Hootenanny at Home

Sage Brown   Website

Thank you for celebrating desert conservation with us from the comfort of your home!

Here is a bit of what your support achieved this year.


Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse

Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse


What defines Oregon’s high desert?

What defines Oregon’s high desert?

Bounded by the Cascade Mountains to the west and the Blue Mountains to the north, Oregon’s high desert covers approximately 24,000 square miles. Annual rainfall in the high desert varies from 5 to 14 inches. The average elevation is 4,000 feet; at 9,733 feet, the summit of Steens Mountain is the highest point in Oregon’s high desert. The terrain of the high desert was mostly formed by a series of lava flows that occurred between 30 and 10 million years ago.

Sources: The Oregon Encyclopedia; Wikipedia  




Badgers are generally nocturnal, but, in remote areas with no human encroachment, they are routinely observed foraging during the day. They prefer open areas with grasslands, which can include parklands, farms, and treeless areas with crumbly soil and a supply of rodent prey.

Badgers are born blind, furred, and helpless. Their eyes open at four to six weeks.

Latin name: Taxidea taxus

Progress Toward Protection

You advocated for the strongest possible conservation outcomes in the Owyhee. Visionary wilderness legislation that would protect over 1 million acres of public land in the Owyhee is still winding through the legislative process.

Karen Withrow

Defended Wildlife Habitat

You pushed back against the illegal appointment of an oil and gas industry darling as head of the Bureau of Land Management— and it ended with his removal!

Shannon Phifer   Website

Adapting to 2020

Our community has become familiar with this scene— and more of you have tuned in to ONDA events than ever before as we pivoted to online events, just like this Hootenanny at Home.

Supported Local Communities

Your advocacy supported local communities in developing a management plan and public lands protection bill for Sutton Mountain.

Mark Darnell

Wilder Rivers Ahead

Thousands of you nominated rivers for Wild and Scenic River protection, and we look forward to many more miles of wild rivers in Oregon’s high desert.

Greg Burke   Website

Stewardship Continued

Just picture our staff filling the shoes of 700+ volunteers! You sent us to remote field sites, to restore watersheds and survey wildlife habitat.

Listening to the Landscape

Hear more about our conservation accomplishments and the desert’s magic hold in our short film premiere, “Listening to the Landscape,” featuring classical pianist Hunter Noack of IN A LANDSCAPE and ONDA Executive Director Ryan Houston.

Note: play in 1080HD for best visual quality. Closed captions are available.

And after you’re inspired by that story of personal connection, boogey down in true Hootenanny fashion to a performance from bluegrass band Honey Don’t.

Oregon Badlands Winter

Thanks for joining our virtual celebration of desert conservation! You can donate today to keep the momentum going. Thank you for all that you do for the desert.

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