Bald Eagles are back in abundance around Oregon. The state is home to the largest eagle wintering ground in the lower 48 states. The removal of the bald eagle from the endangered species list in 2007 is one of the most celebrated successes in wildlife recovery. Yet eagles still have a serious problem in one part of the state. OREGON FIELD GUIDE travels to the winter roosts of the Klamath Basin to the feeding grounds of the Willamette Valley to an area along the Columbia River where eagles are experiencing a perplexing problem. Join wildlife biologists for a bird’s-eye view from an eagle’s nest on Thursday, October 27 at 8:30 on the stations of OPB.
Bald Eagle Recovery – The Klamath Basin attracts more eagles than anywhere in the country besides Alaska. During the1950s and ‘60s, there were fewer than 20 nesting pair in this area. Now that number is between 700 and 800. And thanks to the discovery of the roost in the ‘70s, this region is protected as a wildlife refuge. In fact, eagle numbers are increasing across Oregon, including the Willamette Valley; however there is one spot on the lower Columbia that is in trouble. Wildlife biologists are trying to find out why and they are making some surprising findings.
Jim Anderson – Jim Anderson is one of Oregon’s most beloved naturalists. His contributions to our understanding Oregon’s natural world — and especially birds of prey — are remarkable. FIELD GUIDE producer Ed Jahn talks with Jim and with those with whom he’s worked for this profile of the self-taught 83-year-old naturalist otherwise known as “Raptorman.”
Cyclocross – Next, it’s off to Estacada to witness the bruising sport of Cyclocross, a sport that combines the grit of mountain biking, the speed of road racing, and the crashes of a steeplechase course.
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About OREGON FIELD GUIDE
In its 23nd 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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