Wildlife Viewing

JACKSON - The Denman Wildlife Area is hosting an array of winter raptors that can be seen from a viewing platform overlooking Whetstone Pond at the area headquarters. This week an immature bald eagle has been hunting around the pond, where it has been joined by several hawks and great blue herons. Canada geese also are migrating through the area.

The Christmas Bird Count for the Little Applegate Valley is scheduled for Dec. 30. For more information and to register as a volunteer, telephone Shelley Elkovich at 541-821-0935 or e-mail her at shelleye@mind.net.

CURRY - The Christmas Bird Count in Port Orford is scheduled for Dec. 29, with volunteers meeting at the Driftwood Elementary School on Highway 101. For more information and registration, telephone Jim Rogers at 541-332-2555.

COASTWIDE - The winter whale migration is under way. The whales are not slowed by calves in the pod and single-mindedly drive southwards in straight lines a few miles offshore. You can see their spouts, but they are distant. About 18,000 gray whales will pass by the Oregon Coast now through mid-January.

TILLAMOOK BAY - Recreational clamming has re-opened in the bay. Recent storms have helped wash clams free enough of toxins to be well within safe levels for consumption. However, recreational mussel harvesting remains closed along coastal beaches, rocks, jetties, and at the entrance to bays from north of Siletz Bay to the Columbia River due to elevated levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP).

LAKE - Tundra Swans are present in good numbers on all the major wetlands. Common wintering raptors include rough-legged hawks, harriers, red-tail hawks and golden eagles. Most migrating shorebirds and passerines have moved through the county to winter ranges south of Oregon. Best viewing opportunities are along the Warner Valley lakes, Goose Lake at Goose Lake State Park and along the shores of Lake Abert. Resident and migrating raptors can be viewed throughout the Goose Lake and Warner Valleys.

LANE - The annual Christmas Bird Count in the Florence area will be held Saturday. For more information and to volunteer, phone Roger Robb at 541-343-6557 or e-mail him at brrobb@comcast.net.

Douglas - Columbian white-tailed deer viewing is good at Whistler's Bend County Park about 10 miles east of Roseburg. The recently de-listed Roseburg sub-population of white-tailed deer is not hunted inside the county park, and they are easily viewed from a vehicle.

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