The peregrine falcons, once on the state’s endangered species list, are back. Join OREGON FIELD GUIDE on a climb to the top of the I-5 Bridge to see the banding of baby birds and get an update the falcons latest threat. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, May 12 at 8:30pm for an up-close look at falcons and to see how one woman is helping the rare Lewis’s Woodpecker.

Falcon Comeback - In 1970 experts couldn’t find a single peregrine falcon in Oregon. In 2007 they were removed from the state’s endangered species list, thanks in part to a large number of nests right in the city of Portland, many on the largest, noisiest bridges. In fact, the Fremont Bridge site has produced more young than any other site in Oregon. Since Portland’s bridges are such important nesting sites, ODOT works closely with the Audubon Society to make sure bridge maintenance is scheduled after nesting periods and allows the society to track and band chicks in nests high in the girders. The data they gather is vital to the rebound of the birds. But the falcons still face threats from intentional illegal hunting.

Lewis’s Woodpeckers - One of Oregon’s native birds, the Lewis’s Woodpecker, is in trouble because of loss of habitat. These rare birds thrive in fire-charred landscapes where they can nest in the cavities of burned out trees. Since these are often removed after a fire, safe nesting possibilities are few and far between. Bend’s Diane Kook has made it her mission to help. She’s not a scientist, but years ago, she started studying these rare birds to see what they needed to make their life better. She started a nest-box program to help fill in for the lack of natural snags and it’s working for the birds as well as providing a lot of joy for her and other birdwatchers.

Bagby Hot Springs - There may be some major changes ahead for one of Oregon’s most popular hot springs. Anyone who has ever visited Bagby Hot Springs knows just what a spectacular place it is … thanks in large part to an army of amazing volunteers. We look back at this place where people were once afraid to go because of gang activity and crime, and see how one man spearheaded the formation of a group of volunteers and a coordinated effort with the Forest Service to clean it up and protect visitors. Then hear more on the proposed changes for this special place.

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In its 22nd season, OREGON FIELD GUIDE remains a valuable source of information about outdoor recreation, ecological issues, natural resources and travel destinations. OREGON FIELD GUIDE airs Thursday evenings at 8:30pm on the television stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting and repeats on Sundays at 1:30am and 6:30pm. In the Mountain Time zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9:30pm Thursdays, and at 7:30pm Sundays.

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