August is nearly here, and at the time of this writing the Rock Creek Riding Area is open for motorcycle and ATV riding.
Growing crowds of large white birds on rocks by The Dalles Dam have drawn plenty of notice this year. They’re American white pelicans, and they were first spotted locally a few years ago by wildlife officials, but this summer, the population has just exploded.
A woman once wrote a letter to the editor with her ideas about how to stop all wildfires in our forest. Her first idea was to construct agriculture water sprinklers in all 745 million acres of our national forests. Her second, to prohibit all campfires and cooking in those same forests.
What would it be like to be a bear, a fox, a raccoon, or an eagle? Kids ages 5 to 9 years old can explore “Animal Habitats of the Gorge” during a day camp Aug. 1-4, 9 a.m. to noon at Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, 5000 Discovery Drive. Children will get to choose a favorite wild animal, then learn about each animal’s habitat.
The Dalles Chronicle invites hunters and fishers to send in stories and photos for “Hooks & Horns: An Adventure Guide to the Outdoors,” that will publish in late August.
If you ever come upon a clean campsite in the woods, you might have “Billy Yoté” to thank. Yoté spent the day after Memorial Day scouring six campsites, a passel of large garbage bags in tow. He filled about four of them full of trash, from dirty diapers to pizza boxes. One of the six sites was clean. “Yoté” isn’t Yote’s real name: He’s a lifelong resident of Wasco County who loves the woods but doesn’t think much of publicity. He merely made the mistake of chatting with a reporter Tuesday and sharing his day’s activities.
Like it or not, warm weather has arrived in North Central Oregon, and with the hot temperatures of summer comes comes the increased likelihood that you will come in contact with ticks. Reducing exposure to ticks is the best defense against Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and other tick-borne infections: DEET, showers, and tick checks can help stop ticks.
The northern pikeminnow bounty fishery got underway in a big way this year, with 7,523 fish caught in The Dalles area during the first full week of fishing, according to data provided by the Bonneville Power Administration. In the John Day Dam area, 823 fish were caught in the same time period.
SALEM — Controlled hunts or one of Oregon’s new Premium Hunts have a deadline set by Sunday, May 15. Apply online, at a license sales agent or ODFW office that sells licenses, or by mail/fax order. The cost is $8 per application and hunters need a 2016 annual hunting license to apply. Last year, more than half of the 407,402 applications were submitted in the last week before the deadline, including nearly 66,000 on deadline day. “The deadline falls on a Sunday this year, which is a good reason to get your application in early,” said Deanna Erickson, ODFW license sales manager. ‘ ODFW offices will be closed on May 15 and license sale agents may also be open fewer hours or closed on a Sunday.” Hunters can also apply online until 11:59 p.m. PT on Sunday, May 15. Erickson also urged hunters to avoid common mistakes on applications on other aspects of hunting certifications “Double check your hunt number against the 2016 Big Game Regulations, and make sure your party leader number is correct,” she said. “And before you walk out of the store or ODFW office, check your application to be sure it’s correct.” ODFW limits the number of tags for some hunts (all rifle deer and most rifle elk hunting in eastern Oregon, plus all pronghorn, Rocky Mtn goat and bighorn sheep hunting) to fairly distribute tags and control hunting pressure. Hunters who apply for a deer, elk or pronghorn tag and don’t draw their first choice receive a preference point for that hunt series, which increases chances the next year. Call Michelle Dennehy at 503-947-6022 for info.
CLACKAMAS – Salmon fishermen will get an additional two days of spring Chinook fishing in the Columbia River upstream of Bonneville Dam. Fishery managers today extended the current spring Chinook season through Sunday, May 8, after reviewing catch to-date indicating an estimated 300 upriver fish remain on the harvest guideline for the Columbia above Bonneville.
The Memaloose Hills have become one of Janet’s and my favorite places to enjoy nature’s wonderful wildflower shows. The hiking trails are user friendly, never too crowded and the variety of flowers almost endless. And to add another plumb to the pudding the forest service has mapped out a 6.5 miles loop hike that starts at Memaloose rest stop on the east bound lane of I-84; just three miles east of Mosier, Oregon.
Known commonly as Mule’s Ears and balsamroot, the bright yellow flowers turning the hills along the gorge yellow are made up of three related species. The blooms pictured above were photographed along Mill Creek Road.
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Still sluggish from cool spring temperatures, a Western Fence Lizard warms up on a stone in rural Wasco County. Are you exploring the gorge during Spring Break? Send your photograph to TDCphoto@thedalleschronicle.com and we will share it with our readers.
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