Nature

Tribal, federal leaders cheer Klamath River dam removals

THORNBROOK, Calif. (AP) — Tribal, state and federal officials on Thursday cheered a plan for the largest dam removal in U.S. history along the Klamath River near the California-Oregon line as a major step toward restoring a once-thriving watershed that tribal communities have long relied on.“Clean water, healthy forests and[Read More…]

How do floating wind turbines work? 5 companies just won the first US leases for building them off California’s coast

Matthew LacknerUMass Amherst Northern California has some of the strongest offshore winds in the U.S., with immense potential to produce clean energy. But it also has a problem. Its continental shelf drops off quickly, making building traditional wind turbines directly on the seafloor costly if not impossible.Once water gets more[Read More…]

Clearcutting vs. selective logging

Set against a backdrop of worsening fire seasons which scientists posit are fueled by the human-caused climate crisis, the clearcutting vs. selective logging debate rages on.There are conflicting views on how best to minimize the risk of catastrophic wildfires, and with each devastating conflagration that levels small communities or leaves[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Tule bluet damselfly

Tule bluet damselfly (Enallagma carunculatum) Many do not know what it’s like behind blue eyes, but this week we’ll try to get some insight into what’s behind the particular set on the tule bluet damselfly (Enallagma carunculatum).First: It’s pronounced “too-lay”.Bluets comprise the Genus Enallagma and unsurprisingly are called bluets because[Read More…]

 Felony Animal Neglect 

INCIDENT DATE: September 26, 2022  REPORTING DEPUTY: Detective Sergeant Henrich  CASE NUMBER: 22002115                        DETAILS: On September 21, 2022, the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the business location for Pawsitive K9 Solutions located on 6th&nbsp . . . You’ve reached subscriber-only content Register for free to continue reading  Free[Read More…]

Rabies discovered in two Josephine County animals

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — Authorities are urging pet owners take additional precautions after rabies was discovered in two wild animals in Josephine County.The two mammals, a bat and a fox, were found outside Wildlife Images Rehabilitation and Education Center in Merlin and tested positive for rabies Sept. 8, according to[Read More…]

Stop the spread of vineyard mealybugs

Maureen Flanagan Battistella IVN Contributing Writer Do you have a production vineyard or backyard vines? If so, you need to watch out for vine mealybugs (Planococcus ficus) This species was found in Oregon for the first time in the summer of 2021 and most recently in Jackson County vineyards. This[Read More…]

Crawlies with Cri: Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina) This week’s crawly will really click into place with your summer memories. Meet the Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina).There are around 650 species of grasshoppers in North America. Despite that, it’s always easy to identify a Carolina hopper. Carolina hoppers are one of the largest grasshoppers around.[Read More…]

IVFROG – stewards of the woodland

Nearly a decade ago, a public land decision to log Hope Mountain in Takilma hit a snag. Led by community-minded folk, namely the late John Meengs, neighbors went into action. They wanted to preserve the clean, clear and cool waters of nearby Page Creek which meanders through their forested properties[Read More…]