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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Snake crossing

A large bull snake crosses a country road near Elkton in rural western Oregon on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Bull snakes are non-venomous, but at times they can become aggressive when threatened. 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Turkey time

A pair of male wild turkeys display for a group of nearby females in a pasture along a country road near Ekton in western Oregon on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

Lazy day on the river

A western pond turtle swims through the cool clear water of the Umpqua River near Elkton in western Oregon on a beautiful spring morning on May 27, 2018.
Western pond turtles can live for 50 or more years. Due to habitat loss and the introduction of invasive predators like bass and bullfrogs, western pond turtles are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of species.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Hungry, hungry starlings

An adult starling feeds its fast growing chicks as they peek out of their nesting spot inside the cavity of a crabapple tree in the front yard of a home near Elkton in western Oregon on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Day old fawn in Oregon

A one-day old black tailed deer fawn lays motionless in a pasture on a farm near Elkton in western Oregon on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. 
Wildlife officials caution people to leave young fawns in the place they are found as the mother deer is likely nearby and will return when the humans leave the area. 
Folks mowing in fields should be extra careful during the fawn season.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Hungry Bumblebee

A bumblebee searches for nectar on a purple vetch flower growing along a roadside near Roseburg in western Oregon on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Bordered plant bugs

A pair of copulating bordered plant bugs cross the yellow line of a country road near Elkton in western Oregon on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Thursday, May 17, 2018


Baby starlings beg for food from their nest inside a small cavity in a crabapple tree on a farm near Elkton, Ore., on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Trump on a stump

A chainsaw art sculpture of President Donald Trump is displayed on a sidewalk along Fir Ave., in the small logging and fishing town of Reedsport in coastal southwestern Ore., on Monday, May 14, 2018. Reedsport is home to an annual chainsaw art carving contest. Trump took 66 percent of the vote in Douglas County where Reedsport is located.

A slightly smaller sculpture of the president is displayed a few blocks away in front of a carving studio.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Fancy flight

A nest of wild turkey eggs.
A female wild turkey takes flight from her nest at the base of a hazelnut tree in an orchard on our farm near Elkton in western Oregon on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Western tanager

It's a colorful male western tanager in a thicket near our home in western Oregon on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. According to the super cool Cornell Lab of Ornithology, while most red birds owe their redness to a variety of plant pigments known as carotenoids, the Western Tanager gets its scarlet head feathers from a rare pigment called rhodoxanthin. Unable to make this substance in their own bodies, Western Tanagers probably obtain it from insects in their diet.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Fighting for traditions in Unalakleet, Alaska

Last month I and a team from Our Children's Trust visited teenage climate change plaintiff Summer in her village of Unalakleet, Alaska on the Norton Sound of the Bering Sea in northwest Alaska. Summer is a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by 16 youth against the state of Alaska. Learn more about Summer's ground breaking lawsuit here.

Summer comes from a line of strong women. Summer's mom is a commercial fisherman and Summer's aunt Rhoda, left, is teaching Summer to subsistence hunt in the forests, and on the tundra of northwest Alaska. 

Summer is an accomplished athlete. Below she practices the One Armed Reach in her high school gym before competing in the Native Youth Olympics last month in Anchorage.

Gathering wild blueberries and salmon berries on the tundra is a tradition in Summer's family.

Summer sits with co-plaintiff Esau at the attorney table during a hearing on her case in Anchorage last month.
Summer is a plaintiff in an important climate change lawsuit, but she's also a fun loving teenager.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Shishmaref, Alaska

Last month I had the honor of visiting the village of Shishmaref on the Chukchi Seas in northwest Alaska. I was part of a team from Our Children's Trust. We spent three days with climate change leader and plaintiff Esau and his family. Due to climate change the island and village are in imminent danger of disappearing. Esau is the named plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by 16 youth against the state of Alaska. Learn more about the Our Children's Trust Alaska case here