Oregon Wildblog

August Wildlife Update

Many efforts are underway in Oregon to restore populations of previously extirpated species. Not only is it a chance to right historical wrongdoings, but in doing so, will help improve ecosystem health and resilience.

Exploring forests shaped by fire in western Oregon

Not long after moving to Eugene for graduate school, I took a field trip to the Warner Creek fire area outside of Oakridge. At that time it was 10 years since the 1991 fire. I remember the tall black snags rising tall above, and sapling trees crowded all around me -- head high and coated in dew that soaked through my sub-par rain gear.

Porcupine of the Pacific Northwest

Although porcupines may be slowpokes, most other animals know to keep a wide berth from those sharp quills! The porcupine's prickly self defense mechanism makes it easily recognizable, however their vital importance in the ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest is often less known. Porcupines are intertwined with healthy forest lifecycles, turning trees into critical habitat for dozens of other species. Aside from the quills, they also have many other valuable physical characteristics, allowing them to be true adventurers of every elevation of a forest.

Can US logging agencies be trusted to protect old-growth?

To protect our climate forests, President Biden’s executive order puts an awful lot of power in the hands of the agencies that have spent decades cutting them down. Oregon Wild is leading the Climate Forests Campaign to take that power back.

Leave a legacy for Oregon's wildlife

In February, a federal district court ruled in favor of Oregon Wild and partners by striking down a 2020 Trump Administration decision that removed Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves across much of the U.S.

As a result of our successful lawsuit, federal Endangered Species Act protections have been reinstated for wolves in Western Oregon and 43 other states!

Hackleman Creek: A special watershed

Guest author Bobbie Snead from the Northwest Nature blog spent a year exploring the Hackleman Creek Watershed, at the headwaters of the McKenzie River, getting to know its uplands, valley, and seasonal lake.

Legal Wildlife Wins


Wildlife face many challenges, many of them due to the degradation, destruction, and development of their native habitats. One of the last-ditch ways to reverse the decline of native wildlife populations and combat the extinction crisis is going to court to protect those animals through the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and other bedrock environmental laws. Learn more about how wolverines, red tree voles and wolves have benefitted from the power of the law, and what this means in the fight for their protection. 

In Search of the Belted Kingfisher

Whether hovering or diving from a branch, a belted kingfisher's headfirst plunge to snap fish near the surface is swift and precise. The jay-sized birds flourish across North America where water is clean, and in places with plentiful fish, perches, and coveted earthen nest banks. Oregon's many rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, wetlands, and coastal bays offer refuge for this dazzling bird.