The best-kept secret on the Oregon coast is that whale watching is best in late summer and early fall when hundreds of them hang out just feet off shore. OREGON FIELD GUIDE joins an unconventional whale researcher for some up close encounters near Depoe Bay. We join marine biologist Carrie Newell as she literally tracks the whales by smell. It turns out whales have seriously bad breath that, thanks to lungs the size of a Volkswagen beetle, shoots out at 200 miles an hour. That’s just one of the more interesting facts in this week’s program.
Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, October 21 at 8:30pm for armchair whale watching, cattle branding and landsailing.
At the Rattlesnake Ranch near Burns, it’s branding time. Ranch manager Glen Shelley is busy organizing friends, family, neighbors, and a city boy from Burns wanting to learn the ropes, to help with the springtime round-up. It’s a tradition that Shelley is trying to keep alive by encouraging the participation of kids. And some of them, as young as 7, are already old hands on the trail. FIELD GUIDE joins the buckaroos for look at how a time-honored tradition is being passed down.
Then it’s off to the wide-open spaces of the Alvord desert in southern Oregon to see how a couple of do-it-yourself landsailers have created some unique crafts that are perfect for racing across this arid wide-open area. The hard, flat surface of the Alvord is perfect for these three-wheeled land yachts, as long as there’s wind. Sometimes these dedicated “sailors” wait for days, but when it blows, they say flying along the 12-mile long desert floor at speeds of 50-70 miles an hour or more, is an almost surreal experience.
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