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The Columbian White-Tailed Deer: Making Leaps and Bounds on its Road to Recovery

It's hard to believe that any type of white-tailed deer is considered an endangered species, especially because it's such an important game species for recreational hunting across the country. But, in fact, there is a subspecies of white-tailed deer in western Oregon that once was on the brink of extinction... Read More

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Farmers and Ranchers in Eastern Oregon sign on as Partners to Conserve the Sage-grouse, a Candidate Species

"What's good for the bird is good for the herd," says Tom Sharp, a Harney County rancher referring to... Read More

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The Oregon Chub Makes Its Way Upstream Towards Recovery

It's a small minnow in an area known for large salmon, but the Oregon chub has garnered a lot of attention from federal and state agency biologists, academic professionals, land managers and many others... Read More

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The Borax Lake Chub Makes a Comeback

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of government agencies, non-profit groups and university researchers, a tiny fish in an isolated Oregon lake is making a comeback. The Borax Lake chub... Read More

Featured Species in Oregon

Canada lynx, photo credit: Michael Zahra

Canada lynx

The Canada lynx is a medium-sized cat, similar to the bobcat. It has longer legs and very large well-furred paws, impressive adaptations for maneuvering through deep winter snow. While their name suggests otherwise, the historical and present North American range of the Canada lynx includes Alaska, Canada, and many of the other northern 48 states.  More »


Canada lynx.

Photo credit: Michael Zahra

Oregon chub, photo credit:  USFWS

Oregon chub

The Oregon chub (Oregonichthys crameri), a small minnow found only in the Willamette River Basin in western Oregon, has rebounded from the brink of extinction. In April 2010, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recognized this fish's improved condition by changing its legal status from endangered to the less critical category of threatened.  More »


Oregon chub.

Photo credit: USFWS

Partnership Stories in Oregon

New England Cottontail.  Photo credit: USFWS

Clakamas River Bull Trout Monitoring and Evaluation

In the past, bull trout were abundant and widely distributed in the Willamette Basin, including the Clackamas River. They were a historical component of the river's native fish assemblage that evolved over thousands of years. More »

Found in Oregon

  • Chinook salmon, Photo credit: Roger Tabor, USFWS

    Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), also called King salmon because they are the largest of the Pacific salmon species, were eaten by Lewis and Clark while on expedition. Lewis wrote that they were the best fish he ever ate. Chinook salmon have a unique life cycle where they live in the ocean for up to 8 years before migrating into the rivers along the Pacific coast to spawn, including the Columbia, Hood and Willamette Rivers.

    Photo credit: Roger Tabor, USFWS

  • Rough popcornflower. Photo credit: USFWS

    Found only in Douglas County, the rough popcornflower (Plagiobothrys hirtus) is restricted to seasonally wet pools that dry up in the summer. This small perennial plant is threatened by urban and agriculture development, invasive species, habitat fragmentation and degradation, and other human-caused disturbances that cause the substantial loss of seasonal wetland habitat.

    Photo credit: USFWS

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Last updated: June 4, 2020