They’re not pretty but they just may be one of the smartest birds in the world. Join FIELD GUIDE on a search for the elusive turkey vulture on Thursday, April 15 at 8:30pm.

Turkey Vultures – Often reviled and feared, most people consider the turkey vulture ordinary at best and repulsive and gross at worst. Not to Jim Anderson who has studied them for years. This retired pilot considers them “pretty” and vouches for their intelligence. Vultures, contrary to belief, are not killers, but scavengers that perform a useful service, helping cleanse the land of dead and rotting carcasses. The FIELD GUIDE crew goes with Anderson in search of the elusive turkey vulture in action. But the quest proves more than they bargained for.

FIELD GUIDE first visited Knowles Creek in 1992, right after it was discovered that, ironically, an illegal logjam was likely helping the survival of the Coho salmon. On a return visit, they saw that a scoured out bedrock stream bottom was covered with gravel, and along with the pools formed by placing logs in the stream, the numbers of Coho have grown from about 500 in 1993 to 10,000-11,000. Tune in and learn more about how a unique partnership of logging companies and environmentalists brought Coho back to one of Oregon’s Coastal Creeks.

Three seasons ago, FIELD GUIDE reported on how OSU researchers were busy developing and refining wave-powered generators to harness the energy from wind-driven waves rolling across the open ocean from Japan. This update looks at how new technological advances may make it possible for wave-generated electricity to become a viable alternative energy source. Just off Newport, a collaboration between OSU and Columbia Power Technologies is underway. A power-generating buoy left the safety of the lab for real-world testing on the open water. In the future these buoys could supply energy to Oregon homes and business.

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In its 21st 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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