Stories and News from ONDA

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2021 Lineup

Join us on Friday, October 1, 2021 for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, presented by E2 Solar. This year’s festival will be a virtual, streamed-in-HD showcase of films that speak to environmental concerns and celebrate our planet. We can’t wait to have you join us! This year’s lineup will take you on a...

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How-to: Playa Like a Pro

Author: Renee Patrick  | Published: August 12, 2021  |  Category: How-to The Alvord Desert Wilderness Study Area is an iconic attraction in Oregon’s high desert. The 50-mile long Steens Mountain creates a rain shadow for this 35+ square mile desert wonder, and increasingly people from all over Oregon (and the world) have discovered the...

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Meet Legacy Donors John Bauman
and Jenny Zimmerman

Author: Corinne Handelman  |  Published: August 2, 2021  |  Category: Profile Exploring creative ways to advance desert conservation For John Bauman and Jenny Zimmerman, retiring to Central Oregon felt like a perfect fit: a diversity of landscapes within a quick drive and, best of all, easy access to the high desert. “We really love...

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“A diverse and magical place”

Tribal Stewards reflect on the 2021 season In early July, we introduced you to the 2021 Tribal Stewards crew. Now that they have wrapped up their five-week session of restoration and conservation projects on Oregon’s desert lands and adjacent watersheds, we wanted to share their accomplishments and highlights from the season. After starting their...

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Where-to:
Swim in the John Day Basin

Author: Joanna Zhang  |  Published: July 19, 2021  |  Categories: Where-to  Five fantastic swimming holes on the John Day River You might not think of heading to the desert when you want to go swimming. That’s quite understandable. While Oregon’s high desert isn’t pulsing with waterfalls like the west side of Cascade crest, the...

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Reimagine Your Public Lands

Author: Lace Thornberg  |   Published: July 14, 2021  |  Updated: September 17, 2021 | Category: In the News National Public Lands Day is celebrated annually on the fourth Saturday in September. And, in 2021 the federal agency responsible for more than 245 million acres of public land nationwide, including 16 million acres in Oregon...

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Climate change. Drought. Wildfire.

Author: Jeremy Austin  |  Published: July 13, 2021  |  Category: In the News Each morning, as Google populates my inbox with news stories from across the Sagebrush Sea, one word increasingly dominates the headlines: wildfire. “Firefighters working to contain 2 wildfires after significant overnight growth” “Wildfires: Bigger, hotter than ever. How will the land...

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Meet ONDA’s Development Team

Author: Corinne Handelman  |  Published: July 7, 2021  |  Category: Profile These five members of ONDA’s staff keep you connected to desert conservation year-round. Allison Crotty, Development Director What I do: As ONDA’s development director, I oversee all of ONDA’s fundraising and communications work. I keep an eye on the big picture and make...

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Meet the 2021 Tribal Stewards Crew

This summer, a determined crew of Indigenous young adults is gaining professional experience in conservation, restoration and natural resource management, as our second season of the Tribal Stewards initiative, run in partnership with Northwest Youth Corps, is underway. The 2021 Tribal Stewards leaders and members bring rich experience and interests to the program and...

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Species Spotlight: Bighorn Sheep

Author: Scott Bowler | Published: June 28, 2021 | Category: Species Spotlight Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) once ranged far and wide all across the West, inhabiting a wider variety of habitats than they do today. There were many more bighorn as well, but nearly all populations of them were completely wiped out by overhunting (especially for...

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