HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Watch it when you step outside

Written December 20th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the little creature I almost stepped on today, which would have been an accident, was a salamander. More specifically, I’m pretty sure it was a newt.


Curious about squirrels? Look them up

Written September 2nd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Until I looked it up, I didn’t know that we have four native species of tree squirrels in Oregon, or that the one I spotted looking out of a tree a week ago Wednesday was probably not one of the four.


Watching a big bird at Periwinkle Park

Written April 30th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

On a leisurely ride down the Periwinkle Bikepath Saturday, a great blue heron caught my eye. So I stopped a few minutes to watch.


Why are turkeys here? For safety, man!

Written September 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

It’s not clear why wild turkeys have gathered this summer in a sector of West Albany, but we can guess. Maybe they have figured out where it’s safe for them to settle in for the winter and spring.


Autumn visit: Return to E.E. Wilson

Written October 26th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

If you’re looking for a little solitude close to home, the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area northwest of Albany is the place to go. And if you take your bike instead of driving, you don’t have to worry about the $10 parking permit the state wants you to buy before leaving your car at any of the areas […]


“Lethal take”? Translation please

Written March 31st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

In northeast Oregon’s Wallowa County on Thursday, state employees shot and killed four wolves to keep them from killing more livestock. That’s what happened, according to the news, but that’s not what officials and publicists called it.

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Sunshine called for a ride

Written March 1st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

March 1 is still winter, supposedly, but it sure felt like spring in the Willamette Valley, and that called for the obligatory bike ride on the abandoned roads of the former Camp Adair. Well, almost abandoned roads.


 
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