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Seven schools throughout Central Oregon including: Culver High, Redmond High, Mountain View High in Bend, Culver Middle School, Culver Elementary, Black Butte Elementary in Camp Sherman and one home school student participated in the 4th annual Eagle Watch Art Contest. More than 50 Students, 9 – 17 years old, created many beautiful works of art. We introduced a technical category this year – 11 students, both in elementary and high school designed some great power point presentations that showcased various birds of prey including vultures, eagles, falcons and owls.
Special thanks to this year’s judges – Thad FitzHenry (Portland General Electric), Jill Nishball (Oregon Parks and Recreation Department), and Stacy Lacey (United States Forest Service). All the judges agreed that it was very difficult to choose the winners as there were so many great creations. All submissions, including the winners, will be on display at Eagle Watch. Winners will be recognized and awarded at Eagle Watch on Saturday, February 24th at noon.
The Eagle Watch Committee would also like to thank the schools and teachers for supporting and inspiring your students.
Congratulations to this year’s winners!
3 Best In Show – Judge’s Favorites
These are based on the judges overall favorite piece(s) based on instinctive appeal, demonstration of skill and technique, degree to which it fulfills its intent and meaning beyond the image.
Artwork is judged on creativity and originality of depicting the theme, unique expression of theme, craftsmanship and visual impact. (All decisions are final.)
Redmond High School
1st Place Mixed Media, Sara Waller, 10th grade
1st Place Colored Drawing, Madison Dove, 9th grade
Culver High School – 1st Place Tech Winner – Barred Owl Power Point – Dusty Thornton
Strengths: Nicely laid out, consistent look throughout, factual, not a lot of wording, appropriate photos, and added photo credits.
Culver Middle School
1st Place Leather Carving – Tegan Macy, 8th grade
1st Place Oil Painting – Lauren Berkey, 7th grade
1st Place Colored Drawing – Uriel Mejia, 7th grade
Culver Elementary – 1st Place Tech Winner – Golden Eagle Power Point – Jeyshon Cruz
Strengths: Nice photos, consistent look throughout, easy to read, factual, included an ending slide and cited sources. Jeyshon added a drawing to a slide and had a great conservation idea for artificial nesting.
January 31, 2018 – It’s not just a lunar eclipse, it will also be a blue moon and a supermoon all in one!
January has two full moons, called a Blue Moon; the first was on January 1. A super moon, like the one visible on New Year’s Day, is when a full moon is closest to the Earth in its orbit, appearing bigger and brighter than normal. The red moon name arises because a full moon nearly always appears coppery red during a total lunar eclipse. “The exact color that the moon appears depends on the amount of dust and clouds in the atmosphere,” according to NASA scientists.
The January 31 full moon, the third full moon in a series of supermoons, will pass through the Earth’s shadow in North America before sunrise on January 31, 2018 and you will see a total lunar eclipse. When the eclipse is in totality the moon will be completely covered by Earth’s shadow. The entire show will last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.
Pacific Standard Time (January 31, 2018)
Partial umbral eclipse begins: 3:48 a.m. PST
Total eclipse begins: 4:52 a.m. PST
Greatest eclipse: 5:30 a.m. PST
Total eclipse ends: 6:08 a.m. PST
Partial umbral eclipse ends: 7:11 a.m. PST
Moon may set before end of partial umbral eclipse
Lunar eclipses are among the easiest skywatching events to observe. Simply go out, look up and enjoy. You don’t need a telescope or any other special equipment. If you already have binoculars or a small telescope they will bring out details in the lunar surface — moonwatching can be really fascinating. Can you find Marilyn’s Mountain, as quoted by Jim Lovell in the movie Apollo 13? This eclipse occurs during the winter, so bundle up if you plan to be out for the duration. Bring warm drinks and blankets or chairs for comfort. If you have young children and can’t sit through the entirety, the best part of an eclipse is during the middle of the event, when the moon is in the umbral shadow.
Get a Front Row Seat
The Oregon Observatory (Sunriver Oregon) plans to be open, weather permitting, from 3:30 am until just after 6:00 am. Call the Observatory at 541-598-4406 for the most current update on Jan. 31 viewing conditions.
Folklore from countries around the world surround the harsh, cold, dark, mysterious time of year known as winter.
Boreas – God of the North Wind – In Greek mythology, each direction of wind was considered a god. Depicted in ancient art as an old man, he was considered the bringer of winter and the cold. The harshness of the season was paralleled by his supposedly harsh personality, short-tempered and severe.-
Every now and then, nature transforms The Cove into a spectacle of shimmering ice and frost which coats literally everything in a mantle of glistening ice crystals, this is known as Ammil. This phenomenon occurs when a winter thaw is suddenly arrested by a rapid drop in temperature which results in the moisture being frozen. Sometimes larger objects can get a build up of several layers of ice which because of its weight can cause havoc with old trees and dead branches.
Ammil – The glittering layer of ice that dusts everything after a freeze.
