Here are some of my favorite pictures from October 2023 in Oaks Bottom....
Exploring the Ecological Significance and Conservation Implications Introduction: Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, located in Portland, Oregon, is a vital ecological sanctuary that provides refuge for a diverse range of wildlife species. Amongst the numerous inhabitants of this urban oasis, the presence of the American mink (Neovison vison) holds particular significance. This essay aims to explore the ecological role of the mink in Oaks Bottom, discussing its impact on the local ecosystem and the implications for its conservation. Ecological Role of the American Mink: The American
Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge, located in Portland, Oregon, is a remarkable urban oasis that provides a sanctuary for a diverse range of plant and animal species. Among the numerous inhabitants of this refuge, river otters (Lontra can) standad outensis as charismatic and ecologically significant creatures. Here we will explore the ecological importance of river otters in Oaks Bottom, focusing on their role in maintaining the balance of the local ecosystem and the potential implications of their presence for conservation efforts. 1. Habitat and Behavior: River
While in Neskowin I photographed a long tailed Weasel. It had a burrow under the neighbor’s sidewalk. It kept popping out of its hole to check its surroundings. Hense the Nursery Rhyme “Pop Goes the Weasel. I also witnessed it pull a cotton tail rabbit into its burrow. The Rabbit was about 3 times its size. These little animals are very ferocious little predators. The long-tailed weasel, also known as the bridled weasel, is a small carnivorous mammal that is found throughout North America. Despite
Wild mink, scientifically known as Neovison vison, are small, carnivorous mammals that are native to North America. They are known for their sleek, dark brown fur and their ability to swim and hunt in water. Wild mink are an important part of the ecosystem, as they help to control populations of small animals such as rodents and fish. Wild mink are found throughout North America, from Alaska to Florida. They prefer to live near water, such as rivers, lakes, and wetlands, where they can hunt
Portland Oregon support a wide range of urban wildlife. I spend a lot of time exploring Oaks Bottom wildlife refuge. Occasionally I will run into mammals that include; Otters, Sea Lions, Coyotes, Raccoon, Rabbits, and minks to name a few. Here is a gallery of some of my encounters with Critters in Portland....
Today I ran across a River Otter enjoying sushi for lunch. Here is some close-up video footage. River otters are one of the most beloved animals in the world, and for good reason. They are incredibly playful, intelligent, and social creatures that have been around for millions of years. They are also incredibly important to the health of our ecosystems, as they help to keep the balance of aquatic life in check. River otters are members of the Mustelidae family, which includes weasels, badgers, and