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Musings on Wilderness and wild-ness

By Marla Waters, Eugene Conservation & Outreach Intern

A Wild Wolf Weekend in the Wallowas

By Phillip Brown

The Last Grizzlies of Oregon

by Ethan Shaw

Last time, we considered the grizzly’s historical distribution in Oregon. Today, we’ll look at the geography of the bear’s retreat in the state; the story of a latter-day Oregon grizzly of much renown; and the bear’s ghostly presence on the landscape in the form of place names.

Oregon as Grizzly Country

A Brief History of the Great Bear in the Beaver State

by Ethan Shaw

In this three-part series, we’ll explore what’s known about the grizzly bear in Oregon—its historical distribution and its extirpation—and muse on its potential life history in the Beaver State. First up: an overview of just where the griz once roamed.

Read Part 2: The Last Grizzlies of Oregon and Part 3: Ghosts of the Oregon Grizzly.

The Bear Essentials

By Teresa Connolly

Got everything you need for your next hike or camping trip? Well how about your bear safety precautions? Whether you are new outdoor enthusiast or a well-seasoned veteran, take a moment to refresh your memory on the steps you should be taking to avoid an encounter with a bear.

Throwback Thursday: Hells Canyon

By Teresa Connolly

An entire Wild Oregon newsletter dedicated to one area must indicate a noteworthy place. And as the deepest river gorge in North America, Hells Canyon is definitely worth writing about. 

Meet Our Wilderness Outreach Intern Lisa

By Lisa DiNicolantonio

Hello! My name is Lisa and I am the Wilderness Outreach Intern at the Oregon Wild Portland office. In the fall, I will be heading into my final year at the University of California, Davis studying Environmental Science and Management with an emphasis in Natural Resource Management. When I’m not busy advocating for or conserving wilderness, I can be found exploring the many beautiful aspects of nature, with an emphasis on Oregon this summer as I learn more about this state that is practically new to me.

From herbicide drift stories to Oregon Wild summer adventures

Hello! My name is Marla Waters and I’m Oregon Wild’s Conservation and Outreach Intern at the Eugene Office. I’m going into my senior year at the University of Oregon and double majoring in Political Science and Environmental Science with a minor in Business Administration. When I am not in the office I am either exploring Oregon’s beauty with friends or working with fellow classmates to fight environmental justice issues relating to aerial herbicide spraying.

Throwback Thursday: The Salt Caves Dam

By Teresa Connolly

Before 1980, the stretch of the Klamath River between the John Boyle and Copco Dam flowed freely for seventeen miles. The remote beauty of the Klamath River Canyon formed a tranquil environment that supported many species of wildlife. Not only was the area surrounding the river home to a diverse selection of plants, it provided fisherman with access to the native wild trout and locals with the opportunity of exploring the Klamath River through whitewater rafting.

7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Bats

By Teresa Connolly

Using only the most scientific of terms, bats are super cool. As we glide steadily into the summer, you might just be lucky enough to glimpse one of the many species of bats in Oregon darting about in the night sky. If you’ve ever wondered how bats manage to catch their prey in the pitch black, or if all bats really do eat blood, then here are seven interesting things you probably didn’t know about Bats!


  1. An adult bat eats about 1,000 insects every hour.


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