Central Oregon Wildlife

From large mammals like bears and cougars to tiny hummingbirds and butterflies, the diversity of of wildlife in Central Oregon is amazing. Learn more about the wildlife of our region--and at Land Trust Preserves--in the blog posts below.

Elk Rutting Season is Here

Oct 06, 2022
The leaves are changing, the days are getting crisper, and pumpkins are for sale at the farmer’s market. That’s right, it’s officially elk rutting season. Wait, what?!? Learn more about the elk mating season.

Summer Wildlife Wanderings

Sep 08, 2022
Central Oregon's wildlife has been on the move this summer! We hope you enjoy the latest installment of wildlife photos and videos from Land Trust Preserves and beyond!

Super Bugs in our Water

Aug 01, 2022
Our streams and rivers in Central Oregon are full of life. Some of these stream inhabitants, like macroinvertebrates or water bugs, possess a super power--they can tell us about the health of our local streams and rivers.

Kestrel Monitoring, Not for the Faint of Heart

Jul 06, 2022
The temperature on the dashboard of the car hovered at 99. It was one of those early summer days when anything above 80 seems extreme, and you’re sure the rattlesnakes will be sunning themselves everywhere you look. Perfect time to tag along on a kestrel banding expedition!

Butterflies of Central Oregon and their host plants

Jun 23, 2022
Warmer weather and blooming flowers bring out a wide variety of butterflies making them easy to spot and watch. It’s the bright colors that catch many people’s eye, but did you know that all butterflies are also deeply connected to the land around them?

Spring Wildlife Wanderings

Jun 06, 2022
From a family of cougars to river otters to a beaver couple, enjoy the latest slideshow of wildlife photos and videos from Land Trust Preserves and beyond!