November Excursions

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November 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. We will stop for lunch, so bring ample provisions.
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Paddlesports, Outdoors and Wildlife

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Irma Tosses Up Very Old Canoe 
When Hurricane Irma tore through Florida, one of the effects was to deposit an interesting, old dugout canoe on the banks of the Indian River Lagoon. It now appears to be even older than initially thought, probably several centuries old. The Smithsonian has the story, along with a little background on Florida’s old, and ancient, canoes: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canoe-churned-irma-may-date-1600s-180965161/

A Gallery and Guide to Oregon’s Deciduous Trees 
Native ones, that is, courtesy of the Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2017/10/can_you_identify_the_deciduous.html#incart_river_index

Park Service Looks to Increase Fees 
The National Park Service has proposed significantly increasing some park use fees, particularly during the peak seasons of use. The Oregonian covers the story, and provides a link to a Park Service page where you can log comments, until Nov. 23: http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2017/10/national_park_fees_could_nearly_triple_during_peak_season.html#incart_river_home

 

Nature and the Environment

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Flying Insect Decline Sparks Alarm 
Although bees have been the poster children for the problem, virtually all flying insects appear to have suffered precipitous declines, worldwide, in recent decades. The ramifications are truly troubling, especially since no one seems to know exactly what is going on. The BBC looks at the issue: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41670472

Neonics Found in Most Honey 
A recent sampling of honey from around the world found traces of neonicotinoid pesticides in a whopping 75% of them. Worse, in a third of them the amounts found were thought to be detrimental to the bees. The BBC covers the story: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41512791

The Nile: A Dying River 
The Nile River is one of Earth’s most renowned waterways. It’s history stretches across the millennia, while it’s waters are vital to a wide swath of Africa, its economy, and its people. It is also a river in deep ecological trouble. The BBC has a lavishly illustrated exposé on the issues, here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/death_of_the_nile

Using Birds to Measure Air Pollution 
Ornithological specimens have been collected and kept in the US over most of its history. Now, scientists are using such specimens to investigate the evolution of air pollution in the nation. Soot collects in the avians’ feathers, giving scientists snapshots of the conditions when the bird was collected. The BBC explains, along with some striking photographic evidence: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/video-captures-african-sand-cat-kittens-first-time-180965236/

 

Health, Fitness and Safety

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Baking Soda Wash Removes More Pesticides 
Researchers tested a selection of wash water ingredients, to find that baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, provided clear benefits in removing pesticides from apples. CNET has the story: https://www.cnet.com/news/apples-pesticides-baking-soda-water-american-chemical-society/

Many Herbal Remedies Linked to Liver Cancer 
So-called alternative medicine frequently turns to herbal therapies, often with origins in traditional and folk cures. Looking at populations using such treatments, researchers found significantly increased incidences of liver cancer. Ars Technica has a good explanation of the news and its import: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/10/herbal-remedies-embraced-by-naturopaths-alt-med-widely-linked-to-liver-cancers/

Distraction and Death: The Uncounted 
While a sudden rise in traffic fatalities has gripped our nation, the data around distracted driving is being ignored. Bloomberg visits the issue: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-17/smartphones-are-killing-americans-but-nobody-s-counting

 

Travel and Photography

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Mitch Rohse Shares Nature Photos 
Many who have joined in Cascade Paddlers outings will remember Mitch, a frequent participant in such excursions. He now has a web site with a range of wildlife and outdoor photos. If you’d like to see what Mitch has been up to, try this: https://justmynature.smugmug.com/

Sand Cat Kittens Explore 
Sand cats are rare, wild and elusive relatives to domestic cats, with particularly photogenic kittens. The Smithsonian shares some rare footage of sand cat kitten cuteness: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/video-captures-african-sand-cat-kittens-first-time-180965236/

Stunning Nature Photography on Show 
The Smithsonian has a write up on a show at the National Museum of Natural History, which features the top entries in the 2017 Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition for nature photography. The article provides a sampling of the winners, and it is well worth seeing: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-breathtaking-images-are-cats-meow-nature-photography-180967015/

 

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Paddling and Beer Coming Together in Canada 
According to the BBC, members of the Canadian Parliament are looking to lessen penalties for paddlers who imbibe. Currently, the penalties are in line with drunk driving. I’ll let the Beeb explain: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-41437084

Oregonian Touts Timothy Lake 
With panoramic vistas of the Cascades and Mt. Hood, Timothy Lake is a popular destination for paddlers, hikers and campers. The Oregonian ran a feature, with nice photos, on the lake and its surrounds, nestled in the Mt. Hood National Forest: http://www.oregonlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2017/08/timothy_lake_is_for_hikers_and.html#incart_river_index

