Nature

Spectacular Fall Folliage
4:14 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Fall Colors Have Been Especially Good This Year

Tess Freeman Oregon Public Broadcasting

It's not your imagination: Fall colors have been spectacular in the Northwest this year. But if you want to catch a glimpse, you'd better hurry.

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Shinto
8:06 am
Tue October 8, 2013

What's So Special About This Shinto Shrine? The Priest Isn't Japanese, But That's Not All

The Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America is the only Shinto shrine on the U.S. mainland. There are seven shrines on the Hawaiian Islands. Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America is located in Granite Falls, Washington.
Sueann Ramella NWPR

Off Crooked Mile Road in Granite Falls, Washington stands a giant wooden Torii. This Japanese arch marks the entrance to the only Shinto shrine on mainland U.S. soil: the Tsubaki Grand Shrine of America. It’s serene here cedar trees rising up along the banks of the Pilchuck River.

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Mountain Goat Attacks
5:51 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Trail Closed Due To Aggressive Mountain Goats

It will be at least two weeks before a popular hiking trail in Olympic National Forest re-opens to the public. The Mount Ellinor Trail was closed this week due to reports of aggressive mountain goats.

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State Parks
6:32 am
Fri June 15, 2012

State Parks Forced To Get Creative, Wired To Survive

An iconic poster promotes a state park.
Photo courtesy Northwest News Network

A wi-fi connection and smart phone bar codes could be coming to a state park near you. Those are just two of the ideas under consideration as Washington State Parks tries to recruit a new generation of visitors. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins explains.

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Barred Owl Diet
6:14 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

Broad Diet Helps Barred Owls Thrive

The invasive barred owl is believed to out compete the native, pickier eater, spotted owl.
Photo credit: D. Gordon E. Robertson Wikimedia Commons

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Researchers say they have learned why invasive barred owls are thriving while native spotted owl populations are slowly disappearing.

The barred owl and the spotted owl are like a pair of siblings. They’re closely related species, and they compete over everything. They compete over the best trees to roost in. And for the best food source too, juicy flying squirrels. But barred owls are less picky. And that gives them an edge.

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