One, Two, Many Freeway Bloggers!

You knew people were probably friendly the second they walked up.  I wore a mask. We’d chat as long as they wanted.  I could point at the big copse of trees across the field that are doomed.  They’d take info about how to formally object.  Some said they’d seen our discussions on the NextDoor neighborhood…

The Daily Bucket– Where Dozens once Hoped, Hundreds now Surge.

Although evening temperatures skirt 32 F, the native Chorus Frogs of NW Oregon continue to meet and mate.  I spotted an single egg sac with 20 eggs two weeks ago, but now I can see 30 egg sacs, some containing 50 or more eggs. The male and female frogs must be conducting amplexus sex vigorously…

The Daily Bucket–Working on some Night Moves

Sundown in Portland Oregon was at 4:32 pm.  At 4:40 pm, I walked past my kitchen window and startled a Great Blue Heron who was eating goldfish out of my backyard pond.  Then we both pretended not to see each other.  I began watching from a small bathroom window, and the heron continued fishing. It…

The Daily Bucket–Trigger Warning

The Great Blue Heron is one of the largest birds in North America, standing 4 feet tall with a six foot wing span.  When the birds evolved from the dinosaurs, the Herons emerged, but herons changed very little over the last few million years.   Their wide wings resemble the extinct Pterodactyl, a winged lizard. Herons…

The Daily Bucket–Flooded!!

This week of dire weather forecasts for the Pacific Northwest saw a year’s worth of snow fall on Seattle in a few remarkable days. Yet the lower elevations of Washington County, west of Portland, Oregon remained chilly, but stubbornly snow-free.  Gaia took notice, and dumped hours of hard rain on NW Oregon over the last few…

The Daily Bucket–There's a thousand stories in Frog Court.

The ”Frog Court” originated as result of a sealed court settlement over an unfortunate incident regarding Nixon EPA Administrator Anne Gorsche, prescription drugs, a government limo, and a lost weekend in the early 1970s. The quiet settlement established the Frog Environmental Regulatory Commission, or FERC.  FERC’s mandate is the protection of native frogs in the…