Wildlife viewing

Jackson County: A few large chinook salmon can be seen spawning in Bear Creek behind the Rogue Valley Mall, off the McAndrews Road bridge and off downtown Medford bridges, as well. Low waters have slowed the migration of chinook and coho salmon over Gold Ray Dam, so viewing there likely will be slow until the next rains hit.

Bald eagles and other carion-eaters are targeting spawned-out salmon throughout the upper Rogue River.

Klamath: Several bird species that are uncommon locally have been spotted in the past week. A red-shouldered hawk has been seen several times at the Klamath Wildlife Area. Sabine's gulls — unusual arctic gulls that breed at high latitudes and winter near the tropics — have been reported on Agency Lake near the Wood River wetlands.

Douglas: Fewer chinook salmon are crossing Winchester Dam on the Umpqua River now and large numbers of big fall chinook are spawning in gravel stretches along the South Umpqua.

Coos: Bandon Marsh just outside of the city of Bandon is an excellent place right now to view migrating shorebirds and waterfowl. Salmon are also heading up Coos River to spawn in shallow gravel spots.

Tillamook: Tillamook Forest Center is hosting a carnival this weekend that will include pumpkin carving, creating Halloween crafts, storytelling and a program on fall creatures, including spiders and bats. The weekend isn't too scary, so even your preschoolers will have fun. No registration is required. For directions and information, http://tillamookforestcenter.org/events_05.html

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