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    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 The Nugget Newspaper, Sisters, Oregon
Birding resource is at tips of fingers Community college security
officers to stop illegal action
By Jim Anderson
If you’ve been wanting
to get into birding, now’s the
time. East Cascades Audubon
Society (ECAS) and a group
of dedicated birders have set
up a website, “Oregon Birding
Site Guide,” that lists 1,100
birding sites in Oregon, pro-
vides directions, highlights
birds at each site, and provides
maps to all — and it’s right at
the touch of your fingers.
Go to
to visit the ECAS home page,
where you’ll see everything
that’s going on with birds in
Central Oregon (and some
very nice bird photos across
the top). In the middle of the
page, under the bird photos
there’s a state map labeled
“Oregon Birding Locations.”
Place the cursor anyplace
on the map and click. That
will open the map and show
all 36 Oregon counties and
a short paragraph above it
explaining what you’re look-
ing at and how to make the
map work to tell you about
birding sites throughout the
Chuck Gates and Tom
Crabtree, worldwide master
birders, were discussing their
favorite subject — birds —
when Chuck suggested they
get their heads together and
publish a new book on bird-
ing Oregon locations, Chuck
pointing out the fact that the
old book was VERY old, at
least 40 years.
Pretty soon a couple of
Adult Townsend solitaire.
more birders got into the dis-
cussion, all of whom agreed
with Chuck and Tom, a new
birding guide was needed.
One big realization was imme-
diate: It would be costly to do
a book, and it would be easier
to access and use if it were
done electronically. So Gates
created the Oregon Birding
Site Guide and installed it on
the ECAS website for all to
see and use.
The guide notes that “This
guide gives DeLorme map
pages, geographic coordi-
nates, Google Maps, and
written descriptions on how
to locate each birding site. It
also offers habitat information
and gives the birder a taste of
the kinds of birds that can be
found at each location. The
sites are arranged by county
and a map with all county
sites is presented at the begin-
ning of each page. County
names are links to PDF files
describing birding locations.”
The locations files will
open in a new tab at each
“In addition to being a site
guide for birding the state, this
website strives to be a portal
for all things related to Oregon
birding. Here you will find
links to current bird sightings,
local bird blogs, a calendar of
birding events, field trips, bird
projects and surveys that need
volunteer participation.
“We hope this encour-
ages you to visit many of
the more distant areas of this
state as well as participate in
volunteer bird surveys. This
page is a joint effort by the
Oregon birding community
who keep the site relevant and
To contact Jim Anderson
with birding questions or dis-
coveries (include photos!)
call 541-480-3728 or email
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BEND (AP) — Public
safety officers at a Central
Oregon Community College
who were criticized for inves-
tigating cases without having
any authority to do so have
stopped such action.
The Bulletin reported
Thursday that following talks
with the Deschutes County
District Attorney’s Office,
public safety officers at
Central Oregon Community
College will no longer attempt
to undertake investigations.
District Attorney John
Hummel says public safety
officials do not have juris-
diction to investigate crimes
the way campus police do at
universities. Hummel said he
was concerned with the fre-
quency with which campus
security had been undertaking
College spokesman Ron
Paradis says the campus offi-
cers weren’t out of line that
frequently, but the school has
changed its policy and no
longer investigates crimes or
makes arrests.
Council paves way for
Uber, Lyft in Bend
BEND (AP) — The Bend
City Council has approved
a new taxi code that allows
ride-sharing companies such
as Uber and Lyft to operate in
Central Oregon’s largest city.
The measure stalled a few
weeks ago when councilors
decided the draft proposal
needed changes, including
what kind of crimes revealed
through background checks
would prevent someone from
becoming a driver.
A city attorney explained
the changes Wednesday,
February 15, and the pro-
posal passed. The Bulletin
newspaper reports councilors
must approve it a second time
before it becomes law.
Lyft has yet to say whether
it plans to operate in Bend.
Uber has expressed interest
and could be operating there
by late spring.
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