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Vince Patton


Vince Patton joined Oregon Field Guide in 2007 after spending 27 years in television news in Portland, Dallas, Denver and Wichita. He has won eight Emmy awards, including four for his work at OPB, and more than two dozen regional and national journalism honors from American Association for the Advancement of Science, Scripps Howard, ACE, SEJ and CINE. In 2003, he was one of a dozen U.S. journalists chosen for a prestigious Knight Wallace Fellowship for a year of study at the University of Michigan. Vince is an avid nature photographer whose images have won honors from the Oregonian and the Oregon State Fair and have been featured in OPB member guides and calendars.

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Recent Articles

NW Life | Environment | News | Greetings From The Northwest: Back To School

How Oregon Rivers Carried Millions Of Trees

OPB | Aug. 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Trucks carry most of Oregon's lumber out of the woods on forest roads. But before that was possible, the timber industry primarily relied on the river — some of which are still recovering.

Animals | Environment | News | Fish & Wildlife

Two Sea Lions Die In Trap At Bonneville Dam

OPB | May 1, 2015 4:15 p.m.

Two California sea lions died in a trap at Bonneville Dam after what officials say was a mechanical malfunction.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News | local | OPB News Blog

'Yuck! This Tastes Like Wood!': Predators Fooled By Lark Decoys

OPB | March 26, 2015 1:30 p.m. | Portland

Since 2009, Metro has placed streaked horned lark decoys in the restored St. Johns Prairie to attract the federally threatened species. But instead of wooing the bird, the decoys have lured some seriously baffled predators.

local | NW Life | Flora and Fauna | Oregon Field Guide

A Year In The Portland Rose Garden

OPB | March 25, 2015 8:46 a.m.

Follow a year in the Portland Rose Garden with the man who has tended it for two decades.

Fish & Wildlife | Land use | Sports | NW Life | Water | Oregon Field Guide

Ross Island: History & Present

OPB | March 20, 2015 7:56 p.m.

Visit Ross Island, and find out why this new Portland park is not open to the public.

Science | Water | Land use | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Sustainability | Oregon Field Guide

Lake Abert Dries Up

OPB | March 19, 2015 8 p.m.

Oregon’s third largest lake dried up. Is more than drought to blame?

local | News | OPB News Blog

Steve Jobs' 'iHouse', Complete With Apple Tree, Sits In Oregon Coast Range

OPB | Feb. 27, 2015 10:45 a.m. | Portland

As if Steve Jobs didn't have enough claims to fame, it turns out he had a septic system permit, forest management plan and maybe a house, and a pre-Apple apple tree in his name in Oregon's coast range mountains.

Science | NW Life | Environment | Sustainability | Land use | Forestry | Oregon Field Guide

Hyla Woods

OPB | Feb. 26, 2015 midnight

A family timber firm says the forest itself must profit from logging more than they do.

local | NW Life | Family | Entertainment | Oregon Field Guide

Airstream Camping

OPB | Feb. 26, 2015 midnight

People who camp inside silver tubes love iconic Airstreams, invented by an Oregonian.

Pacific Ocean | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Sustainability | Water | Oregon Field Guide

Rockfish and Marine Reserves

OPB | Feb. 18, 2015 9:27 p.m.

What do Smurfs, sonar and rockfish have in common? All are being used to see if Oregon's marine reserves actually protect the fish they're designed for.

Flora and Fauna | Forestry | Oregon Field Guide

Oregon Humongous Fungus Sets Record As Largest Single Living Organism On Earth

OPB | Feb. 12, 2015 8:30 p.m.

The largest living organism in the world hides out of sight in eastern Oregon.

Land use | NW Life | Forestry | Oregon Field Guide

Hiker Discovers Railroad History Hidden In Columbia Gorge

OPB | Feb. 4, 2015 4:14 p.m.

A hiker finds long lost evidence of a spider web of railroad lines used to cut down trees in the gorge.

Fish & Wildlife | NW Life | Land | Oregon Field Guide

Oregon Families Collect Antlers Without Killing Deer or Elk

OPB | Jan. 27, 2015 4:55 p.m.

Oregon families collect deer antlers without killing any animals.

Fish & Wildlife | Oregon Field Guide

Ospreys Rebound, Rely On Help From Humans

OPB | Nov. 20, 2014 3 a.m.

The only hawk that dives into water for its food thrives with help from humans.

Fish & Wildlife | Flora and Fauna | Oregon Field Guide

Queen Bee Project: Breeding Winter Survivors

OPB | Nov. 13, 2014 2 a.m.

Two men try to breed stronger bees that can survive winter in Portland.

Oregon Field Guide

Sandhill Crane Migrations Revealed by Satellites

OPB | Nov. 6, 2014 1 a.m.

Satellite tracking reveals sandhill cranes can fly 35mph and cover 250 miles in a day.

Oregon Field Guide

Ranchers Act To Protect Sage Grouse, Prevent Restrictions

OPB | Oct. 30, 2014 3 a.m.

Ranchers and biologists act in hopes of preventing an endangered listing for sage grouse.

NW Life | OPB News Blog

Can You Solve The Mystery Of The Japanese Engraving On Mount Hood?

OPB | Oct. 24, 2014 9 a.m.

Who left a deep engraving in Japanese on a boulder on Mount Hood 104 years ago?

Oregon Field Guide

Photographer Finds Healing In Wilderness

OPB | Oct. 23, 2014 1 a.m. | Mount Hood, Oregon

Nature photographer Peter Marbach finds healing from open heart surgery by returning to wilderness.

OPB News Blog

Photographer Captures Beauty Of Dangerous Wildfire Smoke

OPB | Sept. 17, 2014 11:21 a.m.

Photographer Peter Marbach was hiking alone Sunday, up high on Mount Hood’s western slope. The high vantage point gave him a unique perspective on a raging wildfire nearby.