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Last of summer’s silverspot pupae head for Oregon coast

It's summertime, and some of the Oregon Zoo's tiniest residents are heading to the coast. Zoo conservationists are busy preparing the last of this season's Oregon silverspot butterflies for one-way passage to either Bray Point or Rock Creek in an effort to stabilize declining populations of this threatened species.

'Sunset at the Zoo' offers one more chance for summer fun

Trashcan Joe and Mr. Ben to perform as zoo extends hours on Aug. 21. The Sunset at the Zoo series — free with regular zoo admission — concludes Wednesday, Aug. 21, with live music and entertainment, activities for kids and the chance to get to know animals active during twilight hours. Zoo gates remain open until 8 p.m. with music and activities taking place from 5 p.m. on. (Visitors on zoo grounds by 8 p.m. may stay until 9:30.)

Zoo-aided study reveals secret life of forest carnivores

Last winter, biologists Tim Hiller and Jamie McFadden-Hiller planted 32 roadkill-baited motion-sensitive cameras in the snowy wilds of Oregon's Central Cascades. After six months and more than 25,860 photos, they have begun to paint a picture of Oregon's forest carnivore diversity — capturing images of eight meat-eaters ranging from weasels to black bears, along with a few surprises.

Zoo to return endangered NW turtles to the wild

Portlanders may feel like summer's just reaching its peak. But for 10 western pond turtles reared at the Oregon Zoo, a nearly yearlong stretch of warm days and nights will soon be drawing to an end.

Zoo bear sports high-tech neckwear for conservation

Tasul, an Oregon Zoo polar bear, recently landed her first white-collar job: research assistant for the U.S. Geological Survey. Her assignment: wearing a high-tech collar to help solve a climate change mystery.

Zoo Foundation welcomes four new board members

Four new members with impressive résumés and a passion for wildlife have joined the Oregon Zoo Foundation's board of directors, officials announced. Public affairs specialist Deborah Herron, groundbreaking politician Jessica Vega Pederson, development expert Sigrid Button, and banking professional Peter Norman all were elected to the OZF board in June, and are ready to jump into the foundation's many projects in support of the Oregon Zoo.

Columbia Gorge pika watchers mobilize for summer season

Hike the Columbia Gorge this summer and piping from the rocks you might hear something that sounds like a squeak toy on steroids. It's the alarm call of the American pika alerting other pikas to your presence. To biologists, though, it's the absence of that call that's sounding the alarm.

Zoo welcomes summer with bear awareness activities

The Oregon Zoo is welcoming summer with a special bear awareness day June 22.At 11 a.m., keepers will be placing a campsite (minus the campers) right in the middle of Black Bear Ridge for the zoo's four black bears — Dale, Cubby, Tuff and Takoda — to ransack.

NW Natural's paperless billing program to benefit zoo

NW Natural customers who sign up to receive their bills electronically by the end of next month can also help support the Oregon Zoo. The Oregon Zoo Foundation — the private nonprofit fundraising arm of the zoo — was selected as one of four environmentally focused groups to win a portion of $25,000 donated by NW Natural shareholders.

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