Spring is in the air!

Although it has felt like spring has sprung for the past few weeks here in the Gorge, the season officially begins on the vernal equinox March 20! This year spring is welcomed by a total eclipse and a super moon – two stellar ways to ring in the season, if you catch my drift. Unfortunately [...]


It’s spring!

Although it officially became spring over a month ago the wildflowers have just recently begun displaying their beauty on the hillsides of the Gorge. The bright yellow of the Balsam Root and the deep purple of the Lupine have been capturing the eye of our camera lens lately. They have also captured the mind and [...]

In it for The Long Run

On this first day of spring, we are easily moved to be thankful for this time of year, for the long winter to be over.  This is the time of year for hope, outdoor endeavors and recreation, gardening, for blessed warmth. The Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute was started in 1997 and we are celebrating our [...]

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Nature Notes: Grass Widows

Attention Gorge-lovers!  Polish up those camera lenses, dust off those hiking boots, and prepare yourself for the onslaught of Portland wild-flower enthusiasts, because the grass widows are starting to bloom. Sisyrinchium douglasii, also called Olsynium douglasii, is everyone’s favorite sign of spring.  This member of the iris family  flowers as early as February in dry, [...]