Temptation in the Apple Trees

Last week, I spent an afternoon in the old apple orchard to check out the bird nesting scene. The cows found this fascinating….

Wren Independence Day

The house wrens nesting on our yurt porch chose this morning, the 4th of July, to shoo their young ones out of the nest.

Townsend's Big-Eared Bat Hides in the Closet

On our Northeast Oregon property, we have an old house that’s rotting. It has little historic or architectural value, so we’ve been leaning towards tearing it down. Then my nephew, Gerek, found the bat in the closet….

How I Rescued a Baby Bird

At night out here, coyotes yip and owls hoot.  By day, hawks and rattlesnakes patrol the canyons.  More elusive predators – cougars, bears, bobcats, maybe even wolves – are probably […]

Coyote Calling

It was the howling and yipping of coyotes on the edge of the Grande Ronde canyon a few years ago that confirmed for me a need to get closer to the wild….