Meet our New Members: The Tee Family

01/02/2015

Looking forward to taking many adventures in the Pacific Northwest

by Kelsi Shelton

The Tee family moved to Bend just this past August to enjoy what makes Bend such an irresistible haven for many: the four seasons and the small town sense of community. From Carlsbad, California, Steve and Danielle Tee were initially attracted to Tetherow due to the links style golf course and the remarkable setting. The couple adds, “the staff at Tetherow was genuine and welcoming, and the overall feel is just entirely different and better than many golf clubs.”
Steve and Danielle have two young kids, Keira, 3 and Henry, 2. For Steve, golf and anything outdoors keeps him happy, and Danielle’s sanity comes in the form of a clean house, quiet time, and planning big parties. The kids’ interests lie primarily in princesses, ballerinas and fairies, and trucks and dragons, respectively. The Tee family also has two beloved Boston Terriers, Bovine and Sugs.
One day, the couple hopes to travel to New Zealand as a family, live in Italy for a year, and, like any well-respected citizen, meet the princesses at Disneyworld. Currently, both Danielle and Steve continue to practice law in California, and are “looking forward to taking many adventures in the Pacific Northwest as a family.”
Welcome to Tetherow, Tee family!

Tee Family

Sean Mercer, The Row Manager

12/23/2014

Getting to Know Our Staff: The Row’s Manager Sean Mercer “By far the best group of members I have met.”
Kelsi Shelton

The Row’s Sean Mercer moved to Bend right after high school to attend COCC, but the not-so-secret motivation was to ski. In the past 10 years, Mercer has gained a dynamic breadth of experience to apply to his current management position. “I’ve been a cook, busser, server, bar back and bartender. I’ve worked in both resort and dive bars, restaurants, breweries and country clubs.”  Working in the restaurant industry, he explained, is a “building passion” which continues to grow.

Managing The Row since last summer, Mercer says he welcomes the challenges as Tetherow grows. “The Row is young and nothing is set in stone just yet,” he says, adding that the growth at Tetherow has been an exciting adventure and he is eager to be a part of it. “I love the member base at Tetherow. I have worked at other country clubs and this is by far the best group of members I have met.” He also adds that he appreciates getting to meet new people from all over, thanks to Tetherow being open to the public. “I love the unknown of who is going to come through the door and sit at the bar,” he says.

Prior to managing The Row, Mercer was a bartender at Mt. Bachelor’s Clearing Rock Bar and fought wild land fires in the summer. He did this seasonal rotation for 5 years before moving to Portland and attending the Portland Community College Fire Academy while working at Willamette Valley Country Club. He then moved to Washington to accept a resident/volunteers position with Spokane Fire District 8.

But, 2 years later, his heart led him back to Bend. And avid skier, Mercer has had a season pass every year for 13 years and adds, “I’ve recently been transferring into the backcountry, exploring new areas and the amazing wilderness Central Oregon has to offer.” In the summer, Mercer enjoys camping, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, happy hours out in the beautiful Central Oregon sunshine, and yes, golfing. “Sadly I am terrible at it, but I love to be outside and thoroughly enjoy the Tetherow course,” he explains.

Mercer, the youngest of three, grew up in The Dalles, Oregon and his parents now live in Page, Arizona. His dad is a boat captain and his mom is a teacher.

Thank you for all your hard work, Sean!

The birds that call Tetherow home in winter

12/23/2014

Our Wintertime Friends: The birds that call Tetherow home in the cold months
by Cal Elshoff

Winter has arrived!

We have the lowest number of species for the year around Tetherow, but there are still many birds in the area.  Those you should be seeing include:Robins, Spotted Towhees, House Finches, Juncoes, Crossbills,  Fox Sparrows, Quail, White Crowned Sparrows, Ravens, Flickers, Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Pygmy and Redbreasted and White Breasted Nuthatches, Mourning Doves, Bushtits, Golden Crowned Kinglets, Chickadees, Kestrels,  RedTailed Hawks, Sharp Shinned Hawks, and Coopers Hawks.   Great Horned Owls are also present.

If you are fortunate you may see some Cedar Waxwings passing through.   When the ponds aren’t frozen, they may contain Mallards, Ring necked Ducks, Coots, Teal, and Buffleheads.  Canada Geese, Bald Eagles and an occasional Osprey (although almost all of these have migrated south) are seen flying over the course as well.

Many people feed the local birds in winter and that’s a good thing to do!  Nyger seed and sunflower seed is the most common food provided, supplemented by suet feeders.  Getting water can be a challenge for birds in the winter when everything is frozen up.  If you have the ability to provide a small heating source to a flowing water basin for birds, you will get lots of visitors (the heating elements are sold in local bird and pet food places).

Please do not allow cats to be outside.  Cats account for more bird mortalities than almost all other causes annually.  In the winter, those kills get greater as birds are often concentrated at feeders making it easier for cats to kill them.  Similarly, keeping dogs on leashes is a great thing for birds and deer and other wildlife.  The winter weather stresses are compounded if deer, rabbits etc have to flee dogs running free, burning up energy needed to just get through the winter.In late January to early February, the migration will begin to turn around again and we will begin to see more birds and different species coming back.

Happy Birding!

 

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