Founded by award-winning bird rehabilitator Louise Shimmel, the Cascades Raptor Center houses more than 60 birds and a wildlife hospital whose staff has treated thousands of injured birds of prey. More than 30 native Oregon species, including eight types of hawks and 11 types of owls, perch in the center's capacious aviaries, each placed along serene forest trails. As visitors meander through the trees, the piercing gaze of ospreys, kites, and falcons shoot through the enclosures while bald and golden eagles show off their awe-inspiring wingspans and fashionable haircuts. During educational talks (1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, November through March; noon and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, April through October), handlers bring raptors out on their thick gloves to pose for portraits and field questions on their favorite rodents or brands of talon polish. In addition, a Screech Owl membership lets an individual waltz through the center's gates for free throughout the year, as well as bequeathing a guest pass for a friend who shares their fondness for feathery predators.
Mowing, edging, weeding, pruning, fertilizing, debris removal. The full-lawn service from JP LawnCare leaves no inch of a yard untouched. Typically, two workers tackle each lawn-based job, though larger-scale jobs, such as tree removal or asking a giraffe to chew leaves elsewhere, may require more hands. JP LawnCare also schedules regular mowing and lawn-care services.
Priority One Heating’s technicians outfit homes and offices with systems that control air temperature and cleanliness. Performing service calls 24 hours a day without additional overtime fees, technicians insulate residents from blustery winter months and protect pet snowmen from sweltering summer heat. Priority builds systems from the ground up with lifetime ductwork guarantees while retrofitting Energy Star–rated Carrier products into existing tubing.
Acres of blueberries sprawl across the scenic landscape at Blondie's Blooms & Berries Nursery, where staffers or guests pick five different types of the deep-blue fruit. Customers can also purchase pints and flats of the berries at the Eugene farmers' market each Saturday. In addition to jewel-toned snacks, the nursery stocks a verdant selection of Japanese maples, hanging baskets, and fragrant perennials. FoxFarm organic sprays, fertilizers, and soil help nourish tiny seedlings, and burbling fountains and decorative garden art add a touch of zen to drab backyards and fallout shelters.
At Northern Lights Christmas Tree Farm, Bob and Lynn Schutte oversee a bustling cornucopia of flora and fauna perched alongside the Willamette River. Christmas trees in the varieties of Noble, Grand, Douglas, and Fraser Fir, as well Scotch Pine, sprawl over half of the 162-acre stead, while the rest is home to turkeys, chickens, and 85 Angus/Hereford Cross cows, raised for USDA-certified grass-fed beef. When not searching for Christmas trees or loading up on local cuts of meat, folks can pay visits to the farm to see the animals and the pet the plants during field trips and on Colonial Harvest Day, a fall celebration complete with live music, food vendors, and hayrides.
Beard’s Framing’s staff encases cherished photos, artwork, and three-dimensional objects in materials ranging from polished wood to leather. Ready-made photo frames ($10+) clasp snapshots in a wood-and-glass embrace, protecting them from wrinkles, stains, and the scratchy nuzzles of sentimental lumberjacks. Lackluster walls can find colorful companionship in preframed artwork and a vehicle for deep self-reflection in mirrors ($50+). Ensconce valuables in custom framing packages ($59.99+), which can accommodate sports memorabilia, or preserve fine art with archival mats and backing boards. Handcrafted frames add a Renaissance flair to photos, utilizing materials such as 22-karat gold leaf to create one-of-a-kind frames.