Natural World

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3:33 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Natural World: Goshen Fossil Bed

Drastic changes in climate have occurred many times in Earth's history.  There is direct fossil evidence of global cooling that took place 35 million years ago, when a tropical climate shifted to a temperate one.

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Natural World
4:43 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Natural World: McCartney Landing

McCartney County Park and Boat Ramp.
Credit www.linnparks.com

Upriver towns in the valley depended on the Willamette River for a connection to the outside world for decades before the railroads were built.  Today much the the hustle and bustle of early city life has been replaced by agriculture.  Periodic flooding has taught people to remove permanent structures from the floodplain.

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Natural World
6:00 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Natural World: Early Signs of Spring on the Marsh

The earliest signs of spring can be observed at the marsh.  The return of Turkey Vultures, Tree Swallows and the amorous croaking of Pacific Tree Frogs signal the retreat of winter.

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6:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Natural World: Big Freeze at the Marsh

A snowy field in West Eugene.
Credit Rachael McDonald

Extreme weather events define which plants and animals can live in a place.  Last week's big freeze defined the limits of cold weather in our area.  The West Eugene Wetlands is now recovering from the freezing weather but there may be more to come.

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5:32 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Natural World: Cottonwood Floodplain Forest

As the fierce, icy heart of winter approaches plants and animals find shelter and food in newly created spaces.  The leaf litter in the Cottonwood forest harbors an abundance of life during the wet, cold months.

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Natural World
5:00 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Natural World: Winter

Winter weather has arrived in the Willamette Valley.  These new conditions are welcome by a great variety of plants and animals that are adapted to thrive in our moist, mild winters.

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6:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Natural World: Autumn at Finley Wildlife Refuge

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Summer birds have left the valley and winter birds are beginning to arrive.  Finley Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to experience the change of seasons.

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Natural World
6:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Natural World: Stonefield Beach

Stonefield Beach Wayside is an isolated section of beach south of Cape Perpetua.  Because of an abundance of food, areas like this were densely populated for many centuries.

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6:53 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Natural World: Chanterelles

Recent Rains have created perfect conditions for mushroom gathering.  The forests of the Coast Range and Cascades are yielding an abundance of fungi.  The rainforest near Cougar Reservoir is a pleasant place to hunt.

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4:53 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Natural World: Orcas Island

Seasonal change can be abrupt in the Pacific Northwest.  Without much warning a beautiful sunny day can be followed by a violent storm.  The San Juan Islands have, over time, been connected and isolated from the mainland.  This creates a unique, dynamic environment.

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