By Gary Lewis
For The Register Guard
We wadered up in Dave Rogers’ seed barn. He had a sweet black Lab named Annie that knew she was top dog. When she met my pudelpointer, Liesl, she had to prove it. They had a little scrap, and after the pecking order had been reinforced, everyone got along fine.
Rogers calls his place River Refuge. He plants crops to encourage the birds to feed year-round or stop on their migrations north and south. Situated close to the Willamette, just outside of Brownsville, Rogers’ refuge feeds a lot of birds. On Wednesdays and Saturdays during the season, Rogers and his friends go out to blinds on various points on the property and try to harvest a few.