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July 19
Willamette River, Social Sec. Park to Salem – Class A – length 7 miles
Wide vistas largely define this trip, with a few interesting backwaters, and Rickreal Creek thrown in. It’s a short trip, but we will stop for lunch, and occasional refreshment, so bring ample provisions.
jim.cascadepaddlers@gmail.com

August 2
Luckiamute River, Luckiamute Landing to Buena Vista – Class A – length 4 ± miles
A short, easy run with pretty scenery and languid waters. Come prepared, however, for mud, and bring provisions for lunch and breaks.
Jim Bradley
jim.cascadepaddlers@gmail.com

Paddlesports and the Outdoors

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Rafting the Lower John Day River 
Zach Urness at the Statesman Journal floated the John Day, from the recently opened access point at Thirtymile Creek, to the Cottonwood take-out, and he has a 1-minute video to prove it: https://www.statesmanjournal.com/videos/travel/outdoors/2020/06/17/john-day-river-raft-trip-5-eea-9-e-2-ec-9-a-317324-e-1820-d-1-jun-17-2020-23-42-06/3210979001/

 

Nature and the Environment

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The 200-year History of Global Warming Science 
If anyone tells you that greenhouse-gas-induced global warming is a new idea, their ignorance is appalling. It has been almost two centuries since the principles of the process were first demonstrated by Eunice Foote. Almost a century has passed since Guy Stewart Callendar showed that human activity was, in fact, causing the planet to heat. This short BBC video will bring ’em up to speed: https://www.bbc.co.uk/ideas/videos/three-pioneers-who-predicted-climate-change/p08ftt06

Forestry Predicts Severe, Complicated Wildfire Season 
While the mild, moist weather we have experienced, in Oregon, so far this season has allowed the reservoirs to fill, it has also fed the flourishing of a thick, tall understory in our woodlands. When that understory dries out, it will provide potentially explosive tinder to fuel seething, hellish blazes. The Oregonian looked at the situation: https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/2020/06/forestry-officials-predict-severe-and-complex-wildfire-season-amid-drought-and-covid-19-still-searching-for-money-to-pay-for-it.html

Millions of Old Oil Wells Leak Methane 
As you probably know, methane is one of the most powerful of the naturally occurring greenhouse gases. Methane is found in deposits along with oil, and must be properly dealt with when oil is extracted, to prevent its leaking into the atmosphere. Abandoned oil wells, however, have been found to leak methane long after they are decommissioned, as Reuters reports: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-drilling-abandoned-specialreport/special-report-millions-of-abandoned-oil-wells-are-leaking-methane-a-climate-menace-idUSKBN23N1NL

Encouraging Pollinators In Sub/Urban Landscapes 
The relentless march of development that has paved, sodded, and planted over the natural landscapes which preceded, has also left natural pollinator populations devoid of habitat and food sources. Some gardeners are trying to help level the playing field for our little pollinator friends, and the folks at OSU have a new publication, Enhancing Urban and Suburban Landscapes to Protect Pollinators, to help in that pursuit. The Herald and News has more: https://www.heraldandnews.com/news/local_news/five-ways-to-encourage-pollinators-in-the-landscape/article_54b9df39-38bc-5836-9d2d-63d087f9ff3b.html

 

Health, Fitness and Safety

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Age No Barrier to Regaining Muscle Strength 
An oft-heard phrase in the fitness industry is “use it or lose it”, with the inference being that once lost, “it” could never be regained. This conventional wisdom was extended even to making declarations that the elderly were unable to regain strength lost to prior inactivity. Fortunately, science has put the lie to that enervating falsehood, as the Washington Post explains: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/wellness/youre-never-too-old-to-regain-that-lost-muscle-and-you-can-do-it-at-home/2020/06/05/b221ccc4-a5d1-11ea-bb20-ebf0921f3bbd_story.html

Numerous Hand Sanitizers Found to be Toxic 
An FDA consumer alert has just been issued regarding hand sanitizers found to contain the toxic alcohol, methanol. Injuries and death have been linked to the sanitizers, as Ars Technica tells us: https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/07/toxic-hand-sanitizers-have-blinded-and-killed-adults-and-children-fda-warns/

The Current Word on Masks 
Non-medical masks are likely to be a popular personal accessory for some time to come. While choices abound, few seem to rate well against the WHO’s guidelines. “What are the WHO’s guidelines?” you may ask. Ars Technica is here to tell you: https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/06/who-now-recommends-the-public-use-masks-good-masks-in-covid-19-areas/

 

Travel, Photography and Animals

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Photographers Changing Our Perspectives on Animals 
Cultivating an awareness beyond the stereotypes that dominate our cultural views of wildlife is the task chosen by these photographers, profiled by the BBC. Their thoughtful images, along with some insightful prose, can be found, here: https://www.bbc.com/culture/article/20200609-the-photographers-changing-the-way-we-see-animals

Fred the Labrador Adopts Nine Ducklings 
A mellow, 10-year old Labrador in Essex stepped in to foster nine little ducklings when their mother went missing. The BBC has the photos, and they are dripping with cute: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-44195490

Award-Winning Cheetah Photos 
Once again it is the BBC which provides, this time with a varied gallery of stunning cheetah photographs: https://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-52934803

The Quest for A Squirrel-Proof Bird Feeder 
It sounds like another mostly-pointless DIY video, but it is actually a remarkably engaging exploration of squirrel cleverness and acrobatics. Even if you don’t like squirrels, it’s hard to walk away from this 22-minute video without having been entertained and awed by the little varmints, as well as by the diabolical engineering talents of the video’s producer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFZFjoX2cGg&feature=youtu.be

[Thanks to Stephanie Hazen for that last one.]

