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2018 Eagle Watch Art Contest Winners

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.

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Redmond High School – Katie Le, 12th grade

Remond High - Capps

Redmond High School – Mckaylie Capps, 11th grade

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Redmond High School – Katy Olivera, 9th grade


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


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Mountain View High School – 1st Place Drawing Grace Weible, 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


Black Butte School - 5th - Bourdage

Black Butte School – 1st Place Watercolor – Emily Bourdage, 6th 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.


Owl at Night

Home School – 1st Place Drawing – Abby Powers, 9 years old

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The Americas First Blue Moon Total Eclipse in 150 Years

January 31, 2018 – It’s not just a lunar eclipse, it will also be a blue moon and a supermoon all in one!

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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.

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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.

Happy Winter!

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Winter Solstice – December 21, 2017

Staff at The Cove Palisades want to wish you and your families a very happy holiday season.

Send in all your favorite bird of prey drawings, paintings, photographs, carvings, power points, or videos. Don’t forget, Deadline is February 2nd!

The Cove Rattler

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Fire Ban August 16 – 28, 2017


Due to EXTREME fire danger and limited emergency resources, all open flames are banned at The Cove Palisades State Park before, during and after the Total Eclipse.

ONLY PROPANE STOVES OR GRILLS (with lid) will be allowed; no wood or charcoal fires, propane fire rings, tiki torches, regular or Citronella candles or other flammable fuels will be allowed.  Sky lanterns are illegal in the State of Oregon.  No smoking is allowed in the park except in your campsite or vehicle.

If you plan on camping for the Total Eclipse weekend, please come prepared with alternative cooking methods.  Ice may also be in very short supply and temperatures are expected to be hot.  Plan for your family and don’t forget your furry friends.

Please do your part to keep The Cove Palisades State Park safe and beautiful!

Patience. Foresight. Really Cool Glasses. You Need All 3

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►►All Oregon State Park campgrounds are full.
This is not the weekend to wing it!
►►Expect unprecedented traffic before, during and after
the eclipse. Avoid travel on Aug. 21.
►►The usual conveniences may be hard to get to.
Fill your tank and stock up early on food, medicine,
cash and anything else you can’t live without.
►►Cell phone service may become iffy.
►►Expect campfire bans in central and eastern Oregon.
►►Expect very high tides at the coast overnight:
camping on the beach is risky. Overnight parking
on the beach is prohibited
►►Protect your eyes during the partial eclipse:
use approved eclipse glasses or filters.

Stay informed: Follow #OReclipse2017

For more information at The Cove Palisades State Park, see our eclipse page on The Cove Rattler!

Gear up with special eclipse merchandise at Oregon State Parks

Time to Take a Hike


In between the snow storms of 2016/2017, Portland General Electric (PGE) and the Oregon Youth Challenge Corp. put in a new trail that park officials have been planning for several years.  This season, there are two new trails at The Cove.  Both are located on the Crooked River side of the park; enjoy breathtaking scenic beauty or spot wildlife as it flies or scurries by.  Just a short walk from the Crooked River Campground or visitors may park in the boat trailer lot, behind the campground check-in booth (please remember the $5 day-use permit is required if you are not camping at the park).

DSC_0021.JPGWetlands Trail –  Visitors can take a leisurely, flat, quarter mile loop trail around the man-made ponds that clean up runoff before spilling into Lake Billy Chinook.

fire restoration 2.JPGAll new signage will explain the fire restoration progress that’s occurring after our 2015 wildfire in the park, you’ll see a bat apartment building that was built by Culver High School and Elementary School in 2015 that houses up to 1,200 bats, and you’ll also see a work in progress as Culver Middle School plants a certified showy milkweed garden, called the Milky Way, to attract migrating Monarch Butterflies.


This area is rich in vegetation; as well as aquatic, aerial and terrestrial wildlife.  Look for Turkey Vultures, Hawks, Red-winged Blackbirds, Mule Deer, Rabbit, Dragonflies, Western Fence Lizards and more!

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The Overlook Trail – For those looking for a little more of workout, start on the trail just to the left of the paddle wheel, on the north side of the Crooked River Campground Check-in booth.  You will climb up a mile long, rocky trail, to Overlook #1 off Mountain View Road.  Those willing to make the trek will be rewarded with breath taking views of Lake Billy Chinook – the Deschutes and Crooked Rivers, The Island – a National Landmark, Round Butte, The Sisters mountain range, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood and the surrounding areas.  In the spring you will see tons of wildflowers as red-tailed hawks and turkey vultures soar overhead.


(Safety Notes:  Bring water and wear sturdy shoes; may not be suitable for visitors with mobility or breathing issues.)

Check park programs for scheduled Junior Ranger program hikes, geologic tours, full moon night hikes and more!



As part of The Cove Palisades and Culver Middle School’s ongoing partnership; students focused on learning about Raptors and helped extensively with OPRD’s Eagle Watch festival for the 2016-2017 school year.  They built a life size bald eagle nest that was almost six feet in diameter; large enough for an entire human family to sit in.  Students created original Eagle Mad Libs and poetry for visitors.


It was my honor to be invited to Culver Middle School’s STEMFEST this year.  Students show off the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) skills that they learned to school district administration, invited guests, media, and local elementary and high school students.  One of the main goals of STEAM is to be as student directed as possible.  The teachers may be used as resources however students need to come up with processes and conclusions or solutions on their own.  To that end, each student was tasked with becoming an expert on some Raptor related species or topic.   The projects were impressive and informative but moreover what was so exciting was how students put themselves out there and taught visitors about their bird of prey – using many of the interactive tactics we teach our OPRD staff at interpretive training.

STEMFEST 2017 038.JPGI will be using several student activities at Junior Ranger programs in the park this summer (photos:  making owls out of homemade play dough and guessing which eggs go to which birds).  As this is my fourth year it was also fun to see returning high school students that participated in STEM at The Cove still supporting and participating the current middle school students.

The Cove Rattler


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