ONDA's Wild Desert Blog
Oregon Natural Desert Association knows that our wild desert lands will only be protected through the support of those who love them. This collection of stories from a variety of contributors reflects the diversity of people involved in our work and highlights what we have in common - a shared love of Oregon's deserts.
At least 14 species of bats live east of the Cascades, and they are an important part of the ecosystem of the high desert. Dr. Tom Rodhouse of the National Park Service shares about the pressures bats face.
Ever heard of packrafting? It combines backpacking and rafting, and it's perfect for exploring some sections of Oregon's Owhyee Canyonlands. Here, one Oregonian shares his packrafting adventure in the Owyhee Middle Fork with the Oregon Natural Desert Association.
On the eve of the Oregon Badlands Wilderness's fifth birthday, one ONDA member shares how the beauty of this place speaks to her.
Monday at 8 p.m. PST, cable channel NatGeo Wild will showcase Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands in a show called Going Wild. Heidi Hagemeier, who works on the Campaign for the Owyhee Canyonlands, intends to watch, even though the reality TV take on one of her favorite places might be taking things to the extremes.
Charyn McDonnell lived at the foot of Sutton Mountain for nearly five years. She continually felt inspired by the variety of flora and fauna found in just one place.
Eugene artist Paul Safar was inspired to write poetry, compose music and ultimately put it all together into a video with high desert imagery after a visit to the Summer Lake area.
Oregon Natural Desert Association volunteer Bridget Welch interviews Brian Sykes of Ouzel Outfitters, a veteran of Owyhee River rafting trips, on why the Owyhee Canyonlands is so special.
A growing number of business owners across the west recognize the huge economic value of protected public lands. Here in Central Oregon, 20 local businesses came together recently to thank Senator Ron Wyden for his work to protect wilderness areas in the high desert and keep public lands in public hands.
Christof and Ursina Teuscher originally hail from Switzerland. Since moving to the US in 2004, they have fallen in love with the wild West, favoring the freedom and the open space of the high desert.
Oregon Natural Desert Association's John Day coordinator, Ben Gordon, thinks Sutton Mountain is the perfect place for a snow-free winter outing. Recently he made his first outing on the Spring Gulch Trail to the top of the mountain.
Volunteer trips with the Oregon Natural Desert Association opened up an entire new world to Portland-area resident Jesse Laney. And he's been returning ever since.
Matt Orr, an Oregon State University-Cascades biology and ecological restoration instructor, has taught a summer field course on the South Fork of the Crooked River since 2007. Restoration work there, he believes, faces challenges.
Monica Welch tells the Oregon Natural Desert Association about hiking at Alder Springs within the Whychus-Deschutes Wilderness Proposal. She makes it an annual event.
Jeremy Austin was an Oregon westsider who had never been to Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Then he took a summer job with the Oregon Natural Desert Association and was captivated by the desert.
Oregon Natural Desert Association Central Oregon Wilderness Coordinator Gena Goodman-Campbell recently made a unique outing to Steelhead Falls along the Deschutes River with the Plein Air Painters of Oregon. An art show of the paintings from this trip is currently in the works, to be held at ONDA’s offices next spring — stay tuned for details!
After spending decades exploring the Owyhee Canyonlands, Bonnie Olin and her husband, Mike Quigley, decided to put together a book. The effort, 'The Owyhee River Journals,' pairs Quigley's images with Olin's words. Here, they team up again to urge others to have their own Owyhee adventure.
Steens Mountain Wilderness is nearly fence-free, thanks to the hard work of Oregon Natural Desert Association volunteers and support from organizations like REI.
Bend business E2 Solar, a presenting sponsor of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on Oct. 3, shares why it believes the work of the Oregon Natural Desert Association supports the economy.
Oregon Natural Desert Association's John Day coordinator, Ben Gordon, shares his fun day in the proposed Horse Heaven Wilderness with members of the brand new Great Old Broads for Wilderness Central Oregon Chapter.
After a trip volunteering with the Oregon Natural Desert Association on the South Fork of the Crooked River, a recent graduate from the Seattle Waldorf School reflects on her first encounter with desert wilderness.