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Summer and Its Prospects
Unexpectedly, given earlier forecasts for a drier, warmer spring, our streams are more robust at this point than they have been for a number of years. Of course, current issues surrounding contagion concerns affect shuttle considerations, but in that regard the outdoors itself is a much safer place to be than indoors, as numerous studies have found. One Japanese investigation, for instance, found the odds of contracting COVID-19 indoors nineteen times higher than the chances of contracting it outdoors. All the more reason to breathe free, in the outdoors.

OSMB Seeks Comment on Paddler Petitions 
The Oregon State Marine Board would like public input on two citizen petitions they have received. The first calls for new stipulations regarding the wearing of PFDs, and can be found in PDF format, here: https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/info/Documents/Rulemaking/PaddlePFDPetition.pdf

The second is in regard to the new Waterway Access Permits, and seeks to make their expiration a year from purchase, rather than at the end of the calendar year, as is the current practice. A PDF with that proposal’s particulars can be found here: https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/info/Documents/Rulemaking/CitizenPetition_WaterwayAccessPermit.pdf

Finally, you can make your thoughts known to the board by emailing them, (prior to midnight, June 28), to: osmb.rulemaking@oregon.gov

Coast Guard Rescues Pacific City Kayakers 
Two ill-prepared kayakers recently found themselves in dire straits, near Pacific City’s haystack rocks. A combination of inadequate equipment and insufficient skills left the pair in need of helicopter evacuation. The Oregonian has the story and the video: https://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/2020/05/watch-coast-guard-helicopter-crew-rescues-stranded-kayakers-near-pacific-city.html

Oregon State Parks Status Page 
The Oregon State Parks Department has an interactive web page that lets you check the latest operational status of parks in the system. Find it here: https://stateparks.oregon.gov/index.cfm?do=v.dsp_parkstatus

 

Nature and the Environment

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Salt Sea Air – Now With Microplastics 
You knew the ocean was awash in microplastics, but did you realize that the crashing waves and organic processes are lofting clouds of them into ocean and coastal air? As yet, there are as many questions as answers, but the Smithsonian explains where things stand: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/salty-sea-breeze-contains-microplastics-new-study-says-180974867/

Bumblebees’ Bites Trick Plants Into Flowering 
Our little, native pollinator friends of the genus Bombus recently revealed a trick to researchers none had witnessed before: strategic bites from the nectar-starved bees induced plants to flower early, in some cases as many as 30-days early. The BBC relates the details: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52759804

Moths – Underappreciated Nocturnal Pollinators 
While the bees and butterflies get most of the credit for pollinating flowering plants, it turns out moths also fill a crucial role, while working the night shift. Some plants skipped by the more celebrated pollinators are dependent on the moths’ nighttime services. The Smithsonian elaborates: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moths-work-pollination-night-shift-visiting-some-flowers-bees-skip-180974884/

Caddis Fly Larvae Building Cases of Microplastics 
Caddis fly larvae, ubiquitous in our waterways, have now been found to be building their protective sheaths from microplastics. The plastics do not serve the purpose well, and leave the creatures vulnerable to predators. The insects occupy a particularly crucial niche in freshwater ecosystems, so this is an ominous development, as Ars Technica explains: https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/caddis-fly-larvae-are-now-building-shelters-out-of-microplastics/

 

Health, Fitness and Safety

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Climate Change Said Driving Infectious Disease Explosion 
Although climate change itself doesn’t create or spread disease, it has set up the conditions which drive the rise and spread of contagion. The range of pathogens that are aided, one way or another, by climate disruption is wide and the means varied. ProPublica investigated: https://www.propublica.org/article/climate-infectious-diseases

The Case Against Valved Masks 
Even as some jurisdictions are actually banning them, sellers are flooding web pages with ads for “COVID-19” masks featuring valves. To be clear, valved masks do essentially nothing to protect others from the wearer’s breath, pathogens and all. Fast Company examined the issue: https://www.fastcompany.com/90496717/what-is-a-mask-valve-and-why-are-cities-banning-them

IMST – A Breathing Boost to Heart and Brains 
Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training is said to show real promise in improving circulatory system health, lowering blood pressure and bettering cognitive health. Involving little time and minimal equipment, early indications are the technique may assist many struggling to keep fit, as Inverse explains (via Pocket): https://getpocket.com/explore/item/inspiratory-muscle-strength-training-vigorous-breaths-boost-heart-brain

 

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Wildlife Rescue In A Pandemic 
Although the video is from Britain, I’m sure it’s reflective of what our own Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center is going through.  The animals are adorable, the people admirable, and the situation precarious. The BBC provides: https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-england-hampshire-52557517/coronavirus-wildlife-rescue-continues-during-lockdown

Baby Animal Livestreams 
For Mother’s Day the Smithsonian featured a collection of baby animal livestreams. But, hey, baby animals are cute any time! (though they don’t stay babies forever) https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/9-baby-animal-livestreams-watch-mothers-day-180974829/

 

June Excursions

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June 21
Yamhill River, Dayton to Lafayette Park – Class A – length 5 ± miles
We revisit the social distance tour series and do the trip that was postponed. Remember lunch.
jim.cascadepaddlers@gmail.com

June 28
Luckiamute River, Luckiamute Landing to Buena Vista – Class A – length 3± miles
Bring a mask and we’ll give our old standby a shot. The shuttle is short, and it will be warm enough to open the windows. Bring provisions.
Jim Bradley
jim.cascadepaddlers@gmail.com