Science & Education

Fish Eye View

The native fish species in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have been isolated in the springs and waterways there since the Pleistocene era or around 11,000 to 13,000 years ago.

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2024 P Ranch Christmas Bird Count

This year, 13 field birders navigated a partially dense patchy foggy and occasionally sunlit landscape that became fully engulfed by dreaded fog by end of the count.  Temperatures were mild (25-39) compared to last year’s record low of -18°F. The lack of snow, partially open water, relatively high number of observers and a day of scouting before the count combined for a high count.

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Geology of the Harney Basin, Briefly

During the middle to late Miocene epoch (approximately 8-12 million years ago), a series of volcanic eruptions poured Columbia River flood basalts across the Pacific Northwest, covering portions of southern Washington, western Idaho, and northern and eastern Oregon with extensive lava flows.

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OWEB Awards Malheur Monitoring Work

Portland Audubon is awarded $132,908 to monitor the relationships between nesting and migratory birds, seasonal water patterns, and vegetation in the Harney Basin to inform upcoming restoration work.

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