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The High Desert Speaker Series is a great way for Oregonians to learn more about the incredible high desert in their backyard! The Oregon Natural Desert Association is bringing to both Bend and Portland this winter a dynamic group of speakers from around the Pacific Northwest to speak about getting to know the high desert.

 

ONDA Presents: 2017 High Desert Speaker Series

This coming year, the High Desert Speaker Series is returning to both Bend and Portland with monthly events running January through April!

Registration is strongly recommended to guarantee your seat at these popular events. Free tickets will become available via a link below three to four weeks prior to each event date.

All Bend events will take place at Bend's Old Stone Church, 157 NW Franklin Ave. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with speakers beginning at 7 p.m.

All Portland events will take place at Portland's First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Ave. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with speakers beginning at 7 p.m.

Bend Events


Ben Canales: Starry Nights, Should We Care?

Tuesday, January 17, 7 p.m.

Ben Canales
A visitor stands under a starry night sky on the South Sister Summit. Ben Canales, who specializes in timelapse and night photography, will share more about why dark night skies matter and where to experience them. Photo by Ben Canales

      As the glow of our city and mobile electronics grow, is there still any reward to a night under the stars? Join us for a compelling event that combines video shorts and information about why Oregon's high desert is one of the best places in our country to view our night skies.

      This presentation will ask questions about the anthropological value of being under the stars. You'll leave inspired to reconnect with that childlike curiosity that draws us outside on a clear night to gaze up and explore the skies above.

The event will take place at Bend's Old Stone Church. Registration is free, and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Thanks for a great event! See you next month.

     

Stuart Garrett: The Secret Lives of Sage-Grouse

Tuesday, February 7, 7 p.m.

Dr. Stu Garrett has a long-standing interest in natural history, botany, and geology and is an active protector of wild places. In 2014, he won the Alice Elshoff Desert Conservation Award from ONDA. Photo: Kevin Smith.
Dr. Stuart Garrett has a longstanding interest in natural history, botany, and geology and is an active protector of wild places. In 2014, he won the Alice Elshoff Desert Conservation Award from ONDA. Photo by Kevin Smith.

The Greater sage-grouse is an imperiled bird that lives on public lands right in our backyard. The elaborate courtship ritual and decorated plumage of this bird have captivated the minds and hearts of desert visitors throughout the western United States. But this bird has faced a number of threats in recent years that led scientists to consider its listing under the Endangered Species Act. In recent years, federal agencies have developed new protection guidelines for this bird in lieu of listing.

Local physician and conservation advocate Stuart Garrett will discuss recent attempts to protect the sage-grouse and highlight how sagebrush habitat is important to the bird's life cycle. Don't miss this chance to get more information on how we can protect habitat for this bird that lives on public lands in our own high desert backyard!

The event will take place at Bend's Old Stone Church. Registration is free, and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Thanks for a great event! See you next month.



William Sullivan: New Hikes in Eastern Oregon

Tuesday, March 7, 7 p.m.

William Sullivan
William Sullivan's hiking guide books have inspired all of us at some point to get out and explore! A fifth-generation Oregonian, Sullivan began hiking at the age of five and has been exploring new trails ever since.

Oregon's hiking guru will take us on a slideshow tour of a dozen new trails he discovered while researching the new third edition of his book, "100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon." Discover a colorful badlands on the Owyhee River, a new wilderness with cactus flowers on the John Day, and a viewpoint hike to a ranch at the east end of the Columbia Gorge.

We'll even explore half a dozen little-known hot springs. As always, Sullivan spices his talk with notes on the geology, wildlife, and history of the land. This talk is sure to inspire your next trip to Oregon's high desert!

The event will take place at Bend's Old Stone Church. The event is free and space is limited, so please register online to save your seat.

 

Thanks for a great event! See you next month.




Finding Artistic Inspiration in the High Desert

Tuesday, April 25, 7 p.m.

An artist paints the Owyhee.
An artist paints the Owyhee. Photo by Tom O'Keefe.

Our fourth and final High Desert Speaker Series event in Bend will conclude with a discussion of the many varied ways that desert landscapes inspire us, featuring a panel of award-winning artists whose muse is the high desert itself: Nancy Pobanz, Artist in Residence at the Rimrock Draw Rock Shelter archaeological site; Janet Matson, a ceramicist and member of the Clay Guild of the Cascades; Deborah Ford, photographer and executive director of Playa; Carla Fox, a metalsmith and founder of Art in the High Desert; and Monica Helms, an oil and acrylic painter specializing in wildlife.

