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Here in Douglas County we are blessed with a vast variety of habitats, from alpine peaks to oak savannas to frothy shores of the Pacific Ocean. Birds are picky about their homes and habitats, so as you can imagine, we have a lot of distinct species that find homes in our diverse array of hab…

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I have yet to meet a person who is not curious when they see an interesting beetle, or a gorgeous black-and-white snake, a colorful butterfly or a kind of flower they have not seen before. Curiosity and wonder are hallmarks of being human and the basic instincts of a naturalist. We wonder wh…

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When most anglers look to fall fishing in the Umpqua River, they think of fall Chinook salmon.

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Every year in late winter and early spring, about 85 to 100 climbing areas nationwide are closed to protect birds of prey during their nesting period. Many of these seasonal bans on climbing are large-scale, fixed closures of entire cliff faces. The peregrine falcon, whose nesting period run…

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The Umpqua River is one of Oregon’s largest estuaries; however, high freshwater influence makes the bay seasonal for crabbing.

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Starting in December, The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will be introducing a new system that will change how people hunt and fish in Oregon. A new electronic licensing system, which includes an app for use on smartphones and tablet computers, will allow for hunters and anglers to p…

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Howdy everyone! Summer is still in full swing and we are seeing good catches of rockfish, lingcod, several nice near-shore halibut and a few salmon. The salmon being caught are few and far between overall but it’s still nice seeing some caught in the bay, including a couple off of Point Adam…

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Our four horses were suspicious. Bullard’s Beach Horse Camp, just north of Bandon, is tucked behind the fore-dunes — so it has protection from the wind, but the distant thunder of the not so distant surf and the moan of a foghorn can be clearly heard.

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Howdy everyone! First off, I want to apologize for not being here last week. I’m not sure what I had, but I was dizzy and wanted to throw up, which was compounded greatly whenever I would read anything. And seeing as how I kind of have to read everything I write, it just wasn’t gonna happen.

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Effective at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, the Douglas Forest Protective Association has implemented public use restrictions throughout all 1.6 million acres of DFPA protected private, county, state, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Indian Affairs lands.