Bird Watching at Ridgefield NWR

With record setting low daily high temperatures and rain the last couple of weeks the prospect of better weather with sun breaks tempted me to go bird watching at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge in Clark County, Washington yesterday, May 30, 2013. It rained most of the hour long drive to …

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On Top of Vinegar Hill

A few years ago Marvin and I made a late summer wildflower hunting trip to the John Day area. We knew high country would still be showing spring flowers and Vinegar Hill looked to be a candidate. The map showed a road to the top and an elevation of 8,131 …

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118 Species Listed

Marvin, Chris and I traveled to Burns, OR, Friday, May 4th,  to participate in a birding class hosted by the Malheur Field Station and taught by Duncan Evered. Arriving Friday evening we met after dinner to set strategy for the next day. The weather was chilly during the day, below …

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A Gaggle of Geese

Marvin wanted to see a large flock of snow geese in flight so we planned a field trip to the Malheur Field Station and as insurance planned to include the Summer Lake Wildlife Refuge on our itinerary. You can find a YouTube video of Snow Geese in flight so you …

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Wildflowers of Mount Rainier

July 25, 2008: The wildflowers of Mount Rainier beckoned to us but when we arrived snow was still on the ground. The trails around Paradise Lodge were sloppy with melting snow and footing was treacherous. After an initial foray we met a park ranger who explained that they had 80 …

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