From the Editor: Indulging in quackery

| Print |  Email
Articles - February 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
0213 EdLetter 01
Tim Boyle and Linda Baker duck hunting on Sauvie Island. 
// Photos by Anthony Pidgeon

I am not a duck hunter. That much was obvious to anyone who saw me on Sauvie Island one day last November when I accompanied Tim Boyle, CEO of Columbia Sportswear and the subject of this month’s cover story, on a duck hunt.

At one point I became very excited about seeing a raft of ducks sitting placidly on the water, only to be told, gently but firmly, that they were decoys, not live waterfowl. “I don’t understand; they looked so real,” I said to photographer Anthony Pidgeon, who was trekking in the swamp alongside me.

For this urban Portlander, duck hunting with Boyle was more than an opportunity to witness the head of Oregon’s seventh-largest public company engaged in one of his favorite pastimes. It was also a chance to expand my limited knowledge of things ornithological, as in when I mistook the collective roar of geese overhead for an airplane, or when I learned different species of duck have different calls.

Some, like the pintail, whistle instead of quack. Who knew?

After years of uncertainty, I was also hugely relieved to finally learn what a duck blind was. For those city folk who are still in the dark, it’s a cover for hunters — in this case, a series of benches hidden by cornstalks.

I myself was dressed in camouflage, though suffice it to say I’m not expecting to be hired as a catalog model for Columbia Sportswear waders or hunting jackets anytime soon. To find out how Boyle’s hunting trip turned out and what it’s like to helm one of Oregon’s iconic homegrown companies, read this month’s cover story.

If you’ve never seen Sauvie Island at sunrise — with the fog rising from the wetlands, Mount St. Helens in the distance and thousands of birds overhead — do that, too. It’s quite possibly one of the most spectacular outdoor experiences you can have so close to the city.

0213 EdLetter LindaEven if you’re not a duck hunter.

Linda Baker

 

More Articles

The Road to Reinvention

April 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

Damian Smith bets on changing himself — and Portland — through consulting.


Read more...

Shades of Gray

May 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY KIM MOORE

Are we too quick to diagnose corruption?


Read more...

Can small be large?

Linda Baker
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
040115-lindablogthumbBY LINDA BAKER

Leaders in Oregon's ag sector gathered this morning in Portland’s Coopers Hall winery/taproom to discuss the role of the region as an export gateway, impediments to exporting products and solutions to containerized shipping challenges.


Read more...

Letting Go

April 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

As baby boomers sell their businesses, too many forget the all-important succession plan.


Read more...

It's a Man's Man's Man's World

May 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

Male tech workers speak out on the industry's gender troubles.


Read more...

Celestial Eats

May 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER AND EILEEN GARVIN

A power lunch at Solstice Wood Fire Cafe & Bar.


Read more...

Much ado about data-driven organizations, for good reason

Contributed Blogs
Monday, April 13, 2015
bigdatathumbBY GRANT KIRBY | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR

The mega-shift from technology-driven to data-driven organizations raises questions about Oregon’s workforce preparedness.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS