Fall 2022 Stewardship Trip Preview

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Sarah Graham, Sage Sustainers Member

Sarah Graham, Sage Sustainers Member

“I contribute to ONDA monthly because it adds up to a larger annual gift than what I’d be able to comfortably afford if I were to do a simple one-time donation annually. I’m able to give more to ONDA this way and have greater impact which is important to me, and my dog Polly.”

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Great Horned Owls and Western Screech Owls

Great Horned Owls and Western Screech Owls

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Cregg Large, member since 2009

Cregg Large, member since 2009

“I came to Oregon 12 years ago from Texas. Texas, for all its size, has very little public land. Coming to Oregon has made me realize the special gift we as Americans have in our public lands. Volunteering with an organization like ONDA is my way of reciprocating for this gift. Through restoration efforts, I feel we are helping leave a better place than we found it. Through advocating for protection for public lands, we safeguard migration routes for animals and keep the land where it belongs: with the public.”

In the Central Oregon Backcountry

South Fork Crooked River

Fence Build Trips - September 19-22 and September 30-October 3

This challenging backpacking trip is part of a large-scale, multi-year effort to improve fish and wildlife habitat throughout the South Fork Crooked River watershed.

Volunteers will backpack 3.5 miles up the river, where they will work to construct a fence to exclude cattle from a future restoration site located in the middle of the South Fork Crooked River Wilderness Study Area. This work will set the stage for passive habitat recovery as grazing pressure is removed, as well as for restoration plantings of native vegetation like willows, dogwood, and cottonwood.

In the John Day River Basin

Ruby Creek

Planting Trip - October 18-21

The goal of this project is to restore the ecological health of critical habitat for salmon and steelhead on the Malheur National Forest, increasing water quality and species diversity. Populations of Middle Columbia River steelhead, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, have experienced significant declines as a result of habitat loss, damage and fragmentation. The upper John Day watershed provides essential habitat for steelhead, as well as other native fish and wildlife, and the restoration actions included in this project are a critical part of their recovery.

This trip will include plantings on Ruby Creek, Bear Creek and Butte Creek, three tributaries of the Middle Fork of the John Day River. Volunteers will be planting willow and dogwood which will help shade and cool streams to support native fish species and provide an important food source for deer, elk and beaver.

In the Greater Hart-Sheldon

Beatys Butte

Fence Retrofit Trip - September 19-22

Beatys Butte lies directly between the Hart Mountain Antelope Refuge and the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge and the expansive public lands in this “land between” are just as crucial to pronghorn as the two refuges. Unfortunately, barbed wire fences throughout this landscape pose risks to pronghorn and other wildlife. Low-flying sage grouse are known to become entangled in standing fence, while pronghorn and other ungulates may be unable to cross fences, which limit both their daily movement and their seasonal migrations.

Volunteers working on this project will help improve pronghorn passage by retrofitting barbed wire fence to wildlife-friendly standards by replacing the barbed bottom wire of the fence with smooth wire so that animals can pass safely underneath the fence.

Fall 2022 Stewardship Trip Preview

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Author: Mark Salvo  |  Published: April 5, 2022  |  Category: Deep Dive After three and half decades of monitoring sage-grouse habitat, sorting through the science, engaging in innumerable federal, state […]

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Beatys Butte Fenceline Retrofit

Join ONDA to retrofit fence and help us improve an important migration corridor. Barbed wire fences present throughout the Beatys Butte area pose risks to wildlife. Low flying sage grouse […]

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Lake Abert At Risk

Author: Anne White  |  Published Date: February 2, 2022  |  Category: In the News Following The Oregonian’s investigative reporting about the State of Oregon’s mismanagement of Lake Abert, many people […]

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Lake Abert

In the southeastern corner of Oregon, a hidden wonder shimmers — Lake Abert. Covering an area of 105 square miles, Lake Abert is the sixth largest lake in Oregon. It […]

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Wonders by Day and Night

Author: Scott Bowler  |  Published: January 14, 2022  |  Category: Where-to    A  month-by-month guide to appreciating Oregon’s high desert As the tenth largest state in the union, Oregon offers […]

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Wildlife Migrations in the West

In the finale of ONDA’s 2022 High Desert Speaker Series, professor Arthur Middleton will cover the basic ecology of ungulate migrations in the western United States. He’ll then profile threats […]

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Your Next Autumn Activity:
Volunteering

As golden aspen leaves and frosty mornings mark the arrival of fall in Oregon’s high desert, welcomed rains are bringing fire danger down and allowing volunteers to resume work on […]

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