewart Park last weekend, I can say with confidence that spring has sprung! The annual parade of wildflowers which will be appearing in our forest, woodlands, parks, and prairies has kicked off and should be with us into June. Here's a … [Read More...]

Centennial-Covered-Bridge

Centennial Covered Bridge

"Grovers" are well acquainted with the Centennial Covered Bridge, a pedestrian bridge located on the western edge of our historic downtown. The bridge is a reminder of the many covered bridges which once dotted our landscape as well as a testament to Cottage Grove's efforts to embrace its history and historical structures. Given the popularity of the historical photos I have been sharing on … [Read More...]

WoodpeckerLoop

Woodpecker Loop: Finley National Wildlife Refuge

We made our first visit to Finley National Wildlife Refuge last winter and at that time, I resolved to go back often. The refuge -- and more precisely the incredible number of birds -- fascinated me and I wanted to explore throughout the year to see how it changed with the seasons. Well, that was the goal anyway; in reality it took us a whole year to get back. The Refuge was established in … [Read More...]

Hatfield-Bench

Lyle Hatfield Riverside Trail: Springfield

Over the years, I've spent my share of time waiting at hospitals around Oregon. Usually it is the more casual type of waiting, as someone I love and care about is getting routine testing or procedures done. But sometimes it is that stressful kind of waiting that nobody wants to experience. Even irregular readers of this blog can probably guess that I need to get outside, a lot. Getting outside … [Read More...]

Cottage Grove

Goose and goslings

Spring Has Sprung, part II

Last weekend we discovered that the spring wildflowers have begun their annual show out at Bake Stewart Park. This weekend, we discovered that the goslings at Row River Nature Park have begun to … [Read More...]