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Seen this bird lately?

Blown in with the spring storms, we watched this newcomer to the park vie for territory throughout the summer with the established Great Blue Heron. Then it disappeared.

snowy egret in flight 3 _DSC1719 _DSC1720From what we can tell, it looks like it’s a Snowy Egret, also part of the Heron family.

They grow to 24″ with an all-white body, a long neck, and long legs, and generally hang out in marshes and coastal bays.

Let us know what you think and if you’ve had any new sightings!


Oregon Tribal Rock Art Presentation this Friday

Fourth of a five-part series of the Annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration, be sure to catch “Tribal Rock Art of the Oregon Country” at 7:00-8:30 PM at Smith Rock State Park. Come to the Welcome Center yurt just inside the park entrance.

Hart Mountain petroglyph
Hart Mountain petroglyph

Presented by Smith Rock State Park’s own–Eric Iseman/ Park Ranger, OPRD, Eric is an Interpretive Ranger with a passion for Oregon archaeology.

Extending beyond service to the park, Eric has led tours at Fort Rock Cave and been on excavations with the University of Oregon at Paisley Cave.

Reknown Archaeologist Speaks on the Connley Caves Excavation

The oldest directly dated human remains in the Americas were recovered by University of Oregon’s own Dennis Jenkins, PhD./Archaeologist in Paisley. Now Dr.Jenkins is presenting his latest investigations from this past summer in the Connley Caves.

Be sure to catch his talk this Friday, October 16 from 7:00-8:30 PM at the Welcome Center yurt. Your $5 parking pass is your admission.

Dr. Jenkins at Paisley Cave with bison bone. Photo courtesy of Dennis Jenkins.
Dr. Jenkins at Paisley Cave with bison bone. Photo courtesy of Dennis Jenkins.

From his bio at the U of O Archaeological Field School:
Jenkins has authored and co-authored 8 books, 44 chapters, journal articles, reviews, and published papers, 33 major professional reports, and given 62 professional papers and symposia at conferences.