Flowers blooming for Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Flowers blooming for Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Workers labor near a tractor and barn in a tulip field near Mount Vernon, Wash. The area is host to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, which runs through the month of April. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Most flower fields near Mount Vernon will be in full bloom this weekend as the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival continues through the month of April.

Migrating gray whales visible off Washington coast

Migrating gray whales visible off Washington coast
(File photo: Craig Hayslip/OSU Marine Mammal Institute)

The spring migration of gray whales is underway as more than 20,000 swim from their breeding waters off Baja, Mexico, to rich feeding grounds in Alaska's Bering Sea.

W. Wash. gopher going on endangered species list

W. Wash. gopher going on endangered species list
Mazama pocket gopher (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo)
The Fish and Wildlife Service announced plans Tuesday to list four subspecies of Mazama pocket gophers as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Coast Range a great place for spring hikes

Coast Range a great place for spring hikes
Kentucky Falls Trail leads to a pair of waterfalls over 100 feet in the coast mountain range west of Eugene, Ore., including North Fork Falls, on the left, and Lower Kentucky Falls, on the right, shown in this April, 2013 photo. (AP Photo/The Statesman Journal, Zach Urness)

These are destinations every bit as spectacular as Oregon's main tourist draws — Mount Hood, Columbia River Gorge, Silver Falls — that are visited a fraction of the time.

Photos: Tulip Fest 2014

Photos: Tulip Fest 2014
Time to tiptoe through the tulips in Woodburn. The Tulip Fest is on through May 4 at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, where 40 acres of blooming tulips await. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 30 minutes from Salem at 33814 S. Meridian Rd., Woodburn, OR 97071.

Time to tiptoe through the tulips in Woodburn, where the Tulip Fest is on through May 4 at Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.

Photos: Aftermath of March 27, 1964, 9.2 quake in Alaska

Photos: Aftermath of March 27, 1964, 9.2 quake in Alaska
Wreckage of Government Hill School in Anchorage. The south wing of the building, shown here, collapsed into a graben at the head of the landslide. Slip of the graben block is shown by displacement of the roofline.

The earth shook for 4 1/2 minutes on March 27, 1964, at 5:36 p.m. as the largest earthquake in U.S. history tossed and bent Alaska. The 9.2 magnitude earthquake killed 15 people. Another 113 died in tsunamis, including 4 in Oregon. The damage was costly: $113 million in 1964 dollars, more than $2.3 billion by today's standards.

Razor clam digging begins Wednesday in Washington

Razor clam digging begins Wednesday in Washington
Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says razor clam digging on Washington's beaches begins Wednesday.

Group retracing trek of wandering Oregon wolf OR-7

Group retracing trek of wandering Oregon wolf OR-7
File - This May 8, 2012 file photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Game shows OR-7, the Oregon wolf that has trekked across two states looking for a mate, on a sagebrush hillside in Modoc County, Calif. An expedition is gearing up to hike and bike along the 1,200-mile trail of wandering wolf OR-7 as he trekked across Oregon into Northern California, crossing territory that hasn’t seen his kind in nearly a century as he looked for a mate. They hope the journey, as told in traditional storytelling, multimedia blogging, and a documentary film, will offer new insights into what the spread of wolves across the West means for the people who live here. (AP Photo/Richard Shinn/California Department of Fish and Game, File)

Wildlife advocates are preparing to retrace the 1,200-mile path of a wandering wolf whose trek in 2011 across Oregon and California attracted worldwide attention, hoping their upcoming journey will help build greater acceptance of wolves as they reclaim lost territories across the West.

Dog rescued from deep backcountry snow in NE Oregon

A Pendleton, Ore., man and his two teenage sons say they found a thirsty, famished Airedale terrier struggling to move in deep snow when they paused after a 14-mile snowmobile ride into the northeast Oregon backcountry.

Oregon wolf shot and killed in Idaho

Oregon wolf shot and killed in Idaho
Photo taken July 6, 2013 of OR-17 with a 2013 pup of the Imnaha pack. Idaho Fish and Game spokesman Mike Demick confirmed Thursday the 2-year-old female was shot and killed by a hunter March 2, about a week after leaving Oregon.

A second GPS-collared wolf from Oregon has been killed by a hunter in Idaho.

Wandering wolf OR-7 may have a pal in Cascades

Wandering wolf OR-7 may have a pal in Cascades
This 2012 photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows a wolf from the Minam pack in the Eagle Cap Wilderness in northeastern Oregon. The 2013 draft annual wolf report from the department shows the Oregon wolf population continues to grow, spinning off another pathfinder that made its way some 200 miles west to the Cascade Range. Tracks were confirmed last December on the eastern flanks of Mount Hood. The wandering wolf OR-7 has been roaming the southern Cascades since 2011. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Oregon's wolf population continues to grow and has spun off another pathfinder that made it to the Cascades.

Scientists prepare to lift tusk from Seattle pit

Scientists prepare to lift tusk from Seattle pit
In this handout photo provided by the Rafn Company, a mammoth tusk is fully exposed after being excavated overnight and into early Friday morning, Feb. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Rafn Company, Craig Leckness)
Scientists on Friday partially encased a mammoth tusk in plaster as they prepared to extract it from the 30-foot-deep pit where it was found this week at a downtown Seattle construction site.

Construction crew finds ancient mammoth tusk in Seattle

Construction crew finds ancient mammoth tusk in Seattle »Play Video
Photos courtesy of Transit Plumbing Inc
An extremely rare piece of history was discovered this week in a South Lake Union construction site.

Oregon minnow to be 1st fish taken off endangered list

Oregon minnow to be 1st fish taken off endangered list
This Jan. 16, 2014 photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows an Oregon chub at the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge near Corvallis, Ore. The tiny fish found only in Oregon has become the first fish in the country removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it no longer faces extinction. It was put on the endangered species list 21 years ago. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Rick Swart)

A tiny minnow that lives only in Oregon backwaters is set to become the first fish ever taken off U.S. Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer threatened with extinction.

Study warns Douglas fir root rot could get worse

Study warns Douglas fir root rot could get worse
Old growth Douglas fir trees stand along the Salmon river Trail on the Mt. Hood National Forest outside Zigzag, Ore., in this June 25, 2004 file photo. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

A new study has warned that a fungus that devours the roots of Douglas fir trees in the Northwest could become a bigger killer as the climate changes.