Winter is coming! What signs are you seeing?
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Winter is coming! What signs are you seeing?
These artists are all amazing! Thrilled to see the Franklin's bumble bee piece took first place in ODFW Conservation's Habitat Conservation Stamp art contest AND received the People's Choice Award!!🐝
Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Washington State University -- collectively called the Puget Sound Stormwater Science Team -- have studied the effects of stormwater runoff on Pacific salmon for almost 2 decades. The team unveiled a new interactive website where citizen volunteers can help map salmon deaths caused by urban runoff mortality syndrome. https://rebrand.ly/CohoMortality This 5 min video illustrates the science behind urban runoff mortality syndrome AND actions we can take to reverse this problem in our cities and suburbs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JDsFJJJHSY&feature=youtu.be
Making a home for people and wildlife - Natural places help fuel our economy, sustain our communities and contribute to the health and well-being of families in every corner of the nation. The "Nature’s Good Neighbors" series highlights stories from people who depend on the land as much as the land depends on them. One story came from Bruce of Van Duzer Vineyards in Oregon's Willamette Valley. His first job is to grow grapes, but he's also providing a home for Fender's blue butterfly. You can read his story and more from across the nation here: https://www.fws.gov/natures-good-neighbors/stories/worthy-of-a-toast/#feature-image
You've heard that bats are threatened by habitat loss... but what can YOU do about it? Consider giving them a home near your home by installing a bat house on your property. 🦇🏚️ It needs enough sunlight during the day and to be high enough so predators can't break into it. Here are some guidelines for making and installing bat houses in the Pacific NW: https://www.dfw.state.or.us/conservationstrategy/naturescaping/docs/bathouses.pdf #BatWeek #WildlifeWednesday
We're wrapping up another season of habitat restoration at Hagg Lake. We've been working with Washington County Parks, Washington County Sheriff's Office, Institute for Applied Ecology, and Bureau of Reclamation to restore and connect patches of Fender's blue butterfly habitat. Partnership efforts like this are important for recovering the endangered butterfly - and they benefit a suite of other native prairie species as well!
Did you know luna moths and swallowtail butterflies disguise their cocoons and chrysalis as dried leaves, blending in with “real” leaves? Fallen leaves benefit a variety of critters... and provide free mulch for your garden. #LeaveTheLeaves 🍁🐝🍂🍃
A mammal that's faster than a cheetah ... check out this video about one spectacular bat species! 🦇
Eat. Survive. Help Humankind. One of the incredible ways bats help us is through their appetite. They control pests by eating insects and pollinate native plants and crops. They're just doing what comes naturally... but we benefit as a result! Speaking of appetites... Check out the Bat Week Cookbook to discover delicious recipes using ingredients made possible by bats! http://batweek.org/wp-content/uploads/BatCelebrationCookBook-UPDATED2018.pdf #BatWeek
Please come see us today or tomorrow at the Oregon Zoo! We're here with other partners for "Howloween" 🦇🎃 Fun, treats, and educational activities included. Learn how you can go to bat for bats! More info:https://www.oregonzoo.org/events/howloween-0 #BatWeek Photo Credit: USFWS
A quick detour from bats for some "eggs-ceptional" Oregon silverspot butterfly news... The Oregon Zoo had their busiest silverspot egg-laying season in a decade. 3,800+ eggs were laid and are hatching into tiny caterpillars. They'll be cared for throughout the winter at the zoo so they can be released back into the wild next year. Learn more: https://www.oregonzoo.org/news/2018/10/zoo-butterfly-lab-track-eggs-ceptional-year Photo Credit: M. Patterson
Bats have SUPER POWERS... and so do you! From saliva that reduces inflammation and blood clotting ... to camouflage... and more... Bats are diverse and have amazing adaptations. Bats comprise 20% of the Earth's mammal species but are increasingly threatened by things such as white-nose syndrome --- an introduced fungal disease that can destroy entire colonies of hibernating bats. What's your super power? You can spread the word about the importance of bats and be a #bathero for them! #BatWeek https://news.mongabay.com/2018/10/bat-week-the-super-powers-of-bats-photos/?fbclid=IwAR31qYzfjxdzHBuxMa-mrWZtfgf2u2am8lFsapleYOBgZQlEKso0AjO4Dj0
#BatWeek begins! Let's learn about these sky puppies. Did you know that Oregon is home to 15 species of bats?
