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Jes Burns


Jes Burns is the Southern Oregon reporter for EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

She previously worked for the NPR affiliate KLCC in Eugene as a reporter and the local "All Things Considered" host. Jes has also worked as an editor and producer for Free Speech Radio News and has produced reports as a freelance producer for NPR, Sirius Radio's "OutQ News" and "The Takeaway."

Jes has a degree in English literature from Duke University and a master's degree from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communications.

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Recent Articles

Animals | News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | local | Science | Flora and Fauna | Pacific Ocean

Researchers ID Whales By Genetic Bread Crumbs Left Behind

Even two hours after they pass, genetic traces from orcas can be detected in the water.

Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment | local | Agriculture | Communities

Klamath Farmers Ask Federal Judge To Kickstart Irrigation Season

Federal dam operators are asking to open the irrigation season next week in lieu of holding back water to benefit fish.

Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment | local | Flora and Fauna | Communities | Pacific Ocean

Washington Says No To Poisoning Native Shrimp To Protect Oyster Beds

Washington regulators turn down shellfish growers' request to use pesticide on native shrimp.

Climate change | News | Renewable energy | Environment | local | Communities | Pacific Ocean

California Takes Up Ocean Wind Energy After Oregon Project Fails

Two years after a ocean wind energy project failed to gain traction in Southern Oregon, developers are trying their luck in California.

Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment | local | Communities | Pacific Ocean | Recreation

Gray Whale Sightings Up Off Northwest Coast

A big factor is multiple days of calm, clear weather that made it easier to locate migrating gray whales.

Animals | News | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | local | Agriculture | Flora and Fauna

Captive-Raised Native Sucker Fish Make 1st Ever Return To Klamath Lake

The release kicked off a new phase in efforts to bring back two endangered fish called suckers on the Oregon-California border. 

Climate change | Communities | Pacific Ocean | Environment

Pacific Heat Wave Known As 'The Blob' Appears To Be In Retreat

The Pacific Ocean is finally starting to cool down after several years of unusually warm water parked off Washington, Oregon and California.

Fish & Wildlife | Forestry | Environment

Rare Salamander's Survival Threatened By Logging, Environmentalists Say

Environmental groups took a formal step Monday to increase protections for the Siskiyou Mountains salamander in an area targeted for increased logging.

Communities | Pacific Ocean | local | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Southern Oregon Salmon Fishery May Open Again

Higher salmon estimates for the Klamath and Rogue rivers may lead to a reopening of the ocean fishery this year.

Climate change | Fish & Wildlife | Economy | Environment | Water | Agriculture | Communities

Another Drought Year Promises To Test Klamath Basin

With a drought on the horizon, the Klamath Basin prepares for the worst.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Agriculture

Lawsuit Asks For Greater Protections For Rare Northwest Bird

There are fewer than 1,600 streaked horned larks remaining in the Pacific Northwest.

Climate change | Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment | local | Land use | Pacific Ocean

Northwest Coastal Wetlands Won't Survive High Sea Level Rise

As sea level rises over the next century coastal wetlands in the Northwest will change – and many will disappear totally.

Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment | local | Science | Pacific Ocean

Noisy Shrimp May Be Helping Gray Whales Find Their Prey

Scientists haven’t actually seen these creatures, but they’re hearing them loud and clear. And they think hungry gray whales may be tuning in as well.

Land use | local | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Oregon Field Guide

Western Bog Lily On The Decline

The Western bog lily once thrived in the marshes and bogs of southwestern Oregon – but they’re on the decline.

local | News | Environment

Exploratory Mining Plan Near Mount St. Helens Moves Forward

The Forest Service has given its consent for exploratory mining on public land near Mount St. Helens.  

News | Environment | local | Flora and Fauna | Land use | Communities

Endangered Lily Still Faces Challenges On Oregon's South Coast

There’s a flower growing in the swampy bogs of the Southern Oregon coast that’s facing extinction.

local | News | Environment | Oregon Field Guide

A Greener Future For Oysters?

Could eelgrass and kelp protect a $100 million Northwest oyster industry from the effects of ocean acidification and climate change?

Climate change | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Communities | Pacific Ocean

Can Kelp And Seagrass Help Oysters Adapt To Major Ocean Change?

The oceans off Oregon and Washington are ground zero for ocean acidification, and Northwest scientists are working on new ways to adapt.

Energy | Renewable energy | Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Trump Eases Rules For Bird-Killing Wind Turbines, Power Lines

Most birds in the United States have been protected under federal law. But now, to benefit the energy industry, the Trump administration has made a major change to how the law is enforced.

Communities | Water | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Flora and Fauna

Oregon Sues Monsanto For PCB Clean-Up Costs

Oregon is suing the agro-chemical company Monsanto to help clean up toxic chemicals in the environment.