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Birding Around Burns

OPB | April 08, 2016

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Harney County Migratory Bird Festival — and Think Out Loud will be there! We'll hear from record-holding bird enthusiast Noah Strycker, senior naturalist Duncan Evered, Chamber of Commerce executive director Chelsea Harrison, and more.

Healing In Harney County

OPB | April 11, 2016

Two months after the end of the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Think Out Loud is returning to Harney County to moderate a discussion about how the community is healing and what its future may look like.

Blue Mountains Forest Plan

OPB | April 07, 2016

We'll discuss the plan currently under revision for the Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa–Whitman National Forests. It describes the social, economic, and ecological goals of the National Forest Service for public lands in Eastern Oregon.

Regional Roundup | Animal Lives | Corporate Sustainability

OPB | March 28, 2016

In our second installment of Regional Roundup, we'll check in with the East Oregonian, to hear what's afoot in Pendleton. Then we talk to an Ashland-based about how we know or don’t know what animals are feeling. And we’ll hear about how some corporations are trying to fight climate change by collaborating with each other — and why that might put them in legally dubious territory. 

Oregon Governor's Race | The Blob | Portland Business Alliance On Homelessness | Blazers

OPB | March 03, 2016

We learn whether ‘The Blob’ is dead and gone for good. We talk with the Portland Business Alliance about their perspective on homeless camping. And we discuss the Portland Trailblazers and their somewhat surprisingly successful season.

Legislative Leaders On Lawmaking | Air Pollution in SE Portland

OPB | Feb. 23, 2016

We talk with lawmakers in Salem about how the short legislation is looking. And we talk with parents, regulators and activists about air pollution hot spots in southeast Portland.

Lunar New Year | Environmental Update | Occupiers' Videos

OPB | Feb. 08, 2016

We visit a Lunar New Year celebration in Portland’s historic Chinatown and learn about Oregon’s Chinese American roots. We check in with our EarthFix reporting team for the latest environmental stories. And we hear about the online activity of the remaining Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupiers.

6 Things We Learned From Record Holding Birder Noah Strycker

OPB | Feb. 02, 2016

Oregonian Noah Strycker just broke the world record for the number of bird species seen in one year: 6,042.

Parenting & The Law | Talking About Dying | Environmental Update

OPB | Jan. 19, 2016

We talk to a law professor about her idea to create new legal requirements for parents. We hear about a series of conversations put on by Oregon Humanities around death and dying. Then we get an EarthFix update about coal and oil-by-rail.

The Latest On The Armed Occupation In Burns

OPB | Jan. 04, 2016

Self-described militiamen have occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Building in Burns, Oregon. We'll get the latest on this developing story.

What's Oregon's Role In The Post-Paris Effort To Reduce Carbon?

OPB | Dec. 16, 2015

Nearly 200 nations came together to agree to reduce emissions. What are states' roles in reaching the goals that were set?

Environmental Update: Crayfish

OPB | Dec. 08, 2015

We debrief a member of the EarthFix team about one of the environmental stories she's been working on.

Klamath Basin Water Agreement Could Fall Apart

OPB | Dec. 02, 2015

If Congress doesn't act by Dec. 31, the stakeholders are back to square one.

Fishers Return To Some WA National Parks

OPB | Dec. 01, 2015

Starting this week, 80 of the small, carnivorous members of the weasel family will be brought to National Park lands in Washington State.

William Ruckelshaus Awarded The Presidential Medal Of Freedom

OPB | Nov. 25, 2015

Northwest native William Ruckelshaus was the first administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mediation At The Paris Climate Summit

OPB | Nov. 25, 2015

A communications professor from Oregon State University is headed to the COP21 in Paris as part of the non-profit Mediators Without Borders.

Commercial Crab Season Delayed

OPB | Nov. 25, 2015

The opening of commercial crabbing season in Oregon, Washington, and California is delayed this year because of a toxin found in crabs at some locations.

Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Portland Harbor Superfund

OPB | Nov. 18, 2015

The Portland harbor was declared a Superfund site 15 years ago, and officials are finally close to a plan to finish cleaning up the toxic 11-mile stretch of the Willamette.

The Toxic Problem In Many Of Washington's Former Orchards

OPB | Oct. 27, 2015

Levels of lead and arsenic in some Eastern Washington properties are high above state-mandated levels, but the problem isn't being fixed quickly.

Beetles Invade Portland Neighborhood

OPB | Aug. 13, 2015

Beetles that were released by the Oregon Department of Agriculture as a biological control agent have spread into the neighborhood beyond.