Posts Tagged ‘Oregon’

Help scaredy cats (and dogs) cope with fireworks this summer

June 12, 2008

Shawn O’Dierno’s rescued Doberman was a certified therapy dog who could help soothe patients and tolerated the sounds of dropped hospital equipment, loud arguments or crying visitors. But while Reid coped with the stress of a hospital room, he couldn’t handle fireworks.

“We were staying at a place by a beach where the fireworks were going on,” said O’Dierno, of Portland, Ore. “He went nuts and hid behind chairs.”

The situation repeated itself at other celebrations until O’Dierno realized her dog had a fireworks phobia: “His eyes would pop open, and you could see the fear when the fireworks go off.”

Experts haven’t figured out why some pets are extremely sensitive to fireworks, but some believe the smell of gunpowder may add to jitters caused by loud explosions.

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Agents trap salmon-eating sea lions in Ore.-Wash. river

April 28, 2008

One by one, curious California sea lions checked out the open cage left invitingly on a platform in the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam and flopped inside to chill out on the nice flat surface.

Big mistake.

Around noon the door clanged shut and state agents concluded their first day of trapping the salmon-hungry sea mammals. The sea lions weren’t having much fun behind bars Thursday, but it beat the bullet between the eyes some came within a whisker of getting under a federal removal authorization.

A day earlier the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that some of the animals could be trapped but not killed in reply to a lawsuit brought by the Humane Society of the United States.

The sea lions are protected by a 1972 federal law. An amendment, however, leaves open the possibility that some can be captured or killed if the states request it. Oregon and Washington did in 2006 with the support of Indian tribes and sport and commercial fishing groups.

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Promoting Harmony Between Plants And Animals Takes A Little Know-How

April 27, 2008

It’s spring! You’ve been looking forward all winter to being outdoors with both your dog and your garden. But now you remember that, to dogs, seedlings are for trampling and dirt is for digging. Fortunately, a little planning can help plants and pups get along more harmoniously:

Your first line of defense is good design. In the pet-friendly demonstration garden at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Ore., simple ideas like raised beds and clearly defined pathways help keep dogs out of the plantings. Plant choice can help, too, says general manager April Purdy. Plants that grow up trellises or arbors will be out of harm’s way.

To really protect things, take a look at your pet’s habits.

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Salmon shortage threatens not only fishing season, but entire species

April 16, 2008

There is an ecological disaster in the making along much of the West Coast: wild salmon are vanishing in the region best known for spawning them.

As disturbing as this is for those who catch and sell the fish, it’s even more so for those who are desperately trying to figure out how to save the species.

While it may look picturesque, the fleet at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is frighteningly still.

“We’re going to lose a lot of boats out of this fleet that are going to have to do something else,” said fisherman Larry Collins.

Friday, the council that manages fishing along the West Coast shut down virtually all salmon fishing from Oregon to the Mexican border.

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Tour Schedule for Super Furry Animals 2008

December 27, 2007


What could be more Animal-esque than Super Furry Animals? Here’s their tour schedule for the new year.

12/31 – London, ENG – Royal Festival Hall
01/23 – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s
01/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
01/26 – Philadelphia, PA – Starlight Ballroom
01/27 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
01/29 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
01/30 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
01/31 – New Orleans, LA – The Republic
02/01 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
02/02 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
02/05 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
02/06 – Solona Beach, CA – Belly Up
02/08 – Los Angeles, CA – Echoplex
02/09 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
02/11 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir
02/12 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
02/15 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre
02/16 – Chicago, IL – Metro
02/17 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
02/18 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
02/20 – Toronto, ON – Mod Club
02/21 – Montreal, QC – Cabaret Music Hall
02/22 – Ithaca, NY – Cornell University
02/23 – Boston, MA – The Paradise
02/25 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

Fowl Deeds: Mute swans are causing a big racket

December 20, 2007


Mute swans are invasive. Oregon is so worried about the species the birds are on the 100 Most Dangerous Invaders list.

Although the swans’ population is small and scattered in Oregon, evidence from other states proves that the birds can spread and multiply quickly, driving away other waterfowl.

Despite their genteel appearance, they also are voracious eaters, capable of clearing entire lake bottoms.

“They are the bullies of the wetlands,” said Jim Gores, an invasive species and wildlife integrity coordinator with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. “They have a temper and attitude that you would not believe.”

As part of a study of mute swan behavior in Maryland, biologists moved two remote-controlled tundra swans near a pair of mute swans.

The mute swans attacked viciously, to the point that one robo-swan lost its head.

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