Stories and News from ONDA

Sean Bagshaw   Website

From Wildflowers to Butterflies

A photographer’s collections helped inspire the effort to save native trout in the Malheur rivers by Mac Lacy The sagebrush sea lost a fierce champion when Chris Christie passed away on December 15, 2020. A  long-time ONDA supporter, Chris was talented and thoughtful, cheekily humorous, and deeply committed to making the world a better...

Read More

Start 2021 Anew

If living through 2020 taught us anything, we have reinforced lessons on developing healthy routines, practicing gratitude, and finding personal healing by spending time in nature. Fortunately, ONDA members might be a step or two ahead of the curve on those practices, so here are some additional intentions to carry forward into a new...

Read More

Goals for the New Year

Each new year presents new opportunities to pursue our vision for Oregon’s high desert as a place where eight million acres of conserved public lands provide essential habitat for fish and wildlife, and wild places exist for all people to treasure and explore, now and always. Check out the photos below to see what...

Read More

Winter Wildlife Watching

By Scott Bowler What’s there to do in the desert in the winter? Watch wildlife! In many ways, especially at lower elevations, winter’s cold weather can provide some great hiking and exploring opportunities and it’s definitely a great time to be on the lookout for the rich array of wildlife species that inhabit Oregon’s...

Read More

Meet Joanna Zhang

A Conservation Leader in the Making Please allow us to introduce our newest staff member, Joanna Zhang, who will be serving as our Conservation Fellow for the next two years. She’ll focus on propelling our efforts to protect the Owyhee Canyonlands and see desert rivers designated as Wild & Scenic Rivers. As an ecology...

Read More

Conserving Your Connection

“One of my biggest personal feelings of loss for this terrible pandemic is that I had to give up these ONDA field trips.” When ONDA had to cancel our field-based stewardship trips and community get-togethers as a result of COVID-19, we expected people to be disappointed. After all, we were, too. What surprised us...

Read More

Signs of Winter

by Scott Bowler Winter may seem harsh, and it is indeed a difficult time to live outdoors, but remember that snow on the ground is actually good insulation. It blocks the wind, thus protecting animals from the most serious cold, and keeping temperatures warm enough underneath to allow activity much of the winter. Many...

Read More

The Perfect Gift
for Everyone on Your List

A Completely Subjective, All-ONDA Gift Guide Looking for a beautiful, non-perishable, one size fits all, no need to wrap, easy-to-mail gift that you can give to many, many people on your gift list? We’ve got you covered. ONDA’s Wild Desert Calendar makes a great gift … For anyone you can’t spend too much on,...

Read More

Recognizing Native American Heritage Month

Desert conservationists, did you know …  That Oregon’s high desert lands and waters are the traditional lands and waters of the Northern Paiute, Wasco, Warm Springs, Klamath, Modoc, Yahooskin, and Shoshone peoples?  That several of ONDA’s major restoration projects take place on lands currently managed by the Burns Paiute Tribe and the Confederated Tribes...

Read More

Add Your Voice

The Malheur Community Empowerment for the Owyhee Act (S.2828) provides Malheur County with vital economic development opportunities that support local economies and communities while safeguarding the Owyhee Canyonlands and surrounding public lands for recreation and wildlife habitat for current and future generations. Right now, desert conservations can urge Oregon’s elected officials to ensure a healthier future for Oregon’s...

Read More