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Sherar’s Falls Scenic Bikeway is a paved joy ride on Deschutes River

Caption: The Deschutes River above Sherar’s Falls. Photo by Greg Johnson. Maupin has served as a focal point for adventurers rafting the Deschutes River. The town itself is friendly, walkable and brimming with eating and drinking opportunities. On the river, a series of whitewater drops, punctuated by slow and tranquil floating, makes for a trip […]

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Amazon’s environmental record is mixed bag

Caption: Despite efforts by to achieve net zero emissions, environmentalists still have plenty of beefs with the e-tailing juggernaut. Credit: Soumit, FlickrCC. Dear EarthTalk: Is an environmental hero or villain?— J. West, Orange, CA Not surprisingly,’s environmental performance is a mixed bag. One charge often levied by critics is that Amazon’s low […]

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Bird numbers are declining rapidly

Caption: Blackbirds are among the avian species experiencing the greatest amount of population loss across North America as their preferred wetland habitat dries up and is filled in and paved over. Credit: Skyler Ewing, Pexels Dear EarthTalk: How are bird populations faring in the U.S. and around the world? What are some ways to help […]

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Harvest Hosts offers unique rv experience

Caption: Sunrise Over the White Mountains at a Harvest Host Location Written by Shari and Hutch Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted with permission from the Northwest RVing Blog hosted by MHRV (Manufactured Housing and Recreational Vehicle) Show Association. For information, go to Walking through vineyards, drinking mead, petting alpacas, screening cult movies, […]

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Pacific Northwest unique holiday adventures

Caption: For Oregon Wine Giving Season, Cória Estates is offering private vineyard tours with the purchase of 12 bottles. (Photo by Joey Hamilton Photography) Are you ready to celebrate the holidays? There are hundreds of holiday events and activities taking place throughout the Pacific Northwest. Here are just a few of them: Made in La […]

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Environment Uncategorized Washington

Seattle’s new arena promotes Climate Pledge

Caption: Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, the first net-zero-emissions arena of its size in the world, is home to the NHL’s Kraken and WNBA’s Storm. Dear EarthTalk: What is the “Climate Pledge” that Seattle’s new hockey arena is named after all about? — E. Howard, Washington, DC When Seattle’s new sports and concert arena opened […]

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Save your favorite plant seeds

Caption:  Saving heirloom seeds, like this striped Roman paste tomato preserves both flavor and history. Photo credit: photo courtesy of by Melinda Myers Experimentation is part of the fun of gardening. Saving seeds from your favorite vegetable or flower for next year’s garden or even the next generation is something you might like to try. […]

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Our hospitals are in crisis

A recent increase in COVID-19 patients has strained the facility’s resources. It is expected that by August 2021, this strain will be noticeable and possibly even more severe than what happened last December when a major surge hit them hard during their time of need! This time, though the strain is more severe and it […]

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Keep gardening after first fall frost

Caption: High tunnel systems with hoops and row covers work well on garden beds filled with large plants, allowing easy access for harvesting while protecting the plants. Photo credit:  Photo courtesy of Gardener’s Supply Company by Melinda Myers There is nothing worse than frost in the forecast and a garden full of vegetables not quite […]

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Wildlife corridor makes slow progress

Caption: Conservationists are working to create a 2000-mile long wildlife corridor between the Canadian Yukon and Yellowstone National Park so wolves and other charismatic megafauna can have enough space and resources to thrive. Credit: Brenda Timmermans, Pexels. Dear EarthTalk: Whatever happened to the Yukon to Yellowstone (Y2Y) wildlife corridor dream that was in the news […]