Category: Resources

Swimming holes


by Jeanine Moy, Northwest Nature Shop Naturalist Southwest Oregon hosts amazing places to go swimming. Our backyard public-lands boast alpine lakes, wild rivers, and tumbling waterfalls on Cascade volcanic rocks and steep Siskiyou drainages. This region is marked by aquatic refuges for people and wildlife alike. Before you go, make sure to ... Read More


Tips for spring morel hunting in southwest Oregon Learn to properly identify morels: Morels will grow singularly from the soil, have a characteristic conical pitted cap, and can be a creamy white color ranging to a dark brown-black. The stalk of the mushroom should be entirely hollow if you cut it ... Read More


by Harry Nehls On August 21 a total eclipse of the sun will pass eastward over the central sections of Oregon. This event has generated considerable interest among humans. But what effect will the eclipse have on local wildlife? On February 26, 1979, a total eclipse passed directly over Portland, allowing ... Read More
July 1, 2017Marie Uhtoff


The Northwest Nature Shop is Pleased to be a ticket outlet for the 15th Annual Siskiyou Film Festival. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students and seniors. tickets are also available online at and at Oregon Books and Games in Grants Pass The 15th annual Siskiyou FilmFest will be held ... Read More
December 31, 2016Northwest Nature Shop



All About Hummingbirds

Written by Chris Uhtoff of the Northwest Nature Shop Hummingbirds are almost a magical presence in the garden, like the famous pixie Tinkerbell from Peter Pan. The unusual humming sound of their wings, as they beat up to 200 times per second signals their presence. Often you only catch a glimpse ... Read More
April 12, 2016Marie Uhtoff
niger sock feeder


Niger Thistle (Nyjer Seed) is the most popular bird seed for goldfinches and pine siskins. This article covers what birds particularly like Niger Thistle, the seeds history and the best ways to feed niger seed. Written by Chris Uhtoff of the Northwest Nature Shop The popular finch seed Niger ( Guizotia abyssinica ... Read More
April 11, 2016Marie Uhtoff


Written by Steve Harvey Have you ever had you breath taken away by the sight of a summer meadow in bloom?  The lush and richly varied colors of a meadow filled with summer's wildflowers or a carpet of flowers in a shaded forest glen are sights that most of us truly ... Read More
March 24, 2016Marie Uhtoff


Written by Jay Van Tussenbrook It's better not to guess. As the rains come and the weather warms, spring flowers aren't the only thing popping up out of the soil. Those little mounds of earth steadily rising in the backyard will soon open up to reveal mushrooms! Here in Southern Oregon that most likely means ... Read More
March 24, 2016Marie Uhtoff


Do you ever wonder how cold it got the previous night while you were sleeping in your warm bed, or what the high temperature was at your home in the summer while you were dipping your toes in Lake of the Woods. Well, I’m a statistic freak and I’m always ... Read More
February 18, 2016Northwest Nature Shop
WoodLink Bluebird House BB1


Written by Northwest Nature Shop Expert Birder Terence Philippe Spring is just around the corner, and so it’s a good time to prepare your yard for the arrival of our spring and summer birds. Follow this blog where each week we’ll write about topics and provide information to help you learn ... Read More
February 12, 2016Caroline