Jon Nelson and Alysia Wolf use Instagram to communicate about Oregon's unique wildlife. As biologists and communicators, they translate the critters and the places they explore through the lenses of cameras and trail cameras to bring them to life while making sure they're protected and undisturbed. We talked to them about how to watch wildlife and explore Oregon's amazing places without leaving an impact or stressing out our amazing wild animals.
Oregon supports diverse waterfowl populations, from sea ducks in coastal saltwater to puddle ducks in the alkali basins of southeast Oregon. You might think you need lots of gear (decoys, boats, a trained dog) to hunt ducks and geese, but you don’t. All of these things are nice but not necessary. All you really need is a hunting license/tag, shotgun, shells and some basic identification skills.
The number of big game hunters using blinds has increased over the last 20 years. Be sure to follow regulations if you plan to use them on federal land.
A guide to the field identification of bull trout, brook trout, and their hybrids.
The Western Oregon Fee Pheasant Hunts offer new hunters a chance to hone their skills in a hunt that’s close to home and offers a good chance of bagging some birds.
We spent some time with biologist Jamie Bowles talking about her research of Sierra Nevada Red Fox in Oregon's Cascade Mountains. Populations of Sierra Nevada Red Fox in California are declining, so the Oregon research may end up helping any recovery efforts as biologists look at the life history strategies of these unique, high-elevation foxes in different states.
ODFW wildlife biologists offer a look at the habitat conditions and hunting outlook for the upcoming season.
The Beaver State Podcast takes you on a road trip through the Ochoco Mountains with district wildlife biologist Greg Jackle to explore the region's habitat, wildlife and recreational opportunities.
This permit allows hunters with certain disabilities to use a draw locking device attached to the riser of a modern compound bow to help hold the bow at full draw.
Just a few miles south of Newport, the town of Waldport (population 2,000) is on the shores of Alsea Bay. It is one of Oregon’s estuaries that does not have jetties at the ocean entrance. Strong outgoing tides and ocean swell can make boating near the mouth of the bay more dangerous. Use caution and be prepared if you crab in this area.
The 2021-22 Oregon game bird seasons look promising with pheasant, quail and chukar numbers steady in the east, forest grouse holding the line in the west. However, duck populations and habitat conditions are not as promising.
Band-tailed pigeons nearly went the way of their now-extinct cousins, passenger pigeons. But these mountain-dwelling pigeons got a reprieve from market hunting through the passage of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and have since recovered as a species. For this episode, we talked to ODFW migratory gamebird coordinator Brandon Reishus and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Flyway Representative Todd Sanders to learn more about the biology and life history strategy of these fascinating forest pigeons that are among the most fun and challenging of gamebirds to hunt.
Wild steelhead mortalities are generally low under normal fishing regulations. But with several years of low runs, many anglers are wondering what extra steps they can take to avoid hooking a steelhead while they’re fishing.
Black-tailed deer are called Pacific ghosts for a reason. They can be amazingly elusive thanks to a highly developed sense of place. We talked to Douglas District Wildlife Biologist Tod Lum and Charleston District Wildlife Biologist Stuart Love about black-tailed deer biology, life history strategy and what it takes to pursue these amazing deer across some of the thickest, rain-saturated terrain in the Oregon Coast Range or high up in the heavily timbered Cascade Mountains.
Mussel fatigue, it's a thing. In fact, our freshwater mussels are strained and in need of some attention. This week's Beaver State Podcast looks at Oregon's freshwater mussels through the lens of a large-scale habitat improvement project along Murderer's Creek in the John Day Basin. This creek happens to have very high mussel populations, so biologists are studying the impacts of the habitat improvements on the local mussel populations and trying to answer the question: What happens when you move a mussel?
Coos Bay is Oregon’s largest bay. The lower bay (areas from the ocean entrance to the airport) is “marine dominated”, meaning there is little freshwater influence, and offers some of Oregon’s most productive shellfishing opportunities.
hunts made possible through ODFW Access and Habitat Program, support from OHA Rogue Valley, and the C2 Cattle Company
C2 Ranch - 10,000 acre ranch near Medford