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Is it Safe to Eat Crab on Christmas Eve?
California Outdoors Q&A
Carrie Wilson, DECEMBER 21, 2017

Question: My family has for many years eaten fresh Dungeness Crab on Christmas Eve.  We haven’t for a few years but would like to resume for this upcoming Christmas Eve. We have some doubts about eating it and were wondering if you could supply some information that would help the doubters feel comfortable eating crab again this year. (The Healy Family) Answer: The...
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Rain should jump start winter steelhead run
Kenny Priest
by Kenny Priest, DECEMBER 21, 2017

Humboldt County Coast

It wasn’t much, but it was a start. Tuesday’s storms brought just enough rain to bump up the river flows, and hopefully light a fire under the winter steelhead. Most of the rain fell from Eureka north, with the Smith and Chetco each jumping a couple feet. The Smith was dropping quickly and will likely be clear by Saturday, but...
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The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announce that recreational crabbing is now open from Cape Blanco, north of Port Orford, to the Columbia River. Crab samples taken from the area indicate that levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid have dropped below the alert level. This reopening of the recreational season applies to crab...
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Quackheads Go Crackers
The Outdoor Edge
by Don Webster, DECEMBER 20, 2017

We’d just arrived at Lower Klamath and Tulelake. It was a waterfowler’s paradise. There were thousands of ducks and geese. It was cold, the skies were cloudy, and the wind was steadily increasing. The stage was set for a great hunt. Roger and I were giddy with excitement. Our first draw at the Tulelake check station was a space blind --...
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ODFW is urging people to keep their bird feeders clean and free of bacteria so wild birds stay healthy this winter. Calls to ODFW from Oregon bird lovers seeing dead birds in their yard and around their feeders are increasing with colder weather. Testing by the Oregon Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory identified the cause of one recent bird die-off at a feeder...
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Drought’s Toll on Forests Continues
by Water Deeply, DECEMBER 18, 2017

California’s drought may have officially been declared over in the spring, but the effects of the five-year drought are still taking a toll on the state’s forests, new information shows. Last November, the number of trees that died in California forests since 2010 was estimated by the U.S. Forest Service at 102 million, with 62 million dying in 2016 alone. The latest aerial survey shows that tree mortality...
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