Outdoors

Outdoors Studded tires legal starting November 1 Studded tires legal starting November 1
But most transportation officials would prefer drivers to use all-weather tires or chains when it snows. They say studded tires cause millions of dollars of damage to highways and bridge decks.
Outdoors October-November worst time of year for car-deer collisions October-November worst time of year for car-deer collisions (Photo Gallery)
State police responded to 4 crashes involving wildlife in 4 days as Oregon enters October and November, the worst months for vehicle-wildlife collisions.

Over the past 10 years, more than a third of the total reported vehicle-wildlife crashes occurred September - November. The deadliest encounters have taken place in Josephine and Deschutes counties, but no county in the state is untouched by these incidents. Those with the highest total crashes reported are Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Klamath and Lane.
Outdoors Oregon State study unlocks secrets of gecko feet Oregon State study unlocks secrets of gecko feet
Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a model that explains how geckos, as well as spiders and some insects, can run up and down walls, cling to ceilings, and seemingly defy gravity with such effortless grace.

This ability, outlined Tuesday in the Journal of Applied Physics, is a remarkable mechanism in the toes of geckos that uses tiny, branched hairs called “seta” that can instantly turn their stickiness on and off, and even “unstick” their feet without using any energy.
Outdoors 'It is a remarkable success story' 'It is a remarkable success story' (Photo Gallery)
A collaborative project between researchers in Oregon and Asia last year helped establish a new breeding colony for one of the world’s most endangered seabirds – the Chinese crested tern – which then had a global population estimated at fewer than 50 birds.
Outdoors OSU researchers first to track Antarctic minke whales OSU researchers first to track Antarctic minke whales (Photo Gallery)
Scientists for the first time have used tags to track the behavior of Antarctic minke whales and discovered that this smallest of the lunge-feeding whales utilizes the sea ice more than expected and feeds in ways unique from other species.