A Gift Appreciated Worldwide

Mark Darnell

ONDA’s Wild Desert Calendar Goes Abroad

Giving a Wild Desert Calendar as a gift has become something of a tradition among a number of ONDA members. So, where do all these calendars go? We asked a few of our longtime calendar givers — members Susie Neubauer, Patty Giffin, Terry Butler, Sidney Henderson and Mark Montgomery — to give us the scoop.

As it turns out, from their gift-giving alone, scenes from Oregon’s high desert have enchanted people across the United States and in France, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Canada and Australia.

Across the board, these members appreciated the opportunity to give a gift that doubled as a way to support one of their favorite organizations.

“I love that it is two-fold: ONDA gets the donation and I give a gift,” said Susie Neubauer.

Patty Giffin said she gives the calendars “so people know why I volunteer my time to help conserve these places.”

These gift-givers also appreciate the way that the calendar introduces people to a corner of the world that’s not so well-known.

“I have been sending calendars to my friends and family on the east coast for over 10 years as they have little idea of what eastern Oregon is like,” said Sid Henderson.

“People are very impressed,” noted Neubauer.

And, what happens when all these folks see the stunning beauty that Oregon’s high desert has to offer?

“They’ve been a very effective tool in getting family and friends from around the world to come visit me in Bend,” said Mark Montgomery.

It’s was the same story from Sid Henderson, who told us, “My friends in Adelaide, Australia, are coming next May … to the U.S. for the first time and to see Central Oregon and the rest of the northwest.”

And again for Terry Butler, who said, “Everybody loves the calendar. They’ll often ask about places shown in the calendar and want to go there.”

It’s an aspiration the gift-givers have too.

As Giffin exclaimed, “I wish I had time to get to all the beautiful places in those pictures!”


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


Sid Henderson also told us that the friend who has appreciated the calendar most is “a German man who gave me a ride from Bangui, Central Africa to Juba, Sudan for sixteen days across the Obo Road in 1976.”
Now, that’s a story we want to hear around the campfire!
If you’ve got a great Wild Desert Calendar story to share, please drop us a line at onda@onda.org. We’re always eager to hear more.