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First Congregational UCC

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1126 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States

January 2018

The Dynamic Geologic Wonders of Eastern Oregon

January 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
First Congregational UCC, 1126 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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For this High Desert Speaker Series event, we'll dig below the surface to discover the geologic history of eastern Oregon. Join us for a presentation by Dr. Scott Burns from Portland State University to discover fascinating past events that shaped the landscapes we see today. Travel through time during this evening highlighting the best of your high desert and get inspired for your next trip to see these geologic wonders! About the speaker Dr. Scott Burns earned his MS from…

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February 2018

A Conversation with Warm Springs Tribal Elder Bruce Jim

February 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
First Congregational UCC, 1126 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Warm Springs Tribal Elder Bruce Jim will present the history of the Warm Springs Tribe and their traditional land use in Oregon’s high desert. From important history and legends of his people to a discussion of ceded lands and treaty rights to restoration projects happening on tribal land today, Bruce’s talk will stitch past to present. Learn how Warm Springs tribal members are stewards of the land, fish, and wildlife across Oregon’s high desert and how ONDA collaborates with the…

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March 2018

Conservation Advocacy from the Beltway to Business

March 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
First Congregational UCC, 1126 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States

Our High Desert Speaker Series continues with a voice from the next generation of conservation leaders. Erin Gaines will join us to share stories from her days working as an environmental advisor to Senator Ron Wyden and her current efforts to amplify the business case for conservation. Hear more about the most energizing aspects of advocacy in today’s ever-changing political reality and why Erin was inspired to bring her experience from Washington D.C. to advocate for increased landscape protection right…

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April 2018

Notes From The Field

April 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
First Congregational UCC, 1126 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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For our final installment of our 2018 High Desert Speaker Series, join ONDA stewardship staff Ben Gordon and Michael O'Casey and photographer Sage Brown for a live edition of “Notes From The Field,” featuring images and stories about the places, people, and impact of restoration across Oregon’s high desert. Have you ever wanted to explore a new landscape while giving back? ONDA’s stewardship program does just that! Learn more about the community that is built through these trips to Oregon’s…

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February 2019

Tribes and Treaty Rights in the Columbia River Basin

February 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
First Congregational UCC, 1126 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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For the first installment of our 2019 High Desert Speaker Series in Portland, join Aja DeCoteau to learn about how the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) coordinates fisheries policy, restores streams and manages watershed conservation on behalf of the Yakama, Warm Springs, Umatilla and Nez Perce tribes. With a record of managing fisheries recovery using a holistic approach, Aja will discuss how culture and conservation intersect throughout the Columbia Basin. You'll leave this talk with a greater appreciation for the…

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March 2019

Sex Lives of High Desert Plants and Animals

March 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
First Congregational UCC, 1126 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Kick back and enjoy a fun discussion of the sex lives of plants and animals at this unique High Desert Speaker Series event. LeeAnn Kriegh, author of The Nature of Bend and the forthcoming The Nature of Portland, will help you celebrate spring by learning about the mating rituals and reproductive strategies of Central Oregon flora and fauna. Kriegh writes about everything from junipers to porcupines in a conversational, even conspiratorial tone, and this engaging talk will offer more of the same. You’ll…

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April 2019

Hart Mountain Revealed | Portland

April 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
First Congregational UCC, 1126 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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The 2019 High Desert Speaker Series in Portland concludes with a presentation from ONDA's own Hart-Sheldon Coordinator, Jeremy Austin. From unique wildlife and stunning night skies to opportunities for recreation and solitude, Hart Mountain is a high desert treasure worth exploring. Learn about what makes Hart Mountain so spectacular, get tips for planning your next adventure and discover the vital conservation initiatives you can support to mitigate current threats and ensure that this region stays wild. About the speaker A…

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