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Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26, 2016
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife:
Start a new Thanksgiving tradition: Take family and friends fishing for free on Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26. It’s a free fishing weekend in Oregon and no licenses, tags or endorsements will be required to fish, crab or clam anywhere in the state.
Trout Update: Lake Billy Chinook to Benham Falls: rainbow trout, brown trout. Open for trout all year. Fishing restricted to artificial flies and lures. No size or limits on brown trout and no harvest of bull trout.
The Cove Palisades State Park is renumbering campsites in the Deschutes Campground. This affects Loops A and B. C loop will stay the same. Ultimately this will reduce confusion and make finding your site a lot easier.
Deschutes River Campground is open mid-May through mid-September. Please note when making reservations that if you have a favorite site, it will have a new number. You can find a map of the campground at: http://oregonstateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/cove-palisades-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=OR&parkId=402446
Saturday, September 24 from 11 – 3 at Riverbend Park in Bend, Oregon
Kids, come play! Oregon State Parks will be there! Enjoy a beautiful fall day with family!
The Children’s Forest of Central Oregon presents Discover Nature Festival featuring over 35 nature education, outdoor recreation, and health and wellness activities. Bring your whole family out for a fun day to connect with nature, play fun outdoor games, practice outdoor skills, and spend time together. Free!
OUTDOOR RECREATION ZONE
Sponsored by The Gear Fix
-Bike Rodeo Obstacle Course with Bend Endurance Academy and Hutch’s Bicycles
-Archery with Bend Parks and Recreation District
-Crosscut Saw Demo with Heart of Oregon Corps
-Compass Skills with REI
-Fly Casting Practice with Trout Unlimited
-Leave No Trace with Oregon State Parks
-“10 Essentials” with Camp Fire Central Oregon
-Rope Skills with Boy Scout Troop 25
NATURE EXPLORATION ZONE
-Wacky Watershed Wonders with Upper Deschutes Watershed Council
-Volcano Demonstration with Discover Your Forest
-Birds of Prey and Reptiles with Sunriver Nature Center
-Solar Viewing with Sunriver Observatory
-Skulls, Pelts, and Tracks with High Desert Museum
-Story Time in a Tent with Deschutes County Library
-Birding with East Cascades Audubon Society
-Stream Tables with Discover Your Forest
-Migratory Bird Run with Discover Your Forest
-Fish Prints with Bend Park and Recreation District
-Wood Cookies with Bend Park and Recreation District
-Recycle Run with The Environmental Center
-Nature Mandala with The Environmental Center
-Braintan Leather Demonstration with Wildheart Nature School
-Pine Needle Baskets with 4-H Deschutes County
-Enviroscape with City of Bend
-Sally the Snag
HEALTH AND WELLNESS ZONE
Sponsored by Mix100.7
-Healthy Snacks with OSU-Extension
-Health Activities with Mosaic Medical
-Outdoor Family Photo Booth
-Fire Fighter Challenge with Deschutes National Forest
-Wild Side with Bend Park and Recreation District
-Energy Challenge with Children’s Museum of Central Oregon
-Animal Yoga with Mama Bear Oden
-Sun Safe with St. Charles
Plus food carts, games, arts and crafts, and more!
All activities are free and fun for all ages and abilities!
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It’s time for the annual Perseid Meteor Shower light show. This show will burst into light as the Earth passes through the tail of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Between July 17th and August 24th you can find front row seats for this astronomical wonder. Picture icy balls of space debris (meteoroids) hurtling through the sky at hundreds of miles per hour. As they reach Earth’s atmosphere they burn up and streak across the night sky; much to the wonder and delight of the humans below. But this year isn’t just any year. In 2016 the Perseids will be in “outburst,” which means that they will appear at twice the rate – that’s right folks, at the peak on August 12 you may see as many as 200 falling stars an hour. It hasn’t been this incredible since 2009!
Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest object known to repeatedly pass by Earth; its nucleus is about 16 miles (26 kilometers) wide. It last passed nearby Earth during its orbit around the sun in 1992, and the next time will be in 2126. But it isn’t out of sight, out of mind, because Earth passes through the dust and debris it leaves behind every year, creating the annual Perseid meteor shower.
The key to seeing a good meteor shower is to find a dark, wide open sky with few trees to block the view. Prepare to sit outside for a few hours. Bringing a comfortable lawn or camp chair, a warm blanket and some hot chocolate make it much more fun. It takes thirty to forty-five minutes for your eyes to adjust to the dark; the longer you are outside, the more you’ll see. Don’t turn on flashlights or lanterns with white light, it will diminish your night vision. If you need light, cover your lens with red cellophane. Then sit back, relax and wait… A rate of 150 meteors per hour, for instance, means two to three meteors per minute, including faint streaks along with bright, fireball-generating ones that are truly ooh & ahh-inspiring.
