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.


Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

“Protecting public land is part of my spiritual being. It’s central to my identity to be in wilderness and to see it protected.” Durlin is proud to protect public lands for future generations, saying, “The highlight of my childhood was our family’s weekend outdoor trips. I look forward to my grandchildren having similar experiences outside in their lifetimes, and it wouldn’t be possible without ONDA.”


Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

Helen Harbin, ONDA Board Member

“I connect with Oregon’s high desert through my feet, my eyes, my sense of smell, and all the things I hear. Getting out there is a whole body experience.” Supporting ONDA, Helen says, not only connects her with wild landscapes, but is also a good investment. “I felt like if I gave them $20, they might squeeze $23 out of it.”




Found only in North America, where it is the most common wildcat, the bobcat takes its common name from its stubby, or “bobbed,” tail. The cats range in length from two to four feet and weigh 14 to 29 pounds. Bobcats mainly hunt rabbits and hares, but they will also eat rodents, birds, bats, and even adult deer.

Latin name: Lynx rufus fasciatus


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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