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Start the New Year with an easy observing challenge. Take out your binoculars or small telescope and observe the moon over a two-week window during January or February 2021.

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This was an eventful year — COVID-19, economic uncertainty, the presidential election, and wildfires up and down the West Coast were just a few of the top headlines.

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It’s almost like something out of a horror movie. Waves of invasive European green crabs are threatening the Coos Bay estuary, and its existing population of Dungeness crabs, as well as clams, oysters, and mussels, according to a recent report published by South Slough National Estuarine Res…

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We are approaching an amazing close conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on Dec 21. This will be the closest well-placed conjunction since 1226. The weather prognosticators are forecasting some cloudy and showery weather in the coming days and nights. Don’t lose hope.

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Many families in the Valleys of the Umpqua are looking for something to do during our pandemic stay-at-home times. Perhaps trying some backyard stargazing will provide some fun challenges.

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Now is a great time to become a backyard birder! All you need is a quiet place to begin observing birds. To attract more birds, you can grow some bird-friendly plants, put up a bird feeder, or install a birdbath.

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The following is the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Southwest Region fishing report, compiled by fisheries and biologists from Oregon’s southwest region spanning from southern Lane County to the Oregon/California border.

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Much of the equipment the Douglas County Wolf Advisory Board plans to purchase for non-lethal gray wolf management was determined Monday afternoon during the board’s public meeting at the Douglas County Courthouse.

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GLIDE —A poacher shot a trophy-size white-tailed buck in the city limits of Glide on Oct. 7, then left the animal to languish. A reward for information leading to a citation currently stands at $500 or four hunter preference points.

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The Wheel of Misfortune spun; Day One of our wilderness hike up the Imnaha River Canyon in the Wallowa Mountains near the Idaho border was tough — primarily because we were a group of old people carrying backpacks and my husband Kyle, while riding, was leading two inexperienced packhorses.

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NEWPORT – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking commercial Dungeness crab industry representatives to help design the next steps in reducing risk of whale and sea turtle entanglements in crab fishing gear.

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CENTRAL POINT — All angling in the Illinois River is closed through Nov. 30 between 8 Dollar Mountain Rd. Bridge and Green Bridge upstream to Pomeroy Dam near Cave Junction, according to a release from the Oregon Deparment of Fish and Wildlife.

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This was the last day of eastern Oregon’s Rocky Mountain Elk Season. In the four days prior, I’d jumped elk, heard them run, but had not visually been able to see them. But as the saying goes, “Always hunt the first day like it was the last … and the last day like it was the first.”

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Labor Day Weekend is always popular outdoors, and to keep things fun and safe, the Oregon State Marine Board suggests taking the time to plan your water getaway and stay safe with the following tips:

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Trump administration plans to lift endangered species protections for gray wolves across most of the nation by the end of the year, the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.

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We Oregonians love doing things outdoors, and hiking certainly ranks high for popularity. While there are oodles of great places to hike in beautiful Douglas County, it is fun to occasionally do some ground-pounding in new places — and especially in another state, where one might encounter n…