Elk on the Zumwalt Prairie compete with cattle and other wildlife for habitat and are being hazed toward the national forest this winter. KATY NESBITT / The Observer
In the past 20 years many of the elk in Wallowa County’s Chesnimnus wildlife unit have shifted their habitat range from the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest to private land on the Zumwalt Prairie.
Though the reasons for this vary, moving the elk back onto the forest is supported by ranchers, hunters, nonprofits and wildlife agencies alike.
Seth Hargett, 10, fills his bird feeder with a mix of sunflower seeds and millet. Once you start feeding birds, it’s a good idea to keep them stocked through harsh weather. Getting youth involved with feeding wild birds can be a good way to introduce them to the natural world.” JIM WARD photo
Providing nourishment to our feathered friends is effective way to see birds up close
LADD MARSH WILDLIFE AREA
Wildlife viewers and anglers need a parking permit to park on the wildlife area.
The $7 daily or $22 annual permit can be purchased online or at an ODFW office that sells licenses or at a license sales agent...
Analysis by Montana lab finds ailing elk that wandered La Grande's streets last winter before being euthanized was 14-years-old
Don Hagey of Cove speaks about the 13 months he spent in Antarctica during a presentation at a meeting of the Cove History Committee Sunday. DICK MASON / The Observer
Cove man shares his memories of ‘windiest, driest, coldest place on earth’
Two western screech-owls like this one, photographed earlier in Union County, were located during the Christmas Bird Count. TRENT BRAY photo
No snow, with one minor exception, fell during the recent annual Union County Christmas Bird Count.
But six records did — including a most coveted mark.
Counters located 88 species of birds, eclipsing the old record of 87.
The previous mark was set a year ago. That was considered a landmark
because it was the first time at least 80 species had been counted.
Elk are amazing animals. Indeed, they are one of the fastest growing critters on our continent. JIM WARD photo
Other than a couple of cow hunts, most elk seasons in Northeast Oregon have closed.
Many hunters have shifted their focus to such things as football or New Year’s resolutions.
A local hunter broke his collarbone trying to escape a herd of nine
mature bull elk running straight toward him on Owsley Canyon Road last
Doug Smith and his son-in-law Randy McNeeley, both of La Grande, were
out hunting elk at 7:15 a.m. Dec. 20 when they spotted a herd of elk on
property bordering Owsley Canyon Road.
FROSTY MORNING: Dee Hammon, Diane Knox, Susie Brown and "Charlie" consult the Sibley's Guide to Birds during the Enterprise Christmas Bird count Saturday. KATY NESBITT / The Observer
Jack Frost couldn’t have painted a better scene Sunday morning to greet
birders as they braved sub-freezing temperatures for the annual
Enterprise Christmas bird count.
This year’s organizer, Mike Hansen, drew a circle around Enterprise
and with the help of long-time Christmas bird count facilitator Andie
Leuders, five-mile circumference routes were assigned to groups of bird
New Nordic Center Director Elishah Thomas learned to ski while growing up in Central Oregon. ANTHONY LAKES photo
Wooden skis and bamboo poles were popular when the lodge now housing the
Nordic Center at Anthony Lakes was built in the 1930s by the Civilian
A lot has changed on the Nordic ski front at Anthony Lakes since then. In fact, a lot has changed in just the past three months.
For starters the Nordic Center has a new director, Elishah Thomas.
She is succeeding Dick Knowles, who led the cross country program at
Anthony Lakes for at least the past 15 years and played a key role in
its noteworthy development.
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