We enjoyed talking with zoo visitors about "monster invader" species last weekend during the Oregon Zoo's Howloween event. If you missed out - no worries - Howloween fun continues this weekend... only this time we'll be talking about bats with the Zoo, US Forest Service, and other partners for #BatWeek! Hope to see you there! 🦇 More info: https://www.oregonzoo.org/events/howloween-0
#BatWeek is almost here! You can be a #bathero. Check out batweek.org for some great ideas to celebrate bats near you!
Partnership: the Oregon way When Oregonian's invest resources into local economies to help protect endangered species and conserve Oregon's landscape... it's a beautiful thing. This short video highlights the large-scale Fivemile-Bell restoration project in Douglas County - one of many projects funded with Oregon Lottery dollars through OWEB-administered grants. Private landowners, local contractors, watershed councils, nonprofits, US Forest Service, wildlife agencies, Tribes, local governments, and many more have come together to restore habitat for Coho salmon and other species. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztKsk7VBOY4
Oct 14-20 is National Wildlife Refuge Week--- Come celebrate your public lands by visiting a National Wildlife Refuge! Birding, hunting, fishing, trails, photography... refuges offer many ways to connect with the outdoors. Refuges are also a huge partner in endangered species recovery. In Oregon's Willamette Valley for example, the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge complex helps conserve and manage several listed plants, streaked horned lark, and fender's blue butterfly. One refuge in this complex, Ankeny, is a hop skip and a jump --- okay, ~ 2.7 miles off Interstate 5. It could be a great place to stretch your legs during your next road trip... https://www.fws.gov/refuge/ankeny/
An engaging, simple way to learn more about birds. 🐦🐥🦆
"Howloween" fun starts this weekend at the Oregon Zoo! Kids can learn about animals around the world through scavenger hunts and activities. They'll trick or treat - collecting prizes at different education stations. You could call it brain candy... We'll be there this weekend with other conservation partners (Oct 20&21) in the Nature Exploration Station talking about "Monster Invaders" (aka invasive species) and their impact on our regional wildlife. For more info: https://www.oregonzoo.org/events/howloween-0
Oregon is ahead of the curve in looking at the status of our native bees, which are important for native plants as well as crop pollination. The Oregon Bee Atlas is a volunteer-based effort to document our state's bees. This OPB video provides an excellent overview: Https://www.opb.org/news/video/orf-3001-02-oregon-bee-atlas/ Or you can get more info from the Oregon Bee Project!
Thanks to our La Grande Field Office supervisor, Marisa Meyer, for sharing her once in a lifetime hunting story. #iHuntBecause
We ❤️ finding new places to hike, view wildlife, and enjoy the beautiful Oregon outdoors. Here are 10 Oregon hikes that are extra scenic in the fall: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/oregon/amazing-trails-for-autumn-or/ Do you have other suggestions? Please post them here. :) #WildlifeWednesday P.S. Be sure to check for trail closures before you head out. Photo: Mt. Hood Wilderness credit: Diane Sotak
Way to go Dustin!!!!
BatWeek is coming soon. Get ready by reading some #SpookyScience: the scary truth on White-Nose Syndrome in Bats!
The Service is proposing to list the coastal distinct population segment of Pacific marten as threatened under the ESA. The proposal is scheduled to publish Oct 9th, opening a 60-day public comment period which closes Dec 10th, 2018. You can find the News Release and link to the Federal Register reading room here: https://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo/ under "The News Room" section. The unpublished proposed rule is currently available in the reading room. We will link to the published version as soon as it is available. Photo credit: M.Linnell/USFS U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Southwest Region