From the dramatic light and rich textures of the desert landscape, to the resilient spirit of the land, this talk will leave you inspired to see Oregon's high desert through the eyes of an artist. This event will be moderated by ONDA's Gena Goodman-Campbell.

This event will include a silent art auction with proceeds to benefit ONDA, so bring your checkbooks!

The event will take place at Bend's Old Stone Church. The event is free and space is limited, so please register online to save your seat. Registration opens one month prior to this event.

Register online today to save your seat.


     

Portland Events

Ben Canales: Starry Nights, Should We Care?

Monday, January 23, 7 p.m.

Ben Canales
A visitor stands under a starry night sky on the South Sister Summit. Ben Canales, who specializes in timelapse and night photography, will share more about why dark night skies matter and where to experience them. Photo by Ben Canales

      As the glow of our city and mobile electronics grow, is there still any reward to a night under the stars? Join us for a compelling presentation by Ben Canales of Uncage the Soul Productions that combines video shorts and information about why Oregon's high desert is one of the best places in our country to view our night skies.

This presentation will ask questions about the anthropological value of being under the stars. You'll leave inspired to reconnect with that childlike curiosity that draws us outside on a clear night to gaze up and explore the skies above.

The event will take place at Portland's First Congregational Church. Registration is free, and doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Thank you for a great start to our series in Portland! See you next month.

 

Chad Brown: Trinity on the River

Monday, February 27, 7 p.m.

Chad Brown
Chad Brown, a decorated U.S. Navy veteran who received multiple honors after serving in Desert Storm Gulf War and Operation Restore Hope, Somalia, struggles today with PTSD. The illness nearly drove him to suicide before he found solace in flyfishing. Brown’s discovery of nature as medicine inspired him to launch Soul River, Inc., a nonprofit that aims to share the healing power of rivers with veterans and inner-city youth.

Chad Brown founded Soul River Inc. to connect youth and veterans to our public lands and wild rivers. The goals were to build community, provide healing and inspire the next generation of ambassadors for outdoor conservation. Chad will speak about Soul River's mission and trips, including their 2016 deployment to the Owyhee River and to the Arctic, and show a documentary about his work to protect freshwater resources.

Chad's work has taken him across the country to speak about connecting people, particularly youth of color, to the outdoors. Additionally, he has presented to key city leaders, state representatives, and officials about diversity, conservation, and building collaborative relationships between nonprofit and for-profit businesses.

The event will take place at Portland's First Congregational Church. The event is free and space is limited, so please register online to save your seat.

Thanks for another great event! See you next month.

 

Dr. Megan Creutzburg: Resilient Sagebrush Landscapes and Climate Change

Monday, March 27, 7 p.m.

Megan Creutzburg
Megan is a research scientist who has spent the last several years working on large landscape assessments, integrating processes such as vegetation succession, climate, disturbances and management activities. Megan has been with OSU's Institute for Natural Resources since 2010.

Are you fascinated or frightened by future climate scenarios? Do you wonder what will happen to eastern Oregon's vast wild lands? Join us for an evening with researcher Megan Creutzburg from Oregon State University's Institute for Natural Resources to learn more about the unique sagebrush ecosystem and what changes we might expect in the future under climate change.

We'll discuss the uncertainty posed by a changing climate and explore how we may be able to use restoration to maintain resiliency in the sagebrush sea into the future.

The event will take place at Portland's First Congregational Church. Registration is free and space is limited.

Register online today to save your seat.

     

     

 

 

Dan Morse: Lesser Known Public Lands in Eastern Oregon

Monday, April 24, 7 p.m.

Dan Morse
Dan has been ONDA's conservation director since 2012. Prior to his work with ONDA, he was executive director at High Country Conservation Alliance in Colorado, where he worked on a wide variety of conservation issues in the Gunnison Basin.

In the fourth and final presentation of ONDA’s High Desert Speaker Series in Portland, ONDA Conservation Director Dan Morse will reveal some of the most spectacular (and shockingly overlooked) areas of Oregon’s high desert.

Dan will speak about remote areas in the desert and the importance of public lands protection. This event will inspire you to visit landscapes across the high desert that should be on your bucket list, even if they aren't yet "on the map."

The event will take place at Portland's First Congregational Church. The event is free and space is limited.

Register online today to save your seat.

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