Environment & Nature

Flowers

Lilacs for Days at Hulda Klager Gardens in Woodland, Washington

Surrounded by flowers, the historic property’s farmhouse remains closed for now, but the gardens and arboretum just north of Portland are open year-round.

05/09/2022 By Margaret Seiler

For the Birds

Tufted Puffins Are Disappearing from Oregon’s Coast

A conservationist group in Cannon Beach is on a mission to save the iconic seabirds, who make Haystack Rock a summer home.

04/22/2022 By Michelle Harris

Mammalia

Last of the Big Ones

Scientists with Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute look to uncover the secrets of the mysterious ocean dwellers.

03/22/2022 By Cami Hughes

Recovery

What We Can Learn 5 Years After the Eagle Creek Fire

The 2017 fire changed the landscape of the Columbia River Gorge, especially on the Oregon side of the river.

03/17/2022 By Gabriel Granillo

History

The Day The Dalles Dam Silenced Celilo Falls

Wilbur Slockish recounts when The Dalles Dam flooded Celilo Falls, the site of a centuries-old intertribal fishing and commerce market.

03/09/2022 By Gabriel Granillo

Nature

Monarch Conservation Effort Reaches New Heights in Portland

Ida Galash of Portland Monarchs and her cohort of citizen-scientists are breaking ground for two new waystations at Pittock Mansion and in Washington Park.

02/17/2022 By Shannon Daehnke

Hiking

Skip the Snow with These 6 Winter Hikes

Leave your snowshoes at home with hikes at Forest Park’s Wildwood Trail, the Coast Range’s Kentucky Falls, the Gorge’s Cape Horn, and more.

01/22/2022 By Karly Quadros

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