While this picture perfect fairyland is beautiful, it can be dangerous. Be careful not to slip on ice, don’t stand under trees or things that can break and fall on you. Driving can be especially tricky. If you can, avoid Jack Frost, enjoy these days from the warmth of your fireplace; if not, bundle up and go slow!
Staff at The Cove Palisades want to wish you and your families a very happy holiday season.
This holiday season, give your loved ones a year of unlimited access to Oregon’s state parks with an annual day-use parking permit. From Dec. 1-31, holiday shoppers can buy the annual parking permit for only $25–that’s $5 off the regular price of $30. The permits are transferable from vehicle to vehicle.
Shoppers can round out their gift with holiday gear branded with the iconic Oregon State Parks shield, including hats, water bottles, dog bowls, ornaments and stickers. The holiday gear will be on sale during the month of December. Gift gear and parking permits are for sale online at https://store.oregonstateparks.org/. Gift items can also be purchased in person at Oregon State Parks headquarters in Salem, 725 Summer St. NE Suite C. Parking permits are also sold at major OPRD offices, some state park friends’ group stores and selected local businesses throughout the state. List of vendors.
Alternately, if you would like to give back to the parks you love, consider becoming a member of — or giving the gift of a membership to — the nonprofit Oregon State Parks Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to enhance the state park experience. Those who give a tax-deductible donation of $45 or more will receive a 12-month day-use parking pass as a thank you. Learn more at www.oregonstateparksfoundation.org.
Visitors at Lake Billy Chinook may notice that the lake level has gone down since this fall. Boaters will easily see the waterline is a couple of feet lower than it was. Portland General Electric (PGE) manages lake levels on Lake Billy Chinook to accommodate spring runoff and control flooding downstream. Some years it is necessary to lower it further like in the spring of 2017 to catch above average snow melt.
PGE currently plans is to draw the water line down 3 feet by Christmas and keep it there until March and April. The lake level is measured in actual elevation, so full pool is 1,945’ above sea level and hold lake level to approximately 1,942’ after the holidays.
For current water temperature and flow data from U.S. Geological Survey monitoring stations water temperature/water levels
Boating is allowed all year at Lake Billy Chinook however safety is our priority. Snow, high winds, icy conditions and low water can make launching difficult or unsafe. This may require some boat docks to be temporarily closed. Boaters, stay safe, do not try to launch from a closed dock. For current park conditions, call the park office 541-546-3412, Monday – Friday from 7:30 – 4 pm.
The Crooked River Campground will be closed between
December 15, 2017 – February 15, 2018.
News Release from Oregon Parks and Recreation Dept.
Posted on FlashAlert: November 8th, 2017 4:18 PM
Oregon State Parks invites you to play for free on Nov. 24th in celebration of ‘Green Friday.’
The agency will waive day-use parking fees in 26 Oregon State Parks the day after Thanksgiving.
“We started this tradition three years ago to encourage people to opt outside,” said OPRD director Lisa Sumption. “Why not get some fresh air with your family and create a new holiday tradition?”
Parking is free year-round at almost all state parks; the waiver applies to the 26 parks that charge $5 daily for parking, including The Cove Palisades State Park. The waiver applies from open to close on Nov. 25, except at Shore Acres State Park, where it expires at 3 p.m. for the Holiday Lights event that runs Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. A list of parks that require day-use parking permits is at OSPParking.
Fall at The Cove
Is there anything to do at The Cove once the summer season is over? Most definitely! In fact, fall can be one of the most magical times here at the park. The cooler weather makes for a great time to hike the Tam-a-lau Trail. You can access the trail from the Upper Deschutes Day Use Area and embark on a seven mile journey. The initial climb, an elevation gain of 600 feet in the first mile, is worth it when you reach the top and see the spectacular views of the park this trail affords. Who knows? You might even find a pictograph along the way, but you are certain to see some huge rocks, and a sweeping view of Lake Billy Chinook that can’t be beat.
Prefer just to sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of the area? Reserve a site at the Crooked River Campground, grab some extra blankets and wood, and enjoy the colors of fall as you watch the sun set over Mount Jefferson. If you’re up for a short walk, you can take the Crooked River Wetlands Nature Trail, accessed from the boat and trailer parking area, which provides views of the first two ponds in our wetlands. As you walk this easy quarter mile loop, you can see the bluebird houses and bat boxes built by Culver students. You never know what kind of wildlife you might encounter along the way. For a slightly more adventurous hike, take the Rim Trail, and hike up to overlook 1. This mile long trail is a moderate hike but at the top is a beautiful view of the Crooked River Canyon and the snow covered Cascades. (Use caution if there are snowy or icy conditions as trails can be slippery.)
As fall arrives, so does the wildlife. This is a great time of year to see some of The Cove’s residents who prefer a bit less human interaction. The Tam-a-lau and the Wetlands Trail are both good places to see wildlife. In fact, just about any trail you wander along could afford you that opportunity. Maybe take a stroll along the water and see if the river otters are out playing. Or just find a nice, quiet, pretty spot to sit and relax and see what wanders along.
Don’t think that just because summer is over there’s nothing to do or see here at The Cove. Come on out and take a look. You just might surprise yourself.