 

Nature and the Environment

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Bloomberg Exposé Examines Nestle 
Exploring the economics of bottled water, Bloomberg reveals that food giant Nestle runs an exploitative, extraction-based industry that pays little for the resources it depletes and impacts. As Nestle and bottled water are an issue here, in Oregon, you might find it interesting: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-09-21/nestl-makes-billions-bottling-water-it-pays-nearly-nothing-for

A World Awash in Plastic 
Microplastics are everywhere, both on land and in the sea. A great deal of the problem stems from broken bits of the fibers that make up our clothing. If you missed it, the Statesman covered recent revelations that most drinking water, and bottled water as well, contain microfibers.

You might be interested to know about some who are attempting to address the issue, and Motherboard has an article with a look at some of those trying to engineer solutions to the problem: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/evpdpn/were-eating-plastics-from-our-own-dirty-laundry

Solar: Winning on Costs, Losing on Trade 
The fortunes of solar power are looking rosy, with costs per kilowatt beating estimates, as Ars Technica explains: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/solar-now-costs-6-per-kilowatt-hour-beating-government-goal-by-3-years/

Then again, recent legal developments suggests the economics of solar may soon change. The International Trade Court has ruled American solar companies are being hurt by cheap imports. The Verge expands: https://www.theverge.com/2017/9/22/16351562/solar-energy-international-trade-commission-foreign-trade-lawsuit-suniva-tariff

Harvesting Sand, Killing Rivers 
The modern world is composed of much that is concrete. Making that concrete is destroying rivers and the habitat they provide. The BBC explains: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-41123284

 

Health, Fitness and Safety

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Sitting Study Called Out for Weaknesses 
You may have encountered recent articles touting a study which claimed to show that long periods of sitting were detrimental to health. While different news outlets put slightly different spins on the story, most took the results at face value. Ars Technica dug a bit deeper, and found a study riddled with flaws and questionable in its conclusions: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/the-new-study-suggesting-sitting-will-kill-you-is-kind-of-a-raging-dumpster-fire/

Common Cat Parasite Implicated in Human Neural Disorders 
While the threat posed by toxoplasmosis to pregnant women has been recognized for some time. Now it appears that the parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, may be responsible for a number of other human ills, in particular neurological disorders. Science Alert has the news: http://www.sciencealert.com/mind-altering-parasite-transmitted-by-cats-linked-to-several-brain-disorders

Shorting Sleep Shortens Life 
Many believe sleep deprivation is a global pandemic. Given that anything less than seven hours a night is considered such, there is reason for concern. Now, as the Guardian reports, there is reason to believe being short on sleep can spur problems from dementia to cancer: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/sep/24/why-lack-of-sleep-health-worst-enemy-matthew-walker-why-we-sleep

When Bad Hospitals Get Good Accreditation 
As Ars Technica reports, a Wall Street Journal investigation “shows accreditation is basically meaningless—it doesn’t mean a hospital is safe.” https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/hospital-watchdog-gives-gold-seal-of-approval-even-after-deaths-violations/

 

Travel and Photography

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Winning Bird Images 
The Smithsonian has some striking images from the British Trust for Ornithology’s “Bird Photographer of the Year” competition. Enjoy: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prize-winning-images-capture-birds-feathered-glory-180964720/

Tiger Cub Cuteness on Display 
When it comes to baby animal cuteness, it’s hard to beat a little tiger cub motoring around, exploring his world. With that in mind, try this from the Smitty: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/baby-tiger-travels-southwest-jet-search-better-life-san-diego-180964839/

First Round Nat’l Geo Nature Photo Contest 
The BBC lets us in on some stunning photos which have been entered in the National Geographic’s Nature Photographer of the Year competition. Serious eye candy, here: http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-41319286

 

October Excursions

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October 15
Willamette River, Salem to Wheatland – Class A Moving Water -length 12 miles
Lined by scenic trees and hills, this run’s bucolic vistas keep it popular for viewing the fall colors. It’s a fairly long trip, so bring ample provisions.
Jim Bradley
jim.cascadepaddlers@gmail.com

October 29
North Santiam, Greens Bridge to Jefferson – Class 1 Whitewater – length 3.5 ± miles
The river is higher, now, and headed higher still. Let’s get in a last run, with the fall colors, before the flow get too high for easy comfort.
Jim Bradley
jim.cascadepaddlers@gmail.com