Where To: See Wildflowers in Spring Basin

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Western Rattlesnake

Western Rattlesnake

Also known as the Great Basin Rattlesnake, these pit vipers have buff-tan coloring and small, oval blotches to blend into their arid surroundings. Small heat-sensing indentations on each side of the snake’s snout detects warm-blooded prey for better striking accuracy in the dark. Source: The Oregon Encyclopedia

Latin name: Crotalus oreganus lutosus

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Tibetan Monks Visit Sutton Mountain

Tibetan Monks Visit Sutton Mountain

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Spring Basin Wilderness

Spring Basin Wilderness

Spring Basin Wilderness

With 10,000 acres of undulating terrain, secluded canyons and spectacular vantages of the John Day Country, Spring Basin is magnificent to explore This public treasure, forever protected as Wilderness, offers a profusion of desert wildflowers in the spring and year-round recreational opportunities for hikers, horseback

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Where To: See Wildflowers in Spring Basin

Author: Scott Bowler  |  Published: April 25, 2024  | Category: Where-To This article originally appeared in The Source Weekly on April 17, 2024. Find color in one of the least […]

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Species Spotlight: Lahontan Cutthroat Trout

Author: Scott Bowler  |  Published: April 10, 2024  | Category: Species Spotlight  This article originally appeared in the Spring + Summer 2024 Desert Ramblings Paragon of adaptation and legacy of […]

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How-To: Follow Wildlife Tracks

Author: Scott Bowler  |  Published: January 17, 2024  | Category: How-To This article originally appeared in The Source on January 10, 2024. Winter rain and snowfall make for wildlife stories […]

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Species Spotlight: Pygmy Rabbit

Author: Scott Bowler  |  Published: November 14, 2023  | Category: Species Spotlight  This article originally appeared in the Fall + Winter 2023 Desert Ramblings Conservation efforts offer hope for this […]

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Where-To: Find Desert Wildflowers

Author: Scott Bowler  |  Published: July 28, 2023  | Category: Where-To This article originally appeared in The Source on July 5, 2023. Head east of Bend anytime between early spring […]

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Species Spotlight: Lichen

Author: Scott Bowler  |  Published: March 13, 2023  | Category: Species Spotlight  Oh man, I’m liking those lichen! Lichen are both ubiquitous and highly diverse, yet little known and understood, […]

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A Dozen Desert Wonders

Author: Scott Bowler  |  Published: February 21, 2023 |  Category: Where-to This article originally appeared in The Source on January 11, 2023. Oregon’s high desert – that vast expanse of sagebrush […]

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Species Spotlight: Western Juniper

Author: Scott Bowler  |  Published: December 21, 2022  | Category: Species Spotlight  This article originally appeared in The Source on December 7, 2022. The ubiquitous tree that warrants a closer […]

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Species Spotlight: Steelhead

Author: Scott R. Bowler  |  Published: April 20, 2022  |  Category: Species Spotlight The long & short life history of Oncorhynchus mykiss Did you know that the fish we call […]

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How-To:
See Desert Wildlife in Spring

Author: Scott R. Bowler  |  Published: April 5, 2022  | Category: How-To What’s to be seen during the vernal hinge of the year? Spring, of course, means snow melts, lake […]

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