Natural World en Natural World: Swifts at Agate Hall <p></p><p></p><p>During spring and fall migrations Vaux's Swifts have been using the tall chimney at Agate hall for an evening roost.&nbsp; How these birds know where to congregate remains a mystery.&nbsp; The evening spectacle when they enter the chimney is easily accessible to anyone taking the time to observe.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:37:00 +0000 John Cooney 12243 at Natural World: Swifts at Agate Hall Natural World: Goshen Fossil Bed <p>Drastic changes in climate have occurred many times in Earth's history.&nbsp; There is direct fossil evidence of global cooling that took place 35 million years ago, when a tropical climate shifted to a temperate one.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:33:43 +0000 John Cooney 10581 at Natural World: Goshen Fossil Bed Natural World: McCartney Landing <p></p><p></p><p>Upriver towns in the valley depended on the Willamette River for a connection to the outside world for decades before the railroads were built.&nbsp; Today much the the hustle and bustle of early city life has been replaced by agriculture.&nbsp; Periodic flooding has taught people to remove permanent structures from the floodplain.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 23:43:55 +0000 John Cooney 9720 at Natural World: McCartney Landing Natural World: Early Signs of Spring on the Marsh <p> The earliest signs of spring can be observed at the marsh.&nbsp; The return of Turkey Vultures, Tree Swallows and the amorous croaking of Pacific Tree Frogs signal the retreat of winter.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Cooney 8853 at Natural World: Early Signs of Spring on the Marsh Natural World: Big Freeze at the Marsh <p></p><p></p><p>Extreme weather events define which plants and animals can live in a place.&nbsp; Last week's big freeze defined the limits of cold weather in our area.&nbsp; The West Eugene Wetlands is now recovering from the freezing weather but there may be more to come.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 John Cooney 4965 at Natural World: Big Freeze at the Marsh Natural World: Cottonwood Floodplain Forest <p>As the fierce, icy heart of winter approaches plants and animals find shelter and food in newly created spaces.&nbsp; The leaf litter in the Cottonwood forest harbors an abundance of life during the wet, cold months.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:32:00 +0000 John Cooney 4118 at Natural World: Winter <p>Winter weather has arrived in the Willamette Valley.&nbsp; These new conditions are welcome by a great variety of plants and animals that are adapted to thrive in our moist, mild winters.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 13:00:00 +0000 John Cooney 3373 at Natural World: Autumn at Finley Wildlife Refuge <p></p><p></p><p>Summer birds have left the valley and winter birds are beginning to arrive.&nbsp; Finley Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to experience the change of seasons.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 John Cooney 2531 at Natural World: Autumn at Finley Wildlife Refuge Natural World: Stonefield Beach <p>Stonefield Beach Wayside is an isolated section of beach south of Cape Perpetua.&nbsp; Because of an abundance of food, areas like this were densely populated for many centuries.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 13:00:00 +0000 John Cooney 1677 at Natural World: Chanterelles <p>Recent Rains have created perfect conditions for mushroom gathering.&nbsp; The forests of the Coast Range and Cascades are yielding an abundance of fungi.&nbsp; The rainforest near Cougar Reservoir is a pleasant place to hunt.</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 01:53:19 +0000 John Cooney 1016 at