If you are camping at The Cove, try looking on the Crooked River side of the park up high. Find a spot facing Mt. Jefferson, it is particularly awesome if the Island is in between, looking west and enjoy! If anyone gets great pictures they’d like to share, we’d love to talk to you. Contact Ranger Erin Bennett 541-546-3412 x 229 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(by the Oregon Health Authority 06/03/16)
Extreme heat conditions this weekend prompt Oregon Public Health warning
Oregonians should stay hydrated, limit sun exposure and stay safe in the water
As the state’s temperatures break into the upper 90s and possibly triple digits by this weekend, health officials are recommending Oregonians take steps to prevent heat-related illnesses that can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
“Summer-like weather in Oregon is great and people want to be outdoors, but temperatures at or above 100 degrees can be dangerous,” says Katrina Hedberg, M.D., state epidemiologist and state health officer at the Public Health Division. “Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are real problems that can lead to death, so people need to take precautions to protect their health. As people seek to beat the heat they often head to the rivers and lakes where drowning and hypothermia are concerns.”
According to the National Weather Service, the hottest weather of the year so far is expected to arrive throughout Oregon Saturday and Sunday. The forecast for most of the state calls for temperatures in the high 90s to just over 100 degrees in lower elevations and above 90 in higher-elevation areas.
The Oregon Public Health Division offers the following tips for staying safe and healthy during extreme heat conditions:
1. Stay cool
• Stay in air-conditioned places when temperatures are high, if possible.
• Limit exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest. Try to schedule activities in the morning and evening.
• Open windows to allow fresh air to circulate, especially during morning and evening hours, and close shades on west-facing windows during the afternoon hours.
• Use portable electric fans to exhaust hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
• Wear loose-fitting clothing to keep cool and protect your skin from the sun.
• Use cool compresses, misting, and cool showers and baths.
• Avoid hot foods and heavy meals; they add heat to the body.
• Never leave infants or children in a parked car. Nor should pets be left in parked cars – they, too, can suffer heat-related illness.
• Dress infants and children in loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
• Use sunscreen with at least SPF 15 when going outside.
2. Stay hydrated
• Regardless of your level of activity, drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty and especially when working outside.
• Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar.
3. Stay safe in and near the water
• Be aware that rivers are running fast with spring run-off and may be a challenge for even the most experienced simmers.
• Keep an eye on the water temperature. Even though it is hot, if water temperatures are 60 degrees or lower you could develop hypothermia if you stay in too long. This can cause disorientation, fatigue, and even drowning.
• Young children and non-swimmers should wear properly fitted life jackets in and near the water. Air-filled and foam toys such as water wings, water noodles, and inner tubes are not designed to keep swimmer safe and should not be counted on.
• Make sure children do not have unsupervised access to the lake.
• When supervising children or non-swimmers, stay focused and avoid distractions like reading, texting, talking on the phone, or doing chores.
• Don’t consume alcohol before or during boating, swimming, tubing or other water activities.
People with a chronic medical condition such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, or kidney disease may be less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature. Also, they may be taking medications that can worsen the impact of extreme heat. People in this category should be closely monitored to make sure they’re drinking enough water, have access to air conditioning and know how to keep cool.
Those who exercise or work outdoors in extreme heat are more likely to become dehydrated and get heat-related illness and should pay particular attention to staying as cool and hydrated as possible.
Children and those with seizures are particularly vulnerable to drowning, so special attention should be given to their water safety.
For more information, visit the Oregon Public Health Division Extreme Heat page at http://public.health.oregon.gov/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/PrepareForExtremeHeat.aspx or the CDC Heat Stress page at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress. Information on Extreme Heat for vulnerable groups is available in English and Spanish and can be found at https://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/specificgroups.asp.
The ACA partnered with Anzovin Studio to create this fun video paddling.net/guidelines/showArticle aimed at empowering paddlers to take responsibility for their safety on the water!
Enjoy Central Oregon Rivers Safely this Summer!
You may notice that all of the utility hook-up stations throughout the Crooked River Campground at Cove Palisades State Park are all now red lights rather than the traditional white lights.
During the summer of 2015 a study was undertaken at the campground where 10 campsites’ utility stations were changed to red lights for illumination. Each evening the campers at these 10 campsites were asked their opinion of the change to red lighting. After they responded, they were told that the red lighting offered several advantages over the white lights.
The reasoning included:
• Most animals cannot see the red spectrum of light thereby making the campground look completely dark and more natural to the animals
• Red lights offer the same levels of illumination as white lights while allowing us humans to better adapt to the nighttime
• Red lights are not as intrusive to tent and tent trailer campers
The results of the study were more positive than anticipated. There were no negative comments and several people asked why red lights weren’t being installed at all Oregon State Parks. As an additional benefit, placing a red film over the existing white lights cost less than $0.50 per campsite.
So… enjoy the new lighting at Cove Palisades’ Crooked River campground. It is beneficial to the wildlife while being less intrusive to us humans.
Thank you to Park Host Scott Spence for spearheading this project!