In Which We Are Watched Like Hawks

Boy in Giant Bird Nest

The Cascades Raptor Center is offering free admission this week last week, in celebration of their 25th anniversary. "Through wildlife rehabilitation and public education, Cascades Raptor Center fosters a connection between people and birds of prey. Our goal is to help the human part of the natural community learn to value, understand, and honor the … Continue reading In Which We Are Watched Like Hawks

Pucker Producer

Oxalis oregano (Redwood sorrel)

Edible plant of the day. Oxalis oregano (Redwood sorrel). Sometimes called false shamrock. This is the PNW native variety. It's the field green version of Sour Patch Kids, and few of these are sure to produce a pucker because of oxalic acid. They're a good source of vitamin C.  Remember that today, when you see a … Continue reading Pucker Producer

Skunk Cabbage at McGowan Creek

Lysichiton americanus along McGowan Creek, near where the McKenzie river meets the Willamette River.

Exploring the Solar System on Bicycles

Solar System Model

The Eugene, Oregon Scale Model of the Solar System was created by a father and son to show relative sizes and distances between the planets and the Sun.  The planets are steel balls set upon pyramids with information panels positioned along Eugene's Willamette river Riverbank bike path.  The scale is 1:1 billion and dimensions are taken from the … Continue reading Exploring the Solar System on Bicycles

Sand Dunes and Coastal Native Plants

Sand Dunes and Coastal Native Plants

Gaultheria shallon (Salal) native Rubus ursinus (Pacific Blackberry) native Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) native Maianthemum dilatatum (False Lily-of-The Valley) native Bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum) native Blechnum spicant (Deer Fern) native Typha latifolia (Cattail) native   Digitalis purpurea (foxglove) native

Skunk Cabbage, and Cobra Lilies, and Man-eating Plants! Oh, my!

darlingtonia cobra lily, skunk cabbage, salal, deer fern, man eating plant

Our visit to Darlingtonia State Natural Site was the perfect supplement to Apologia's Exploring Creation with Botany Lesson #3 section about carnivorous plants.  This place happens to be the only Oregon State Park for the purpose of preserving a single species.  Darlingtonia californica (cobra lily) is very rare and the only carnivorous plant in Oregon. Lysichiton americanus (skunk cabbage) is a Pacific Northwest native plant that … Continue reading Skunk Cabbage, and Cobra Lilies, and Man-eating Plants! Oh, my!