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Journeying Oregon’s New Marine Reserves by Bike: Cape Falcon (Part 1 of 5)

By Chris Rurik and Helen Helfand The first of Oregon’s five newly designated marine reserves we encounter as we cycle south from the Washington border does not yet exist, except on planning maps. The Cape Falcon Marine Reserve is slated to come into being on the first day of 2016. We try to survey the…

Wolf OR-7 Expedition Launches With News That Famous Lone Wolf Is Joined by Mate

We couldn’t have more exciting news at the launch of our expedition—the famous wandering lone wolf is alone no more—as we begin our journey across Oregon and Northern California. It provides a whole new list of questions to carry with us as we begin our journey by trekking into the Eagle Cap Wilderness of the Wallowa mountains.

Flights Spotlight King Tides

Something happens each year that provides a fleeting glimpse into the future. This year, LightHawk and The Wetlands Conservancy teamed up to document this phenomenon from the air.

Trekking in the Footsteps of a Lone Wolf for Coexistence

In late 2011, a lone wolf walked across Oregon and entered California, becoming the first wild wolf in the state in nearly 90 years.

He was called a hero, a killing-machine, a rogue, a beacon of hope, a foreign invader from Canada, and school children named him Journey. No matter his name, he came to represent the return of wolves to their historic rangelands in the American Pacific Northwest.

April 6, 2014: Riding Horses Across Continents, Swimming in the Arctic Ocean and More

Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 – Filipe Masetti left Calgary, Alberta on horseback nearly two…

‘Cat Whisperer’ on the Harrowing Hostage Situation with the 22 Pound Himalayan

Domestic cats have not only surpassed dogs as the most popular companion animal in the US, but they have taken the internet by storm. The most recent cat video to go viral hit cyberspace yesterday following an emergency call placed to a 911 dispatcher in Portland, Oregon. What we know is that the Palmer family’s…

Wolf Tracks Found on Mt. Hood, First Since 1947

Oregon wolf and wildlife advocates celebrated yesterday with confirmation of wolf tracks found on the eastern foothills of Oregon’s Mt. Hood. This is the first sign of a wolf in the Cascades Range since the famous Wolf OR-7 made headlines for visiting in 2011. Details of the December wolf-track spotting comes from Oregon Fish and Wildlife’s recently released 2013 Annual Report for Wolf Conservation and Management, among other indications of a recovering wolf population.

Spadefoot Toad and Other Weird State Symbols

Louisiana’s official crustacean? Crayfish. New Mexico’s honored amphibian? The spadefoot toad. See what other states have quirky symbols to show their pride.

Geography in the News: Amazing Crater Lake

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM Crater Lake: An Awesome Volcanic Wonder Crater Lake is a beautiful caldera lake found in South-central Oregon State, USA. It has a stunning deep blue color and brilliant water clarity and forms the main feature in Crater Lake National Park. The lake is one…

Video: Clean Water or Clearcuts for Oregon?

Big decisions are looming for management of 2.8 million acres of Oregon’s public forestlands – an area covering the size of more than eight Crater Lake National Parks. Because legislation concerning management of the so-called O&C lands could end up undermining some of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws like the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water…

Balancing Logging and River Health in the Pacific Northwest

  I spent this past weekend on Oregon’s North Umpqua River. One of the most beautiful rivers in the state, it is world-renowned for its steelhead fishing and is designated as a federal Wild and Scenic River. At a dinner hosted by The North Umpqua Foundation, I got to spend a little time with Frank…