It's been fun this spring and summer to see all the new signs that have been appearing around Cottage Grove. As someone who loves to be outdoors, and loves learning about history and nature, I've enjoyed discovering these signs as we've been out and about. I blogged last fall about the History Here posters … Continue reading Signs, signs, everywhere
While walking at Row River Nature Park recently, we found a baby Canada Goose that had become tangled in fishing line. Its parents swam nearby as we freed it, but I'm not optimistic about its survival. It did swim off and join its family, but the encounter left it tired and perhaps injured. It wasn't … Continue reading Pick it up. Pack it out.
Like most people in south Lane County this weekend, we have been lying pretty low. I read a book by fire light yesterday afternoon while our power was out (luckily it came on just in time for dinner). Staying off the roads and enjoying the warmth of the fire was fun for a while, but … Continue reading Cabin Fever
Last weekend we discovered that the spring wildflowers have begun their annual show out at Bake Stewart Park. This weekend, we discovered that the goslings at Row River Nature Park have begun to hatch. Check out these cute geese babies! Fellow blogger "the Cascade Rambler" was also at the Nature Park Sunday morning. The Rambler makes his … Continue reading Spring Has Sprung, part II
Does your New Years Resolution include getting more exercise? If so, I have great news -- Cottage Grove is full of great places to get outside and enjoy a good stroll, jog, or bike ride. Over the years, I have written about several of those places here on the blog. Recently, I was getting together … Continue reading Six Great Walks in Cottage Grove
Every spring my challenge with this blog is to not geek-out too much on the beautiful wildflowers. My year-round challenge is to not geek-out too much on the birds, especially during fall migration. This year has been especially hard as I have been tracking the types of birds I see throughout the year (my "big … Continue reading Long-billed Dowitcher
With our summer heat, the water in the ponds at the Row River Nature Park is very low. I know from our dog walks down there that the Canada geese, coots, and other paddling birds have pretty much disappeared, while the wading birds are more noticeable. The other morning I loaded up my camera and … Continue reading Frog for lunch, anyone?
Last weekend as we were walking with our dogs at the Row River Nature Park, I noticed that one of the turtle logs was wet while all the others were dry. We stopped for a second to observe and saw this: I've never seen anything like it before, and hadn't really thought about how the … Continue reading Log Roll – Turtle Style
During our walks at Row River Nature Park last weekend, we saw tons of wildlife, including this little guy. We don’t often see lizards at the Park and this was different from the lizards I am used to seeing basking on hot rocks -- it was wide and stout (qualities that aren’t showing the best … Continue reading Northern Alligator Lizard
With the record rains we received in September, when the sun finally broke through last week I leashed up the dogs and headed out for a sunny afternoon walk. The Row River Nature Park is a great place for walking and for enjoying our local wildlife. Over the weekend we enjoyed it on a couple … Continue reading Fall Comes to Row River Nature Park