Light a Fire

4 Local Nonprofits Working on Environmental Issues

From salmon to stewardship to wildfire repair and more, these organizations are putting our planetary health front and center.

11/30/2021 By Cami Hughes and Gabriel Granillo

Q&A

Michelle Nijhuis on Changing the Conservation Narrative

White Salmon–based writer Michelle Nijhuis talks her latest book, the problematic history of the conservation movement, and what living off the grid taught her.

11/18/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Visual Art

Oregon Contemporary's Water: NFS Is an Act of Resistance

Indigenous artists Natalie Ball and Annelie Hillman illustrate water wars, drought, land rights, and other issues plaguing Southern Oregon tribal communities.

11/16/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Nature

All Hail the King Tides: What to Know about the Coastal Phenomenon

Now in its 12th year, the Oregon King Tides Project uses crowd-sourced visual documentation to map tidal events and rising sea levels.

11/04/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Outdoors

Where to Check Out Fall Colors Around Portland

See changing autumnal leaves at Lone Fir Cemetery, Portland Japanese Garden, and beyond.

09/24/2021 By Kate Bryant and Gabriel Granillo

Nature

Fall Bird Migrations in Oregon and Where to Watch Them

Raptors, shore birds, and the fan-favorite Vaux's swifts are moving about the skies these days. Here's where to find them.

09/21/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Photography

Show Your Love of Portland's Forest Park and Win Some Gear

But hurry up. Pro Photo Supply’s annual Forest Park Conservancy Photography Contest ends September 3.

08/27/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Climate Change

How to Help Those Hurt by the Bootleg Fire

Hoping to help those impacted by the Bootleg Fire? Here are nine organizations to support.

07/27/2021 By Cami Hughes

Lake Country

Swimmer’s Itch, Giardia, and More Can Ruin a Good Lake Trip

To lessen your risk, towel off quickly and avoid drinking untreated water.

07/12/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Footnotes

LISTEN: Climate Change, Cascading Disasters, and the Pacific Northwest Heat Wave

We chat with Jola Ajibade, an assistant professor at PSU, about the record-breaking heat wave that slammed the Pacific Northwest and the need for adaptation ...

07/02/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Garden

Wanna Save the Monarch Butterfly? Plant Some Milkweed.

“While other species are blipping off the planet at an alarming rate, this is one that we can do something about.”

06/15/2021 By Arlo Voorhees

Footnotes

LISTEN: Understanding Water Challenges Facing Oregon's Native, Black, Latinx, and Migrant Communities

We talk with Alaí Reyes-Santos from the Oregon Water Futures Project about the findings from their 2021 report.

05/28/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Nature

6 Bugs We Don’t Have to Worry About in Oregon—or Do We?

From Brood X cicadas to murder hornets, a look at what bugs we don’t have much of in the state, though some are on the rise.

05/21/2021 By Margaret Seiler

Outdoors

What’s Blooming? Springtime Plants Are Popping Up in Portland

From daphne to daffodils, don’t miss these eight blooms.

03/12/2021 By Aurora Biggers

Footnotes

LISTEN: The Downtown Crows and Portland's Relationship to Nature

This week we talk about the annual winter crow roost and the conflicts that have emerged.

02/19/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Environment

PPE and Plastic Waste Are on the Rise. But Cleanup Crews Are Here to Save Us.

As COVID-19 wears on, the simple act of picking up trash is more impactful than you might think.

02/09/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Light a Fire

At Portland Audubon, There’s Wildlife Rescue, Nature Education, and Environmental Advocacy for All

At our “Caring for the Planet” award winner, it’s always baby bird season.

12/02/2020 By Julia Silverman

Footnotes

LISTEN: #LandBack and Indigenous Sovereignty, with Paul Robert Wolf Wilson

Paul Robert Wolf Wilson, an enrolled member of the Klamath and Modoc Tribes and photojournalist living in Chiloquin, Oregon, on Indigenous sovereignty, wildf...

09/25/2020 Edited by Gabriel Granillo

Podcasts

The Spotted Owl, the Timber Economy, and the Epic Conflict that Defined Our Forests

Timber Wars host Aaron Scott talks about the new OPB pod, science writing, and the ongoing battle over Pacific Northwest forests.

09/22/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

Footnotes

LISTEN: The West Coast Wildfires, with Eden Dawn, Riley Blake, and Erica Fleishman

How Oregon has been responding to the threat of the wildfires, the short-term health effects of smoke inhalation, and the long-term effects of climate change...

09/18/2020 Edited by Gabriel Granillo